I am running to be part of the Ontario caucus of the FCM Board of Directors because I believe I can be an effective voice for issues facing cities in Ontario — exactly the type of issues that FCM is advocating for.
As Mayor of Guelph — a fast-growing, mid-sized southwestern Ontario city — I have had good success getting Guelph's issues on the radar at the federal and provincial levels. Those issues will be familiar to many of you: transit; the infrastructure gap; housing; jobs; successful settlement of immigrants and refugees.
I have been able to cut through the noise and show how policy affects people and families in our city. I believe my experience over the last 8 years on Council and as Mayor, along with my connections and advocacy work through the Large Urban Mayors' Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO) and Mayors of Southwest Ontario (MOSO), will enable me to be an asset to FCM.
The Ontario caucus needs to have a better presence on social media telling the stories of the good work we are doing for our communities. As one of the most-followed municipal leaders in Canada on social media, I can use this platform to tell our stories. I have found social media to be one of the best ways to reach people and engage with decision-makers at all levels.
I would love the opportunity to bring my knowledge of the issues, my relationship-building skills, and my communication abilities to the table as a member of the FCM Board. To find out more about me, you can visit my blog at mayorguthrie.com or contact me on Twitter @camguthrie; by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or cell at 519-829-6430.
Cam Guthrie was elected Mayor of Guelph in 2014, after serving as a Councillor for Ward 4 from 2010 to 2014. A licensed insurance broker and local entrepreneur for 16 years, Cam has served as a speaker and mentor at the Guelph-Wellington Business Enterprise Centre.
He holds a business diploma from Sir Sandford Fleming College. In 2008, the Guelph Mercury named him as one of the city's top "40 Under 40." An avid community volunteer, Cam has served on the Boards of Michael House, the Guelph Neighbourhood Watch Association, and Guelph Crime Stoppers.
He is an accomplished drummer, a supporter of the arts, and a loyal Guelph Gryphons and Guelph Storm fan. Cam's roots in Guelph stretch back to 1919, when his great-grandfather founded Guthrie's Bakery on Quebec Street in downtown Guelph.
Cam and his wife Rachel are proud parents of two children.