Good Roads Welcomes Mayor of Hornepayne To Executive Board

Good Roads Welcomes Mayor of Hornepayne To Executive Board

Municipal Association Is Pleased to Have Mayor Cheryl Fort Win A Seat As Third Vice-President

November 30, 2022, Oakville, ON – At the November 24th meeting of the Good Roads Board of Directors (BOD) in Toronto, Ontario a vote was held for the position of Third Vice-President.

Cheryl Fort, Mayor of Hornepayne, was unanimously elected. Fort has been on the board since 2019.

“Helping Good Roads achieve their aspirations of improving municipal roads and infrastructure in Ontario aligns with the work I’d like to accomplish for all of Ontario. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as Third VP. It is my hope that we can continue to build bridges between municipalities and First Nation communities with the common goal of improving infrastructure, and in some cases creating it.” said Ms. Fort.

Ms. Fort is the first Indigenous Board member in Good Roads’ 128-year history.

“Local governments play an important role in the lives of all Ontarians. Cheryl is an important voice who reminds us of how municipalities can address northern and indigenous issues,” said Scott Butler, Good Roads’ Executive Director. “Cheryl’s leadership will be critical in meeting these challenges.” continued Butler.

Good Roads will be searching to fill three vacant board positions in the Spring of 2023.

To learn more about Good Roads and the role they play in our daily lives, visit www.GoodRoads.ca

Good Roads is a municipal association concerned with the advancement of roads and other infrastructure in Ontario. Based in Oakville, Ontario, we have been devoted to the cause of better roads since 1894. Originally known as the Ontario Good Roads Association (and still using that name corporately), we have more than 450 member governments, including most of Ontario’s municipalities and a growing number of First Nations, as well as dozens of affiliated corporate members in the transportation and infrastructure sectors. Our purpose, in part, is to connect our members to each other, to other levels of government, and to relevant companies in the private sector. Our members look to us for training, knowledge, political advocacy, and answers to their most pressing problems. Good Roads is resolutely independent.

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For more information, please contact:

Rachel Swiednicki

Manager, Communications and Marketing

Good Roads

1525 Cornwall Road, Unit 22

Oakville, ON L6J 0B2

905-630-0542

rachel@goodroads.ca

www.GoodRoads.ca

Call for Nominations to the 2023-2024 Good Roads Board of Directors

Download a nomination form here

Pursuant to Good Roads Policy B-008, the Nominating Committee of the 2022-2023 Good Roads Board of Directors will present a slate of 11 directors to attendees at the Annual Good Roads Conference taking place April 16 – April 19, 2023, at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, Ontario.

The Good Roads Board of Directors understands the strength that diversity provides and is committed to achieving equity and inclusion on its leadership team. Women and individuals from equity seeking groups are encouraged to apply.

The following directors will automatically serve on the 2022-2023 Board of Directors:

  • President: John Parsons – Division Manager, Road Operations, City of London;
  • First Vice-President: Antoine Boucher – Director of Public Works and Engineering, Municipality of East Ferris;
  • Second Vice-President: Cheryl Fort – Mayor, Township of Hornepayne; and
  • Immediate Past President: Paul Schoppmann – Municipality of-Charles.

The Nominating Committee will put forward a slate comprised from Good Roads’ municipal and First Nations membership. The slate will satisfy the geographic requirements prescribed in Section 12 of the Constitution as well as the criteria in Policy B-008.

