Photo #1: Municipal Leaders: Bottom Row Left to Right; Mary French Mayor of Aylmer,
Jennifer Reynaert CAO Town of Aylmer, Katherine Thompson CAO Township of Southwold,
Heather Bouw Deputy Clerk Municipality of Dutton-Dunwich, Alison Warwick Mayor of
Thames Centre, Martin Hayward CAO City of London, Paul Shipway CAO Municipality
of Bayham, Gary Blazak Senior Advisor to the Mayor of London, Ed Ketchabaw Mayor
Top Row Left to Right; Julie Gonyou CAO of Elgin County, Dave Mennill Warden of
Elgin County and Mayor of Malahide, Micelle Casavecchia-Somers CAO Township of Malahide,
Grant Jones Mayor of Southwold, Don Leitch CAO Municipality of Central Elgin, Member
of Parliament Karen Vecchio, Joe Preston Mayor of St. Thomas, Wendell Graves CAO
City of St. Thomas, Mike Hentz CAO Municipality of Thames Centre, Ed Holder Mayor
of London, Bob Purcell Mayor of Dutton Dunwich, Sally Martyn Mayor of Central Elgin,
Cathy Burghardt-Jesson Warden of Middlesex County
St. Thomas, ON - On January 14, 2020 and January 15, 2020, Karen Vecchio, Member
of Parliament hosted an Agricultural Producers Roundtable and a Municipal Leaders
Roundtable to hear from constituents and ofﬁcials of Elgin-Middlesex-London.
"As the 43rd Parliament will reconvene at the end of the month it is important that
I am able to hear from the stakeholders and leaders for insight and knowledge on
obstacles that our local municipalities and farmers are facing," stated Vecchio.
Topics such as infrastructure investments, regional transportation, trade negotiations,
carbon tax and climate adaption were key discussions.
"It is evident that both municipal leaders and farmers have concerns about our environment
and want to Work with the Government of Canada to address our carbon emissions,"
stated Vecchio, Canadians are facing numerous challenges with market access, lack
of infrastructure, affordability, conserving our environment and as elected officials
we must work to ﬁnd solutions with all Canadians and work collaboratively for the
better of Canada." said Vecchio.