Residents of the Town of Cochrane elect its Mayor & Council every four years. The town’s current council was elected in 2014. Every council runs a four-year term. The next election will occur in the Fall of 2018. Council meets bi-weekly on Tuesday evenings, starting at 6pm in Council Chambers at the Town Hall.


The Ombudsman of Ontario is an Officer of the Provincial Legislature who is independent of government and political parties. The Ombudsman’s job is to ensure government accountability through effective oversight of the administration of government services. The Ombudsman is appointed for a five-year renewable term and his powers and authorities are contained in legislation under the Ombudsman Act.


To invite the Mayor to your function, please use the request form on the right to send us a detailed description about the special event. Special events may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Official openings
  • Ribbon cutting
  • Speaking engagements
  • Photo opportunities
  • Flag raising

You may also contact Mayor Politis by email or by sending him a message directly from his Facebook page.

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Mayors of Cochrane


Since the town’s inception back in 1911, there have been a total of 32 Mayors who have serve the people of Cochrane. Below is a descending timeline that displays the years in which they served in office.

Peter Politis

December 2010 – Present

Laurence S. Martin

December 2003 – November 2010

Donald V. Génier

December 1997 – November 2003

David S. Hughes

December 1988 – November 1997

R. Roy Mitchell

December 1985 – November 1988

Raymond Fortier

December 1980 – December 1985

Maurice Hotte

January 1968 – November 1980

Courtney V. Sunstrum

September 1967 – December 1967

Michael A. Palangio

January 1960 – August 1967

Frank Fasano

January 1958 – December 1959

Courtney V. Sunstrom

January 1956 – December 1957

Michael A. Palangio

January 1952 – December 1955

Robert R. Mitchell

January 1948 – December 1951

Donald Rochon

January 1946 – December 1947

Robert M. Smith

January 1944 – December 1945

Miss Emma E. Dempsey

July 1943 – December 1943

John M. Penney

August 1940 – July 1943

Aarne E. Wicks

April 1938 – July 1940

Robert R. Mitchell

January 1936 – March 1938

Robert M. Smith

January 1934 – July 1935

Robert R. Mitchell

January 1930 – December 1933

Fred C. Ivy

January 1927 – December 1929

J.H. Drinkwater

June 1923 – December 1926

J.W. Russell

January 1922 – June 1923

Fred C. Ivy

January 1921 – December 1921

Benjamin Rothschild

January 1920 – December 1920

Walter S. Carter

January 1918 – December 1919

A.T.H. Taylor

May 1917 – December 1917

Benjamin Rothschild

January 1915 – March 1917

A.T.H. Taylor

January 1914 – December 1914

Walter S. Carter

October 1911 – December 1913

T.J. McManus

August 1911 – September 1911



Council Chambers at Town Hall is a council working environment that is comprised of many different people and parts. Below is a display of councillor biographies that best describe those who are helping to make daily decisions for the town and its community.



Mayor Peter Politis is a passionate Northerner who has an affinity for bringing all Northerner’s together (including First Nations communities and municipalities) to organize themselves collaboratively, taking direct charge of their own destinies. Committed to not only building a proud Northern Ontario, but one that is growing and flourishing for generations to come. Mayor Politis hopes that his seat as Mayor will lend itself well to these goals.

As Senior Consultant at For Evergreen Innovative Strategies, Mayor Politis has specialized in aboriginal negotiation, mediation and business development for over seventeen years. His uncommon insights and trademark flare for innovation consistently break barriers and pioneer breakthrough agreements and sustainable partnerships between government, industry, municipality and the aboriginal community across Canada.

“If you want there to be a difference in the world, sometimes you have to become that difference.”

His accomplishments clearly demonstrate his affinity for finding creative & innovate solutions to the most difficult barriers where least expected and in some cases even where those before have failed. Attending some of the most prestigious institutions in the world like Harvard University, he has extensive experience and training in key disciplines such as negotiations, facilitation, people management, business & strategic planning, brainstorming and risk management. He was recently recognized for his creative accomplishments by being nominated for a prestigious Premiers Award or most outstanding college graduate in Ontario under the business category and received the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal for his voluntary commitment to his community and Canada. His experience, unique insights, & uncommon approach has played a crucial role in establishing his impressive track record of advancing aboriginal partnerships and economic development relationships to date.

