Council Biographies

The Mayor and all Councillors are members of the business corporation North Bay Hydro Holdings Ltd.

North Bay City Council 2014 – 2018

Back Row: Councillor Jeff SerranCouncillor Derek ShogrenCouncillor Mike AnthonyCouncillor Mac BainCouncillor George MaroosisCouncillor Daryl Vaillancourt.

Front Row: Councillor Mark KingCouncillor Sheldon ForgetteMayor Allan McDonaldCouncillor Tanya VreboschCouncillor Chris Mayne.


Al McDonald - Mayor

Al is serving his second term as Mayor of the City of North Bay after receiving 84% of the vote. It is not uncommon for citizens of North Bay to say “he is everywhere.” He works 14-16 hours a day, 7 days a week for his city and after is heard saying, “I love my city.” Al truly believes it is an honour to be Mayor and believes public service is the greatest way to give back.

Al was born in Marville, France. His father was a pilot and Colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces, and they moved often when Al was younger. From Comox, British Columbia to Goose Bay, Labrador, and everywhere in between, AI has had the pleasure of living in a variety of places. In 1976, Al moved to North Bay, and decided to make the Bay his home.

Moving often gave AI the opportunity to meet wonderful people and experience Canada from a unique perspective. Although having lived in many lovely places, North Bay is truly home for Al and his partner of 21 years, Wendy Abdallah.

Through the years, Al has served the community as a Deputy Mayor and Councillor, as Member of Provincial Parliament, as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Enterprise, on numerous boards, agencies and committees and through thousands of volunteer hours on community projects both big and small.

A graduate of Widdifield High School, Al has been a successful entrepreneur and has founded and owned many successful businesses. Al has also mentored young entrepreneurs who have gone on to create successful businesses of their own. But it is through community involvement that Al has made his most significant contributions and has found his greatest rewards.

Al is a hard working, approachable guy who has served as:

  • Co-Chair – 6M MRI Capital Campaign
  • Co-Chair – Regional Robotics Competition
  • Co-Chair – ONE PLEDGE Campaign
  • Co-Chair – Coldest Night of the Year Fundraiser
  • North Bay’s Newsmaker of the Year 2010
  • North Bay’s Citizen of the Year 2010
  • North Bay's Newsmaker of the Year 2002
  • President – North Bay Humane Society
  • President – North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce
  • Chair – North Bay Heritage Festival
  • Member – The Learning Library Capital Campaign
  • Chair – Save the Cents Committee
  • Chair – Save the Ski Hill Committee
  • Chair and Founder – North Bay Walk of Fame
  • Chair – North Bay Citizen of the Year
  • Director – Kiwanis Club of North Bay
  • Co-Chair – "Top Secret" Fundraiser for the Capitol Centre
  • Co-Chair – “Live on the Red Carpet”
  • Member – North Bay Economic Development Commission
  • Member – North Bay Police Services Board
  • Founder – Lacrosse North Bay
  • Director – Halfway House North Bay
  • Lead Donor – The Gathering Place Soup Kitchen
  • Co-Chair – North Bay in a Box
  • Member – North Bay Millennium Committee
  • Co-Chair – MRI Capital Campaign


Al is especially proud to have Chaired the “Save the Cents” and the “Save the Hill” Committees, both of which generated significant community support and involvement. In fact, Al led a volunteer group that took a bankrupt and closed community ski hill and in one year, turned it around and ended with a $450,000 surplus.

As a founder of the Nipissing Lakers Hockey Club, Al derives tremendous pleasure knowing high-caliber hockey is available in North Bay once again. Al partnered with Nipissing University to bring a high profile varsity sport to Nipissing University and the City of North Bay. In 2009, the Lakers were named North Bay's newsmaker of the year as well as the sports story of the year.

As a catalyst for returning Lacrosse to North Bay, Al has introduced Canada’s true national sport to hundreds of local youth. Al partnered with Nipissing University to bring a high profile varsity sport to Nipissing University and the City of North Bay. In 2009, the Lakers were named North Bay's newsmaker of the year as well as the sports story of the year.

Charitable contributions and volunteering are important to Al; in fact, Al donated the use of a building and paid all utilities to help start The Gathering Place, a local soup kitchen.

As a catalyst for returning Lacrosse to North Bay, Al has introduced Canada’s true national sport to hundreds of local youth.

