Get to know Laura

Laura was first elected on October 22, 2018, to serve as an Ottawa City Councillor. Shortly after her swearing in, she was elected by her Council colleagues to also serve as Deputy Mayor for the City of Ottawa.

In her role as Councillor, Laura sits as the Vice-Chair of the Finance and Economic Development Committee, as well as a member of the Transportation Committee, Community and Protective Services Committee, and Planning Committee. She has been an active member of several Council-led sponsorship groups, including the Solid Waste Sponsors Group and the Climate Change Sponsors Group. Laura also served as City Council’s liaison to the United Way East Ontario Board of Directors.

Laura has long been a vocal advocate for Ottawa’s east end, both during, and prior to, her tenure on City Council, campaigning for and securing improvements to significant investments in new and revitalized community parks; enhanced pedestrian, cycling, road and transit infrastructure, including the extension of light rail transit to the east; and the expansion of the Lois Kemp Arena in Blackburn Hamlet.

During her tenure on City Council, Laura focused on exploring and growing new economic opportunities for east end. She served on the Mayor’s Economic Taskforce, which was formed to support Ottawa’s local business, festival, and tourism sector in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She also sits on the Heart of Orléans Business Improvement Association (BIA). As well, Laura has worked closely with east end colleagues to advance the Orléans Corridor Secondary Plan to coincide with the arrival of light rail transit to Ottawa’s Orléans community. The Plan lays the framework for a revitalized St. Joseph Boulevard and better pedestrian and cycling connections throughout the Corridor.

Prior to her election, was a City of Ottawa employee for eight years, and before that, she was a journalist with several daily newspapers. She has been an active volunteer in the community, serving as President of the Blackburn Community Association for nearly a decade, a Parent School Council member and a Girl Guide leader, interestingly nicknamed “Cookie Owl”! She was a member of the former Orléans Chamber of Commerce, prior to its amalgamation into the Ottawa Board of Trade.

Laura has lived in Blackburn Hamlet since 2006 with her incredible family: her husband, Mike, and children. You will often find her hiking through Green’s Creek or walking along Bilberry Creek, cycling or skiing along the Ottawa River pathway, shopping at businesses lining St. Joseph Boulevard, attending performances and art gallery openings at Shenkman Arts Centre, and playing with her children in the east end’s parks and wooded spaces.