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
Deb FawcettExecutive Assistant and Office Manager
Melissa O’BrienManager, Communications and Stakeholder Relations
Matt RapkeManager, GIS and Operations
Keith DoucetSenior Network Architect
ChairCouncillor, Oxford County
Vice ChairWarden, Bruce County and WOWC Chair
SecretaryDirector, Ontario Federation of Agriculture
TreasurerPresident, Georgian College
Allan ThompsonTown of Caledon
Bill WeberWarden, Lambton County
Bob CampbellCEO, Connecting Windsor Essex
Chris GerritsCouncillor, Dufferin County
David MillerCouncillor, Brant County
Denise StonefishChief, Delaware Nation, Moravian of the Thames
Gary McNamaraWarden, Essex County
George BridgeCouncillor, Wellington County
George CornellWarden, Simcoe County
Jamie McGrailCouncillor, Chatham-Kent
Joanne VanderheydenCouncillor, Middlesex County
Robert FosterCouncillor, Niagara Region
Roger WattCouncillor, Huron County
Selwyn HicksCouncillor, Grey County
Steve YoungIT Manager, Thames Valley District School Board (Retired)
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.