Mayor Drew Dilkens was appointed to the Windsor Police Services Board on December 1st, 2014 and elected to the position of Chair on January 22, 2015. Drew Dilkens was elected Mayor of the City of Windsor on October 27, 2014 and ran on a platform of continued fiscal discipline and pushed for a more regional approach to government in Windsor and Essex County.
Prior to being elected Mayor, and during his eight years as a member of Windsor City Council, he chaired the International Relations Committee, the Essex Windsor Solid Waste Authority, and spearheaded the creation and implementation of the new Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island. He also served as the Vice Chair of the Windsor International Airport Board of Directors, the Planning and Economic Development Committee and EnWin Energy. Mayor Dilkens led the Steering Committee overseeing the construction of Windsor’s $78 million state-of-the-art aquatics facility – the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre and premier family attraction – Adventure Bay.
Mayor Dilkens has an extensive history of community involvement in Windsor. He spent 15 years with the Windsor Police Auxiliary where he was a Staff Sergeant. He was a founding Board Member for the Canadian Manufacturing Hall of Fame. He is also an annual Area Captain in the Windsor Goodfellows Paper Drive. He has served as President to both the Windsor and Essex County Crime Stoppers and Windsor Road Watch programs. Mayor Dilkens is also a past Executive Board Member of Windsor Regional Hospital, a Past Vice-President of the Windsor Jaycees and former Chair of the Windsor Red Cross Emergency Services Unit. He sat on the provincial board of the Human Resource Professional Association (HRPA) - the Ontario regulating body for the HR professionals serving 18,000 members. He currently serves as a member of the Appeals Panel and Government Relations Committee for HRPA.
The Mayor brings a wealth of economic development, international trade, human resource and labour relations experience to the office. He served as an International Trade Officer at the Canadian Consulate in Detroit, a labour relations consultant at a large consulting firm in Detroit, and most recently practised in the areas of labour and employment law at McTague Law Firm in Windsor.
Mayor Drew Dilkens is a lifelong resident of the City of Windsor. He has a Bachelor of Commerce and a law degree from the University of Windsor, called to the bar in 2012. He also has a Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University and received his Doctorate of Business Administration from the International School of Management in Paris, France with a focus on municipal amalgamation in Ontario. He also holds the professional designation of a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP), along with training certificates from the Canadian Foreign Service Institute, Canadian Securities Institute and Federal Bureau of Investigations in the United States.
Mayor Dilkens is married to Jane Deneau and has two young children.
Councillor Jo-Anne Gignac was appointed to the Windsor Police Services Board on January 17, 2011 and elected to the position of Vice-Chair on January 22, 2015. Jo-Anne is a lifelong resident of the Riverside area and was first elected to City Council in 2003 representing Ward 5. A few of Jo-Anne's extensive committee appointments include Licensing Commission, Rail Issues, Essex Windsor Solid Waste Authority, Essex Region Conservation Authority, Lou Romano, Planning Advisory Committee, WFCU, Windsor Canada Utilities, Environmental Master Plan, Service Delivery Review and many more. Her work on the Operating and Capital Budget Committees has been very productive in addressing the financial challenges the City has and will continue to wrestle with.
Additionally, Jo-Anne has represented the community at the School Board level; she was elected in 1988 as a Trustee and subsequently served as Vice-Chairperson and Chairperson of the School Board until 2000 when she decided not to seek re-election. Jo-Anne has also been involved with a number of Community organizations including the Children's Achievement Centre, Windsor Catholic Family Services, Habitat for Humanity, Maycourt and Committee of Adjustment.
Councillor Gignac says her continuing priorities are to attract diversified investment in Windsor to create jobs; continuing our fiscal focus on reducing costs and taxes; promoting safe and clean neighbourhoods, and investing in improved sewers and roads.
Jo-Anne says she is committed to working tirelessly with residents and business, making the tough decisions to achieve an attractive, vibrant community at the forefront of social and economic innovation.
