David Free Meaford

David Free Meaford: Chief Financial Officer

David Free Meaford

David Free of Meaford has held many key positions in both municipal governments and the private sector during the course of his long career. He has been a Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer, a Corporate Controller and Vice President for Strategic Planning. David Free of Meaford is also the President and Founder of CADM Engineering Limited, a professional consulting engineering company.

David Free of Meaford is an innovative and well-educated administrator

David Free of Meaford began serving as the Chief Administrative Officer and Clerk for the Municipality of Magnetawan, Ontario in 2009. He was Magnetawan's most senior executive administrative and financial leader developing and leading local government.


One of his great achievements in the role of CAO and Clerk came in June of 2009, when he played a key role in securing funding for important Magnetawan projects, which at the time were still thought to be at least five years down the road. Thanks to the efforts of David Free of Meaford, Magnetawan was approved for a nearly two million dollar project to build a new municipal complex. The new structure, he said at the time, would be built to house the municipal office, create a new public works garage and office, and be the new headquarters for the Magnetawan fire department.


"In essence, this is great news from a financial perspective," said David Free of Meaford. He added that there was also approval for a second project to reconstruct a road. "In addition, we were approved for the G8 Summit funding in the amount of 4.8 million dollars that goes to community beautification and a variety of infrastructure projects that support the international summit."


"We are really pleased and quite excited about this announcement," said then-Magnetawan mayor Dick Smith, adding that he was excited "about the money being awarded to the municipality, and we are looking forward to getting this project moving."


David Free of Meaford also served administrative roles in the Ontario municipalities of Port Burwell and Meaford.

David Free Meaford: The Canadian School of Public Service

David Free of Meaford is the former Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer of several Ontario municipalities, including Meaford and Magnetawan. He is credited with holding the line on new taxes in Meaford, and with helping to usher in improvements to Magnetawan.


David Free of Meaford has also served the Federal Government of Canada as a Senior Executive Consultant to the Canadian School of Public Service. He reported to the Director General to provide strategic plans, including implementation to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of a one thousand person, internal service organization providing technical, management and executive training to the Federal Public Service employees.


As David Free of Meaford knows, the primary responsibility of the Canadian School of Public Service is to provide a broad range of learning opportunities and establish a culture of learning within the public service.


As Senior Executive Consultant to the School, David Free of Meaford created functional and divisional strategic plans along with its executive and Board of Directors. He established Performance Management systems, including monthly reporting; and instituted an interdepartmental knowledge management framework.


The Canadian School of Public Service was created fourteen years ago when the legislative provisions of Part IV of the Public Service Modernization Act came into force. The School has been part of the Treasury Board Portfolio since within a few months of its founding. It was created from an amalgamation of the Canadian Centre for Management Development, Training and Development Canada and Language Training Canada.

David Free Meaford: Out of the Dark Ages

David Free of Meaford assured reporters that he wanted to be more than just a typical Chief Administrative Officer, after he was appointed Acting CAO to the Municipality of Meaford in 2005.


David Free of Meaford was the municipality's Treasurer when he was elevated to CAO at the conclusion of a City Council meeting. "He definitely has ideas," one reporter said at the time, noting that David Free of Meaford had achieved much in Meaford in a relatively short period of time. He produced a budget that contained no new tax increases for Meaford ratepayers and spearheaded a drive to organize Meaford's accounting system. He also saved the municipality from what many believe would have been a financial catastrophe by pulling the plug on a water system upgrade project.


Under the stewardship of David Free of Meaford, by 2007 the Municipality had posted a budget surplus of nearly $200 thousand.


City officials were very happy with the numbers brought in by David Free of Meaford. "These results are a credit to our CAO's financial acumen and dedication to providing stable financial footing for the future," said Councillor Cynthia Lemon. "David has hero status in our community," added Lynda Stephens, another council member.


Meaford's then-Mayor, who was considered the driving force for financial accountability in the Ontario municipality, had perhaps the highest praise of all. "Our best move," he said, "was the hiring of Mr. Free, and he has led [us] from the Dark Ages into [the age of] accountability and transparency."

