Meet Owen Sound’s New Council

Monday, December 1, Owen Sound’s new council will be sworn into office, beginning their 2014-2018 term.

During the election campaign, The Grey Bruce Business Journal asked,

‘First of all, tell us a little about your background and overall platform.’

We are awaiting responses from Councillor Peter Lemon.


Mayor-elect Ian Boddy

Mayor Ian Boddy

‘Born in North Grey and raised in Owen Sound as a Fifth Generation Boddy, Ian comes from a long line of independent small business entrepreneurs. His father ran a well-known men’s clothing shop in downtown Owen Sound. Ian grew up working alongside his father, assisting with the multitude of tasks that accompany owning a small business. He understands the importance of effective financial management and good planning. Over the years, he has advocated for hundreds of family and criminal clients, most of whom are of limited means and dependent on legal aid certificates, sometimes on a pro bono basis. His clients’ needs are first and foremost, which is how he plans to run the city.’
Mayor Ian Boddy


Arlene Wright

Deputy Mayor Arlene Wright

‘I served on the Grey County Board of Education for 15 years, 9 of those as Chair.   I worked for the Ministry of Education as a Commissioner of Education from 1997 to 2001.  I ran for City Council in 2002 as a Councillor and in 2006 IO was acclaimed as City/County Councillor and again in 2010.   This year the position was changed to that of Deputy Mayor.   I ran on the platform that I would continue to work in the best interests of the people of Owen Sound and Grey County.’
Deputy Mayor Arlene Wright


Travis Dodd - Owen Sound Council Candidate

Councillor Travis Dodd

‘I was born and raised in Owen Sound. After high school I had the opportunity, to volunteer with an organization that was funded through the Canadian International Development Agency to promote positive life choices for youth across North and South America.

I attended the University of Guelph, where I graduated in Political Science. Upon graduation I always knew I would return to Owen Sound as it was always my home. Now when I think ahead about my future, I want to ensure when I have children they will have a similar perspective of our great City as I do.

As the City’s youngest candidate, I strongly believe Council needs to become more diversified in its representation of our population. I believe in technological and economic growth through prosperous sectors that could offer a “new perspective” to our region. I also strongly believe youth development is essential for the future of our community.’ Councillor Travis Dodd


Councillor-elect Scott Greig

Councillor Scott Greig

‘My name is Scott Greig. I am 40 years old, married 14 years to Tracy and father of 2 children. I am the son of long time municipal politician Howard Greig who served twice as Grey County Warden.

In 2006 Tracy and I opened Runner’s Den, a business in downtown Owen Sound receiving the Owen Sound Chamber of Commerce New Business of the Year Award. In 2013 we relocated our business to revitalize a component of our downtown more than doubling our previous store size. I look to bring that same competitive initiative to help grow our community.’ Councillor Scott Greig


Marion Koepke

Councillor Marion Koepke

‘I have a sincere desire to serve my community as I have since moving here in 1967 when I married my husband Gord. I began working for the City in 1984 moving into the role of Deputy Clerk in 1988 and Clerk in 2007 retiring in 2010.

This City needs to build a team of Council that can work together for the betterment of our taxpayers. I strongly feel that we should recognize Owen Sound for the “size” it is and that focus needs to be placed on our “better qualities” making this the place “where you want to live”.’ Councillor Marion Koepke


Jim McManaman - Owen Sound City Council

Councillor Jim McManaman

‘I am 45 years old and I was born and raised in the Owen Sound area. I am married with 3 young children. I have been a professional Firefighter for 24 years and an Acting Captain for 6 years. My community background involves being a member of the Kiwanis Club and Minor Soccer for nearly 30 years. I was first elected to City Council in 2003.

The City faces many challenges and financial pressures, including a large infrastructure deficit and the loss of nearly a million dollars in provincial government funding. That will require tough decisions and strong leadership from Council. But as we move forward, we can’t lose focus on what makes Owen Sound great…our sports, culture, parks and natural attractions. I want to continue to build a community that makes Owen Sound a place…where you want to live. Where you want to raise your family. Where your business will prosper.’ Councillor Jim McManaman


Councillor-elect Brian O'Leary

Councillor Brian O’Leary

‘I was born and raised in Owen Sound and have been married to my wife Lee Anne for 32 years. Together we raised our two boys here (Mark and Andy) and we own and operate two car washes on 10th street west in Owen Sound. Andy and my daughter-in-law Ashley have given us a grandson (Evan Michael) so the future of Owen Sound is more important to me than ever.

I have spent the better part of the last 25 years coaching hockey, and I plan on using the skills I have learned to, turn Owen Sound into a championship city. I look at city taxpayers and the business community as members of my team, and I look forward to playing a part in bringing new business to our region.’
Councillor Brian O’Leary  


Richard Thomas - Owen Sound Council Candidate

Councillor Richard Thomas

‘I worked in communications for 35 years, the last 15 as the owner of my own company. I have been on the Public Library Board for 11 years, 7 as chair; I am on the Hospital Foundation Board and I have been part of the MRI and Cancer Campaigns; I worked on the Rec Centre campaign; and I have been President of the group that saved the Marine and Rail Museum.

I am running on a campaign of community engagement, municipal partnerships, responsible spending, and support for the hospital, college and culture. Owen Sound can be more than it is.’ Councillor Richard Thomas


The Grey Bruce Business Journal also asked,
What strategies do you have in mind to stimulate economic growth in the region?’

Do you think local business taxes are at a fair rate, or should be lowered or raised? Should there be any changes in the municipal services provided to businesses, (such as garbage removal)?’

‘What do you see has been the largest challenge over the last 10 years, faced by business operators in your region?’

One Response

Okay, the party is over. lets get busy righting this ship! All the best to the new council!



Learn to Network

Business Networking International (BNI) Sound Networking meets Each Wednesday 7:00 – 8:30 AM at Frog Ponds Cafe

Meet local business people and find out how networking is one of the most effective methods for marketing your business.
Visitors are always welcome, just call ahead to let us know you are coming 519-371-2622.

Business Enterprise Centre Workshops

Basics of Bookkeeping (Three part workshop)
Tuesday September 19th and 26th and Tuesday October 3rd, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Business Enterprise Centre Training Room $95 (HST included)
Facilitator: Jane Gallagher
This three part Bookkeeping Workshop will allow you to use the tools and information to confidently understand your financial statements and your own books. Class size is limited to 8 to allow a hands-on, individual learning opportunity for everyone.

Business Enterprise Centre Workshops

How to “Really” Start a Business
Wednesday September 20th, 9:00 am – 11:30 am, Bayshore Community Centre
FREE – Pre-registration is required
Facilitator: Cliff Bilyea
Discover the basic steps involved in starting a business, evaluating your idea, determining your market and basic rules and regulations. Attending the is workshop is mandatory for anyone applying to the Starter Company Plus Program.

Business Enterprise Centre Workshops

Introduction to Quick Books (Two part workshop)
Tuesday October 17th and 24th, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Business Enterprise Centre Training Room, $80 (HST Included)
Instructor: Jane Gallagher
The first session of Quick Books provides participants with an overview and access to a trial version of the program. The second session will be questions and answers to address specific issues. Knowledge of basic bookkeeping principles is required. Limited to 8, you must bring your own laptop. (This workshop does not cover the online version of Quick Books)


Phone: 519 371 7464
Fax: 519 371 4043
Address: 1240 2nd Ave E
Owen Sound, ON N4K 2J3

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