Election 2017 – Candidates bios

Prior to The Equity’s all candidates debate for the warden of MRC Pontiac, the participants were asked to submit a brief bio to appear in the brochures that were handed out. They have been edited for length and clarity.

LINDA DAVIS

Linda Davis is an experienced regional councillor having sat on Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton.
She has served as the acting regional chair of that Council comprising 18 municipalities and over 800,000 residents. The ward she represented had 26,000 residents.
Ottawa-Carleton has over 300,000 acres of agricultural land within its boundaries and employs over 10,000 working in the agriculture sector. This experience she gained is important.
Linda has served as director of the Ottawa Children’s Aid Society, director of the Ottawa Housing and commissioner of OC Transpo. The O Train and Master Transportation planning are areas of her expertise.
As a director of Westboro Business Improvement Area (BIA) life was given back to an area in decay and its current vitality established. As a member of the Ottawa-Carleton Economic Development Corporation (OCEDCO), long term successful strategies were developed and successfully implemented.
Linda has negotiated successful funding partnerships with the Federal, Provincial and National Capital Commission including the immediate Ice Storm 1998 Federal Emergency Funding.
Having worked as a federal contract negotiator, Linda has acquired the necessary experience in financial planning and maximizing value in the wise spending of tax dollars.
A resident of the Pontiac since 2011, she returned to the Pontiac where her Moyle, Muldoon and McCaffrey ancestors began settling in the 1800s.

RAYMOND DUROCHER

Raymond Durocher is a native of Pontiac who is bilingual and involved in various community activities, organizations and associations.
He returned to his roots thirty years ago, to serve his region with pride as an ambulance technician, registered nurse assistant and paramedic.
In 1991 he became passionate about municipal politics and added councillor, commissioner of the fire department and pro-mayor to his agenda.
Since 1999, Raymond has represented Fort-Coulonge as mayor with dedication and integrity.
As pro-warden in 2009, he undertook many functions (administrator, chairman) at various committees and diligently represented the MRC’s uppermost interests at the regional level ‘Outaouais’.
As warden since 2014, he initiates an internal reorganization and voices our cry from the heart to excel with a vision in our five niches of excellence.
Recognized for his determination, perseverance and the firm belief that TOGETHER, elected officials and citizens, we can proudly DEVELOP our economic potential RIGHT HERE AT HOME.

PIERRE FRÉCHETTE

Pierre Fréchette is a retired director of Labour Relations with the Federal Public Service. Prior to that he worked for the Syndicat des Producteurs de Bois Outaouais-Laurentides in the forestry industry.
Born and raised in the Outaouais, he holds a B.A. in Industrial Relations from the Université du Québec en Outaouais. He and his spouse have been permanent residents of l’Ile-du-Grand-Calumet since 2015, owning a house there since 2008. His spouse was born and raised on the island, and they have three adult children and two grandchildren.
During his 25 year public service career, he held positions starting as HR advisor up to interim positions at the DG level at Revenue Canada, Border Services, Correctional Services and the Immigration and Refugee Board.
Having worked in cooperation with entities that may have had different goals such as unions, lawyers and senior managers on collective bargaining and numerous employee/ employer relations subjects, his communications skills and management style have led to forward thinking problem solving solutions. Legislation, policy and programs are no stranger to him.
Being fully bilingual, he has managed a variety of complex issues, large operational budgets and teams across Canada. After retiring he has taught courses to senior managers and employees on the important subject of Values and Ethics, essential to any decision making process.
He has also worked as a volunteer on his childrens’ school committees and sports teams, as well as provincial and international events. More recently he has led the Ile-du-Grand-Calumet green initiative to collect trash left on its territory.
Holding the position of mayor of l’Ile-du-Grand-Calumet, he sat at the MRC where his sound management practices and interventions on planning, budget management and priority/project identification have been beneficial to both organizations.

CHARLOTTE L’ÉCUYER

Charlotte L’Écuyer is mother to two daughters and a proud grand-mom to two grandchildren.
After graduating with her Masters Degree in Social Works, honours in administration, from Université de Sherbrooke in 1984, she started her career path until she became Executive Director of the Pontiac Health Services. She worked there until 2003.
Member of the 1990 committee on Health Priorities for the Outaouais, president of the Concertation Table of all the Health services in the Pontiac from 1992 to 1995, founding member of the Regional Corporation of Procurements in 1994.
In the 90s, she was a founding member of the very first Economic Development for the Pontiac MRC and member of the at large committee which included all the mayors of the Pontiac MRC.
As executive director, she promoted the instigating of many community services organizations, in order to respond to the needs of the people of the area. Those organizations have been in the forefront in creating jobs in the area.
She was first elected in 2003 and was re-elected until she decided to retire from active politics. During her time in the National Assembly, she occupied many positions: Parliamentary Assistant of the Health Minister, vice-chair to the Territorial Planning Committee, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, vice-chair of the Committee on Transportation and Environment, Member of the Committee on the the Right to Die With Dignity and a second term as vice-chair to the Committee on Transportation and Environment.
After she retired in 2014, she became a columnist with community radio CHIP-FM. Her main topics were related to the municipal and regional politics. In 2016, she visited most of the municipalities to hear their preoccupations and their relationship with the MRC.

JANE TOLLER

Committed to revitalization of the Pontiac to build jobs, attract investment and retain current residents through improved quality of life measures.
Current owner of Spruceholme Inn, Bryson’s Bistro, Pontiac Conference Centre, Dépôt de Fort-Coulonge and since 2011 Gaultois Inn, Gaultois, Newfoundland.
Currently a member of the Economic SWAT Committee, Arena Board of Fort-Coulonge/Mansfield, president of the Pontiac Tourism Association, Bryson House Committee and Pontiac Piscine/Pool Committee.
Led successful petition for Red Bridge reconstruction 2016.
Created the annual Night of Memories in 2013 that includes a dinner, music and memories to remember the log drive.
2016 was a second place finisher in the Pontiac Chamber of Commerce – Business Person of the Year category.
Started the annual Pontiac Music Festival.
Past experience:
1998 – 2006: Elected City of Toronto councillor, focused on budget and audit, transportation, water/wastewater and garbage recycling and organics, also created the fraud/waste hotline for the city, saving hundreds of millions of dollars;
1994 – 1997: Elected school trustee for East York;
10 years sales with Procter and Gamble, Toronto.
She’s a mother of four older children and has historic roots in the Pontiac through the Bryson family. She has travelled extensively and enjoys sailing, skiing, hiking and music.

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