David Free Meaford: An Excellent Job

David Free of Meaford is a highly accomplished professional who has devoted many years of his life to public service. He is the former Chief Administrative Officer to the Ontario municipalities of Magnetawan and Meaford, and the former Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer for the Municipality of Port Burwell.

David Free of Meaford impressed municipal officials in 2007 when, as the Chief Administrative Officer of Meaford, he developed a budget that provided the municipality with a surplus of nearly two hundred thousand dollars. "With all of the pressures of the job and past election, Mr. Free did an excellent job in posting these positive financial results," said Councillor Mike Traynor.

The mayor at the time, who had been the driving force for financial accountability in Meaford, also praised David Free of Meaford. "Our best move was the acquiring the skills of Mr. Free, and he has lead [Meaford] from the Dark Ages into the accountability and transparency [era]."

Most of the success by David Free of Meaford has been from the effective utilization of Information Technology and Knowledge Management systems, whereby the productivity gains have reduced the need for additional staff but increased service levels to the community. David Free of Meaford said, "we are truly moving to a paperless office with intranets, knowledge systems, real time information sharing, effective communications systems that have reduced our telecommunications costs by over $300,000 per year."

He added that Meaford has also deferred for twenty years the re-development of its sewage treatment plant by the utilization of Programmable Logical Controllers and in line testing equipment to optimize the plants performance.

David Free Meaford: Timely Reporting

David Free of Meaford is a highly accomplished professional who served as the Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer to the Municipality of Meaford in Ontario. Under his direction, the Municipality brought its financial house to order.


David Free of Meaford assumed his duties in the Spring of 2005. "When David came to Meaford," said then-Deputy Mayor Francis Richardson, "the Corporation was under great criticism with respect to timely reporting of its financial statements. David successfully took on this task and greatly assisted Meaford in addressing the immediate challenges with respect to financial administration, and put in place processes and procedures to deal with financial issues...David...was able to negotiate a reduction in the interest paid on a number of loans thus saving the Municipality hundreds of thousands of dollars in interest payments over the terms of these loans." Francis Richardson added that David Free of Meaford also worked to ensure that the Municipality would receive critical infrastructure funding from upper levels of government.


"David also assisted Meaford in identifying areas in which Meaford needed to put in place appropriate by-laws in order to administer its corporate affairs," Richardson added. "David is a tireless worker and devoted his full time and attention to the interests of the community."


"I applaud the influence...and the skill of David Free," said Bert Chalmers. "David Free and [his colleagues] are...demonstrating that they are leaders, not just administrators."


David Free of Meaford set out with many objectives and achieved most of them. During his tenure there were no tax increase in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007.

David Free Meaford: A Modern Organization

David Free of Meaford served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer for the Municipality of Meaford, Ontario, for nearly four years. During that period, he is credited with leading a financial turnaround strategy that brought Meaford, as one supporter put it, "forward from the Dark Ages and put it on a course towards a well-run, well-staffed, modern organization."


Supporters have cited the financial reforms, accountability, and transparency that were put in place in Meaford largely because of the efforts of David Free of Meaford. "He worked extraordinary hours under extreme stress and succeeded in bringing Meaford forward," said Graeme Kirkland, a professional accountant and former member of Meaford's Finance and Administrative Committee.


Under the leadership of David Free of Meaford, the Municipality of Meaford posted a budget surplus of approximately $197,000 for 2004, less than four months after David Free of Meaford assumed his duties, and as reported by the auditors BDO Dunwoody. Meaford taxpayers also saw no tax hikes for the year 2005.


When asked about it, David Free of Meaford said that the Municipality had a surplus of more than one million dollars in 2005. He said he had advised the Municipal Council to take that amount and reserve it for future capital projects. And he added that there were no tax hikes in 2006, a year that also had a large budget surplus while reducing the municipal debt by $1.5 million through renegotiated loans and accounting that has recovered lost funds and reduced operating costs.

