November 15, 2019
County appointment reaffirms commitment to Future Oxford and sustainability goals
Dennis Guy to join Oxford County as manager of Strategic Initiatives in January 2020
Oxford County is reaffirming its commitment to its sustainability initiatives and the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan through the appointment of Dennis Guy as manager of Strategic Initiatives, effective January 2, 2020.
Guy joins Oxford County from the City of Hamilton, where he served over an 18-year span in a number of capacities that emphasized strategic planning, project management, change management, stakeholder relationships and community engagement. In his current role as manager of Customer Experience and Innovation at City of Hamilton Transit, Guy oversaw the most comprehensive engagement campaign in the Transit’s more than 100-year history. His past roles at the City of Hamilton have included positions in the City Manager’s Office, waste management, and corporate communications.
In his role as manager of Strategic Initiatives at Oxford County, Guy will play a key role in advancing Oxford County and Future Oxford’s goals to achieve 100% renewable energy, zero waste and zero poverty, as well as the evolving strategy to address Oxford’s housing crisis.
Guy is a resident of South-West Oxford, where he lives with his wife Carrie and their three children, Scarlett, Lincoln and Gibson. Guy and his wife relocated to Oxford County to raise their family in a community known for its welcoming atmosphere and commitment to sustainable practices for current and future generations.
Peter Crockett, CAO, Oxford County
“Council has demonstrated time and again that Oxford County is not a community to sit back and wait for solutions from others. Whether it’s poverty, the housing crisis, transportation challenges, climate change or other issues that affect our community’s wellbeing, Oxford is committed to taking action and achieving results. Dennis’s past success in fostering, nurturing, developing and leveraging organizational and community interest will play a key role in more actively engaging our community to work towards better quality of life for current and future generations.”
Dennis Guy, Incoming Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Oxford County
“I'm excited to be joining the Oxford County team and the robust network of committees that make Future Oxford a reality. This is an excellent opportunity for me to bring together my career experiences under a single umbrella-- from waste diversion and transportation, to community engagement and relationship building, and from strategic planning to project management. I'm looking forward to contributing to the great work that's already underway.”
Photo: Dennis Guy (JPG)
Background: Working towards a sustainable future in Oxford County
Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan. Since the Plan’s release in 2015, the County has made progress in key areas, including:
- 100% Renewable Energy. Oxford County was the first municipality in Ontario to commit to achieving 100% renewable energy (2015).
- Zero waste strategy. Having already achieved one of the highest residential waste diversion rates in its class, and having extended its municipal landfill life expectancy, the County continues to work towards solutions to achieve its zero waste commitments (2015). Oxford County and Future Oxford released the Zero Waste Event Planning Guide in 2017 building on Transition to Less Waste’s success with the 15,000-person Canterbury Folk Festival in Ingersoll.
- Zero Poverty. Council’s declaration to eliminate poverty for improved health and wellbeing for all residents and for enhanced community prosperity (2017) was followed by the release of the Draft Zero Poverty Plan in 2018.
- Housing crisis. Oxford County hosted the municipal forum, Housing: Let’s Get Into It! in 2019 to advance the dialogue on the housing crisis. The forum produced a “solutions toolbox” to help municipalities work through different approaches to the issue.
- Economy. The Oxford Workforce Development Partnership, acting as the Economy pillar for the Future Oxford Partnership, released its collaborative framework outlining how Oxford’s economic partners are already working together to help achieve the "economy" goals of the sustainability plan: Working together to build a stronger workforce & grow economic prosperity in Oxford Report (2018).
- Green fleet. Oxford County is transitioning to a green municipal vehicle fleet. In 2017, the County became the first municipality in Ontario to purchase compressed natural gas-powered snow plows and the first to purchase ambulances with electric hybrid technology.
- Low-carbon transportation. Oxford County installed new electric vehicle chargers at locations in Woodstock and Ingersoll in 2017 with funding from the Electric Vehicle Chargers Ontario (EVCO) program. Phase 2 of the County’s electric vehicle accessibility plan extends this network through private partnerships. The County also serves as an active member of CUTRIC, a national research and innovation consortium working to transform the Canadian transportation sector towards alternate fuel sources.
- Stronger transportation links. The County’s compendium of four regional transportation reports advocate for strong transportation links to help ensure the economic sustainability of the region. The reports include Connecting Southwestern Ontario: Taking the Southwestern regional transportation discussion further (2018), SouthwestLynx: Integrated High-Performance Public Transportation for Southwestern Ontario(2018), Empowering Ontario’s Short Line Railways (2017), and New Directions: Advancing Southwestern Ontario's Public Transportation Opportunities (2016).
- Energy efficient municipal buildings. In 2017, the County mandated that all Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for affordable housing developments include Passive House requirements as a building standard, an approach that offers residents comfort and affordability while reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Visit www.oxfordcounty.ca/buildbetter to learn more.
- Community wellbeing. The Oxford County Community Wellbeing Survey in 2016 measured quality of life in Oxford using the Canadian Index of Wellbeing, a process undertaken by only a few municipalities across Canada. Oxford’s approach has been unique in determining a plan first, then adopting the Index as a tool to measure. The comparative report, A Profile of Wellbeing in Oxford County with Comparisons to Ontario and Canada, was released in 2018.
About Oxford County
Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 119,000 people across eight area municipalities that are “growing stronger together.” As a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government, Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy, becoming a zero waste community, and working towards zero poverty. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit www.oxfordcounty.ca or follow our social media sites at www.oxfordcounty.ca/social. Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at oxfordcounty.ca/strategicplan.
Tommasina Conte | Strategic Communication & Engagement
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