Today’s conversation features Guelph City Councillor Leanne Caron interviewing Stephen O’Brien, City Clerk for the City of Guelph
About Leanne Caron | After many years of community activism in the areas of city planning, environment, heritage, and sustainability, Leanne was first elected to City Council in 2006, after serving as an Upper Grand School Board Trustee. She has worked in the public, private and non-profit sectors, including 25 years as a student affairs professional at McMaster University at the University of Guelph. She is the proud mom of four children and in her “spare” time, she is busy restoring a stone house with her husband and cheering for the Raptors.
About Stephen O’Brien | Stephen is the General Manager of the City Clerk’s Office and City Clerk at the City of Guelph. In this capacity, Stephen’s role is diverse – Council secretariat and legislative support services, corporate customer service, access and privacy, corporate records and information management, and election administration all fall under his area of responsibility. Stephen has worked and/or administered four election cycles dating back to 2010 and has provided expert witness advice to the Government of Ontario’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs in the lead up to the passage of the Municipal Elections Modernization Act in 2016. Stephen, his partner and their two children live in Guelph.