As the Mayor of Cochrane, Ontario he leads the growth and development of one of the fastest growing communities in Northern Ontario. He maintains a passion for the preservation of the northern way of life and stays actively involved in key regional initiatives like, the Northern Growth Plan and the creation of a northern specific lobbying initiative that will give northerners a voice. In the public arena, Mayor Politis is quickly developing the same reputation of having a flare for finding innovative solutions where least expected to the challenges facing Cochrane and Northern Ontario, that he’s renowned for in his private practice.



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Claude was born and raised in Sarnia, Ontario, having attained a high school diploma in this city. This was followed by a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph and a Doctorate from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College of Toronto.

He is married to Carolle Briand of Timmins. They have been operating a chiropractic practice full time in Cochrane since 1980, specializing in industrial and sports rehabilitation. Doctor and Mrs. Bourassa have travelled extensively for learning opportunities such as a full year in South East Asia to study acupuncture in 1995-96, another year in South America for herbal medicine in 2005-06, and finally a year in Africa doing volunteer work for World Spine Care.

Claude enjoys all sports especially running, swimming and biking having completed 74 marathons, 25 of which were in Boston. The 2014-2018 political term is Dr. Bourassa’s sixth.



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Born and raised in Cochrane, Devon Prevost returned north after graduating from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in Political Science.

From 2006-2009 he served as the Administrator of Spruce Hill Lodge (a non-profit independent living facility for seniors) in South Porcupine, Ontario and held positions on numerous volunteer committees and boards in the city. Moving to Hearst in 2009, he served as Branch Manager for Scotiabank.

In 2011, Devon returned to Cochrane as Scotiabank’s Senior Personal Banking Officer and then the Financial Advisor. Recently, he joined the Cochrane Family Health Team as the Executive Director.

Committed to the Town of Cochrane, Devon is a member of the Lions’ Club, member of the Cochrane branch of Ducks Unlimited and Cochrane Non-Profit Housing Board. He has also served on the Tri-Cultural Festival and Relay for Life steering committees.



Newly elected to Council and serving his first term. Frank was born and raised in Cochrane, and married to his wife Brenda for 41 years. They have a Daughter, Brandee, living in Alymer, Quebec, and is employed in Ottawa as a youth Probation Officer. Their Son Clayton is a Conductor with the Ontario Northland Railway, and their Daughter-In-Law Jennifer is employed by The March of Dimes Medical Clinic.

After attending High School in Cochrane, Frank attended George Brown College in Toronto, receiving his diploma in Meat Cutting. He worked at the Family owned Grocery and Meat business for 18 years, 10 years with his Dad, and the last 8 years as the owner. He also served on the Cochrane Fire Department for 34 years, working his way up the ranks from Firefighter, Captain, Deputy Chief, and Full time Chief for 12 years.

Frank was employed with The Town of Cochrane for 25 years, from 1987 to his retirement in 2012. Over the 25 years, he was employed working bylaws, Chief Building Official, Manager of Airport operations, and the Cochrane Fire Department. After his retirement from the Municipality, he worked 13 months performing ERT duties and Health & Safety at the Detour Gold Mine site. He still enjoys the outdoors, golfing, fishing, hunting and spending quality time at the camp.



Jane Skidmore-Fox is serving her third term as councilor of the Corporation of the Town of Cochrane. Jane was born and raised in a rural community east of Cochrane. She attended a small two-room country school until its closure in 1966. She completed her secondary education at Ecole Secondaire Cochrane High School. She continued her education at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and Canadore College in North Bay.

