I was born and raised in the Quinte region with family roots dating back as far as the 1840’s. I feel blessed to be able to raise my own family in Belleville. I have been married for 11 years to my amazing wife Allyson who was raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario and we have three wonderful children Jack who is 7 years old, Patrick who is 6 years old and our daughter Zooey who is turning 3 on the 13th of September..
I am a proud graduate of Guelph University with honours in Bachelor of Commerce. I have had a passion for the hotel business for as long as I can remember. I have worked for many other hotel companies, and Carnival Cruise Lines, before finding my way home and working for the family for the last 16 years. I am currently the VP of Williams Hotels and an entrepreneur and Founder of Hops on Board in Belleville
From a young age, I understood the importance of giving back and serving the community I lived in.
Starting as a teenager I would volunteer during the yearly Easter Seals big campaign, I spent time with Big Brothers, and I volunteered as a camp counsellor at Camp Quin mo lac. During my university days, I also volunteered as a Big Brother to a little boy I will never forget, I also spent many evenings ensuring people were safe on the campus as I volunteered for Foot Patrol. Since moving back to Belleville I have found many ways to give back including serving 6 years on the board for Chamber of Commerce, 9 years on the Camp Quin Mo Lac Board of Directors, helped raise money for the BGH on the gala committee, helping to raise over $100,000 for Camp Quin-Mo-Lac, and the President of Bay of Quinte Tourist Council for 6 years, and founder of the Bay of Quinte Living Council.
I was the Chair and Founder of QuinteVation from 2016-2018, which hosted the first Canadian Rural Innovation Summit in November 2018 and who’s goal was to the make the Bay of Quinte the most dynamic rural innovation destination in Canada by 2023.
I have enjoyed my time as a Councillor for the City of Belleville, putting the motion forward for Belleville’s Pop-Ups on the Bay, creating the Economic and Destination Development Committee, and being part of the Youth Committee, among others. I have seen first hand, through dad’s time as Mayor Quinte West, and my time as Councillor in Belleville, the limitations but the real needs for help in affordable housing, transit, the real poverty that exists in the region, and recently, the struggles by people and businesses during Covid19.
I have a real passion for my family and activities we can do together such as biking, skiing, and day-tripping within our region.