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Town and Gown Advisory Committee

Statement of Purpose

The Town and Gown Committee is a volunteer committee established to advise and assist City Council and staff with advice relating to post-secondary institutions serving St. Catharines as follows: 

  • The impacts, positive and negative, relating to student housing in established residential neighbourhoods, including but not limited to:

    o   Waste

    o   Property standards

    o   Noise

    o   Parking

    o   Behavioural issues

  • To monitor and advise City Council regarding any issues relating to the downtown campus of Brock University and liaise with the Downtown Development and Redevelopment Committee on such issues 


The Town and Gown Committee is comprised of up to eight members as follows:

  • 3 citizen members
  • 1 student representative from the Brock University Student Union
  • 1 student representative from the Niagara College Student Union
  • 1 administrative staff representative from Niagara College
  • 1 administrative staff representative from Brock University
  • 1 administrative staff representative from the McMaster University School of Medicine

Reporting Structure 

The Town and Gown Committee shall report to Council through the Social Sustainability Committee. The Chair of the Town and Gown Advisory Committee will also be a member of the Social Sustainability Committee.

Administrative support to the Committee shall be provided by the Planning and Building Services Department, which shall assign a Secretary to the Committee.

Additional staff resources as required from time to time will be provided by the Planning and Building Services, Legal and Clerk Services and Economic Development departments.

Membership Term

Term of Council or as determined by City Council

Membership List

Bernice DEttore

Jonathan Belgrave-Sookhoo

John Kuchard

 Nadia Battish

 Ryan Huckla

 Joanne Bakker

 Bradley Clarke

 Erica Walters


Staff Liaison - Waldy Heyder

Member Schedule and Location(s)

The Committee meets twice a year, in the Fall and Spring, or at the discretion of the Chair. Location to be determined.

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