Town Council

NEW! Council Community Grant Application & Policy

**The intake period for the Council Community Grant program for 2024 closed April 15, 2024 at 4:30 p.m.**

Connect with Council

Collingwood Council is excited to engage with residents on matters that mean the most to them!

Our Engage Collingwood platform provides many options for online participation and feedback opportunities for various projects and initiatives.

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Council of the Town of Collingwood is elected at-large with nine Members representing the municipality as a whole. Its governance structure is comprised of the following boards and committees.

Council Structure

Standing Committees: Committe of the Whole

Local Boards: Collingwood Police Services Board: Collingwood Library Board; Collingwood Downtown BIA Board of Management; Committee of Adjustment/Property Standards Appeal Board

Other Committees: Accessibility Advisory Committee; Collingwood Heritage Committee; Museum Advisory Committee; Trails and Active Transportation Advisory Committee

Council and Committee of the Whole Meetings

All Council and Committee of the Whole meetings are held in Council Chambers, at 97 Hurontario St., by 
video conference, and livestreamed with meetings scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m.

For more information and agendas, visit

The full 2024 Meeting Calendar of Council and Committee of the Whole meeting is available at

With the changes to the governance framework, an Agenda Items List is posted that provides a glimpse of what’s coming to a future Committee of the Whole and/or Council meeting. By providing this list in advance of an agenda being published, council and the public are better able to stay informed of what is coming up for discussion, ask questions of staff in advance to a meeting and submit a formal deputation request before the deadline. This list is provided for information purposes only and is subject to change. Updates to this list will be published on a bi-weekly basis. To view the Agenda Items List, click here:

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Agendas & Minutes

If you wish to make an oral presentation to Council or Committee of the Whole, please submit a completed Deputation Request Form, to the Clerk's Department, 97 Hurontario Street, Collingwood, or by 4:00 p.m., the Tuesday prior to the meeting you are requesting to attend.

Members of Council

Mayor Yvonne Hamlin

Phone: 705-445-1030 ext. 8000

Office of the Mayor Page

Bio: I have served my community as a Town Councillor (2018 to 2022), Chair of the Development and Operations Committee and Vice Chair of the Regional Physician Recruitment Committee.

As Mayor, my priorities include: increasing affordable housing for people who work in Collingwood, ensuring respectful development, and creating a sustainable and livable Town for our residents. I would like to enhance communications, including increasing opportunities for residents to hear about things Council are discussing and to ask questions about matters that mean the most to them.

Prior to being elected, I practiced as a senior lawyer in the municipal law field for 27 years and chaired the Canadian Property Tax Association.

Deputy Mayor Tim Fryer

Phone: 705-445-1030 ext. 8001

Bio: 2022-26 will be my second council term, 1st as Deputy Mayor. Combined with my 35 yrs as Finance Officer for Collingwood Public Utilities I am able to use decades of experience to assist Council in our decision making. I obtained my CMA CPA designation and a BA in Economics after graduating from good ol’ CCI. I have been married for almost 35 years to Laurie Saunders and we have raised 1 son & 2 daughters (all CCI grads too).  I’m a long-time local volunteer most extensively with Big Brothers/Sisters (25 yrs) and many youth sports. As a squash, baseball and hockey player myself I understand the importance of team work to achieve the maximum results, which I also carry forward to assist council to do our best for Collingwood.

Councillor Kathy Jeffery

Phone: 705-445-1030 ext. 8007

Bio: I am currently serving my fifth term as a municipal politician in the Town of Collingwood, where I was born, raised and never left.  I am a mother of two adult married children and Noani to four beautiful grandchildren.  I have served in many leadership roles on Council including Chair and Vice-Chair of the Collingwood Police Services Board, Chair of the Development and Operating Standing Committee for multiple tenures, Hospital Board Member, and currently also serve as the Town’s alternate Simcoe County Councillor.  I was appointed to the Steering Committee, Small Towns Habitat - Collingwood World Summit in partnership with the Joint Urban Economy Forum and UN Habitat and to the COVID Economic Support and Recovery Task Force. As an elected official, I also serve nationally and internationally with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities as a National Director, chairing standing committees, working groups and task forces. I represent FCM as the National Board’s governance representative to the Jordan Municipal Support Program, FCM's only international program in the Middle East and also a Canadian Volunteer Expert serving the Partnerships in Municipal Innovation – Women in Local Leadership (PMI-WILL program) for FCM out of Ghana, West Africa. In my spare time I have volunteered locally for more than 40 years assisting many local organizations.

