Mayor Drew Dilkens was appointed to the Windsor Police Services Board on December 1st, 2014 and elected to the position of Chair on January 22, 2015. Drew Dilkens was elected Mayor of the City of Windsor on October 27, 2014 and ran on a platform of continued fiscal discipline and pushed for a more regional approach to government in Windsor and Essex County.
Prior to being elected Mayor, and during his eight years as a member of Windsor City Council, he chaired the International Relations Committee, the Essex Windsor Solid Waste Authority, and spearheaded the creation and implementation of the new Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island. He also served as the Vice Chair of the Windsor International Airport Board of Directors, the Planning and Economic Development Committee and EnWin Energy. Mayor Dilkens led the Steering Committee overseeing the construction of Windsor’s $78 million state-of-the-art aquatics facility – the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre and premier family attraction – Adventure Bay.
Mayor Dilkens has an extensive history of community involvement in Windsor. He spent 15 years with the Windsor Police Auxiliary where he was a Staff Sergeant. He was a founding Board Member for the Canadian Manufacturing Hall of Fame. He is also an annual Area Captain in the Windsor Goodfellows Paper Drive. He has served as President to both the Windsor and Essex County Crime Stoppers and Windsor Road Watch programs. Mayor Dilkens is also a past Executive Board Member of Windsor Regional Hospital, a Past Vice-President of the Windsor Jaycees and former Chair of the Windsor Red Cross Emergency Services Unit. He sat on the provincial board of the Human Resource Professional Association (HRPA) - the Ontario regulating body for the HR professionals serving 18,000 members. He currently serves as a member of the Appeals Panel and Government Relations Committee for HRPA.
The Mayor brings a wealth of economic development, international trade, human resource and labour relations experience to the office. He served as an International Trade Officer at the Canadian Consulate in Detroit, a labour relations consultant at a large consulting firm in Detroit, and most recently practised in the areas of labour and employment law at McTague Law Firm in Windsor.
Mayor Drew Dilkens is a lifelong resident of the City of Windsor. He has a Bachelor of Commerce and a law degree from the University of Windsor, called to the bar in 2012. He also has a Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University and received his Doctorate of Business Administration from the International School of Management in Paris, France with a focus on municipal amalgamation in Ontario. He also holds the professional designation of a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP), along with training certificates from the Canadian Foreign Service Institute, Canadian Securities Institute and Federal Bureau of Investigations in the United States.
Mayor Drew Dilkens is married to Jane Deneau and has two young children.
Mr. Robert de Verteuil lives in Downtown Windsor with his wife and three children. After serving in the Canadian Armed Forces and attending the University of Toronto, Mr. de Verteuil spent twenty years in the automotive industry in IT and systems engineering. He specializes in Lean methodologies and worked in Canada, the USA, the UK, and India for many of the largest automakers and suppliers in the world. He is now an IT consultant with Newvic Technologies, specializing in cybersecurity.
The son of immigrants from Trinidad and Tobago, Mr. de Verteuil is dedicated to volunteering and community involvement, and has served on many boards, committees, clubs and organizations over the years. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, listening to music and enjoying the outdoor activities with his family.
Ms. Denise Ghanam has provided organizational training,
strategic planning, human resource advice, and labour market research through
her company, Ghanam Consulting Inc., and by working as a franchise owner for
Actionable Conversations. She draws upon
twenty years of broad business experience and more than a decade of university teaching
in management and strategy. Her
educational background includes an Honours Commerce degree in finance from St.
Mary's University in Halifax, and an MBA from University of Windsor in business
strategy. She completed work toward her doctoral thesis at the
Business School in England, with research focused on the connection between
employees and competitive advantage.
Denise also holds the Certified Human Resource Leader (CHRL)
designation. She recently completed five
years volunteering with the Executive Board of the HR Professionals Association
of Windsor & District, where she served as the President.
Her previous work experience spans
banking, marketing, and manufacturing, as well as fourteen years service with
the Naval Reserves. She brings this
unique mix of public and private sector management expertise, together with her
academic credentials and published research, to provide focused and practical
solutions to client challenges. Her university teaching awards speak to her
ability to deliver engaging workshops and training to ensure client outcomes.
Community leadership roles include
directing her church choir and acting as Entertainment Chair for the Naval Veterans
Association. She has also served on the
Board of Actors Theatre of Windsor, done fundraising for various charitable
organizations, and was a founding member of the Windsor-Essex Equity Network. Denise was appointed to the Board of
Governors of St Clair College for eight years, serving two as Board Chair and
two as VP of the provincial association of colleges, ACAATO. Most recently, she completed a federal
government appointment on the Board of the Windsor Port Authority. As well,
Denise was part of the Central Planning Table for Workforce Windsor Essex, and
a member of the Windsor-Essex Local Immigration Partnership
Denise is married with three adult children, and a new grandson. She resides in Windsor, Ontario, but has not
forgotten her east coast roots, as she can still play a mean pair of spoons.