Connecting Communities. Transforming Lives.


Connecting Communities. Transforming Lives.

An investment in digital equality

SWIFT, a regional broadband expansion project initiated by the Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus and delivered in partnership with member municipalities and the government of Ontario and Canada, is committed to improving access to high-speed internet services across Southwestern Ontario.

Focused on enabling greater digital equality between rural and urban populations, SWIFT subsidizes the construction of open-access high-speed networks to encourage service providers to expand broadband infrastructure in underserved rural areas.



Our Team

Barry Field

Executive Director

Deb Fawcett

Executive Assistant and Office Manager

Melissa O’Brien

Manager, Communications and Stakeholder Relations

Matt Rapke

Manager, GIS and Operations

Keith Doucet

Senior Network Architect

Our Board

David Mayberry


Councillor, Oxford County

Mitch Twolan

Vice Chair

Warden, Bruce County and WOWC Chair

Brent Royce


Director, Ontario Federation of Agriculture

MaryLynn West-Moynes


President, Georgian College

Allan Thompson

Town of Caledon

Bill Weber

Warden, Lambton County

Bob Campbell

CEO, Connecting Windsor Essex

Chris Gerrits

Councillor, Dufferin County

David Miller

Councillor, Brant County

Denise Stonefish

Chief, Delaware Nation, Moravian of the Thames

Gary McNamara

Warden, Essex County

George Bridge

Councillor, Wellington County

George Cornell

Warden, Simcoe County

Jamie McGrail

Councillor, Chatham-Kent

Joanne Vanderheyden

Councillor, Middlesex County

Robert Foster

Councillor, Niagara Region

Roger Watt

Councillor, Huron County

Selwyn Hicks

Councillor, Grey County

Steve Young

IT Manager, Thames Valley District School Board (Retired)

Sue Foxton

Councillor, Region of Waterloo

Todd Kasenberg

Councillor, Perth County

Tom Marks

Councillor, Elgin County
Tom Masschaele Councillor, Norfolk County

Tom Masschaele

Councillor, Norfolk County


SWIFT, initiated by the Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus, was established to strategically leverage public funding to incent broadband expansion across Southwestern Ontario’s underserviced communities.

The project’s governance model was developed to ensure proper oversight of SWIFT’s operational, financial and reporting processes.