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UPDATED Wednesday November 13: North Simcoe – amalgamation or what? in Midland

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Nov 11th, 2019
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Updated with names ad biographies of panelists, see below

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It’s not clear who the organizers are, and the panelists’ names have not been revealed, but it appears there’s something afoot in North Simcoe. From the Midland Cultural Centre website: 

Straight Talk : The Future of North Simcoe – Amalgamation or What? 

Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Description: Join select panelists and your community in candid conversation about what the future holds for North Simcoe – Amalgamation or What?

About this Event

Recently the government announced it would not impose a top down reorganization. However, it has provided funds for improving services. What does this mean for possible changes in our area. Straight Talk is your opportunity to hear a variety of perspectives…. from the panelists and from the audience.

Join us at Straight Talk at the Midland Cultural Centre on November 13th for The Future of North Simcoe, Amalgamation or What?


John Skorobohacz
John is a seasoned executive who brings a strong commitment to public service with over 38 years of extensive municipal leadership experience in several municipalities and public sector organizations. He is currently serving as the CAO of the Town of Midland since 2016.

Robert Lamb
Robert joined the Township of Tay as their new CAO in October of 2013. Robert came to the Township from the County of Simcoe where he was the Manager of Economic Development. He was hired at the County to establish the County’s new Economic Development Office in 2009. Prior to that, he spent eight years as Manager of Economic Development for the City of Orillia and 3 years as the Managing Director for the Downtown Orillia Management Board (BIA Association).

Andrew Sancton
A native of Montreal, Andrew received his doctoral degree in Politics from Oxford University in 1978. Until he retired in 2017, most of his academic career was spent in the Department of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario. He was Chair of the Department from 2000 until 2005. For many years he was the director of the Department’s Local Government Program, which offers undergraduate and graduate education in public administration for municipal managers. From 1998 until 2000 he was the president of the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration and a board member of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada. His work on the relationship between municipal amalgamations and cost savings won the 1996 J.E. Hodgetts award for the best English-language article in the journal Canadian Public Administration.

This is an open forum candid conversation about what matters to you most. Listen to our panelists opinions and then ask questions and share your thoughts. We’ll have experts to share the facts and answer your questions, and hear what YOU have to say.


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