Councillor Jim Erb

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Jim has been a life long resident of Waterloo Region. He was fortunate to be raised in small town Ontario – the Village of Wellesley, by parents who modelled the importance of caring for one another and the community you live in. He is married to Marianne (Schmidt) Erb and together they have two married sons and seven grandchildren. Jim values the opportunity to have lived in both the rural and urban settings of our Region. His Father, Albert Erb, was Mayor of Wellesley and a member of Waterloo Regional Council from 1981 to 1991.

Jim has been a leader in business and an active community volunteer. As a small business owner, he successfully owned and operated Erb & Good Family Funeral Home in Waterloo for 30 years, and where he still works part time basis.

His involvement in the community includes eight years on Waterloo City Council and as an active member of many community boards.  He was honoured by Governor General David Johnston with the Canadian Caring Award, named KW Citizen of the Year, was the honouree at the Mayor’s Dinner for The Working Centre and the recipient of both the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals. He has been an active member of the Kitchener Conestoga Rotary Club for 34 years where for eight years he chaired their annual Turkey Drive for House of Friendship Christmas Hamper Program. Jim was also the founding chair of the Wellesley Apple Butter and Cheese Festival, a board member of KidsAbility Foundation, Shalom Counselling Services, Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation, and both the local and national boards of Habitat for Humanity.

Jim has been a life long member of Erb Street Mennonite Church in Waterloo where has assumed a variety of leadership positions. He has also been part of many interfaith and ecumenical initiatives to help create an inclusive and tolerant community.

As a member of Regional Council, Jim is looking forward to working with staff and council colleagues on issues that include affordable housing, a co-ordinated Regional response to the use and effects of opioids, promoting the Region as a single destination to encourage economic development and job creation, the development of a multi facetted transportation system that meets the current and future needs of our Region, and developing an appropriate local response to the realities of climate change.

Jim has been appointed by Regional Council to the following Committees, Boards, Project Teams, Working Groups and Studies:

Standing Committees

  • Administration and Finance
  • Budget
  • Community Services
  • Economic Development
  • Licensing and Hearings
  • Planning and Works

Other Appointments

  • Grand River Conservation Authority
  • Grand River Hospital Board of Trustees

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