Don DeGenova is a Councillor in the Municipality of Tweed serving his second term. Don currently has his own consulting business focusing on conflict resolution, team building, strategic planning, business and partnership development and fundraising.
Don was born and raised in Belleville, Ontario. He holds a Masters Degree in Economic Geography from the University of Ottawa focusing on industrial location analysis. He also has a certificate in Conflict Resolution from the Canadian Institute of Conflict Resolution.
Prior to joining Council, Don was the Chair of the Community Development Committee where he worked with a dynamic team in the development of the Municipal Integrated Community Sustainability Plan. Don was also a Library Board Trustee and Chair of the Fundraising Committee for the new library. At that time he was also a Chamber of Commerce Director and sat on the Hastings County Economic Development Advisory Committee, the Land O’Lakes Tourist Association and the Enterprise Facilitation Board.
Don continues to volunteer as a grant review member for the Trillium Foundation, a Director on the Belleville General Hospital Foundation Board, President of the Tweed and Company Theatre Group, Chair of Quinte Waste, and member of the Stoco Lake Planning Committee, Business Retention and Expansion Committee and Tweed Kiwanis.
Before moving to Tweed, Don was the Director of REsolve, a program designed to build capacity in Sioux Lookout to resolve community conflicts and provided conflict resolution and aboriginal culture awareness training for Meno Ya Win Hospital.
Before going to Sioux lookout, Don spent four years in Toronto with DMTI Spatial primarily as their Vice-President, Business Development & Strategic Alliances. Prior to Toronto, Don worked with Statistics Canada for 20 years.
Don is the recipient of the Canada 150 Award for Service to Country and Community and the Kiwanis International Centennial Appreciation Award for service to children around the world.