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Councillor Allen Elected to 2016/17 Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Board of Directors

June 6, 2016

Last weekend Kingston city councillors Richard Allen and Jim Neill attended the 2016 Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) annual general meeting and conference in Winnipeg.

Over the course of the three days, the councillors met with municipal leaders, took in plenary sessions, workshops and heard from federal ministers and opposition parties. This year Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to delegates, the first time a Prime Minister has spoken to municipal leaders at this conference in more than 10 years.

Councillor Allen was also elected to the FCM board for the first time during the conference. He ran alongside 19 other municipal delegates from across Ontario to sit on the Ontario Caucus of the board.

"I am honoured to represent Kingston, our neighbouring municipalities and Eastern Ontario on the FCM board," said councillor Allen. "By joining the national conversation, we have the ability to participate directly in the critical work FCM does with the federal government. I look forward to sharing a rural-urban, Eastern Ontario perspective with the board and bringing valuable insights back to our region from municipal leaders across the country."

The FCM conference is the largest national municipal conference with more than 2,000 delegates attending from communities large and small across Canada. The City of Kingston has a long-standing presence on the FCM Board with former councillors Leonore Foster and Dorothy Hector previously representing Kingston.

FCM is the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It fosters the development of sustainable communities to improve quality of life by promoting strong, effective and accountable municipal government.

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For more information contact: Holly Wilson, manager of government relations, City of Kingston Hwilson@cityofkingston.ca or 613-546-4291 ext. 1402