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Board Members

Emil V. Kolb
Chair
Frank Dale
Vice - Chair
Mayor
Susan Fennell
Laurie
Williamson
James
Harries
John
Rogers


Emil V. Kolb - Chair

Emil Vincent Kolb was first elected as Chair of Peel Regional Council, on December 12, 1991. His seventh and current term as Regional Chair began in December 2010. He is also Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation of the Regional Municipality of Peel. As Regional Chair, he is an ex-officio member of all committees of Council.

Mr. Kolb has served as a member of the Peel Regional Police Services Board since 1990 and is the longest serving Board Chair in Canada having held the elected position since January 1996. Mr. Kolb also serves on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Association of Police Services Boards.

In the early 1970s, Mr. Kolb served as an Albion Township Councillor and before that he was a member and Chair of the Albion Township Planning Board. Later, from 1985 to 1991, Mr. Kolb served as Mayor of Caledon for two terms. Mr. Kolb has been a Regional Councillor since the establishment of Peel Regional Government in 1973.

Mr. Kolb was awarded the prestigious Commemorative Golden Jubilee Medal of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, in honour of his contributions to society and the community. A further tribute was paid to Mr. Kolb for his contributions to the police service, when in 2004, the new Peel Regional Police facility on Derry Road in Mississauga was named in his honour, “The Emil V. Kolb Centre for Police Excellence”.

In 2008 Ontario Public Works Association named him “Leader of the Year” for his contributions and support of the Public Works industry in Ontario.

His most recent honour was in November 2012, where, on behalf of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Mr. Kolb was presented with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for his contributions to the community of Peel.

Emil Kolb was born in Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan and raised in the Bolton area. The Kolb family has farmed in the former Township of Albion, since 1939. Mr. Kolb owns and operates a family farm with his son.

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Frank Dale - Vice - Chair

Councillor Frank Dale was appointed to serve as a Regional representative on the Regional Municipality of Peel Police Services Board on December 18, 2006.

Councillor Dale is a lifelong resident of Mississauga. He was first elected to Mississauga City Council in 1988.

Councillor Dale became involved in municipal politics because of his long-time commitment to the community and desire to represent his ward at the municipal level. He has had many achievements as the Councillor for Ward 4, including the City Centre Plan which outlines development that will ensure a well planned city core and creates a more vibrant, exciting place for residents. Councillor Dale was instrumental in the implementation of two police sub-stations, a new transit terminal located at Square One, the establishment of an Older Adult Centre and the Square One Youth Centre, as well as being a founding member of the Mississauga Youth Theatre (MYT).

Councillor Dale serves as the Chair of the Region of Peel Planning Committee and is proud of the approval and implementation of the Region of Peel's Official Plan. He sits on the Toronto Regional Conservation Authority board, acts as Vice Chair of the City's Traffic Safety Council, and is also on the Board of Directors for the Living Arts Centre. In addition, Councillor Dale is also a member of several Region of Peel committees including the Court of Revision Committee and serves on the Board of Directors for Peel Living.

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Mayor Susan Fennell

Mayor Susan Fennell is known for her accessibility, enthusiasm and unwavering commitment to the people of Brampton.

First elected in 1988, Susan served on City and Peel Regional Councils before becoming mayor in 2000. Through her leadership and experience, Mayor Fennell has presided over Brampton's growth as a world-class city, and one of Canada's most thriving, dynamic and diverse communities.

Mayor Fennell is the recipient of back-to-back awards for leadership in diversity including the 2013 Diversity Award for Public Service from Diversity Magazine, and the 2013 Leadership in Diversity Award at the 6th Annual CIBC Midweek South Asian Diversity Awards.

Susan prides herself on getting things done for Brampton residents, including establishing and expanding Brampton's successful bus rapid transit, Züm; building the new Peel Memorial Hospital; and planning and securing land to attract job-creating investments to Brampton, like Air Canada and Canon Canada.

During her tenure as Mayor, Brampton was the first municipality in the Greater Toronto Area - and one of only ten in North America - to be designated as an International Safe Community by the World Health Organization.

Mayor Fennell serves on the Peel Regional Police Services Board and participates as a member of the Large Urban Mayors Caucus of Ontario. Mayor Fennell also represents Peel Region at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities as a national board member and as a member of the Big City Mayors Caucus, where she co-chairs its affordable housing working group.

