Minister Bains named five technology groups each getting part of up to $950 million for “superclusters” initiative, aimed at fostering growth and creating jobs. #Guelph is part of the Ontario Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster: Read about it HERE!

Earlier this year I sent the following letter in support of this bid:

I’d like to thank everyone involved! Especially the leadership of Linamar! From providing feedback, letters of support and commitment, advice, and insight into how this bid could be best positioned for success. This was truly a collaborative achievement.

News article from The Toronto Star is HERE.

Why is this so important?

  • Advanced manufacturing is critical to the success of the Canadian economy — this supercluster will help manufacturers across Canada become world leaders in the application of advanced technologies and will help technology firms build the next generation of tools for advanced manufacturing

• The Innovation Superclusters Initiative is an important co-investor in the success of Canada’s manufacturing industry

• The Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster Strategy will build on the overlapping density of manufacturing and technology in Southern Ontario

• There are three pillars to the Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster strategy:

◦ co-invest in collaborative, industry-led projects in things like vision systems, AI, IoT, data security, robotics, advanced materials, and additive manufacturing

◦ support the creation of new tools, testbeds, and infrastructure to help create the next generation of manufacturing firms

◦ build out a robust ecosystem of supports and services that accelerate technology adoption in manufacturing i.e. technology readiness assessments, training and skills development, and go-to-market support

• The Supercluster aims to create a critical mass of innovation activity with gravity powerful enough to attract talent, technology, investment, and customers from around the world.

I’d like to thank everyone for attending the Guelph Chamber of Commerce “State of the City” address, highlighting the accomplishments from 2017 and touching on key points for us moving forward!

If you missed the event, a video of the speech is HERE!

The handouts included the following:

The reverse gave bullet points from each square:

The library board business case is found HERE!

I hope you enjoy it and would appreciate any feedback!

Lastly, I mentioned our launch of the new Community Plan! Our united vision!

Take care and let’s be #GuelphProud of what all of us together have and will accomplish!


The downtown library business case comes forward for city council approval on Feb 13th.

After reading this article from the Kitchener Record, I will be adding a further motion for council consideration that we join the resolution passed by Kitchener City Council to look to the Province to increase funding to local libraries.

Please read the article HERE.

Thank you,


Good Day Guelph!

There is an IMICO community meeting that is being hosted by ARQi R&D Inc., and supported by Business Development and Enterprise, tonight January 23rd at 7:00 pm at the Italian Canadian Club.

Similar to the redevelopment of 5 Arthur Street, ARQi wishes to engage the neighbourhood to prepare an Urban Design Master Plan for the property. ARQi therefore wishes to hold this meeting to kick off its relationship with the neighbourhood.

City staff will be present to provide information on the City’s MOU with ARQi and the status of environmental work currently being conducted for the property.

Our General Manager of Guelph Transit, Mike Spicer, is leaving the City to join the Halifax Regional Municipality as its Manager Transit Operations, effective February 2, 2018.

Mike has made significant contributions to Guelph Transit and to our city in general since joining the City of Guelph in 2016.

I’m sorry to see him go, yet fully understand how he could not pass up such an opportunity to further his career! We wish him tremendous success in Halifax.

Take care,