The following vacancies need to be filled:

City of Toronto 1 Vacancy
The City of Toronto Zone consists of the City of Toronto.
South Central Zone 2 Vacancies
The South Central Zone consists of the municipalities within and First Nations adjacent to the Counties of Dufferin, Grey, Simcoe, and Wellington, and municipalities in and including the Regional Municipalities of Durham, Halton, Niagara, Peel and York, and the City of Hamilton.
Southeast Zone 1 Vacancy
The Southeast Zone consists of the municipalities within and First Nations adjacent to the Counties of Frontenac, Haliburton, Hastings, Lanark, Leeds and Grenville, Lennox and Addington, Northumberland, Peterborough, Prescott and Russell, Prince Edward, Renfrew, and Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, and the Cities of Kawartha Lakes and Ottawa.
Southwest Zone 1 Vacancy
The Southwest Zone consists of the municipalities within and First Nations adjacent to the Counties of Brant, Bruce, Elgin, Essex, Haldimand, Huron, Lambton, Middlesex, Norfolk, Oxford, and Perth, the municipality of Chatham-Kent, and municipalities in and including the Regional Municipality of Waterloo.

 

There are no vacancies in the Northern Zone.

Those elected shall serve for a two-year term ending on Wednesday, April 16, 2025.

Any member of Council or a permanent full-time staff from a Good Roads member municipality or First Nation who is interested in being considered as a candidate for a position on the Board of Directors must complete the attached Nomination Consent form found below and submit it along with a résumé to the attention of Rick Harms, Chair of the Nominating Committee no later than 1700 h Eastern Time on Monday, January 16, 2023. Nominations can be emailed to info@goodroads.ca or mailed to Good Roads, 1525 Cornwall Road, Unit 22, Oakville, Ontario L6J 0B2.

The Nominating Committee will meet on January 18, 2023, to recommend a slate of directors to the membership. The Nominating Committee is comprised of the following directors:

  • Chair: Dave Burton, Immediate Past President
  • Vice Chair: Rick Harms, Past President
  • Members: Melissa Abercrombie, Good Roads Director; Chris Angelo, Good Roads Director; Antoine Boucher, Good Roads Second Vice-President

Questions regarding the nomination process or serving on the Board of Directors can be directed to Scott Butler at scott@goodroads.ca or 416-564-4319.

MTO Releases Guidelines on Administrative Penalties for Contraventions Captured by Automated Cameras

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has released program guidelines for the new regulation on Administrative Penalties for Vehicle-Based Contraventions Captured by Automated Cameras. Good Roads is pleased to see MTO move forward with this guidance as municipalities have been eager to move forward with the abilities granted through the regulation. The guidelines can be found here. Please contact MTO (roadsafety@ontario.ca) or Good Roads for further guidance.

County of Essex Named Innovative Service Delivery Winner

April 20, 2022, Oakville, ON – Congratulations to the County of Essex for winning the 2021 John Niedra Better Practices Competition, Innovative Service Delivery category. The award was announced during the 2022 Good Roads Conference in Toronto, April 10-13, 2022.

“The competition showcases the ingenuity of municipal employees and recognizes innovations and achievements that improve the efficiency of municipal transportation and public works services and operations.” said Scott Butler, Executive Director, Good Roads.

“Essex was recognized with the award for its durable pavement paint markings. The durability of thermoplastic paint markings can be significantly extended if they are made flush with the surrounding concrete pavement. In 2013, the County of Essex developed an internal construction process to provide special paint markings (arrows and yield blocks) that are maintenance-free and flush with the pavement surface. In 2021, the paint marking looks as good as new compared to other paint markings constructed on top of the finished surface. The county expects that they will last another fifteen (15) years. This innovative service has eliminated the need to re-paint the markings resulting in a savings of approximately $5,000 per marking.” said Dr. James Smith, Manager of Research and Technical Products.

Every year Good Roads recognizes municipal, First Nation and corporate member projects that help improve the quality of life of residents.

Good Roads is a municipal association concerned with the advancement of roads and other infrastructure in Ontario. Based in Oakville, Ontario, we have been devoted to the cause of better roads since 1894. Originally known as the Ontario Good Roads Association (and still using that name corporately), we have more than 450 member governments, including most of Ontario’s municipalities and a growing number of First Nations, as well as dozens of affiliated corporate members in the transportation and infrastructure sectors. Our purpose, in part, is to connect our members to each other, to other levels of government, and to relevant companies in the private sector. Our members look to us for training, knowledge, political advocacy, and answers to their most pressing problems. Good Roads is resolutely independent.