Mr. Michael Ray was appointed to the Windsor Police Services Board on May 11, 2011. He is a retired lawyer, former educator and politician. Mr. Ray was an Ontario Crown Counsel (Civil Law); a municipal Solicitor; and a former Director of Clinical Law with the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. He has been elected as a Member of Provincial Parliament for Windsor-Walkerville and as a member of Windsor City Council. Mr. Ray has served on a number of provincial and federal committees and many community committees, boards and agencies including the Planning Board, Development Commission, Conservation Authority, Police Commission, Harbour Commission, Health Unit, Art Gallery and Symphony. He is currently a member and past Chair of the Windsor Regional Hospital Board and is a director of the Windsor Port Authority.
Mr. Ray holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Honours Economic and Political Science from the University of Western Ontario; a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Windsor; and Secondary School Teachers Certificates from the Ontario College of Education. Mr. Ray was called to the degree of Barrister-at-Law and admitted to the Ontario Bar at Osgoode Hall, Toronto.
Ms. Sophia Chisholm CPA, CA was appointed to the Windsor Police Services Board on June 23, 2016.
Sophia is a Chartered Accountant with twenty years of public accounting and private industry experience. After obtaining her Bachelor of Commerce/Honours Business Administration degree from the University of Windsor, she launched her public accounting and audit career at Deloitte.
Sophia provided advisory and assurance services to numerous non-profit organizations, industries, and businesses of varying sizes. She was also a team member on several Deloitte public audit engagements in the US and Canada.
Beginning in 2006, Sophia has held the position of Secretary Treasurer at Rose City Ford Sales Limited; where she oversees the company’s finance, human resource, and risk management functions. In addition to her full time role at Rose City, Sophia is an active contributor to the local community. She has served on a number of boards and committees, including the role of Treasurer of the Board for Assisted Living Southwestern Ontario (formerly APPD).
Currently, Sophia is the Vice President of the Windsor Essex Children’s Aid Foundation Board and a member of the Finance Committee at Essex Golf & Country Club. She is Windsor-born and bred, with an enthusiasm for supporting the long-term success and safety of our city and surroundings.
Tom Clark, CPA, CA was appointed to the Windsor Police Service Board on November 28, 2013. He is a retired Chartered Accountant.
During his career in public accounting, Tom was a partner at Ernst & Young (1993-2000) and KPMG (2000-2012), and served as Office Managing Partner for the KPMG Windsor office from 2008-2012. In his capacity as a partner with both firms, Mr. Clark served a number of local municipal and other public sector clients. He also served as a key business advisor to many local private company clients.
In addition to holding his CA designation, Tom has Bachelor of Arts, Economics from the University of Western Ontario and an Honors Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Windsor.
Tom is currently a member of the University of Windsor Board of Governors, and his previous board experience includes holding senior board positions with Goodwill Industries, Windsor, the Windsor Walkerville Liberal Association as well as the Essex Kent CA Student’s Association.
Mr. Clark is married to Gwen, and they have two adult sons, Ryan and Tayl
Dr. Gaston J. Franklyn was appointed to the Windsor Services Board on February 12th, 2014. Gaston is a professional educator; he retired as the Executive Vice-President, Academic at St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology, Windsor, Ontario. In addition to his community college experience, Gaston taught at all levels of the educational spectrum: Primary, Secondary and University.
Gaston has served on a range of community and provincial Boards, including the United Way, The Windsor-Essex Development Commission, Canadian Mental Health and the Windsor Regional Hospital. Currently, he is Chair of the Board of the Windsor-Essex Alzheimer Society and a Board member of Children Mental Health of Ontario.
Gaston has been a consultant on educational change management to the governments of: China, the Phillipines, Thailand and the Caribbean.
Gaston holds an M.Ed from the University of Toronto and a PHD from the Psychology and Education Faculty at the University of Ottawa..His PHD thesis Alienation and Achievement Among Indian-Metis and Non-Indian Students in the Mackenzie District of the Northwest Territories was one of the early research that examined the perceived socio-economic barriers preventing native students from achieving their full potential.