Al is very active playing hockey during the winter months and competing in triathlons, 5K and 10K runs, and sports of all kinds and can be seen running on the main Streets of North Bay. When asked why he runs on the main throughways instead of the scenic waterfront, he will reply “I want people to see that as busy as a Mayor can be, even the Mayor takes 45 minutes to get exercise everyday” It is well known in the community, that the Al supports physical activity and a healthy active lifestyle by his actions. In fact, one of the priorities of the City of North Bay is healthy community.

Al’s partner, Wendy, works with victims of crime in the Ministry of Attorney General's office at the North Bay Courthouse. Al and Wendy love to spend time with their daughter Khouri, son-in-law Marc, and their three grandchildren – Kaedyn, Briir and Khov who are active in many sports.

Whether through amateur sport, business, community volunteering, fundraising for charity or worthy causes, Al remains dedicated to the City he calls home, North Bay.

Contact Information

Business: (705) 474-0400

Sheldon Forgette

On October 27th, 2014, Sheldon was elected to Council and made Canadian history by becoming one of Canada’s youngest Deputy Mayors. Sheldon decided to Chair General Government along with that accepting the role of the City’s Budget Chief.

Sheldon Forgette is currently hard at work with the following organizations:

  • North Bay Computer Doctors – Chief Executive Officer
  • Shel-Core Property Management - Owner
  • The Rotaract Club of North Bay & Nipissing - Member
  • Kiwanis Club of Nipissing – President Elect
  • North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce - Young Professionals’ Committee
  • Le Bonne Homme Carnaval - Working on the planning committee
  • Big Brothers & Big Sisters North Bay - Director with the Board of Directors
  • Stepping Stones Services - Director with the Board of Directors
  • North Bay & District Food Bank - Member
  • Navy League Cadets - Branch Member
  • DIA (Downtown Improvement Area Board of Management) – Board Member
  • North Bay Hydro Holdings Limited – Board Member
  • Nipissing District Social Services Administration Board (DNSSAB) – Board Member
  • North Bay Police Services Board – Board Member
  • North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce Board – Council Representative
  • North Bay Planning Advisory Committee – Board Member
  • Municipal Heritage Committee – Board Member


Sheldon’s campaign was focused on economic development, growing our City at a healthy rate, and attracting new citizens to our beautiful City.

Thank you for electing me to serve you and to make our City an even greater place to live. Please feel free to contact me with any of the options listed below.

Together let’s build a better North Bay!

Contact Information

Business: 705-845-0714

Tanya Vrebosch

This is my third term on City Council, and I am very proud to be able to represent the people of North Bay for the next 4 years.

A little bit about myself:

  • I was born in Corbeil
  • I am an alumni of St Joseph School, St Joseph Scollard Hall and Canadore College
  • I moved into town at the age of 18 while attending Canadore
  • My parents are Bill and Gisele Vrebosch (Corbeil),
  • My siblings are Lisa (Mississauga), Louise (Toronto) and Billy (Toronto)
  • I have a family history of politics - my grandfather George Gravelle was the Reeve of East Ferris Township and my father Bill is the current Mayor of East Ferris and has been in politics for the past 35 years
  • For the past 9 years I have and continue to work for LIPI - Low Income People Involvement of Nipissing
  • 10+ year Legion member
  • I am a strong advocate for housing and transit

I am honest, hardworking and I believe in voting with my conscience in a fiscal and responsible manner.

Last term I took over as Deputy Mayor, Budget Chief and Chair of the General Government Committee. During the same term I also sat as the Chair of Engineering, Public Works and Environmental Services.

This Term I will be returning as the Chair of Engineering & Works. Past committees that I've sat on include: the Planning Advisory Committee, the Capitol Centre, the North Bay Public Library Board, the Concerned Citizens Committee, the Waste Resource Liaison Committee, the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board, Nipissing District Housing Corporation, the North Bay - Mattawa Conservation Authority and Heritage North Bay.

I look forward to representing the citizens of North Bay for another four years.

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Mark King

Mark King was born and raised in North Bay and is owner of H. Freeman & Co. since 1998. Prior to business ownership Mark enjoyed a 23 year career in rail traffic control with CN rail. A study of rail traffic system throughout Canada were the building blocks for his supervision of work programs in the Great Lakes Region and eventual responsibility for rail traffic in North Eastern and Northwestern Ontario and GTA, including GO Transit.

