City Council Bios
The Mayor and all Councillors are members of the business corporation North Bay Hydro Holdings Ltd.
Al McDonald - Mayor
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 17 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:
- 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 - Gathering Place Soup Kitchen
- Co-Chair - North Bay in a Box
- Member - North Bay Millennium Committee
- Co-Chair - MRI Capital Campaign
- North Bay's Newsmaker of the Year 2002
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.
Al is also proud to have spearheaded a Capitol Centre fundraising initiative which included the talents of local artists, business leaders, community builders, members of the media and politicians. "Northern Overexposure" raised $40,000 in one evening.
As President 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.
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.
Al is very active playing hockey during the winter months and competing in triathlons during the summer.
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.
Whether through amateur sport, business, community volunteering, fundraising for charity or worthy causes, Al remains dedicated to the City he calls home, North Bay.
"As your Mayor, my door will be open to you every day and I welcome your input and feedback. My aim is to see our city continue to experience growth, an increasing population and increased prosperity. We are fortunate to call North Bay home."
Business: (705) 474-0400
Sean Lawlor is in his first term as a Councillor working for the City of North Bay. Sean is the Chair of Community Services and also sits on the DNSSAB, Heritage North Bay, North Bay Hydro Holdings, the Planning Advisory Committee and the YMCA Board.
Sean was born and raised in North Bay. He and his wife Lisa have two young children. He is currently the General Manager of LACmedia and also manages the firm of Lawlor and Associates Consultants Inc.
Prior to becoming involved in municipal politics, Sean was President of the North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce for a period of two years. He has served as a Director and an Executive member of the Chamber for a period of 4 years.
Over the past several years Sean has been actively involved with the rejuvenation of the August long weekend Festival, formerly known as the Heritage Festival.
Sean believes that listening to people, problem solving and action are the only way to ensure that he is truly reflecting, representing and working in the best interests of people.
Don't hesitate to contact Sean if you have any questions or concerns.
This is my second 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 4 years I have and continue to work for LIPI - Low Income People Involvement of Nipissing
- I am an active volunteer in the community (ex. Capitol Centre)
- 10 year Legion member
- I am a strong advocate for housing and transit
I am honest, hardworking and and I believe in voting with my conscience. Last term I sat on the General Government Committee, the Planning Advisory Committee, the Capitol Centre, the North Bay Public Library Board, the Concerned Citizens Committee and the Waste Resource Liaison Committee. This next term I will Chair Engineering and Public Works and sit on the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board, the North Bay - Mattawa Conservation Authority and continue to serve on the Waste Resource Liaison Committee and the Concerned Citizens Committee. I look forward to increasing my role and involvement in the city over this next term.
Dave Mendicino is currently on his third term as city councillor and serves as Vice Chair of the Community Services Committee. He also sits on the boards for Cassellhome, the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority, the Downtown Improvement Area and the Planning Advisory Committee. Dave's focus over the previous terms's have been on Healthy Active Living and our aging population and these will continue to remain a priority for him over this current term. He was born and raised in North Bay and in 1993, made a quality of life decision to move back to the city that he loves.
Business: (705) 471-2359
Residential: (705) 497-9975
Chris Mayne is a second term and and serves as Vice-Chair of the Community Services Committee. He also sits on the Waste Resource Liaison Committee and Nipissing District Social Services Board for the City of North Bay, Chairing the Housing Task Force and Audit Committees. In the community Chris is a Past President of the Rotary Club of North Bay, a founding member of The Friends of La Vase Portages, 2007 Chair of the North Bay Blooms Committee , past Board member North Bay Titans Swim Team and is a past Director with the North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce.
A life long resident of North Bay, graduate of Dr Carruthers Public School and Chippewa Secondary School, Chris, Lori and their three children live, work and are continuing their education in North Bay.
While owning a decent set of golf clubs, outdoor photography and canoeing are his real recreational passions, major trip todate being 15 nights on the Nahanni River in the N.W.T.
Business: (705) 474-1532
Residential: (705) 494-8358
I am a first generation Canadian born in Toronto in 1962 to a Hungarian father and an East German mother. I was also educated in Toronto.
I met my husband Anthony Koziol, a Bonfield boy at the University in Toronto. We married in 1984 and then moved to North Bay in 1985.
