Council

Our mission

Protection

We will continue to maintain existing measures, to propose new ones, and most of all, to fully enforce them, in order to protect Bark Lake, and its inflows and outflows, from environmental threats. These include, amongst others: deforestation, residential development, their impacts on shorelines, and the installation of roads and other infrastructure. We understand that the protection and survival of the Lake are inextricably linked to that of the Municipality, which was originally established for this very specific goal.

Communication

We will continue communication tools with all the residents, in both official languages of Barkmere, in order to foster a climate of collaboration, listening and mutual understanding. We will strive to ensure that the population is well informed at all times of the activities of the Municipal Council.

Management

We will continue to work to maintain the integrity of the Town of Barkmere, while looking for ways to share services and costs with neighbouring municipalities to our mutual benefit. We believe that, by effectively managing the budget of the Town and in controlling its development, we will be able to maintain reasonable taxation levels. In turn, this will allow the Town to continue existing and its residents to live harmoniously within its boundaries.

Representation

We will continue to represent all the citizens of Barkmere without exception, whether they inhabit the village or are seasonal residents accessing their property by road or by boat.

 
7

members


13

projects


9

years of experience


 

Our team

Luc Trépanier

Mayor


A few years ago, I decided to devote my time and my energy as Mayor to help Our Community and Our Lake. I do not regret that decision. It has allowed me to meet so many delightful people who share my love for Bark Lake. Together, with our incredible team of councillors, and with the help of our devoted employees, we will continue protecting our heritage, to pass it on to future generations of Bark Lakers, in the pristine state it was given to us.

I am very proud of our accomplishments. We have stabilized the finances of the Town, which resulted in a reduction of over 10% in our tax bills. We have created a park for our residents who do not have direct access to the lake. We have worked with the Town administration to establish a fair application of our by-laws, and to introduce a culture of helping people to do their projects while respecting these by-laws. We have increased the monitoring of water quality and the inspecting of septic systems. And we have kept a very watchful eye over unauthorized development, taking legal action when necessary. And finally, we have been successful in finding the necessary funding, to permit us to build the new Municipal Building for the benefit of all our community, equally permanent and seasonal residents; and this, without increasing our tax burden.

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Stephen Lloyd

Councillor


It has been a challenging, eye-opening, yet fulfilling experience to serve as Barkmere Councillor over the past years. I remain fully committed to our model of direct democracy and hands-on community leadership. We have a great team and will continue our work on behalf of all the citizens, to preserve the Barkmere that is so valuable and cherished, but which remains fragile. Along with my qualifications as Councillor and Chair of the CCU, I am on the board of a number of other not-for-profit organizations. Professionally, I am still a partner and member of the management team of a global law firm 大成 Dentons. I am very happy to put forward for the benefit of our Town my lifelong passion for the Lake.
Urban Planning & Legal Portfolios

Marc Fredette

Concillor


My family and I have been coming to Barklake for 30 years to admire the beauty and delicate splendor of Barkmere. We appreciate the people making our community unique and authentic. I am proud to be part of a great team dedicated to Barkmere. I am honored to have the pleasure to represent the community since 2009 and apply my knowledge and experience gained over the years in finance and management. As a Chartered Accountant I learned to apply strict financial discipline to ensure cost control and an optimal use of financial resources. It allows Town to provide best services to the citizens of Barkmere in order to preserve our heritage.

I am also involved in the CCU allowing me to better understand key issues affecting the citizens. It allows me also to ensure they are well captured and analysed in the Town’s orientations. In addition, for over 15 years, I was part of several groups working under the BLPA umbrella and the CCE.

My main focus is to continue to apply discipline to the financial aspect of the Town in order to keep your tax bill as low as possible while providing great services to the citizens. I am dedicated to give my time and knowledge to this marvellous community to protect the uniqueness of Barkmere. .
Finance Portfolio

Chantal Raymond

Councillor


A part of my decision to present myself as town councillor stemmed from my desire to give back to this community that gave me so much. I took the communications portfolio with great enthusiasm, and have started publishing monthly the Echoes from Barkmere. It is my belief that good communication is essential and thus everyone must be aware of what is happening at each council meeting, the stakes and challenges that surround us but more to the point what we are working on. I also wanted to improve communication with the town through our website. Although the website is new and still needs a little bit of work, I would appreciate any suggestions you might have in terms of improving it.

I have also been working on a new trail on Goulden Island. This year, the town council wants to put ‘rope and wood’ games on one of the path to entice young and not-so-young people to exercise. The team has also been very busy with the project of the Town Hall/Community Centre and look forward to the first shovelful this coming spring. Finally, a nice place where the community can gather and meet and where employees can work in a beautiful and ‘healthy’ environment..
Communications Portfolio

Jake Chadwick

Councillor


I have been coming to Bark Lake with my family since 1961. Since 2009, I have been proud to represent you as municipal councillor directing the environment portfolio as President of the Consultative Committee for the Environment (CCE). The CCE has been focussed on improving our septic system tracking and pumping management processes and improving and increasing the frequency and quality of our water testing in the lake and important tributaries. This additional information combined with the environmental work conducted in previous years has provided us with a much better view of the state of our lake and how to continue to protect it.

When not at Bark Lake, I am a financial consultant working mainly with start-up and early stage technology companies in Montreal.
Environment Portfolio

Tim Kalil

Councillor


Serving as a town councillor is a great way to "give back" to a community, and I have been part of this fine community all my life. I first served on municipal council from 1995 to 2000, and have returned for a second time since 2014. The position can be both challenging and fulfilling at the same time. In a community this small, feedback from fellow citizens can be almost instantaneous, and very direct. While all citizens have slightly different priorities and concerns, that affect them directly, it is my sincere opinion that the vast majority of citizens care greatly for the special community we share, and they feel they are not simply ratepayers, but stakeholders in the jewel that we all share. As stakeholders, it becomes our duty to protect what has been handed down to us by previous generations, and preceding municipal councils.

The future will present many challenges to those who believe in the "social contract" we have inherited. The trick will be to apply these beliefs to municipal governance, while trying to accommodate as many individual concerns as possible. It is a delicate balance some times, and we can never meet everyone's expectations all the time, but this is simply part of the challenge. We are truly fortunate that despite the small population of our town, caring and qualified citizens have always made time to "give back" in this way. Lets hope this tradition never stops!

Public Security and Infrastructure Portfolios

Bruce MacNab

Conseiller


The MacNab family discovered Bark Lake in 1910. Since then, each generation has had a deep attachment to the lake and the community. My father and grandfather were active on the town council and in the BLPA, and so it is my turn to give back to a community that is, and has been, a large part in my life and family history.

I have degrees in music, economics, and an MBA. My work experience is varied and encompasses music, finance, and project planning/administration. I currently work for Pratt & Whitney Canada.

I am ready to renew my efforts in this term to contribute to the ongoing renewal and expansion of the Town and landing facilities, and to uphold the values that I hold dear: preservation of the environment and the natural beauty of Barkmere for the next generations.
Infrastructure Portfolio