Geoff and his wife Henny moved to Aurora in 1977. Their three daughters were born and raised here. As a father, a businessman and civic minded resident, he quickly became involved in our community: cubs, scouts and guides; the Rotary club; Trinity Anglican Church; the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, where he was named president (2009); the "Grow your Mind" fundraising campaign for the Aurora Public Library; board member and then Chair, Aurora Public Library Board and then, in 2010 in a landslide victory, Geoff was elected as Mayor, for the Town of Aurora.
As Mayor, Geoff has represented the Town at Regional Council, on the Board of Southlake Health Centre, as the Vice-Chair of the Lake Simcoe Regional Conservation Authority and as Honourary Commandant of the Queen's York Rangers Cadet Corps.
In all cases, Geoff has worked hard to make a positive difference. When elected Mayor, his first goal was to get us back on track and then get us moving forward. He was committed to making decisions that served the interests of all Aurorans. We are all proud to say that four years later, Aurora is now considered the best place to live in York Region!
Experience – without Hype
With over 25 years of proven business experience and community involvement, Geoff has compiled an enviable track record of experience that has proven beneficial to our community. His experience is real, relevant and readily transferable to the needs of all Aurora residents.
He believes what you believe; that running the $80 million dollar corporation of Aurora, requires legitimate, real world business experience and demonstrated leadership abilities — not simply long service as a politician.
Quality Integrators Corporation (1986 to 2010): Founder & President — leading supplier of manufacturing management systems to the North American (Fortune 100) food processing industry.
Cabletel Communications — Major Canadian distributor of cable television products (1981 – 1986): Senior executive (Director Technical Services)
The Ontario Society of Cable Television Engineers (1982 – 1988): Executive Committee, (Treasurer), The SCTE is a non-profit group dedicated to the training and overall education of those working in the cable television industry.
Mayor, Town of Aurora 2010 – to present
Chair, Lake Simcoe Regional Conservation Authority
Town of Aurora Representative, York Region Council
Honourary Commandant of the Queen's York Rangers Cadet Corps.
Aurora Public Library: Member of the Board for 7 years;
Vice-Chair 1 year
Vice-Chair Executive Recruitment Committee
Chair, 4 years: successfully implemented succession strategy and subsequent recruitment and hiring of a new Chief Executive Officer,
Completion of Strategic Plan
Aurora Public Library: Co-Chair, "Grown Your Mind" Fund raising campaign — raised $773,000 in support of the new library
Aurora Chamber of Commerce
23 Year member
Board member for 7 years
Director of the Networking Committee
Director of Procedures Committee
President: 1 year (2009-2010)
Recruitment and hiring of new Executive Director
Initiation and Completion of the Chamber's first Strategic Plan, including initiating a new Board governance model
Streamlining of Board meetings for efficiency
Trinity Anglican Church: Executive committee, Board member, Treasurer, Rector's (senior) Warden, Parish Selection Committee member
Aurora Film Circuit: Founding member and Treasurer. Forming in 2006, the AFC is a volunteer initiative committed to enhancing the arts and cultural experience in Aurora. This success group has raised thousands of dollars for the Aurora Public Library.
Aurora Youth Soccer Club (AYSC): Coach & Sponsor
Lester B Pearson School Council: Founding member & former Chair of the provincially mandated school council.
Town of Aurora: Aurora Business Ambassador — program initiated by the Town to promote business opportunities. I was invited to join as a result of my international business contacts.
Town of Aurora: Aurora Business Development Committee — predecessor to the current Economic Development committee. Lead initiative to make Aurora a centre of excellence for ISO 9000 registration.
Rotary Club of Aurora: Member, including the Executive Committee
York Regional Police: Crime Prevention Committee. Worked with the YRP to encourage community engagement as a crime prevention strategy.