Town of Ajax 2018-2022 Council

 Mayor Shaun Collier 

Mayor Shaun Collier

45 Westacott Cres.
Ajax, ON    L1T 4H7

Cell: 905-409-6891
Tel: 905-683-4550 ext. 3332

shaun.collier@ajax.ca

Twitter: @mayor_collier
Facebook:  Mayor S Collier

Shaun Collier was elected as the Mayor of the Town of Ajax in 2018.

Mr. Collier has lived in Ajax since 1969. He attended Southwood Park Public School, Lord Durham and Ajax High School.

In 1987, Mr. Collier joined the Canadian Armed Forces, serving across Canada. After returning home in 1992, Mr. Collier retrained through the Certified General Accountants of Ontario and founded Collier and Associates, an accounting and financial planning firm.

Mr. Collier’s political journey began in 2003, when he ran for Councillor, Ward 1 on a platform of accountability, fiscal responsibility and the need for a Council Code of Conduct. Mr. Collier was re-elected as Councillor, Ward 1 and Regional Councillor Wards 1 & 2 in subsequent elections before running for Mayor in 2018.

While Regional Councillor, Mr. Collier sat on the Board of Directors for Veridian Corporation and the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority. He was also Chair of the Regional Finance Committee and Vice Chair of the Durham Region Transit Executive Committee. Mr. Collier held quarterly public open house events to meet with residents and has earned the Chartered Director (C.Dir) designation in corporate governance through McMaster University.

Mayor Collier wants Ajax to thrive as it grows; to attract new business and create jobs, encourage investment in the Town, improve transit, and make sure all Ajacians are treated fairly and equally. Mr. Collier is a strong community safety advocate. 

Ajax Pickering Board of Trade Mayor's Address - March 21, 2019

 
Regional Ward 1 Councillor - Marilyn Crawford

Marilyn Crawford - Regional Councillor Ward 1

Marilyn Crawford

Regional Councillor Ward 1

Marilyn.crawford@ajax.ca

Tel. 905-619-2529 ext. 3372
Cel.905-550-1133

 

Councillor Crawford has lived in Ajax Ward 1 with her husband and 2 children and grand daughter for 27 years. Marilyn brings 18 years of experience as an elected official for the 10 years as Durham District School Board both as a Trustee and past Chair, and 8 years as Ward 1 local councillor before being elected as Regional Councillor Ward 1.

Marilyn has a proven solid commitment to serve her community for the betterment of all. Councillor Crawford believes that communication is the foundation of building relationships and ensuring community engagement. To ensure that the community has ample opportunity to engage in dialogue with her, she holds regular community meetings to constantly communicate with her Ward 1 constituents. These meetings allow the community regular opportunities to meet to discuss issues and share information.

Marilyn had served as council representative on the Pickering Village BIA, Library Board, Ajax Municipal Housing Board, Recreation and cultural committee, and Transportation Advisory Committee. 

Marilyn understands the importance of delivering outstanding customer service to her constituents and is pleased that she has been given your trust to represent as Regional Councillor of Ward 1. 

Councillor Ward 1 - Rob Tyler-Morin  

Rob Tyler Morin - Councillor Ward 1

Rob Tyler-Morin

Councillor Ward 1

Tel. 905-619-2529 ext. 3374
Cel. 905-409-0572

rob.tylermorin@ajax.ca

Twitter: @CllrRTylerMorin
Facebook: Councillor Rob Tyler Morin
Instagram: councillorrobtylermorin

Councillor Tyler-Morin has lived in Ajax with his wife Lisa and three daughters Courtney, Jessica, and Bridgette since 1992, and has been a successful Ajax business owner for 25+ years. As a Centennial College Business Program graduate, he is a co-founder, and managing partner of the award winning, multi-national entertainment and event production company Two for the Show. Two for the Show is a member in good standing with the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade, and has operated in Ajax since 1990.