For more information, please contact:
Rachel Swiednicki
Manager, Communications and Marketing
Good Roads
1525 Cornwall Road, Unit 22
Oakville, ON L6J 0B2
P. 289-291-OGRA (6472) ext. 30
C. 905-630-0542

Town of Midland Wins Municipal Concrete Project Award

April 20, 2022, Oakville, ON – Congratulations to the Town of Town of Midland, Tatham Engineering and Arnott Construction for winning the Municipal Concrete Award. The award was sponsored by Concrete Ontario and presented during the 2022 Good Roads Conference, April 10-13 in Toronto.

“This award is meant to showcase the forward-thinking work that is being done by our municipal and corporate members in providing safe and innovative infrastructure to Ontarians.” said Scott Butler, Executive Director, Good Roads. “The award recognizes the successful collaboration between the municipalities and contractors for project excellence and innovation.” Said Dr. James Smith, Manager, Research and Technical Product, Good Roads.

“We are always astounded by the level of creativity and beauty that can be achieved using local construction materials when everyone on a project works collaboratively to implement durable and resilient construction solutions.” said Bart Kanters, President, Concrete Ontario.

The project stood out because of the unique concrete design streetscape and quality of workmanship. During the two-year reconstruction of the downtown core, the town incorporated the adjacent boulevards to enhance the streetscape and improve functionality and layout. The Projects Team’s selection of concrete material and finished helped achieve this goal. This included coloured concrete, custom concrete benches and curbs, and the use of concrete pavers in the promenade, street parking areas, and crosswalk areas. In addition, the project was completed on time and within budget while access to local businesses was maintained over the entire project.

Every year Good Roads recognizes municipal, First Nation and corporate member projects that help improve the quality of life of residents.

Good Roads is a municipal association concerned with the advancement of roads and other infrastructure in Ontario. Based in Oakville, Ontario, we have been devoted to the cause of better roads since 1894. Originally known as the Ontario Good Roads Association (and still using that name corporately), we have more than 450 member governments, including most of Ontario’s municipalities and a growing number of First Nations, as well as dozens of affiliated corporate members in the transportation and infrastructure sectors. Our purpose, in part, is to connect our members to each other, to other levels of government, and to relevant companies in the private sector. Our members look to us for training, knowledge, political advocacy, and answers to their most pressing problems. Good Roads is resolutely independent.

For more information, please contact:
Rachel Swiednicki
Manager, Communications and Marketing
Good Roads
1525 Cornwall Road, Unit 22
Oakville, ON L6J 0B2
P. 289-291-OGRA (6472) ext. 30
C. 905-630-0542

Regional Municipality of York Win Municipal Paving Award

April 20, 2022, Oakville, ON – Congratulations to the Regional Municipality of York and Brennan Paving and Construction Ltd for winning the 2021 Municipal Paving Award presented during the 2022 Good Roads Conference, April 10-13 in Toronto.

“The Fifth annual municipal paving award recognizes the successful collaboration between the municipalities and contractors for project excellence and innovation in terms of paving projects. York won for the work they did on Kennedy Road near a school crossing zone.” said Scott Butler, Executive Director, Good Roads.

“Several factors contributed to the Municipality of York winning, including the use of environment-friendly warm mix technology that allowed for lower production temperature, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, reduced fumes and orders, and faster re-opening to traffic, resulting in overall cost savings. The project was completed on time and on budget, but more importantly, they consulted with local stakeholders in the area and included AODA intersection improvements, along with paving operations that had to be done in high-traffic areas during peak times.” said Dr. James Smith, Manager of Research and Technical Products.

Every year Good Roads recognizes municipal, First Nation and corporate member projects that help improve the quality of life of residents.