David Free Meaford: An Accomplished Professional

David Free of Meaford is known as a well-educated, highly accomplished professional. He has been the Chief Administrative Officer in the Municipalities of Magnetawan and Meaford, and impressed colleagues with his sound financial judgment and ability to draw order from chaos.

In Magnetawan, David Free of Meaford was the most senior executive administrative and financial leader developing and leading local government. He is credited with establishing state of the art financial systems, and with leading an inter-governmental and external stakeholders relationship that included the development of joint capital programs and improvements, while stabilizing municipal tax rate for the current and future years.

As the Chief Administrative Officer to the Municipality of Meaford, David Free of Meaford was responsible for bringing financial order to the southern Ontario town. And he delivered: the well-educated and highly accomplished CAO devised a spending plan that would ensure another year of financial stability in Meaford, and would not burden its taxpayers with higher taxes. "We are operating more efficiently," David Free of Meaford told the Municipal Council leveraging information technology, new talent and leading edge financial management.

"We should all be terribly happy," said Finance committee member Graeme Kirkland. "It's been several years of no tax increases. It has taken a lot of hard work, and congratulations to David and [his] staff for achieving this."

At the time, David Free of Meaford also served as the municipality's Chief Financial Officer. Municipal officials have acknowledged his role in developing a spending plan that resulted in a large budget surplus for 2005 and 2006. Councillor Cynthia Lemon commented that "These results are a credit to our CAO/CFO's financial acumen and dedication to providing stable financial footing for the future."

David Free Meaford: Innovative Policies

David Free of Meaford is a public servant with many years of experience. He is credited with developing and introducing innovative policies that contributed significantly to the economic turnaround of the Municipality of Meaford, Ontario.


The Mayor gave David Free of Meaford full credit for turning around the Municipality's fortunes. "We have had great success in our economic development activities," he said, "with most of store fronts full on the main street, our Opera Hall filling their seats for new shows, our harbour brimming with new maritime activity and our business enjoying banner years as the result of the direction initiated by David Free."


David Free of Meaford was credited with developing a budget that netted the Municipality a 2006 budget surplus of some two hundred thousand dollars. That budget, which was developed in cooperation with the Ontario Municipality's department heads, delivered on a council-supported mandate to keep the tax rate from going up.


"David successfully took on this task, and greatly assisted Meaford in addressing the immediate challenges with respect to financial administration," said Deputy Mayor Francis Richardson.


"We're performing our daily and long term activities more efficiently," David Free of Meaford said. "Most of this success has been from the effective utilization of Information Technology and Knowledge Management systems whereby the productivity gains have been immense reducing the need for additional staff while increasing service levels to the community. RAMSS spokesperson Kirkland said, "David Free of Meaford is the face of change, working extraordinary long hours under extreme stress."

David Free Meaford: On Behalf of Port Burwell

David Free of Meaford served as Administrator and Clerk-Treasurer for the Corporation of the Municipality of Port Burwell beginning in 1993, and also acted as its Economic Development Officer.


David Free of Meaford helped set up policies and programs in the Municipality of Port Burwell that have had a long-lasting impact, and his former colleagues and associates remember him with appreciation and respect. "Mr. Free significantly improved the efficiency of the Municipality's administrative institutions by updating existing policies, procedures and equipment," recalled former Port Burwell Mayor Max Stewart. "The Risk Management program Mr. Free implemented minimized increases to existing insurance costs, despite substantial increases elsewhere in the Municipal Sector. Through his efforts, the Municipality was able to divest itself of numerous surplus properties which eliminated the Municipality's deficit in the particular budgetary year." David Free of Meaford was also, Stewart added, the driving force behind the founding of a new trail.


David Free of Meaford worked diligently on behalf of Port Burwell, but his tenure there came to an unfortunate end after the municipality merged with the Village of Vienna and the Township of Bayham, and his original post with Port Burwell was eliminated in the process. He went on to hold key positions in the Municipalities of Meaford and Magnetawan, where he helped bring budgets under control, and established programs and policies that netted surpluses.