Rob is also committed to community service, and is an active community leader in safety, recreation and culture. Most recently, Rob served as the Town of Ajax Recreation and Culture Committee Chair, he has also served with many other groups including; former member of the Lakeview Boulevard Community working Group – Ajax Waterfront East, former member of the Ajax Volunteer Recognition Selection Committee, and former Chair of the St. Catherine’s Neighbourhood Watch in Ajax.

Additionally, through his business and in partnership with the Durham Regional Police Service, Rob is the founder of the Two for the Show/Durham Regional Police Annual Toy and Food Drive. He has also been a nominee for the Town of Ajax Civic Award for Outstanding Achievements and Contributions to the Community.

In Rob’s spare time he thoroughly enjoys spending time with his family, his wife and three daughters keep him very busy. As a huge history buff and self-confessed political nerd he has spent a considerable amount of time in areas of America as it feels as if he is travelling inside his television or movie screen! Two for the Show has given him the opportunity to visit and perform in every Canadian province including at NHL games, CFL Grey Cups, and NLL Toronto Rock games. He is truly a lover of Canadian music and artists. In the summer, when not performing his Council duties, his happy place is travelling throughout Ontario and beyond in his family’s travel trailer.

Rob is committed to full-time availability to his constituents.  

 
Regional Ward 2 Councillor - Sterling Lee 

Sterling Lee - Regional Councillor Ward 2

Sterling Lee 

Regional Councillor Ward 2

Tel. 905-619-2529 ext. 3380
Cel.289-314-3861

Sterling.lee@ajax.ca

Sterling lives in Ajax Ward 2 with his wife and son. He is excited about his transition from Federal to local government. Before being elected as Regional Councillor of Ward 2, Sterling was working for the Honourable Mark Holland, Member of Parliament for Ajax, as his Senior Adviser.

Sterling is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University where he majored in English and Political Science. After leaving University, he unexpectedly ended up working in the tech industry, first at Rogers Communications for 12 years, 5 of which as an area Manager, and then at Microsoft for 2 years as a District Sales Manager. Unsurprisingly, eventually Sterling made his way back to his field of study, as his passion lies in the political sphere.

Sterling’s favourite thing about Ajax is that it has some of the best food in the GTA – as Sterling claims to be allergic to bad food, living somewhere with diverse food options is a must for him!

When Sterling isn’t performing his Council duties, his interests include movies, trivia, pop culture, and technology. He even is a graduate of the Second City Longform Conversatory program in 2015!

Sterling is ready to be your voice for Ajax and Durham Region.  

Councillor Ward 2 - Ashmeed Khan 

Ashmeed Khan - Councillor Ward 2

Ashmeed Khan
Councillor Ward 2

Tel. 905-619-2529 ext. 3364
Cel. 905-391-9239

ashmeed.khan@ajax.ca

 

Ashmeed moved to Canada from Guyana in 2002, and since then has always called Ajax home. For the past 16 years he has lived in North Ajax with his wife and five children.

Ashmeed became an Ajax business owner in 2006 when he opened his first Minuteman Press Franchise on Harwood Avenue. Soon after he acquired two more Minuteman Press stores in Oshawa and Kingston. Eventually the three stores were amalgamated into one large facility which currently operates on McPherson Court in Pickering.

Ashmeed immediately became a member of the Whitby Chamber of Commerce and Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade once he opened his business, where he has been active for the past 13 years and has been the recipient of both the Business Excellence and Business Person of the Year Awards!

Ashmeed has served two terms as a Director of the APBOT and Chaired its Diversity Committee. He has also served for four years as Ambassador of the Whitby Chamber of Commerce and as advisor to the Recreation and Culture Committee of Town of Ajax. Additionally, Ashmeed has worked on the Ajax Community Fund Grants Task Force and recently drafted amongst top entrepreneurs and surgeons to successfully build the Shoulder Centre of the Ajax Hospital.

He has worked closely for the past 13 years with the YMCA and John Howard Society, hiring candidates, then mentoring and teaching them his trade skills in the print industry to help prepare them for a better future.