As a principal of Markwood Estates, Mark gained extensive municipal planning and land use experience with the successful development and construction of a 32 lot subdivision in North Bay.

As an executive of the North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce he served as a director as President and Past president. He chaired both the Tourism and Government Affairs Committees of the Chamber providing valuable insight into both the assets and challenges of North Bay and area.

Mark brings a wealth of relevant experience from his participation in the North Bay Planning Advisory Committee, the Blue Sky Economic Growth Corporation, North Bay Hydro Board, Laurentian Ski Hill Board, ANTA and Discovery Routes. Mark is proud of his work as President of the North Bay Taxpayers Association sharing values for accountable, transparent and financially responsible municipal government.

Mark has also served on City Council since January of 2014 after the departure of the Deputy Mayor to Western Canada. This has provided a great learning curve and he has enjoyed the experience as a committee member of Community Services. This experience will now provide the background for his new position as Chair of Community Services.

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Chris Mayne

Chris Mayne is a third term Councillor for the City of North Bay having been first elected in 2006. He is currently the Vice Chair Engineering & Works.

He has represented the City of North Bay as a Board member on the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board, Casselholme, North Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority, Waste Resources Liaison Committee, Nipissing District Housing Corporation and the North Bay Heritage Committee.

In addition to Council he is a Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Nipissing, Past President of the Rotary Club of North Bay, Vice Chair of the North Bay and Area Community Foundation, Past United Way Community Approvals Committee Vice Chair, Past Chair Friends of Lavase Portages, Past Chair North Bay Blooms, Past Vice Chair Ministry Natural Resources Citizens Advisory Committee, Board member of the Friends of Laurier Woods, Stepping Stones Services and is also a past Director of the North Bay Chamber of Commerce. His personal interests include travel, canoeing and photography.

Contact Information

Business: (705) 474-1532

Derek Shogren

Derek Shogren is a first time Councillor and is the Vice-Chair of the General Government Committee.

Derek is the General manager of Canadian Tire in North Bay. He was the President of the North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce for the last two years and also served as President in 2003 making him the only person to chair the 900 member group in two different decades.

Derek’s family has a long history in North Bay with his Grandfather, Dr. Ralph Foster, opening up a dental practice on Main Street in the 1930’s upstairs at what is now the Capitol Centre and practicing there for 48 years. Derek’s Dad was a proud member of the RCAF serving his country for 37 years including 2 postings to CFB North Bay.

Volunteering throughout his busy work life Derek, in addition to his two terms as Chamber President, has also held several leadership positions on many boards and organizations such as:

  • Past Finance Chair of North Bay Health Unit
  • Past Chair of the Labour Market Group
  • Served five years as Chair of Heritage Festival/ Summer in the Park
  • Past President Rebuilt Resources
  • Member of Aerospace Committee
  • Present Board member of YMCA


These are just a few of Derek’s leadership roles in the community throughout his life in North Bay. In addition he sat on Committee to save hospital beds moving to Sudbury and was also part of the leadership group at the Chamber that fought the sale of the ONTC along with other stakeholders.

Derek has a university degree in Economics along with 28 years of business experience and has been responsible for hundreds of employees as well as budgets in the tens of millions of dollars.

Contact Information

Cell: (705) 471-3255

Mike Anthony

Mike Anthony prides himself on the notion that he works for YOU, not city hall; and strives to return all emails or calls within 1 to 2 business days. He has been serving on North Bay City Council since his first effort in the 2000 election. Now in his fifth term, Mike currently serves on the the Community Services Committee, and in the past has acted as Chair of Community Services and Vice Chair of General Government which is the committee that primarily oversees the city’s budget.
In recent years he has fought for lower gas prices in the north, led the effort to establish online streaming of council meetings, and was one of the authors of the motion to establish the city's first dog park.
Mike’s full-time career has primarily been in communications and as a marketing specialist. He has worked as a reporter, radio announcer, radio account executive, college instructor, and in project management with a well-known local advertising agency.He resides in the Pinewood area with his wife Tanya Retson.
Currently Mike is a passionate member of a variety of boards and commissions, including:
-the Downtown Improvement board
-the Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee (MAAC)
-the Capitol Centre board of directors
-the Municipal Operational Review Committee
-the Long-term Financial Review Committee
In the past, his community service has included a variety of volunteer roles:
-being a Big Brother
-serving as a director with the Chamber of Commerce
-serving as a board member of the Health Unit
-acting a board member & vice chair of Casselholme for the Aged
-volunteering for fundraising on behalf of The Warming Centre, Salvation Army & the local Alzheimer Society
-acting as a director of the North Bay Library Board
-serving as a volunteer board member of the YMCA
-working as a member of the North Bay Economic Development Commission
-working with the Planning Advisory Committee (PAC)

Contact Information

Residential: (705) 494-4668

Daryl Vaillancourt

Daryl Vaillancourt is a fourth term Councillor and Vice-Chair of the Community Services Committee of Council.