Jane moved to Cochrane with her daughter in 1997. She has one daughter Amy at Holland College (Charlottetown P.E.I. – Culinary Chef). She has been the property landlord of the family owned business called the Skidmore Apartment building, since 1997. She was also the owner and shareholder of Birchill Forest Renewal Centre; a tree seedling greenhouse complex for Ontario reforestation during the 1980’s and 1990’s.

Her professional membership/association and implementor are as follows:

  • The Fox Waste Disposal Site Inc. – 1996 to present
  • The Cochrane Memorial Tree Program – 2003 to present

Her extra curricular activities include: The Cochrane Girls Hockey Association (Board of Directors & Fundraising Chairperson), The Cochrane Foxes (owner and manager of the girls hockey team for nine years), Ininew Friendship Centre (Board of Directors), member of the Holy Trinity Parish.

Jane is committed to work positively hand-in-hand with all economic development sectors for the betterment of Cochrane and its surrounding area.

Committees &


The Town of Cochrane has multiple Boards and Committees that are lead by local volunteers. Persons interested or willing to sit on any of the following Committees and Boards should fill out the application form and submit it to the Clerk. Once a seat becomes vacant you will be notified.

Understand what each Board and Committee’s vision, mission and purpose is and who is pushing this vision forward. All boards and committees of the town must comply with the Municipal Act and as a result all meetings are made public. The Board and Committee Agendas and Minutes are now being uploaded to the new Civic Web File Pro System. File Pro makes it quick and easy to find and access information through searchable online files.

  • Accessibility Advisory | Committee

    The Committee

    • Jane Skidmore-Fox
    • Claude Bourassa
    • Vacancy
    • Vacancy
    • Gisele Brunette
    • Helga Dragus
    • Melissa Foy
    • Terry Lynn Williams
    • Jean Pierre Ouellette
    • Richard Vallée


    Download a copy of the most recent Accessibility Advisory Committee terms of reference document.

  • Cochrane Cemetery | Committee

    The Committee

    • Peter Politis
    • Claude Bourassa
    • Clement Cousineau
    • Ann Dyas
    • Jamie Rheault
    • Julie Leonard
    • Wayne Irvine
    • Ann Amendola
    • John Cormier
    • Shane Skinner
    • Jocelyne Pronovost


    Download a copy of the most recent Cochrane Cemetery Committee terms of reference document.

  • Cochrane Child Care Centre | Board

    The Board

    • Renelle Belisle
    • Teresa Robin
    • Christine Gubb
    • France Bouvier
    • Lisa Gagnon
    • Vacancy
    • Lora St-Pierre


    Download a copy of the most recent Child Care Centre Board of Management terms of reference document.

  • Cochrane Police Services | Board

    The Board

    • Peter Politis
    • Darryl Owens
    • Ginette Cheff
    • Sylvie Lavoie-Girard
    • Dianne Denault
    • Richard Vallée
    • Mike Pilon


    Download a copy of the most recent Cochrane Police Services Board terms of reference document.

  • Cochrane Public Library | Board

    The Board

    • Devon Prevost
    • Chantal Chenier
    • Elizabeth Hardin
    • Thomas Ulvstal
    • Linda Horn
    • Katherine Bond
    • Christina Blazecka-Noel
  • Cochrane & Suburban Planning | Board

    The Board

    • Norm Ellerton
    • Darryl Owens
    • Frank Sisco Jr.
    • Gaston Gauthier
    • Darcy Labelle
    • Fernand Gravel
    • Richard Vallée


    Download a copy of the most recent Cochrane & Suburban Planning Board terms of reference document.

  • Cochrane Utilities | Board

    The Board

    • Frank Sisco Jr.
    • Peter Politis
    • Fernand Gravel
    • Gerry Robichaud
    • Jean Pierre Ouellette
    • Scott Mitchell


    Download a copy of the most recent Cochrane Utilities Board terms of reference document.

  • Committee of Adjustment | Committee

    The Committee

    • Darryl Owens
    • Frank Sisco Jr.
    • Gaston Gauthier
    • Norm Ellerton
    • Darcy Labelle
    • Fernand Gravel
    • Richard Vallée


    Download a copy of the most recent Committee of Adjustment terms of reference document.

