Meet Brian Saunderson
Brian is a husband, father, lawyer, teacher, coach, volunteer, and municipal politician.
He is a great believer in the power of the individual in our communities and has served on boards of numerous not-for-profit organizations locally, provincially and nationally.
Brian has served in municipal politics since 2014 and was elected the Mayor of Collingwood in 2018. During his time as mayor, he championed fiscal responsibility and the integrity of municipal governance striving to improve transparency and accountability. The Town of Collingwood reduced its external debt from approximately $35 million in 2015 to approximately $20 million in 2019. During that same time period, Collingwood advanced from a net deficit position of approximately $6 million in 2015 to a net surplus position of $34 million in 2019.
Before his time in politics, Brian practiced law for 22 years primarily focusing on civil litigation, real estate, wills and estates, and corporation law. He also taught business law ethics at the Georgian College Barrie Campus.
Brian was also a member of the Canadian National Rowing Team and competed at two Olympic Games, and three World Championships, winning a silver medal in 1990 as a member of the Men’s Eight.
Brian and his wife live in Simcoe-Grey and enjoy travelling around the region exploring the outdoors and the locally grown products. They have three children.