Mr. Vaillancourt is a member of the North Bay Jack Garland Airport Board of Directors and the Planning Advisory Committee.

He and his wife Michele have two daughters and are proud North Bay residents.

Daryl is an alumnus of Scollard Hall, a licenced commercial pilot, an experienced business man and professional manager.

Community & Professional Involvement:

  • Current - Invest North Bay (City of North Bay Economic Development Board)
  • Current - Downtown Inc. (City of North Bay – Economic Development Committee)
  • Current - Chairman - OSPCA Animal Welfare knowledge Enrichment Program
  • Current - Investigations Advisory Committee (OSPCA)
  • Current - Services to the North Committee (OSPCA)
  • Current - Organizing Committee Member - Armed Forces Day
  • Past Distinguished President - Kiwanis Club of North Bay
  • Past Board Member - North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Airshow Chairman - North Bay Heritage Festival
  • Past Chairman – North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit
  • Past Finance Chairman - North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit
  • Past Honorary Chairman - 'Le Carnaval'
  • Past Board Member - Nipissing University Board of Governors
  • Past Board Member - DNSSAB


Contact Information

(705) 471-4007
Twitter - @D_Vaillancourt

Mac Bain

Mac Bain is a fourth term Councillor (first elected in 2003) and is a member of the Community Services Committee of Council. Mac also sits on North Bay-Parry Sound District Health Unit (former Board Chair), the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (Past President), the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (Director), the Waste Resources Liaison Committee, was the former Chair of the North Bay Hydro Distributing Company and was a Board Member of Waste Diversion Ontario.

Mac graduated from West Ferris Secondary School in 1982, and went on to study Funeral Service Education at Humber College in Toronto. After graduation from Humber in 1985, Mac joined the staff at Martyn Funeral Home, where he had apprenticed the year before. He is presently the Vice-Chair of the Board of Funeral Service and was a Past President of the North Eastern Ontario Funeral Directors Association.

He really enjoys time with his wife, daughters and three grandchildren. When time permits Mac likes to golf, work on home improvement projects and vacations away with his wife!

Contact Information

Business: (705) 472-8810
Residential: (705) 498-9510

George Maroosis

George Maroosis was born and raised in North Bay. He is a father and grandfather George Maroosis follows his grandfather, father and uncles as North Bay businessmen. The family arrived in the early 1900's and have over 100 years of service to the community.

The Maroosis Family has owned and operated several notable businesses the Arcadian Tearoom, Arcadian Grill, Lakeview Inn, Arcadian KFC, Cedar Coffee Shop and K Bros Maroosis Art Gallery and Picture Frame Centre.

George Maroosis was first elected in 1982

He is a member of the General Government Committee of Council. He is currently the Chair of the Nipissing District Social Services Administration Board and a member of the Board of Cassellholme Home for the Aged

George invites you to visit his web site

Contact Information

Phone: (705) 472-5888

Jeff Serran

Jeff Serran is serving his first term on North Bay City Council; having been elected in 2014, and was honoured to be voted in on his first time for city council. Jeff has previously served in municipal politics with the Near North District School Board where he finished his final year as the Vice-Chair of their Board. Jeff has worked on a variety of boards within North Bay and provincially including the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce, the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association to name a couple. Jeff currently will be one of the Council representatives on: the North Bay Public Library Board, YMCA Board, North Bay-Mattawa Conversation Authority and the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board.

Jeff was born and raised in the city of North Bay and is one of many generations that have called North Bay home.

Jeff currently works as the Executive Director for the Board of Management of the North Bay Downtown Improvement Area where their mandate is to "preserve and develop the heart of North Bay".

He and his wife Tammy Serran reside in the West Ferris area and they have two grown children who live abroad.

Contact Information

Residential: (705) 495-1573