In Ashmeed’s spare time his five children keep him busy! His two daughters are 21 and 7 years old. His three sons aged 20, 17 and 12 are all currently active in combat sports and Ashmeed assists in coaching at his Ajax Boxing Club.

 Regional Ward 3 Councillor - Joanne Dies

Joanne Dies - Regional Councillor Ward 3

Joanne Dies 
Regional Councillor Ward 3

Tel. 905-619-2529 ext. 3373
Cel.905-626-1916

Joanne.dies@ajax.ca 

Joanne lives with her husband and two children in south Ajax. She is a certified dental assistant and worked in the field of dentistry for 25+ years, she has now left the dentistry field to focus on her Council duties. Joanne has been an active community volunteer for more than 20 years. She brought along 11 years of community experience to the Council when she was elected as Councillor for Ward 3 in 2003. She now boasts 15+ years of Ajax Council experience after being elected as Regional Councillor Ward 3.

As an environmentalist, she works to protect Ajax's green space and parks while fighting to protect the Ajax waterfront. Joanne has been co-chair of PACT-POW, Pickering Ajax Citizens Together Protecting our Water, since 2012. This grassroots organization successfully made the algae issue on the waterfront the number one issue in the provincial election.

Joanne also championed the creation of Ajax’s first community garden. St Andrew’s Community Garden has been open and thriving since fall 2010. Likewise, she has advocated space for off leash parks, Ajax was the first municipality in the Region of Durham to open two leash free areas.

A proven advocate for Ajax's history and built heritage, she initiated "Doors Open" and supported the Heritage Conservation District in Pickering Village.

As one of the founding members and past president of the Pickering Concert Community Band, Joanne became active in promoting cultural arts in the community. She is a past member of the PineRidge Arts Council, and helped organize the first Juried Art Show for Durham artists and Artfest on the Esplanade.

Joanne was also very committed to public education. She was the former Durham liaison for People for Education, the School Community Council (SCC), Chair at Duffin's Bay Public School and a member of the Durham District School Board SCC Steering Committee and Special Education Review Committee. Joanne is also the past chair and member of the Ajax Cultural Arts Advisory Committee, and past president of the Board for Community Development Council Durham.

 Councillor Ward 3 - Lisa Bower

Lisa Bower - Councillor Ward 3

Lisa Bower 
Councillor Ward 3

Tel. 905-619-2529 ext. 3363
Cel. 905-409-0464

lisa.bower@ajax.ca

 

Lisa was born in Ajax, but grew up close by in Toronto. In 1999 she moved back to Ajax to raise her family, and has resided here ever since. Lisa is a proud mother of a son and daughter and has been an active member of the Ajax Community for many years.

Lisa’s community involvement first started at her children’s school where she joined Parent Council. Under her leadership parent involvement grew from just a few parents to more than 50 members. As her children grew she transitioned to the high school Parent Council and acted as Treasurer. Lisa grew her experience through drafting policy at the school and board levels, she was Vice-Chair of the Board’s Parent-Involvement Committee and was also a member of the Supervised Alternative Learning Committee for high school students at risk.

Lisa also prioritizes giving back to her community. Through Durham Outlook, partnered with Feed the Need and Food Banks Canada, she participates with the Meal Box program at New Life Neighbourhood Centre and volunteers with St. Vincent Pallotti’s Kitchen. She also participates in Relay for Life to help fundraise for cancer research and has hosted her own event for the Canadian Cancer Society, after beating cancer herself. As well she supports the Fiesta Filipina Dance Troupe, honouring her Filipino heritage and her late mother who worked with the group for over 30 years.

Lisa worked in the banking industry before joining her family’s business specializing in personal insurance and financial planning services. She has served on the ethics committee of the professional membership association for insurance and financial planners and has volunteered at numerous industry events.

When Lisa is not performing her Council duties, she enjoys skiing in the winter and road trips in the summer. She also keeps busy with her family and loves family game nights!

Now that Lisa’s children are adults, she is looking forward to channelling her time to serving the residents of Ward 3.