  • Economic Development | Board

    The Board

    • Stuart Gilray
    • Terry Metatawabin
    • David Butler
    • Agriculture Section (Vacant)
    • Rodney Hoogenhound
    • Dennis Draves
    • Jamie Mageau
    • Martine Beaulieu-Mayer
    • Peter Politis
    • Denis Clement
    • Martin Bizier
    • Renée Vezeau-Beaulieu
    • Lynda Semczyszyn
    • Carole Boucher
    • Jean Pierre Ouellette
    • Isabelle Denault


    Download a copy of the most recent Cochrane Economic Development Steering Board terms of reference document.

  • Landfill & Site Liaison | Committee

    The Committee

    • Jane Skidmore-Fox
    • Renelle Belisle
    • Bill Froud
    • Brian Wessman
    • Denis Fortier
    • Shirley Begin
    • Gary Huizing
    • Larry Lefebvre
    • Shane Skinner


    Download a copy of the most recent Landfill & Site Liaison Committee terms of reference document.

  • Mayor's Advisory | Cabinet

    The Cabinet

    • Peter Politis
    • Bill Rogers
    • Bob Labelle
    • Denis Vallée
    • Greg Shanks
    • Huguette Perron
    • Raymond Bradette
    • Raymond Fortier
    • Raymond Genier
    • Richard Moore
    • Sue Parton


    Download a copy of the most recent Mayor’s Advisory Cabinet terms of reference document.

  • Northern Ontario Wires | Board

    The Board

    • Peter Politis
    • Darryl Owens
    • David Butler
    • Donald Narbonne
    • Gary Huizing
    • David Plourde
    • Dan Boucher
    • Monika Malherbe
    • Jean Pierre Ouellette


    Download a copy of the most recent Northern Ontario Wires Board terms of reference document.

  • Recreation & Special Events | Board

    The Board

    • Darryl Owens
    • Claude Bourassa
    • Ryan Leonard
    • Jamie Mageau
    • Neil Iserhoff
    • Kim Farmer
    • Sue Parton
    • Peter Politis
    • Bill Pudim
    • Terry Vachon


    Download a copy of the most recent Cochrane Recreation & Special Events Board terms of reference document.

  • Volunteer Development & Recognition | Board

    The Board

    • Peter Politis
    • Dianne Denault
    • Cheryl Cheff
    • Frances Crundwell
    • Denis Vallée
    • Michelle Klis
    • Donna Thomas
    • Bill Pudim
    • Kerrin Genier


    Download a copy of the most recent Volunteer Development & Recognition Board terms of reference document.

    Volunteer of the Month Award - Recipients

Whole & Regular


Regular Council meetings are scheduled every second Tuesday held inside the Council Chambers at the Town Hall, located at 171 Fourth Avenue, at 6:00 p.m.

The Regular Council meetings are televised on our community channel 327. You can also stream the meetings directly from the Council Cast page. Items desired to be placed on the Council Agendas must be delivered in writing to the Clerk by 1:00pm on the Thursday preceding the meetings of Council, or the items will be omitted into the next agenda.


The council agendas and minutes are now being uploaded to the new Civic Web File Pro System. File Pro makes it quick and easy to find and access information through searchable online files. Click on the links below to view agendas and minutes within our filePro manager.

Committee of the Whole Agendas
Committee of the Whole Minutes
Regular Council Agendas
Regular Council Minutes
Other Committee Agendas
Other Committee Minutes
171 Fourth Avenue
Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0
Telephone: (705) 272-4361 ext. 231
Fax: (705) 272-6068


If you prefer to stay on the website, simply click on the appropriate links below to view the council meeting schedule, agendas, minutes, and video streams. You can also download the procedural bylaw or from the Documents page.


Discover what is upcoming at Cochrane’s Town Hall Council Chambers. Let us guide you to an interactive calendar of scheduled meetings.

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Council meetings are scheduled as joint meetings every second Tuesday, starting at 6:00pm and are televised on our community channel 327 or from this website.