Good Roads is a municipal association concerned with the advancement of roads and other infrastructure in Ontario. Based in Oakville, Ontario, we have been devoted to the cause of better roads since 1894. Originally known as the Ontario Good Roads Association (and still using that name corporately), we have more than 450 member governments, including most of Ontario’s municipalities and a growing number of First Nations, as well as dozens of affiliated corporate members in the transportation and infrastructure sectors. Our purpose, in part, is to connect our members to each other, to other levels of government, and to relevant companies in the private sector. Our members look to us for training, knowledge, political advocacy, and answers to their most pressing problems. Good Roads is resolutely independent.

For more information, please contact:
Rachel Swiednicki
Manager, Communications and Marketing
Good Roads
1525 Cornwall Road, Unit 22
Oakville, ON L6J 0B2
P. 289-291-OGRA (6472) ext. 30
C. 905-630-0542

City of Hamilton Named Innovative Management Practices Winner

April 19, 2022, Oakville, ON – Congratulations to the City of Hamilton for winning the 2021 John Niedra Better Practices Competition, Innovative Management Practices category. The award was announced during the 2022 Good Roads Conference in Toronto, April 10 -13, 2022.

“The competition showcases the ingenuity of municipal employees and recognizes innovations and achievements that improve the efficiency of municipal transportation and public works services and operations.” said Scott Butler, Executive Director, Good Roads.

“Two Good Roads members, Iris and the City of Hamilton, used artificial intelligence to improve sign inventory and location mapping.” said Dr. James Smith, Manager of Research and Technical Products. “The two worked to enhance proprietary technology that can automatically detect, analyze, and report pavement defects and other infrastructure. This is a great example of streamlining a labour-intensive process. Moreover, this initiative also helps support the City’s Vision Zero strategy.” continued Dr. Smith.

Every year Good Roads recognizes municipal, First Nation and corporate member projects that help improve the quality of life of residents.

Good Roads is a municipal association concerned with the advancement of roads and other infrastructure in Ontario. Based in Oakville, Ontario, we have been devoted to the cause of better roads since 1894. Originally known as the Ontario Good Roads Association (and still using that name corporately), we have more than 450 member governments, including most of Ontario’s municipalities and a growing number of First Nations, as well as dozens of affiliated corporate members in the transportation and infrastructure sectors. Our purpose, in part, is to connect our members to each other, to other levels of government, and to relevant companies in the private sector. Our members look to us for training, knowledge, political advocacy, and answers to their most pressing problems. Good Roads is resolutely independent.

For more information, please contact:

Rachel Swiednicki
Manager, Communications and Marketing
Good Roads
1525 Cornwall Road, Unit 22
Oakville, ON L6J 0B2
P. 289-291-OGRA (6472) ext. 30
C. 905-630-0542

Good Roads 2022/2023 Board Of Directors Announced

April 19, 2022, Oakville, ON – At the 2022 Good Roads Conference, the membership of Ontario’s oldest municipal association elected a record number of women to its Board of Directors. For the first time in its history, one-third of the Directors are women. More than 1,500 professionals attended the conference that was held in Toronto from April 10 – 13, 2022.

“While the Board recognizes this milestone, it also acknowledges there is more work to do. Everyone understands that it is important to have leaders that reflect Ontarians,” said Scott Butler, Executive Director, Good Roads. “I look forward to working with the new Board to deliver the advocacy, training and services that municipalities need to be successful in 2022. On a personal level, I am honoured to be the president of Good Roads at such a critical time for the municipal sector,” said Paul Schoppmann, President, Good Roads.

