Brian Coburn has 30 years of diverse public sector and community service experience, with a prior background in business ownership and operations. He has served as citizenship judge for Citizenship and Immigration Canada (2006 to 2012); was a member of Ontario’s Assessment Review Board; and was a member of provincial parliament for Ottawa-Orléans (1999 to 2003), during which time he served as minister of Tourism and Recreation, and minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. He was also a member of Algonquin College from 1996 to 1999. Brian also served as mayor of the City of Cumberland for 10 years (1989 to 1999), after serving as a councillor for the Township of Cumberland from 1981 to 1989. He was also a member of the Regional Council for Ottawa, where he served on several committees (Executive, Planning, Social Services and Transportation), and was a member of the Ottawa Board of Trade. Among many personal accomplishments, he initiated a skills development program for training in trades with four school boards, colleges and Ottawa-Carleton Research Institute (OCRI); initiated the Mayor’s Car Rally, a successful fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and the Cumberland Heritage Museum; initiated the creation of a major sports park, with most capital costs donated; and facilitated countless individual and group partnerships, resulting in numerous successful joint business/non-profit ventures. He is also a former member of Cumberland Heritage Village Museum Consultative Group. He received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.