PRESS RELEASE - November 25, 2020
Mayor and Council for the Municipality of Callander passed a by-law at their meeting on November 24, 2020 to eliminate the CAO position and instead create a new position – Senior Municipal Director. Council also appointed Ashley Bilodeau to that position. At the meeting, Council welcomed Ms. Bilodeau as the new leader of the Municipality’s Management Team, effective December 7, 2020.
Over the past year, Council has been working with Expertise for Municipalities Non-Profit Association (E4m) on a Modernization Strategy. Part of this Strategy saw Council adopt a “Council Term Plan”, evaluate the skills and talents of the Management Team and change the organizational structure to better align with the direction that Council has chosen to take. This included a departure from the CAO model and the creation of a new senior management position.
To fill the position Council, working with E4m, sought “Expressions of Interest” as a recruitment tool instead of the traditional approach of reviewing resumes. This approach allowed Council to assess and select a candidate more efficiently. Ms. Bilodeau was the successful candidate.
Ms. Bilodeau born and raised in North Bay, is excited to move back to the area with her husband and two daughters after being away for over 15 years. She brings with her an undergraduate degree from Laurentian in Geography, a Master’s Degree from Queen’s University in Urban and Regional Planning and is currently working on a Master’s Degree from Western University in Public Administration. This position is a natural step up from her current role as Director of Development Services in Kirkland Lake and years of municipal sector experience. Additionally, her status as a Professional Planner with the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and Canadian Institute of Planners will surely assist Council in achieving their identified goals and objectives related to growth in Callander.
“This is an important time for Callander, as we have been working for months along with E4m to make us more efficient and effective in the way we run the Municipality.
We are happy that Ashley will be joining our team to help accomplish our goals, and I am very confident that she will be a great addition to our Municipality and has the skills and abilities that we need to effectively lead our staff in carrying out our ultimate goals.”
-Mayor Robb Noon