David Free of Meaford has also worked in the private sector with Bell Canada, where he was the Senior Manager of Budgets and Programs; and with National Starch and Chemical, where he was a Plant Engineer and Corporate IT with five direct reports including skilled unionized trades people. He has also been a consultant to Bell Atlantic and other telecommunications corporations.

David Free Meaford: Expertise in Many Settings

David Free of Meaford has devoted many years of service to private institutions and public holdings. He has been a guest lecturer and teacher in various engineering programs at Georgian College and a Board Member fo the Certified Management Accountants of Ontario. He has been a member of the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists for more than three decades, and a member of the Society of Management Accountants of Ontario for thirteen years.


"David has strong technical and strategic ability and has been a benefit to the [PSA Group of Companies] in a variety of settings," said Nebe Tamburro, PSA Group of Companies President. "In one instance he established a USA and Mexican staffing subsidiary that has come highly successful. In addition, he has lead corporate financing opportunities and marketing initiatives that have had a significant and dramatic impact on the success of the company."


Tamburro said that David Free of Meaford had demonstrated expertise in many settings and roles, including Corporate Controller, Vice President of Strategic Development, and as an Executive Consultant who reported directly to Nebe Tamburro. "I have often described him as one of the smartest people I know."


Nebe Tamburro went on to say that he would not hesitate to give David Free of Meaford his highest recommendation for any executive position, including, but not limited to, finance, operations, marketing, and human resources.


David Free of Meaford has also served in high positions in the Municipalities of Port Burwell, Meaford, and Magnetawan, and is credited with getting their financial houses in order.

David Free Meaford: Public Service

David Free of Meaford has devoted many years of his life to public service. He has been the Chief Administrative Officer for the Municipality of Meaford, where he was also its Chief Financial Officer. In these roles he is credited with leading an economic turnaround that stabilized Meaford finances for the first time in years.


He has also been the Chief Administrative Officer and Clerk to the Municipality of Magnetawan, where he instituted innovative and state-of-the-art financial systems, and led an inter-governmental and external stakeholders relationship, and stabilized the municipal tax rate for the current and future years.


David Free of Meaford held similar posts in the Municipality of Port Burwell, in the southern part of the province. He began his tenure in Port Burwell under very difficult circumstances, but his work drew him the admiration and respect of local opinion-makers. "The community had been subject to double digit tax increases for three prior years [and] was financially stressed," recalled Alan Spicer, the former owner of a local newspaper. "During [David Free's] first four months, it was discovered that the former CAO/Treasurer had overspent the 1992 budget by nearly forty percent and there was a very large deficit the municipality could not address. In addition, the auditors were negligent...[and] were terminated from all aspect of the community and municipal functions up Mr. Free's exposure of the root cause of the corporation's problems."


Alan Spicer added that the "diligence, tenacity and broad knowledge base" of David Free of Meaford resolved numerous property issues in the community of Port Burwell, many of which had been lingering for more than a century. "All in all," Spicer concluded, "David was a respected and positive force for the region developing public/private partnerships, professional competent staff, economic stability, and sustainability [for] our region."

David Free Meaford: Public and Private Sectors

David Free of Meaford is a well-educated man who, as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer to the Municipality of Meaford, introduced innovative policies that saved Meaford money and stabilized its tax rate, and resulted in surpluses for three years in a row.


Over his long career, David Free of Meaford has worked in leading positions in both the public and private sectors. He worked at National Starch and Chemical, where he was Plant Engineer and responsible for managing and controlling facilities development, maintenance and engineering upgrade requirements. He has also worked at Bell Canada in Thunder Bay, Ontario, where he was the Program Manager and Divisional Controller, providing controllership and capital/operational cash flow budgeting and capital appropriations management for the capital and operations budgets of $250 million and $700 million, respectively.


