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Residents of the Town of Cochrane elect its Mayor & Council every four years. Find out more below.

Mayor & Council

Residents of the Town of Cochrane elect its Mayor & Council every four years. The Town’s current council was elected in 2022. Every council runs a four-year term. The next election will occur in the Fall of 2026. 

Regular Council meetings are held inside the Council Chambers, in the Town Hall, located at 171 Fourth Avenue. Regular Council meetings are televised on our community channel 327 or may also be viewed through our Council Cast section of the website. Browse the interactive calendar, and access meeting minutes and agendas below. 

Any person, group of persons, or organization wishing to address Council, with respect to a matter already on Council Agenda, shall fill out the delegation form and submit a written request, along with their presentation materials, to the Clerk no later than 12:00 noon, five (5) business days prior to the meeting of Council. Delegation requests to address Council on matters not already on the Agenda must be submitted at least fourteen (14) days prior to the meeting. 

Procedural By-Law

By-Law 1526-2022 - Being a By-Law to govern the proceedings of the Town of Cochrane Council, its Committees, the conduct of its members and the calling of meetings.

Delegation to Council - Request Form

Appendix A to By-Law Number 1526-2022

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Council Cast

View regular council meetings directly on the website.
Ombudsman of Ontario

The Ombudsman of Ontario is an Officer of the Provincial Legislature who is independent of government and political parties. The Ombudsman’s job is to ensure government accountability through effective oversight of the administration of government services. The Ombudsman is appointed for a five-year renewable term and his powers and authorities are contained in legislation under the Ombudsman Act.

Invite the Mayor to your event

To invite the Mayor to your function, please use the request form to send us a detailed description about the special event. Special events may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Official openings
  • Ribbon cutting
  • Speaking engagements
  • Photo opportunities
  • Flag raising

You may also contact Mayor Politis by email or give us a call at 705-272-4361 (ext. 231).

Alice Mercier

Contact for Mayor & Council

171 Fourth Avenue
Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0
Tel: 705-272-4361

Email Alice

Check the boxes that relate to your special event invitation request.

Members of Council

Council Chambers at Town Hall is a council working environment that is comprised of many different people and parts. Below is a display of councillor biographies that best describe those who are helping to make daily decisions for the town and its community.

Peter Politis

Mayor

Peter is undertaking a third term as Cochrane’s Mayor. He is a change agent and community builder, whose life’s work is built upon the type of critical thinking and transformational leadership that effectively challenges conventional thinking, to discover opportunity where least expected.

As a leading advocate for the North and its way of life, he has driven important regional issues such as: the reinstatement of the spring bear hunt; massive savings in policing costs across the region; spent three days in a tent drawing attention to homelessness; and stopping the divestment of the ONTC, among many others.

As a management consultant by trade, Peter has decades of experience and training in key disciplines such as negotiations, facilitation, people management, business and strategic planning, project management, brainstorming, corporate training, and risk management. He has specialized in Indigenous and municipal affairs for several decades.  His enabling approach and trademark flare for innovation consistently helps break barriers while pioneering breakthrough agreements and sustainable partnerships between government, industry, municipality, and the Indigenous community across Canada. 

He was recognized for his creative accomplishments by being nominated for the Premier’s Award for most outstanding college graduate in Ontario under the business category, and received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his volunteer commitment to his community and Canada. 

France Bouvier

Councillor

Coming soon…

Daniel Brunet

Councillor

Daniel Brunet was born in Cochrane Ontario in 1985 and spent his entire childhood in Cochrane. A 2001 graduate of Ecole Secondaire Jeunesse Nord, Daniel has taken his family entrepreneurial back ground and has created two successful companies currently employing 50 people in Ontario and Quebec. 

Daniel and his wife live on a farm and enjoy growing vegetables and are the proud parents of a nine year old and a six year old. Daniel has a background in problem solving, coaching, budgeting, and forecasting, including 13.5 years of business development all while managing growth, structure and team building. After creating two sustainable business and surrounding himself with some of the best suppliers and people in the industry it has allowed him to move back to his home town, Cochrane, to raise his two beautiful girls with his wife.