In addition to her public service career, Mayor Fennell founded and served as the first commissioner of the National Women's Hockey League - a national association of elite calibre women's hockey clubs from British Columbia to Quebec.

Mayor Fennell is an honorary member of the Kiwanis Club; Zonta International; Scouts Canada; and the Business and Professional Women's Club. Mayor Fennell was honoured by Rotary International with its highest award, the Paul Harris Fellowship. She is a recipient of the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal; the Lord Baden Powell Medal, along with the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals, respectively.

Mayor Fennell graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science. She and her husband, John, raised their two sons in Brampton.

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Laurie Williamson

Mr. Laurie Williamson was appointed by the Provincial Government to the Regional Municipality of Peel Police Services Board on April 21, 2010.

Laurie Williamson, a lifelong Mississauga resident, is one of the city's most successful and well-known business and community leaders.

Since he opened his car dealership in 1992, Laurie has been eight times recognized by General Motors with the prestigious President's Triple Crown Award most recently in 2009. In 1999, this earned him the Premier's Award nomination from Sheridan College for being an outstanding Ontario college graduate in the business category.

District 60, Toastmasters International named Laurie Williamson its communications and leadership award winner in 2003.

Laurie devotes his time and energy to charities which, for the most part, help children. Toys for Tots, Peel Cancer Society, Ontario Special Olympics, Trillium Hospital, Foodpath, Hospital for Sick Children, Ontario Leukemia Foundation, Hospice of Peel, Reach for the Rainbow and Peel District School Board have all benefited from Laurie's philanthropy.

Laurie has also been the main sponsor for Erindale Hockey Association serving as fundraising and marketing committee chair. He has been a title sponsor for the Mississauga Sports Celebrities' Dinner, in support of the Jerry Love Children's Fund and the Mississauga Sports Council, since the dinner's inception.

Laurie is past chairman of the Mayor's Gala for the Living Arts Centre and has chaired Community Living Mississauga's fundraising dinner for eight years. He has also been a member of the Mayor's Charity Golf Tournament committee for 21 years.

Laurie has been well recognized for his efforts. Mississauga City Centre Rotary Club, of which Laurie is a founding member, awarded Laurie with a Paul Harris Fellowship - the highest award in Rotary International. The Mississauga Board of Trade honoured Laurie in 1998 as Business Man of the Year, and again as Mississauga’s Employer of the Year in 2009.  Laurie was also the recipient of the Sam McCallion Volunteer of the year in 2006.

In 1995, Laurie was named Mississauga's citizen of the year. A Queen's Jubilee Medal followed in 2002.

He was also honoured in 2012 with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Laurie Williamson's personal motto is "community starts with support ... and ends with success ".

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James Harries

Jim Harries, a resident of Mississauga, was appointed to the Regional Municipality of Peel Police Services Board effective July 8, 2011. Mr. Harries is a citizen appointee of the Regional Council of Peel.

Mr. Harries has more then 25 years of business experience, primarily in the financial services industry, including banking, property and casualty insurance and communications. He is currently Vice President, Operations at the Property and Casualty Insurance Compensation Corporation, Canada's national guarantee fund for P & C Insurance companies. In the mid-1990s, Mr. Harries worked for the Insurance Bureau of Canada. In that role, he was instrumental in persuading provincial governments to adopt graduated licensing for new drivers. His interest in driver safety led him to volunteer for the City of Mississauga's Road Safety Committee, of which he is past Chair.

Mr. Harries graduated from the University of Toronto where he earned his Master's Degree in Economics and is a Chartered Director (C.Dir).

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John Rogers

John Rogers, a long time resident of Mississauga for over 55 years, was appointed by the Provincial Government to the Regional Municipality of Peel Police Services Board on August 29, 2012.

Mr. Rogers is an urban planner and over the past 40 years, has been involved in numerous development projects in the Region of Peel, the Greater Toronto Area and the United Arab Emirates.

Since 1978, his extensive volunteer work with numerous charities, sports organizations and non – profit agencies, has led to his receiving numerous awards. Mr. Rogers has been the recipient of the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Confederation, in recognition of significant contribution to compatriots, the community and Canada, the Arbor Award for Outstanding Voluntary Service to the University of Toronto (1996), Mississauga's Citizen of the Year (1998), the Mississauga Civic Award (2000), and in 2012, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of contributions to Canada.

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