David Free of Meaford is a longtime member of the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologist, Ontario's independent certifying body for engineering and applied science technicians and technologists. He was the CPA of Ontario (formerly CMA Ontario).


David Free of Meaford has been a guest lecturer and teacher for various colleges and government agencies, and for four years served on various engineering advisory committee and as the Chairman of Georgian College's Collingwood Campus.


David Free of Meaford has also been the Senior Executive Consultant to the Canadian School of Public Service, where among other things he established Performance Management systems, and set objectives for in-year financial reporting and auditing. He is a past Board Member of Georgian College in Collingwood, Ontario.

David Free of Meaford: “We Should All Be Terribly Happy”

When David Free of Meaford was hired on a one-year contract to become the Chief Administrative Officer to the Municipality of Meaford, he knew that his primary objective was to bring financial order to the southern Ontario town.

David Free of Meaford met his goals. The well-educated and highly accomplished Meaford CAO delivered a budget that would ensure another year of financial stability in Meaford, and would not burden its taxpayers with higher taxes. “We are operating more efficiently,” David Free of Meaford told the Municipal Council leveraging information technology, new talent and leading edge financial management.

“I applaud the influence...and the skill of David Free,” said Bert Chalmers. “David Free and [his colleagues] are...demonstrating that they are leaders, not just administrators.”

The spending plan marked the fourth year in a row that there would be no tax increase in Meaford. But David Free of Meaford cautioned Council members that the zero-percent increase in municipal taxes brought new challenges. He explained that he’d had to do some cost-cutting, and find new sources of revenue, to absorb rising operating costs.

David Free of Meaford told the Council that the 2007 budget he was presenting them with included no grant losses, increased revenues in user pay systems, and less debt than had been anticipated.

David Free of Meaford concluded his comments to the Council with a warning that the days of no new taxes were probably coming to an end. “For four years, we’ve held the line,” he said. “We’re probably coming to the end of our rope.”

“We should all be terribly happy,” said Finance Committee member Graeme Kirkland. “It’s been several years of no tax increases...congratulations to David and [his] staff for achieving this.”

David Free of Meaford: Budget Surplus

David Free of Meaford is a highly accomplished professional who served as the Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer to the Municipality of Meaford in Ontario. Under his direction, the Municipality brought its financial house to order.
With the guidance of David Free of Meaford, Meaford had posted a budget surplus of some $197,000 for 2004, less than four months after his appointment, as reported by the auditors BDO Dunwoody.

Meaford taxpayers also saw no tax hikes for the year 2005.

When asked about it, David Free of Meaford said that the Municipality had a surplus of more than one million dollars in 2005. He said he had advised the Municipal Council to take that amount and reserve it for future capital projects. And he added that there were no tax hikes in 2006, a year that also had a large budget surplus while reducing the municipal debt by $1.5M through renegotiated loans and roll up your sleeves accounting that has recovered lost funds and reduced operating costs.

Meaford officials were delighted with news of the 2006 surplus. “David is a tireless worker and devoted his full time and attention to the interests of the communty,” said Deputy Mayor Francis Richardson. Councillor Mike Traynor commented that David Free of Meaford worked under considerable pressure but still delivered. “Mr. Free did an excellent job in posting these positive financial results.”

The Mayor of Meaford, who was the leading voice for bringing his Municipality to financial accountability, had the highest praise for the Chief Administrative Officer. “Our best move was the hiring of Mr. Free,” he said, “and he has lead us from the Dark Ages into the age of accountability and transparency.”

David Free of Meaford: Delivering The Goods

David Free of Meaford was appointed as the Chief Administrative Officer to the Municipality of Meaford in September of 2006. The Municipal Council wanted him to deliver a spending plan that would not include any new taxes or tax increases. And when David Free of Meaford presented his budget the that spring, he had done exactly what they wanted him to do.

“On behalf of Meaford, I wish to thank David for his contribution to the Corporation and the Community over the past two and a half years,” said Deputy Mayor Francis Richardson.