Sylvie Charron-lemieux

Councillor

Coming soon…

Rodney Hoogenhoud

Councillor

Coming soon…

Susan Nelson

Councillor

Coming soon…

Marck Recoskie

Councillor

Coming soon…

Minutes & Agendas

The council agendas and minutes are now being uploaded to the new Civic Web File Pro System, which are embedded below. File Pro makes it quick and easy to find and access information through searchable online files. Click on the toggles below to view latest minutes and agendas. To access past agendas and minutes, visit  Civic Web File Pro System

Regular Council

Committee of the Whole

Policy & Priorities Committee

Council Renumeration

The Municipal Act, Section 284 (1), requires that the Treasurer of every municipality submit a Statement of Remuneration and Expenses, for the preceding year, paid to the Members of Council and Council appointments to Boards and other Bodies.

Statements of Renumeration

Download the latest Town of Cochrane renumeration statements.

Town Hall

171 Fourth Avenue
Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0
Tel: 705-272-4361

Email Town Hall

Municipal Integrity Commissioner

Section 223.3 of the Municipal Act enables a municipality to appoint an Integrity Commissioner (IC) to address the application of the Code of Conduct for elected officials and/or members of local boards and committees.

Responsibilities

The Integrity Commissioner is responsible to:

  • Provide information and direction to Committee and Council members on the “Code of Conduct” and the “Council – Staff Relations Policy”.
  • Coordinate education and procedural training on the policies, Code of Conduct and Municipal Conflict of Interest Act to Council, staff and members of the community.
  • Conduct investigations and provide reports on alleged breaches.
  • Provide annual reports to Council on any requests of the Integrity Commissioner.
Integrity Commissioner

Any person who has reasonable grounds to believe that a Member has breached a provision of the Code may file a complaint with Expertise for Municipalities (E4M), the Town of Cochrane Integrity Commissioner directly as follows:

  • Address: 1894 Lasalle Blvd, Sudbury, ON P3A 2A4
  • Telephone: (705) 863-3306
  • Fax: (705) 863-3306
  • Email: ic@e4m.solutions
Inquiry & Annual Reports

Inquiry Reports and Annual Reports from the Integrity Commissioner.

Integrity Commissioner - 2021 Annual Report

Download the latest Integrity Commissioner annual report.

Inquiry Report Decision - August 10, 2021

Contravention of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act & The Town of Cochrane Code of conduct By Former Councillor.

Inquiry Report Decision - August 31, 2021

Contravention of the Town of Cochrane Code of Conduct.

Declaration of Interest Registry 

The Municipal Conflict of Interest Act requires Members of Council to declare any direct or indirect pecuniary interest in relation to a matter under consideration. A pecuniary interest relating to a matter is one where there is reasonable likelihood or expectation of financial loss or gain by the Member or related persons as defined in the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. The onus to declare a pecuniary interest rests with the member, and there is time dedicated for these declarations on every meeting agenda. 

Changes to the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act require municipalities to maintain a registry of all declarations made under this Act. The registry must include the original written declaration provided by the member of Council and must be available to the public. 

Additional details can be obtained from the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.M.50.

Proclamations & Flag Raising Ceremonies

The Clerk’s department is responsible for the coordination and management of Proclamations and Flag Raising Ceremonies. Proclamations can be issued for special events and/or activities to recognize the effort and commitment of organizations within the Town of Cochrane who enhance our community. See the attached policy and form for more information on submitting your requests for Proclamations and Flag Raising Ceremonies.

Requesting a Proclamation

Requests for Proclamations and/or Flag-Raising Ceremonies must be submitted by a Town of Cochrane resident, Town of Cochrane property owner or Town of Cochrane resident on behalf of an organization, and are deemed of significance to the Town of Cochrane. The following may be endorsed by Council:

  • Civic Promotions
  • Public Awareness Campaigns
  • Charitable Fundraising Campaigns
  • Arts and Cultural Celebrations

Once a proclamation requested is submitted to the Clerk’s Department the request will first be reviewed by the Clerk against the approved eligibility criteria and if eligible, the Clerk will place the request on an agenda of Council for consideration. If the proclamation request has been granted previously, within the past five (5) years, the request will be reviewed by the Clerk against the approved eligibility criteria and will be presented to the Mayor for approval. In the absence of the Mayor, the approval will be delegated to the Deputy Mayor.