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The Clerk’s department is responsible for the coordination and management of the Municipal Elections. In accordance with the Municipal Elections Act, every four years the Municipal Clerk as Returning Officer, conducts elections for the offices of: Mayor, Councillors, and school board trustees.


The upcoming Municipal Election to elect a Mayor, Councillors and School Board Trustees will be held on Monday, October 22nd, 2018.   Nominations will open on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 and close on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

You can view the results from the 2014 election by clicking on the links to the right.

Be sure to check the Municipal Elections page under the Clerk’s department for information regarding the 2018 Municipal Elections



Municipal Freedom of Information


This act applies to local government organizations, including municipalities; police services boards, school boards, and conservation authorities, boards of health and transit commission. The Act requires that local government organizations pretext the privacy of an individual’s personal information existing in government records. It also gives individuals the right to request access to municipal government information, including most general records and records containing their own personal information. To view the entire act, simply click here.


The Act creates a privacy protection scheme which the government must follow to protect an individual’s right to privacy. The scheme includes rules regarding the collection, retention, use, disclosure and disposal of personal information in the government’s custody or control. If an individual feels his or her privacy has been compromised by a government organization governed by the Act, he or she may complain to the Information and Privacy Commissioner, who may investigate the complaint. Individuals who are given access to their personal information have the right to request correction of that information where they believe there is an error or omission. Where this request is refused, individuals may require that a statement of disagreement be attached to the information. Individuals may also require that all parties to whom the information has been disclosed in the preceding year be notified of the correction or statement of disagreement. An individual may appeal a government organization’s response to a correction request to the Information and Privacy Commissioner.


If you want access to government records, begin by contacting the government organization that has the information. If you do not obtain the information you want, make a written request under the Act. Please note: Section 52 of the Act outlines some specific types of records that are not subject to the Act. Additionally, the Act sets out mandatory and discretionary exemptions to access which are listed below.

Mandatory exemptions require a government organization to refuse to disclose certain kinds of records, including:

  • Information received in confidence from other governments;
  • Third party information if supplied in confidence and where disclosure could prejudice the interests of a third party;
  • Personal information about individuals other than the requester.

Discretionary exemptions allow a government organization to decide whether to disclose certain other kinds of records, including:

  • Draft bylaws, draft private bills and records of meetings that are authorized by statute to be held in the absence of the public; • advice or recommendations within the organization;
  • Law enforcement information;
  • Information which could prejudice the financial or other specified interests of the organization;
  • Information subject to solicitor-client privilege;
  • Information which could endanger the health or safety of an individual;
  • Information already available to the public or soon to be published.

Government organizations must:

  • Design and implement records systems which adequately protect personal privacy;
  • Assist in locating records requested;
  • Determine if the requested record might contain personal information or third party information that affects the interests of someone other than the requester and, if so, allow the affected person to make representations about the disclosure of this information before granting access;
  • Within 30 days of receipt of an access request, make records available, deny access or notify the requester of any delay because of a need to obtain representations from affected persons or because of extraordinary circumstances;
  • Give written reason for any denial of access;
  • Inform the person being denied access of his or her right to appeal to the Information and Privacy Commissioner within 30 days of receiving the government organization’s response.

Application fees & request forms:

You must fill out the request form and pay a $5 application fee to the government organization when you make your request. If you are requesting an appeal, you must pay an application fee to the Information and Privacy Commissioner when you make your appeal. The appeal fees are as follows:

  • $10 for requests related to access to or correction of your personal information;
  • $25 for requests related to access to general records.

The fee must accompany your appeal and may be paid by cheque or money order, payable to ‘The Minister of Finance’. Work on requests or appeals will not begin until the fee is received.


The Information and Privacy Commissioner is appointed by the Ontario Legislature. This independence from the government of the day allows the Commissioner to be impartial when carrying out duties under the Acts.

Application Forms

IPC Request Form
171 Fourth Avenue
Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0
Telephone: (705) 272-4361
Fax: (705) 6068