Good Roads 2022-2023 Board of Directors includes:

  • Paul Schoppmann, President, and Mayor, Municipality of St. Charles
  • John Parsons, First Vice-President and Division Manager, Road Operations and Forestry, City of London
  • Bryan Lewis, Second Vice-President and Councillor, Town of Halton Hills
  • Antoine Boucher, Director of Public Works and Engineering, Municipality of East Ferris, Third Vice-President
  • Dave Burton, Immediate Past President and Mayor, Municipality of Highlands East
  • Melissa Abercrombie, Manager, Engineering Services, Oxford County
  • Paul Ainslie, Councillor, City of Toronto
  • Chris Angelo, Director of Public Works & Environmental Services, City of Quinte West
  • David Armstrong, Manager of Public Works, Town of Gananoque
  • Nazzareno Capano, Manager of Transportation Policy and Innovation, City of Toronto
  • Aakash Desai, Deputy Mayor, Municipality of Grey Highlands
  • Kelly Elliott, Deputy Mayor, Municipality of Thames Centre
  • Cheryl Fort, Mayor, Township of Hornepayne
  • Donna Jebb, Councillor, Town of New Tecumseth
  • Kristin Murray, Councillor, City of Timmins

Good Roads is a municipal association concerned with the advancement of roads and other infrastructure in Ontario. Based in Oakville, Ontario, we have been devoted to the cause of better roads since 1894. Originally known as the Ontario Good Roads Association (and still using that name corporately), we have more than 450 member governments, including most of Ontario’s municipalities and a growing number of First Nations, as well as dozens of affiliated corporate members in the transportation and infrastructure sectors. Our purpose, in part, is to connect our members to each other, to other levels of government, and to relevant companies in the private sector. Our members look to us for training, knowledge, political advocacy, and answers to their most pressing problems. Good Roads is resolutely independent.

For more information, please contact:

Rachel Swiednicki
Manager, Communications and Marketing
Good Roads
1525 Cornwall Road, Unit 22
Oakville, ON L6J 0B2
P. 289-291-OGRA (6472) ext. 30
C. 905-630-0542

Municipal Association Awards County of Lambton Student With Bursary

March 15, Oakville, ON – Good Roads has awarded its 2022 bursary to Evelyn Cole from Bright’s Grove for her community leadership and wanting to further her engineering and science studies.

Good Roads asked students of municipal employees to submit a 500-word essay for the chance to be awarded one $1,500 bursary. “We all benefit when bright ambitious people choose a career in municipal government. That’s why we wanted to fund and support future leaders and empower knowledge and learning of young adults.” said Scott Butler, Good Roads, Executive Director.

“I’ve always been into science and math and growing up I looked up to my Dad who is an engineer. My Mom put me into a women in engineering and science program to try, and I enjoyed it.” said Evelyn Cole, Good Roads Bursary Winner. Ms. Cole is also a community leader and gives back. “I volunteer with my church and school. Recently, we held a collaborative fundraiser with student council and St. Patrick’s High School, and helped raise $1,000 for Ukraine.” said Evelyn.

“This is another way Good Roads is giving back to our members and community. We want to encourage young people to get involved in their local level of governments.” said Paul Schoppmann, President, Good Roads Board of Directors.

Submissions for the 2023 bursary close December 2, 2022.

Good Roads is a municipal association concerned with the advancement of roads and other infrastructure in Ontario. Based in Oakville, Ontario, we have been devoted to the cause of better roads since 1894. Originally known as the Ontario Good Roads Association (and still using that name corporately), we have more than 450 member governments, including most of Ontario’s municipalities and a growing number of First Nations, as well as dozens of affiliated corporate members in the transportation and infrastructure sectors. Our purpose, in part, is to connect our members to each other, to other levels of government, and to relevant companies in the private sector. Our members look to us for training, knowledge, political advocacy, and answers to their most pressing problems. Good Roads is resolutely independent.

For more information, please contact:
Rachel Swiednicki
Manager, Communications and Marketing
Good Roads
1525 Cornwall Road, Unit 22
Oakville, ON L6J 0B2
P. 289-291-OGRA (6472) ext. 30
C. 905-630-0542