2023 Proclamations

2023 Alzheimer Awareness Month

January 2023 has been declared as Alzheimer Awareness month in the Town of Cochrane.

2022 Proclamations

World Autism Awareness Day

April 2, 2022

Community Living Month

May, 2022

Terry Fox Proclamation

September 12-18, 2022 has been proclaimed as Terry Fox Week in the Town of Cochrane.

2022 Proclamation - National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

September 30, 2022 has been proclaimed as Orange Shirt Day in the Town of Cochrane.

Rett Syndrome Month Proclamation

October 2022 has been declared as Rett Syndrome Awareness Month in the Town of Cochrane.

Child Care Worker Appreciation Day

October 18, 2022 has been designated the 22nd annual Child Care Worker & Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day.

2022 Proclamation - Fire Prevention Week

October 9 to 15, 2022 has been declared as Fire Prevention Week in the Town of Cochrane.

2021 Proclamations

Terry Fox Week

September 13-19, 2021

Past Mayors

Since the town’s inception back in 1911, there have been a total of 32 Mayors who have serve the people of Cochrane. Below is a descending timeline that displays the years in which they served in office.

December 2022 to Current
Peter Politis
December 2022 to Current
December 2018 - November 2022
Denis Clement
December 2018 - November 2022
December 2010 - November 2018
Peter Politis
December 2010 - November 2018
December 2003 - November 2010
Laurence S. Martin
December 2003 - November 2010
December 1997 - November 2003
Donald V. Génier
December 1997 - November 2003
December 1988 - November 1997
David S. Hughes
December 1988 - November 1997
December 1985 - November 1988
R. Roy Mitchell
December 1985 - November 1988
December 1980 - December 1985
Raymond Fortier
December 1980 - December 1985
January 1968 - November 1980
Maurice Hotte
January 1968 - November 1980
September 1967 - December 1967
Courtney V. Sundstrum
September 1967 - December 1967
January 1960 - August 1967
Michael A. Palangio
January 1960 - August 1967
January 1958 - December 1959
Frank Fasano
January 1958 - December 1959
January 1956 - December 1957
Courtney V. Sundstrum
January 1956 - December 1957
January 1952 - December 1955
Michael A. Palangio
January 1952 - December 1955
January 1948 - December 1951
Robert R. Mitchell
January 1948 - December 1951
January 1946 - December 1947
Donald Rochon
January 1946 - December 1947
January 1944 - December 1945
Robert R. Smith
January 1944 - December 1945
July 1943 - December 1943
Miss Emma E. Dempsey
July 1943 - December 1943
August 1940 - July 1943
John M. Penney
August 1940 - July 1943
April 1938 - July 1940
Aarne E. Wicks
April 1938 - July 1940
January 1936 - March 1938
Robert R. Mitchell
January 1936 - March 1938
January 1934 - July 1935
Robert R. Smith
January 1934 - July 1935
January 1930 - December 1933
Robert R. Mitchell
January 1930 - December 1933
January 1927 - December 1929
Fred C. Ivy
January 1927 - December 1929
June 1923 - December 1926
J.H. Drinkwater
June 1923 - December 1926
January 1922 - June 1923
J.W. Russell
January 1922 - June 1923
January 1921 - December 1921
Fred C. Ivy
January 1921 - December 1921
January 1920 - December 1920
Benjamin Rothschild
January 1920 - December 1920
January 1918 - December 1919
Walter S. Carter
January 1918 - December 1919
May 1917 - December 1917
A.T.H. Taylor
May 1917 - December 1917
January 1915 - March 1917
Benjamin Rothschild
January 1915 - March 1917
January 1914 - December 1914
A.T.H. Taylor
January 1914 - December 1914
October 1911 - December 1913
Walter S. Carter
October 1911 - December 1913
August 1911 - September 1911
T.J. McManus
August 1911 - September 1911
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Council Renumeration
Integrity Commissioner
Declaration of Interest Registry
Proclamations
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