Matt Marchand for Ward 4: Why I'm Running

As a 25-year resident of Walkerville, I have unique qualifications for City Councillor for Ward 4.

I have a 20 year track record of Proven Policy Success. First with a 12-year role as a Policy Assistant in the Mayor’s Office then a total of eight years at the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce, six of which were as the President & CEO.

My total of 20 years of successfully working with the highest levels of local government and business brings unique value to the council table from Ward 4 to City Hall.

I also have a proven track record of policy success from the private sector.

As Chamber President & CEO, I received an unprecedented five awards in six years from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce for community leadership and advocacy excellence, including awards for the tiered membership program, advocacy on single sports betting, and partnering with the labour community to call for an auto strategy.

During my campaign, I will be talking to residents about their concerns, ideas, hopes, and aspirations, after which I will release my platform focused on safety, affordability, and livability.

Previously, I ran for Mayor in 2018, presenting a platform that included getting an Auditor General, fixing the Dougall Death Trap, introducing protected bike lane pilot projects, and eliminating the costly Pedestrian Underpass—all of which have been successfully implemented by the current council over the last four years.

With my experience in leadership positions in this community combined with my Proven Policy Success, I am confident we can continue the economic cultural renaissance of Walkerville and all of Ward 4, building on the work of previous councillors from Chris Holt, Tom Porter, Fulvio Valentinis, Alan Halberstadt, and others.

 

Biography: Matt Marchand, RRC, M.Sc. (Econ.), B.Comm

Matt Marchand, a born and raised Windsorite and 25-year Walkerville resident, brings with him extensive experience in the business and local government community.

Marchand graduated from the Honourable W.C. Kennedy Collegiate and then the University of Windsor for his Honours Bachelor of Commerce. Marchand went on to receive his graduate degree at the London School of Economics, London, England in 1991.

Upon returning to Canada in 1992, Marchand served as Policy Assistant to the Mayor of Windsor, Mike Hurst, for 12 years and was the point person on many key issues facing the region, including the auto sector, transportation, gaming, border-related issues, and taxation.

After the Mayor’s Office, Marchand went on to join the CRG as Director of Government Affairs. The CRG is a partnership between OMERS and CP Rail. OMERS and CP Rail have a market value of approximately $100+ billion.

Following this, Marchand successfully led the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC) as President & CEO for six years, winning an unprecedented five awards in six years from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce for community leadership and advocacy excellence, including awards for the tiered membership program, advocacy on single sports betting, and partnering with the labour community to call for an auto strategy.

In December 2015, Marchand was recognized in the Windsor Star as one of 10 people in Windsor-Essex that inspire the community, due to his collaboration with labour, business, and academia.

In 2018, Marchand ran for Mayor of Windsor, coming in second-place with 18,600+ votes (35.46%) from the community. Thanks to a positive campaign that saw many key platform pieces implemented by current City of Windsor Council (including the Auditor General, fixing the Dougall Death Trap, implementing protected bike lane pilot projects, and eliminating the Pedestrian Underpass), Marchand will use his experience and work to build upon the cultural renaissance taking place in Ward 4.

Marchand currently serves on the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Fundraising Support Committee and he previously served on the Board of Directors of CUSBA (Canada U.S. Business Association), Chair of Special Issues Committee at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Ontario Chamber of Commerce Caucus Committee, ProsperUS, Central Planning Committee for Workforce WindsorEssex, Chair of the WERCC’s Agriculture Task Force, Member of the Steel Caucus for Ontario Chambers, and was Co-Leader of the Windsor Essex Tech Show (a partnership with WEtech Alliance).

Currently, Marchand is a Financial Consultant at IG Wealth Management, where he advises clients.

Marchand has an affinity for boating, scuba diving, and swimming. He is a fitness enthusiast and ran his first triathlon in 2018 at the age of 50. He enjoys hiking, cycling, and running with his partner, ATHENA Award-winning Charlotte Loaring of Loaring Physiotherapy & Health Centre.