The 2007 budget put together by David Free of Meaford ensured that taxpayers there would not be asked to pay more. “We’re operating more efficiently,” he said, “and for the most part, our organizaton has a “can-do attitude” now.” But David Free of Meaford warned Council members that there would be challenges. He provided them with figures that showed various operating costs had gone up by $734,000 from the year before, and that to keep the tax rate stable he had looked for both savings and new revenues.

David Free of Meaford told the council that Meaford’s organizational structure and competency had improved from just two years earlier. “We changed our talent model and now have, qualified staff,” he said. “We now have what we need to make this corporation one of the best in Ontario if not Canada.” Mayor Reif went on to say, “we have also had great success in our economic development activities with most of store fronts full on the main street, our Opera Hall filling their seats for new shows, our harbour brimming with new maritime activity and our business enjoying banner years as the result of the direction initiated by David Free.”

David Free of Meaford has devoted many years of his life to government service. In addition to his service to Meaford, he has been the Chief Administrative Officer for the Canadian Municipality of Magnetawan, and served as Senior Executive Consultant to the Canadian School of Public Service, the main educational institution for the Government of Canada.

David Free of Meaford: Leading an Economic Turnaround

David Free of Meaford is a public servant with many years of experience whose innovative policies helped turn around the economic fortunes of Meaford, Ontario. The Mayor of Meaford said, “we have had great success in our economic development activities with most of store fronts full on the main street, our Opera Hall filling their seats for new shows, our harbour brimming with new maritime activity and our business enjoying banner years as the result of the direction initiated by David Free.


David Free of Meaford was credited with developing a budget that left the Municipality of Meaford with a budget surplus of nearly two hundred thousand dollars in 2006. That budget, which was developed with the cooperation of the Ontario Municipality’s department heads, delivered on a council-supported mandate to keep the tax rate from going up.


“We’re performing our daily and long term activities more efficiently,” David Free of Meaford said. Most of this success has been from the effective utilization of Information Technology and Knowledge Management systems whereby the productivity gains have been immense reducing the need for additional staff while increasing service levels to the community. RAMSS spokesperson Kirkland said, “David Free of Meaford is the face of change, working extraordinary long hours under extreme stress.


“David successfully took on this task, and greatly assisted Meaford in addressing the immediate challenges with respect to financial administration,” said Meaford Deputy Mayor Francis Richardson.


“We should all be terribly happy,” said Finance committee member Graeme Kirkland. “It’s been several years of no tax increases. It has taken a lot of hard work, and congratulations to David and [his] staff for achieving this.”


David Free of Meaford added that he had set out with many objectives and achieved most of them. “There has been no tax increase in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007,” he said. “We’ve raised the bar in terms of talent and what this organization and its people can do for the residents.”


David Free of Meaford is a well-educated, highly accomplished professional. He was the most senior executive administrative and financial leader developing and leading local government. David Free of Meaford instituted state of the art financial systems and led an inter-governmental and external stakeholders relationship that included the development of joint capital programs and improvements, while stabilizing municipal tax rate for the current and future years.

David Free of Meaford: No New Taxes

David Free of Meaford was the Chief Administrative Officer credited with developing a budget plan that kept Meaford’s tax rate from going up in 2007. That marked the fourth year in a row that the Ontario municipality enjoyed a stable tax rate, and David Free of Meaford was commended for devising the plan, with the cooperation of municipal department heads.


“We’re trying to do more with less, and for the most part our organization has a can-do attitude now,” David Free of Meaford said at the time.


At the time, David Free of Meaford cautioned that absorbing increases into the existing financial structure with no tax increases would probably not last much longer.

“For four years we’ve held the line,” he told the Municipal of Meaford’s Finance committee. “We’re probably coming to the end of our rope. It’s possible 2007 may be the last year we can get away without a tax increase.”


