At last night’s Council Meeting, Mayor Ron Rody announced and congratulated James Neufeld, Director of Infrastructure Services for his election to the Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) Board.
“It’s a very distinguished board that provides a lot of input to municipalities, the government (provincial) on very pertinent issues, roads, bridges, etc. So we are glad to see you there, James. I know you have the skills and talent that will bring a lot of good things to that board. We thank you for offering to put your time in on that. Congratulations.” – Mayor Rody
On February 24, 2016, the Ontario Good Roads Association elected its Board of Directors for the 2016/17 term with Robert Burlie, Manager of Road Operations, Toronto/East York District, City of Toronto being elected President. The last time someone from the City of Toronto was president of OGRA was in 1994. In his speech to the membership, Mr. Burlie promised to continue to advocate on behalf of all Ontario’s 444 municipalities in the area of asset management and revenue tools.
Ken Lauppé, Manager, Road Operations, East District, Public Works for the City of Brampton was elected 1st Vice-President. And Luc Duval, Director of Public Works & Engineering, City of Timmins was elected 2nd Vice President.
Other members of the 2016/17 Board are:
Immediate Past President Rick Champagne, Councillor, Municipality of East Ferris
- Paul Ainslie, Councillor, City of Toronto
- Andy Bruziewicz, Councillor, City of Sarnia
- Dave Burton, Reeve, Municipality of Highlands East
- Rick Harms, Project Engineer, City of Thunder Bay
- Rick Kester, CAO, City of Belleville
- Bryan Lewis, Councillor, Town of Halton Hills
- John McKean, Mayor, Town of the Blue Mountains
- James Neufeld, Director of Infrastructure Services, Municipality of Wawa
- Virginia Ridley, Councillor, City of London
- Michael Touw, Director of Public Works, Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands
- Chris Traini, County Engineer, County of Middlesex
The mandate of the Ontario Good Roads Association is to represent the transportation and public works interests of municipalities through advocacy, consultation, training and the delivery of identified services.