This is my third term serving the citizens of North Bay.
I currently am the Vice Chair of General Government.
The following is a list of the various Agencies/Board Committees I sit on beyond the ones Council as a whole forms: District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board - there are four sub-committees of this Board. I currently sit on two (Social Services Committee and Housing and EMS Committee), Nipissing District Housing Corporation, Planning Advisory Committee and the Municipal Heritage Committee.
Should any citizen want more information or have concerns about how I am doing my job for them, I can be reached on my dedicated constituency line 705-476-8769. I have e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org<), facebook and so on, but I am old school to a degree and prefer to talk or meet with people directly.
Mike Anthony is serving his fourth straight term on North Bay City Council; having been first elected in 2000, and was honoured to be returned to council in each of the three following elections. He considers it a privilege to serve his community. Mike has worked on a variety of boards and commissions, and currently will be one of the council representatives on the Downtown Improvement Boards, the Library Board, and the Health Unit for the 2010--2014 term.
Mike was born in Nova Scotia and graduated from St Mary's University (Halifax) and then North Bay's Canadore College in the Broadcast Journalism program. For several years Mike covered news for a variety of radio stations, which educated him on city issues and resulted in his decision to run for municipal politics.
Mike has also worked as an employment advisor, workshop designer & facilitator, taught communications courses at the college level, and managed a marketing centre.
He and his partner Tanya Retson reside in the Pinewood area.
Residential: (705) 494-4668
Mac Bain is a third term Councilor (first elected in 2003) and sits on the General Government Committee of Council. Mac also sits on North Bay-Parry Sound District Health Unit, the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, he North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority and was the former Chair of the North Bay Hydro Distributing Company.
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. Mac is a member of the North Bay Masonic Lodge # 420, and was a former 3 term director of the North Bay Chamber of Commerce.
Mac has an acute interest in politics. He served on council in Callander, before moving to North Bay in 1992. He has served as President for the Federal and Provincial Nipissing Liberal Association.
He really enjoys time with his wife and daughter, golfing, home improvement projects and vacations away with his wife!
Business: (705) 472-8810
Residential: (705) 494-9730
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 www.georgemaroosis.ca
Phone: (705) 472-5888
Daryl Vaillancourt is a third term Councillor and sits on the Community Services Committee of Council.
Mr. Vaillancourt is a member of the North Bay Jack Garland Airport Board of Directors and the current Chairman of the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit.
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.
- Current - Organizing Committee Member - Armed Forces Day
- Current - Chairman - OSPCA Animal Welfare knowledge Enrichment Program
- 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 Member - Planning Advisory Committee
- Past Board Member - Nipissing Social Services Administration Board
- Past Finance Chairman - North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit
- Past Honorary Chairman - 'Le Carnaval'
- Past Board Member - Nipissing University Board of Governors
Sarah Campbell is now in her fifth term of being elected to North Bay City Council and most thankful for all the support given to her in those elections to be able to serve this community in many of these roles. Since first elected as Councillor in l997 she has served on many Agencies, Boards and Commissions. Her first priority was always the environment and land use planning.
Sarah was the Chair of the Planning Advisory Committee and served on that board for a total of l2 years. She was an advisor on just about all the watershed environmental assessment studies done in this City including the North Bay Escarpment Study. Her first love was the environmental cause and she first began serving this community in that vein since l993. Sarah has served on the Y.M.C.A. Board, Board of Health, North Bay and Area Museum, District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board, North Bay Public Library Board, Economic Development in its various formats, Waste Resources Committee, Downtown Improvement Association, Wind Committee, Youth out-migration and several task committees under the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board such as Children's Services, Emergency Medical, Audit, Community Housing, Ontario Works and Executive Committee.
Sarah chose for the first three terms on Council to stay with Engineering and Works Committee dealing with the Landfill, New Water-filtration Plant, Pesticide By-law, and trial Wind Regime Project and Methane Studies.
In this new term Sarah is a member of the Engineering & Works Committee.
Sarah has also decided to concentrate her energies this term with the social needs of North Bay and has chosen to sit on most Committees under the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board's mandate.. Her main desire in serving the people of this community in this term of Council, is to address the social economic impacts within our Region and Our City and to stay active on issues concerning the environmental cause, and land-use planning initiatives.
Residential: (705) 474-5250