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.
Barry FieldExecutive Director
Jen BroosExecutive Assistant and Office Manager
Melissa O’BrienManager, Communications and Stakeholder Relations
Keith DoucetSenior Network Architect
Kathryn PaquetteProject Manager
Joyce TaylorGIS Specialist
Allan ThompsonMayor, Town of Caledon
Chris GerritsCouncillor, Dufferin County
Vice ChairCouncillor, Oxford County
David MillerCouncillor, Brant County
ChairWarden, Essex County
George BridgeCouncillor, Wellington County
George CornellWarden, Simcoe County
Jamie McGrailCouncillor, Chatham-Kent
Joanne VanderheydenCouncillor, Middlesex County
Kevin MarriottWarden, Lambton County
Luke CharbonneauCouncillor, Bruce County
TreasurerCouncillor, Niagara Region
Roger WattCouncillor, Huron County
Selwyn (Buck) Hicks
SecretaryWarden, Grey County
Sue FoxtonCouncillor, Region of Waterloo
Todd KasenbergCouncillor, Perth County
Tom MarksCouncillor, Elgin County
Tom MasschaeleCouncillor, 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.