MARCO (Mayors and Regional Chairs of Ontario) brings Ontario regional chairs and large, single-tier city mayors together to discuss common issues of concern, including provincial and federal matters. They work together to advocate for policy action and change on behalf of MARCO members. MARCO represents more than 9.7 million residents of Ontario.
MARCO has named Karen Redman as Chair and John Klinck as Vice Chair for the current term of Council.
Karen Redman is Chair of the Region of Waterloo, elected in October 2018. Karen has represented the community at several levels of government including federal, municipal and the board of education. Prior to being elected as Chair, she served on Regional Council as a representative for the City of Kitchener.
“I’m honoured to be named Chair of MARCO,” said Chair Redman. “I look forward to working with my counterparts across Ontario on common issues such as affordable housing, economic development and transit infrastructure funding.”
District of Muskoka Chair John Klinck has been elected Vice Chair of MARCO, and has also been re-appointed to serve as their representative on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Board of Directors. FCM is the national voice of municipal government, with 2,000 members representing 90 per cent of Canadians. Municipal leaders from across Canada assemble each year to set FCM policy on key issues. FCM advocates for municipalities to ensure citizens' needs are reflected in federal policies and delivers tools that help municipalities tackle local challenges.
“I am very honoured and excited to take on leadership roles with both the MARCO and FCM Boards,” said Chair Klinck. “It is a great opportunity to share Muskoka’s perspective at a provincial and national level, while advocating on behalf of all municipalities across Canada.”