Councillor Deb Doherty

Phone: 705-445-1030 ext. 8005

Bio: I have been a member of Collingwood Town Council from 1996-1999 and 2014 to present, and am Vice Chair of the Committee of the Whole. In my role as Councillor I sat on the Board of the NVCA for 4 years and presently sit on the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Small Urban Caucus and the Board of Directors of Ontario Small Urban Municipalities (OSUM).  My focus and priorities are Growth and Sustainability, Environment and Climate Change, Affordable Housing, and Active Transportation. I am also on the Board of the Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation.  I was an Advertising Account Manager for Corus Entertainment for 20 years and retired in 2019. Previously, I established, owned and operated Duncan's Gourmet (now Duncan's Cafe) for 10 years, selling it in 1998. I am an avid cyclist and skier, golf just well enough not to quit forever, and am married to George, living happily with a pair of four-leggeds.

Councillor Brandon Houston

Phone: 705-445-1030 ext. 8006

Bio: I’ve been an entrepreneur for two decades beginning in 2004 when I started my first business, a small web design agency, that I grew and sold just over a decade later before moving to Collingwood. In 2015, I moved to Collingwood and acquired a video production company, and later established The Collingwood Foundry, a coworking space in Downtown Collingwood that has become a hub for over 200 entrepreneurs and remote workers. I’ve served on the Collingwood Mayor’s Advisory Team on Economic Development, Collingwood’s Economic Recovery & Support Task Force as well as Economic Development Committees in my former home of Chatham-Kent. Additionally, I was a Canadian Delegate at the G20 Summit in 2016 working on youth entrepreneurship policy. When I’m not in business mode I can be found brewing home brew beer or working in my workshop woodworking.

Councillor Chris Potts

Phone: 705-445-1030 ext. 8003

Bio: Born and raised in Collingwood, I am a proud husband to my wife Jennifer and father to my 3 children. I am a previous employee of the Town of Collingwood where I dedicated 12 years to the Public Works Department, working on Infrastructure, Winter Operations and General Maintenance. I spent many years as Health and Safety Rep and CUPE Local 1217 Vice President. I have been a dedicated volunteer in Collingwood, coaching minor hockey, minor baseball, sitting on the Collingwood Minor Hockey Executive with 3 years as President. I have a strong passion for helping people. I care about everyone and understand the daily challenges living and raising a family in Collingwood. My family roots run deep dating back to the late 1800’s, I look forward to serving the public while fulfilling by duty as Town Councillor.

Councillor Rob Ring

Phone: 705-445-1030 ext. 8008

Bio: My wife Liz and I have three children and five grandchildren. Sports and volunteering are my passions. In 1976, I began coaching in Collingwood Minor Hockey and soon after joined the CMHA Executive (1978-1995). I was a Board Member of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (1998-2022), becoming its longest serving President. I also volunteered for community service clubs, as a member of the Collingwood Legion, Br. 63, and the Kinsmen Club of Collingwood. Since 2006, I have been on the Collingwood Sports Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Receiving numerous local and provincial awards, the two I am most proud of are the 1995 Order of Collingwood, and my induction into the Collingwood Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.

Councillor Chris Baines

Phone: 705-445-1030 ext. 8004

Bio: I spent four years on Collingwood’s Police Services Board (2014-2018) followed by another four years on the Committee of Adjustment (2018-2022). I was also a member of our town’s Poet Laureate Selection committee and have served as an official “fence viewer”. I ran unsuccessfully for council in 2018 and again in 2022. I have been a Chartered Mediator for over 23 years and work with individuals, organizations, and families in conflict. I still practice and specialize in family estate facilitation. I am married with two grown daughters and a noisy dog.

Councillor Steve Perry

Phone: 705-445-1030 ext. 8002

Bio: My wife Linda and I bought our house in Collingwood in 2010. I fell in love with the town when I was on high school ski trips and always said I would live here some day. I have 4 grown children and 2 grandchildren. This is my first term on council and am a very vocal advocate for trails and active transportation. My interests include biking, hiking, golf, skiing and most outdoor activities. My career has involved many years as a business owner, working in the manufacturing sector and as a manager in a large retail operation. I am currently on the Collingwood Public Library Board as well as the Collingwood Economic Development Roundtable.