George Watson Muncipal Councillor Experience You Can Trust
George Watson Councillor Experience You Can Trust

Experience on Boards, Committees and Municipal Council

2002 to 2011 and 2014 to 2018 – Member of Discipline and Appeals Committee for the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO).

    • Required to comply with the principles of natural justice and fairness with respect to presiding at hearings and issuing decisions.
    • Required to be a current member of RECO, registered under the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act (REBBA) for at least three years.
    • Required to be past member of a Professional Standards, Discipline or Appeals Committee.
    • Required to be familiar with RECO’s membership process and by-laws and be fully conversant with RECO’s Code of Ethics and Guiding Principles and the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act.
    • Applied applicable administrative law and the Statutory Powers and Procedures Act in issuing fair, informed and unbiased decisions.– Have never been disciplined by any professional association or regulatory body;
      – Signed an oath of confidentiality not to disclose or act upon any confidential information obtained as a committee member;
      – Presided on three-person panels for Discipline OR Appeal Hearings.
      – Chaired several pre-hearing and arbitration meetings.

2011 to 2014 – An elected member of the Board of Directors for the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO), mandated to protect the consumer by administering and licensing approximately 65,000 Real Estate registrants across the Province. The Board oversees more than 100 staff and is responsible for education of the registrants and the protection of buyers and sellers in a real estate transaction.
Past President and current executive member of the Wasaga Beach Builders and Contractors Association;

  • A regional association bringing together contractors, subcontractors and related service or trade providers of the local construction industry for the purposes of informing and educating the membership.
  • While president, responsible to chair executive committee, run the meetings, organize guest speakers and provide any and all literature of interest to or that affects our membership; including legislative changes to the Ontario Building Code or Workplace Safety, Ministry of Labour issues, and Revenue Canada obligations.

Former Director of the Georgian Triangle Housing Resource Centre (affordable housing), serving at the County level to represent the Georgian Triangle’s issues and needs relating to housing.

  • Georgian Triangle Housing Resource Centre is a charitable non for profit agency serving all segments of the Georgian Triangle community, dealing with the homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The Centre assists in identifying and working towards eliminating existing barriers to suitable and affordable housing.
  • Services of the Georgian Triangle Housing Resource Centre included:
  • Work with individuals and families with complex needs to prevent homelessness and assist in the search for permanent housing;
  • Administer rent/energy bank programme to prevent evictions and utility cutoffs;
  • Process Winter Warmth applications for Enbridge and Union Gas customers;
  • Act as a backup for the Salvation Army Emergency Bed Programme;
  • Provide life skills counseling such as budgeting with the objective of preventing future eviction and homelessness;
  • Provide information regarding the Residential Tenancy Act (2007) to both landlords and tenants;
  • Operate a housing registry to match landlords and tenants;
  • Serve as resource to groups interested in working on solutions to homelessness;

Past member of the Wasaga Beach Committee of Adjustment and Consent;

  • This committee is an appointment of a municipal council and is an independent body from Council.
  • The Committee deals with real property matters in regards to the severance of whole lots, and the placement of both existing and new construction on a lot for building purposes. The Committee rules on encroachment issues and protects neighbourhoods from obtrusive or alienating new development. The Committee routinely deals with surveys, deeds, Building Code matters and planning and development policies, dealing particularly with municipal zoning by-laws and official plans


Personal Achievements:

  • Active Member, Past President and Paul Harris Fellow of the Wasaga Beach and Area Rotary Club;
  • Member and past Director of the Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce;
  • Business Ambassador of the Year Award in 2005 issued by Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce;
  • Gene Langevin Business Award in 2006 for 25 years as business operator/owner;
  • Past member of the Wasaga Beach Planning Board and Parks & Recreation Board

Elected to Wasaga Beach Municipal Council serving from 2000-2003, 2006-2014, 2018-2022.  During those terms of Council,

  • Our Wasaga Beach Municipal Council consists of seven members: Mayor, Deputy-Mayor and five Councillors, all of whom are elected at large. We serve a constituency of about 22,000 persons and administer a staff of about 150 full-time and part-time employees. We oversee a budget in excess of $50 million.
  • As a Council, we have four standing committees: General Government, Public Works, Community Services and Development Committee. As council members, we were able to attend and have input at the committee level to being passed to Committee of the Whole Council, and to Council to be passed for adoption.


  • General Government Committee dealt with the administration of the municipality, starting with the CAO and Clerk. This committee had responsibility for taxation, budgets, sewer and water billing, elections, economic development, by-law enforcement, doctor recruitment, marketing and tourism initiatives, information and technology, and operational and capital budgets and forecasting.


  • Public Works Committee dealt with unionized staff and union negotiations and contracts, as well as outside worker staff and equipment, purchasing policies, operational and capital budgets and forecasting, engineering projects throughout the municipality, and grant applications for infrastructure financing through Provincial and Federal governments. This Committee was responsible for sewer and water infrastructure and following the rules, regulations and legislation affecting water and waste water.


  • Community Services Committee dealt with the Ontario Provincial Police regarding policing the community, staffing issues and contract negotiations. This Committee was also responsible for the Fire Department regarding staffing, emergency preparedness, training, construction of a new fire hall, legislation and contract negotiations with the Firefighters Union, as well as paramedic services through Simcoe County and first response agreements. Community Services Committee was responsible for parks and recreation and related facilities, including the arena, the YMCA and our sports park facility. Recreational programming for our youth and seniors is part of the municipal mandate. Special events and marketing of the municipality comes under this committee, along with the Chamber of Commerce, Library and Community Policing.


  • Another responsibility of this committee was the Ministry of Natural Resources for the Province of Ontario, noting the Province is the largest landowner in Wasaga Beach. We partnered with them to enhance both the Town and the Park and bring efficiencies to the table regarding programmes and dollars.


  • Development Committee was responsible for the building and planning departments, handling all residential subdivision and commercial developments as well as Official Plan and Zoning By-Law issues. Site plan control for developments, development charge studies are key matters, as well as working in conjunction with Simcoe County on planning issues, along with agencies such as conservation authorities and school boards.


  • During my time on Council, I served on the following Council Committees:- Co-Chair, Community Services Committee with responsibilities involving OPP, Fire Department, Ministry of Natural Resources, Chamber of Commerce, Community Policing, Special Events, Parks & Recreation;
    – Member of General Government Committee with responsibilities involving Economic Development, By-Law, Treasury & Administration Departments, Doctor Recruitment, and budget preparation for the municipal corporation;
    – Council representative on the regional Airport Municipal Services Board, serving as Vice-Chair. The committee mandate was to maintain and improve services at the local airport and expand revenue opportunities where possible, as well as overseeing airport hangar construction. This committee worked with the Federal Government regarding Custom Services and Port of Entry applications for the airport.


  • Former Council representative for the local Small Business Enterprise Centre, funded by the provincial government, that strives to provide services and information to new and existing businesses as well as encouraging entrepreneurship among our youth;


  • Current Council representative for the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority and past chairman with responsibilities to administer and care for the watershed and lands that affect our municipality.

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