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Mayor, Eric Duncan

Eric Duncan proudly serves as the Mayor of the Township of North Dundas and is a Past Warden of the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry. He was one of the youngest Mayors in Canadian history when he was elected in October 2010 and in 2014, he became the youngest Warden in SDG’s 162-year history. He also became the first person to serve two consecutive terms as Warden of SDG, and in 2015 he chaired the Eastern Ontario Wardens Caucus. Eric was first elected as a Councillor for North Dundas in 2006, at the age of 19. Eric is also a dedicated volunteer with several local organizations in his community.

Eric was born at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital and has lived in North Dundas his entire life. Raised in South Mountain, he purchased his first home in Winchester in 2010.

He graduated from Carleton University in the fall of 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a specific interest in both Canadian and international politics.

Professional Experience

Eric has strong roots in all three levels of government. Prior to working on Parliament Hill, he worked for two former Ontario Cabinet Ministers – the Honourable Jim Flaherty and the Honourable Norm Sterling – in both their Queen’s Park and constituency offices. Eric’s private sector experience includes positions at Signature Driving School and the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Eric was a well-respected staff member on Parliament Hill, rising quickly up the ranks over a short period of time.He began as the Legislative Assistant to Member of Parliament Guy Lauzon, and was then named his lead staff member and Executive Assistant. Eric was responsible for organizing the National Conservative Caucus Meetings, running the Parliament Hill office, and overseeing the constituency office services until his transfer to the Cornwall constituency office to manage his time between his job and his duties in the municipality.

In his role as the National Conservative Caucus Co-ordinator, Eric worked weekly with the Prime Minister and his office to co-ordinate the Conservative Caucus meetings and presentations. He has demonstrated his leadership on Parliament Hill as chair of the Conservative Secure Incumbent program, chair of the annual Conservative Trade Show, and chairman of the Conservative Caucus Social Committee. Eric is presently on leave of absence, bringing his expertise to his family’s business, JED Express Ltd.

Eric was the co-chair of the 2009 Conservative Staff Conference (with over 325 attendees from across Canada), and co-chair of 2009 Conservative Caucus Christmas Reception (with over 850 attendees).

Community Work

Volunteerism has been a passion for Eric since an early age. He is consistently out in the community meeting with residents and volunteering his time to local causes.

Eric served as Co-Chair of the NDDHS Reunion in 2013. He also volunteers with the Nation Valley ATV Ride for Dad, the Winchester Downtown Revitalization Committee, among numerous other committees and organizations.

In recent years, Eric was honoured to be named the 2011 Chair of the Winchester District Memorial Hospital Foundation Gala and in 2016 as a finalist in the Rural Ontario Institute Youth Engagement Showcase.

His first volunteer experience was at the age of 13 when he became a junior director working on the South Mountain Fair. He took the position as sponsorship chair, and in one year, increased the donations to the fair from $6,000 to nearly $40,000. He also handled the media relations, the opening ceremonies, and the children’s entertainment at the event.