Group photo of the 2022-2026 Council Members.

The Township of Laurentian Valley continues to thrive and grow, making it one of the best places to live in Canada.

On behalf of myself and council, I wish to thank each of you for your ongoing support of our endeavors to improve the quality of life in our township. We encourage you to talk to members of Council about any issue you may have and contact the appropriate staff who would also be happy to help. It is through this ongoing communication that we can fulfill our mandate of serving the people of Laurentian Valley.

Mayor Bennett

Council Members

Council is comprised of a Mayor, Reeve and five Councillors. All seven-members are elected and serve a four-year term of office. Council governs the Township of Laurentian Valley.

Please reach out to your Councillor if you have a question or concern. We are committed to serving our community.

Council Members for the 2022 to 2026 term are:

Mayor Steve Bennett

Mayor Bennett behind a podium in Chambers.Mayor Bennett was first elected to Council of the Township of Laurentian Valley in November 1997. Bennett has served four terms as a Councillor and in 2014 and 2018 was elected Mayor.

Mayor Bennett is the owner/manager of a local business in Laurentian Valley with over 40 years of business expertise in a dynamic industry. "My business experience, education and background enables me to make sound, reasonable and practical decisions which are essential when representing ratepayers" says Mayor Bennett.

Mayor Bennett, his wife Kathy, and family have resided in Laurentian Valley for 35 years.


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Reeve Keith Watt

Councillor Watt behind a podium in Chambers.

Reeve Watt is currently serving his third term on Laurentian Valley Council.  He was first elected to Council in 2014.  Prior to being elected, he was a volunteer on the Laurentian Valley Policing Committee for 12 years and was Chair of the committee for his last six years.  He served as Chair of the Pembroke Public Library and Chair of Public Works for the past 8 years.  He also spent over 30 years with the Air Cadet League of Canada, teaching leadership and citizenship.

Reeve Watt resides in Laurentian Valley and has always been community-minded. He and his wife, Carolyn, have three sons and eight grandchildren. They are very family oriented and love spending time with their family.


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Councillor Jen Gauthier

Councillor Gauthier behind a podium in Chambers.Councillor Jen Gauthier is serving her third term on municipal Council for the Township of Laurentian Valley, having been elected in November 2010.

Councillor Gauthier works with her husband on many properties that they own in the Township and surrounding municipalities.



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Councillor Wendy Hewitt

Photo of Councillor Hewitt. 

Councillor Hewitt is serving her first term of Council after being elected in 2022. She is also employed full-time as the Administrative Assistant at the Pembroke Fire Department.

Prior to being elected to Council, she was elected as a school board trustee at Renfrew County District School Board, serving Laurentian Valley from 2010 – 2018.

Wendy and her husband, Jeff have three adult sons and a daughter-in-law. They have lived in Laurentian Valley for over 20 years.


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Councillor Brian Hugli

Councillor Hugli behind a podium in Chambers.Councillor Hugli was elected to council in 2014.

He is the past chair of the Upper Ottawa Valley Community Police Advisory Committee, as well as the past President of the Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association and the Kiwanis Club of Pembroke.

For over 35 years, Brian has owned and operated an Agri-tourism business in LV.

Brian and his wife Judy have two teenage children that they enjoy raising in Laurentian Valley with all it has to offer.


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Councillor Betty King

Councillor Betty King is serving her first term on municipal council for Laurentian Valley.

She is a very active volunteer in the township and is looking forward to working with the residents over the next 4 years.



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Councillor Allan Wren

Councillor Wren behind a podium in Chambers.Allan Wren was first elected to Pembroke Township council in 1991. He served through the amalgamations of Pembroke and Stafford Townships as well as Alice & Fraser which is now Laurentian Valley.

He retired in 2018 after 37 years with National Grocers in Pembroke. Both he and wife Cathy are enjoying the retired life.


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Standing Committees

The Township of Laurentian Valley has four Standing Committees. The Mayor serves on each Standing Committee as Ex-Officio. All members of Council are members of each of the four standing committees.

Corporate Services and Protection

Chair: Councillor Allan Wren


  • Administration and finance
  • Strategic planning
  • Fire protection
  • By-law enforcement
  • Animal control
  • Human resources and policy matters


  • Municipal Liaison Committee – Reeve Watt, Councillor Wren

Planning and Emergency Services

Chair: Councillor Brian Hugli


  • Planning and development
  • Zoning by-laws
  • Official Plan and building services
  • Emergency management


  • Pembroke and Area Airport – Councillor Wren

Community Development, Recreation and Culture

Chair: Councillor Jen Gauthier


  • Economic Development
  • Strategic Management
  • Communication
  • Recreation
  • Cultural Services


  • Festival Hall – Councillor King
  • Pembroke Public Library - Councillor Hewitt
  • Shady Nook Recreation Association – Councillor Hugli
  • Alice and Fraser Recreation Association – Councillor King
  • Forest Lea Park Association – Reeve Watt
  • Pleasant View Park Recreation Association – Councillor King
  • Stafford Park Recreation Association – Councillor Gauthier
  • Friends of the Disabled – Councillor Hewitt
  • Joint Recreation – Councillor Hugli, Councillor Gauthier
  • LV Four Seasons Trail Committee - Mayor Bennett
  • LV 50+ Fit & Feisty - Reeve Watt

Public Works and Property

Chair: Reeve Keith Watt


  • Public works
  • Municipal property
  • Road operations
  • Vehicle management
  • Waste management
  • Wastewater
  • Water
  • Road projects


  • Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre – Mayor Bennett

Ad Hoc Committees

Ah Hoc Committees have a limited number of Councillor members for specific subject matters.

Personnel Committee

Reeve Watt, Councillor Wren, Councillor Hewitt


  • Staff issues


All Regular Meetings, Special Meetings and Council in Committee Meetings are open to the public. You can view these meetings on the Township of Laurentian Valley YouTube page.

Township of Laurentian Valley YouTube Channel

Regular Meetings

Regular meetings of Council are held on the third Tuesday from September to June at 5:30 p.m. at the Municipal Office located at 460 Witt Road, Pembroke, Ontario.

Special Meetings and July and August Council Meetings are held at the call of the Chair.

Please note: Regular Council Meetings are currently being help virtually. 

Council in Committee Meetings

Council meet at Council in Committee Meetings on the first Tuesday of every month from September to June at 5:30 p.m. at the Municipal Office located at 460 Witt Road, Pembroke, Ontario.

Please note: Council in Committee Meetings are currently being help virtually. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings were being held virtually through the Zoom platform. We have returned to the Jack Wilson Chambers and have still implemented a hybrid approach for those whom cannot attend in person. Please check the specific meeting agenda Agendas and Minutes page for the meeting time and how to view/attend the meeting. Where participation by the public is required, virtual participation is available through Zoom as well as in-person. Please check the specific Agendas and Minutes page for information on how to participate.

Speaking before Council

If you or a group of people would like to appear in front of Council to discuss a topic, please view the Speaking before Council page for more information.

Meeting calendar

Go to the meeting calendar portal