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Why I'm running for re-election


Four years ago, I was delighted when South Marysburgh residents chose me as their councillor. Since then, I've worked hard to: 

  • Respond to every single call, email, letter and request from constituents

  • Keep people informed of timely and relevant COVID-19 and community news through my daily e-news

  • Advocate for responsible management of our environment, heritage and County

  • Thoughtfully analyze community issues and opportunities

  • Responsibly represent the interests of South Marysburgh residents


Actively involved in key committees since 2015, I moved to Prince Edward County in 2014 with my wife of 30+ years after living and working in Ottawa, Caledon, Flamborough and Kitchener. From Canada Customs to international trade consulting firms to the purchasing and the logistics industry, I have led people, honed my communications skills and managed dozens of successful projects. 


As a passionate advocate for the environment and conservation, I am proud to lead South Shore Joint Initiative, a local charity that is dedicated to protecting, preserving and restoring the County's rare and unique South Shore.

When I'm not working for South Marysburgh residents or volunteering with South Shore Joint Initiative, you can find me gardening, renovating, travelling, taking photos and spending time with my indoor cats.

My Community Involvement

  • 2022  Council Representative, Destination Marketing and Management Organization (Visit the County), Municipality of Prince Edward County

  • 2020 – COVID-19 Daily Updates by email, South Marysburgh & beyond

  • 2019 Environmental Advisory Committee, Municipality of Prince Edward County

  • 2019 Heritage Advisory Committee, Municipality of Prince Edward County

  • 2019 Audit Committee, Municipality of Prince Edward County

  • 2019  Nomination Committee, Municipality of Prince Edward County

  • 2019 Member, South Marysburgh Recreation Board

  • 2019 Member, South Marysburgh Management Committee

  • 2019 Member, South Marysburgh Fair Board

  • 2018  Councillor, South Marysburgh, Municipality of Prince Edward County

  • 2018 – President and Co-founder, South Shore Joint Initiative

  • 2016 – 2019 Director of CCSAGE – County Coalition for Safe and Appropriate Green Energy

  • 2015 – 2017 Appellant alongside APPEC in the successful WPD White Pines ERT appeal

  • 2015 – 2022 Board Member, Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory

  • 2015 – Board Member, Quinte Conservation Authority - appointed by the Municipality of Prince Edward County


  • 2007 – 2013 supporter of FORCE – an organization which stopped development of a quarry in Flamborough

  • 2003 – 2006 President Doon Mills Residents Association, Kitchener

  • 1999 – 2002 Chair Etobicoke and Mimico Creeks Task Force of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

    • Final report won Excellence in Planning award from the Ontario Provincial Planners Institute

  • 1998 – 2002 President Valleywood Residents Association, Caledon

  • 1996 – 1999 Member advisory board of Sir Sandford Fleming College, Customs and law enforcement program

  • 1989 – 1996 Emerald Woods Residents Association, Ottawa

Professional Qualifications

  • Significant experience managing multicultural workforces, running forward and reverse warehousing and distribution, purchasing MRO industrial and packaging supplies, managing workforce reduction / stabilization

  • Mature, energetic, passionate and imaginative continuous improvement expert in wide range of industries.

  • Extremely effective collaborative, inclusive management style – communicate effectively and work well with all levels from shop floor to management’s corner office

  • Strong financial P&L experience, process and systems analyst, problem solver, developer and implementer

  • Process Change Champion with triple barreled experience – Private Sector, Government, Consulting

  • Advanced IT development and Admin skills – MS Office, Excel, Oracle Discoverer, Cognos, AS400, WMS systems, SAP, etc.

  • Bilingual – English and French


Additional Experience

The HOME DEPOT Canada, Belleville 2015 – 2017

  • Part time sales associate for doors and windows


GENCO Distribution (now FedEx) various leadership roles and locations 2006 – 2014

  • General Manager, RB Canada Distribution Centre

  • General Manager, Best Buy Canada Return Centre

  • Logistics Support and LEAN Process Manager, Toronto Pearson Airport

Precidio Inc., Brampton 2005 – 2006

  • Continuous Improvement Manager

Marco Sales & Incentives, Paris, ON 2002 – 2005

  • Purchasing / Merchandise Manager

JGH International Trade 1999 – 2001

  • Owner


Blaiklock Inc., Mississauga (now Livingston Intl.) 1994 – 1999

  • Director Consulting Services

Foster International, Ottawa 1988 – 1994

  • Consultant

Revenue Canada Customs, Ottawa 1974 – 1988

  • Director Tariff Policy and International Nomenclature

  • Various positions on the Harmonized System Task Force and in Tariff Programs

Questions for me? Let's connect! 

I invite you to call or text me at 613-846-0046 or email:
or @johnhirsch on Facebook


John Hirsch

2022 Candidate for South Marysburgh Councillor
Prince Edward County

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