Trent Gow is a professional public policy advisor – also known as policy wonk – by intuition, training and experience. Over a 40 year career, he has had senior executive responsibilities in the federal government, the international banking industry and the public affairs/ government relations consulting sector.
As a public policy consultant, Trent has had primary responsibility for over 500 research, advisory and advocacy mandates in the areas of health policy; public sector governance and accountability; environmental impact and policy; and financial services legislation/ regulation. He continues to be active as an advocacy advisor to national and local clients.
Trent has considerable hands-on experience in governance, having served as founding Chair of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Chair of the Ottawa-Carleton Children’s Aid Society, Chair of the RCMP Pay Council, Vice-Chair of the Ontario Development Corporation and a Director of numerous corporate, not-for-profit and charitable organizations. Currently he is a Trustee of the South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre.
Trent has been a regular on-air analyst and commentator for five years on the Bayshore Broadcasting radio network. He has also participated regularly on the Rogers’ Grey County television show Politically Speaking. He has moderated All-Candidates meetings at the federal and municipal levels in South Georgian Bay and Grey County.
Trent Gow has an M.A. degree in Economics from the University of Toronto. He completed Ph.D. comprehensive requirements at the same university in economic theory, monetary economics and labour economics.
Trent and his wife Jacqueline have had a family cottage in Wasaga Beach for over 40 years and are delighted that Wasaga has been their fulltime home since 2012. They are blessed to have four sons, five grandchildren, a shaggy Old English Sheep Dog and a highly energetic Husky.
Both Trent and Jacqueline have been members of Canada‘s gold-medal winning senior national dragon boat teams at world championships in the Czech Republic , Macau, Malaysia, and Tampa, Florida.
Chris is a long-time (35 plus years) local conservative political enthusiast. Chris also served in Collingwood Ontario as a Councillor from 1997-2006 and as Mayor from 2006 to 2010.
Chris served during that period on numerous Committees and Boards including but not limited to My Firend’s House (local Women and their Children’s Shelter), Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation, Collingwood Downtown Business Improvement Association, Planning Advisory, Human Resources, Budget, and Parks & Recreation.
Chris served on the advisory panel for the hydro redistribution which transformed the Collingwood Public Utilities into the COLLUS group of companies. He sat on the interim Board, made key recommendations for the Inaugural Board appointments and also served on the Board from 2006-2010 and congruently served on the Public Utilites (Water and Wastewater) Board.
Chris served as a member on the Nottawasaga Conservation Authority for 11 years and leading a Board of 23 members, 16 municipalities as Chair for 3 years.
Chris has participated in several on air election broadcasts for all three levels of governments as a political pundit for centre right parties and as an political insider in local elections across Simcoe and Grey Counties.
Chris and his wife, Colleen, reside in Collingwood Ontario and are active in their community.
Growing up in Collingwood, Paul Richards had a passion for radio.
Richards’ broadcasting career began at the young age of 15 at CKCB Radio in Collingwood. Throughout grades 11 to 13, Paul hosted the afternoon 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. show, wrote and read newscasts, wrote commercials and hosted the Saturday night 7:00 p.m. – midnight Gold Fever program on CKBB 950 in Barrie.
Paul moved on to help launch CHAY-FM in Barrie. He maintained a 24 year relationship with the station (later owned by Shaw Communications) as Creative Director and Manager of Programming. He played a key role in launching Canada’s first all-digital radio station.
He says his most rewarding project in broadcasting was his role as executive producer of the Shaw Communications Canada-wide Canadian talent recording initiative known as “Project Easy.” The five year $600,000 dollar project saw the production of 18 CD’s and many other distinct selections. He then marketed the music to radio stations in Canada, throughout the United States, Australia and Europe. The project received regional and national broadcasting awards in Canada.
Paul worked as Manager and web design instructor of the Enterprise Technology Centre which was a division of both the Georgian Triangle Economic Development Commission and the Simcoe County School Board’s Collingwood Learning Centre.
He founded radiotakeout.com, a company that provided commercial and promotional writing and production services to radio stations across Canada.
Now retired, Paul launched CollingwoodLiving.com to fill his passion for researching and writing straight ahead, factual news stories that otherwise, because of local media cutbacks, are not available in the market.
Paul has joined forces with Trent Gow and Chris Carrier to participate in TalkingPolitics.ca because he feels the south Georgian Bay region needs political commentary to fill the void left by radio stations abandoning local talk programming.
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