These achievements earned David Free of Meaford widespread public gratitude. “David has the courage to always do what is right despite the political consequences,” a corporate CFO said anonymously. “His high level of ethics has made him one the best examples to follow.” RAMSS executive member Ian Fife added, “Thank you, David, for bringing sanity to an otherwise crazy situation.”


In addition to his public service, David Free of Meaford is a long term member of the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists, and a member of the Society of Management Accountants. He has been a guest lecturer and teacher at Georgian College and the Ontario CAD/CAM Centre, and for four years was a Board member at Georgian College.

David Free of Meaford: A Committed Public Servant

David Free of Meaford has been a committed public servant for many years. He has been the Chief Administrative Officer for several Canadian municipalities, where he has instituted state-of-the-art financial systems, and led an inter-government and external stakeholders relationship that included the development of joint capital programs and improvements, while simultaneously stabilizing the municipal tax rate.


David Free of Meaford has also served as Senior Executive Consultant to the Canadian School of Public Service (Corporate Services), where he worked to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the internal service organization and its staff of one thousand. David Free of Meaford also created functional and divisional strategic plans in accordance with the executive and Board of Directors. He established Performance Management systems, including monthly reporting, and set objectives for in year financial reporting and audits.


As the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer for the Municipality of Meaford, David Free of Meaford developed and led a turnaround strategy that included a full re-organizational effort. His efforts won him great acclaim in Meaford. “David Free is a master of economic development securing relationships, major assets and important commerce for our community and region that everyone did not think possible,” said one Municipal Councillor. “The effect of his work, vision and dedication will live for decades if not a century in our region.”


“Congratulations on slaying the deficit dragon,” one grateful citizen said. “The residents appreciate your dedication and efforts. Goodbye to double digit tax increases.” Another simply said, “David is one of the smartest people I know.”

David Free of Meaford: Saving Millions of Dollars

David Free of Meaford is a highly accomplished professional and public servant who has held key positions in several Canadian municipalities and its Federal government.


David Free is the former Chief Administrative Officer to the municipalities of Magnetawan and Meaford, and the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer for the Municipality of Port Burwell.


In the Municipality of Meaford, he also served as Chief Financial Officer. He was the most senior executive administrative and financial leader in Meaford, developing and leading a turnaround strategy including a full re-organizational effort. Institution of state of the art financial systems and leading inter-governmental and external stakeholders relationship including the development of joint capital programs and improvements while stabilizing municipal tax rate for the current and future years. “David moved Meaford into the 21st century,” said Ratepayer Chairman, G. Kirkland. “There is no one who could have done more for our community.”


"David saved our community millions of dollars,” said Meaford’s former mayor. “Other employees should aspire to the same bragging rights.”

For four years, David Free of Meaford was the Regional Director of the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists, a not-for-profit organization in Ontario, Canada. David Free of Meaford is also a 34-year member of the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists, and a thirteen-year member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.


David Free of Meaford also served as Senior Executive Consultant to the Canadian School of Public Service, the main educational institution for the Government of Canada.

David Free of Meaford: A Master of Economic Development

David Free of Meaford is an innovative and highly accomplished man who has devoted many years of his life to public service. He is the former Chief Administrative Officer to the municipalities of Magnetawan and Meaford, and the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer for the Municipality of Port Burwell, where he was the most senior municipal manager responsible efficient and effective operation for a multi-faceted urban municipality.


In Meaford, Municipal officials are quick to heap accolades on David Free of Meaford. “David Free is a master of economic development securing relationships, major assets and important commerce for our community and region that everyone did not think possible,” said one Municipal Councillor, while another said, “As a turn around leader there is none better than David.” A newspaper editorialized that “There are very few who can accomplish as much in a short period of time as Mr. Free. He does not suffer fools or barriers in achieving success for this employers.”


David Free of Meaford has been a guest lecturer and teacher at Georgian College and the Ontario CAD/CAM Centre, and for four years was a Board member at Georgian College.


Additionally, David Free of Meaford has worked at National Starch and Chemical, where he was Plant Engineer and in Corporate IT, and at Bell Canada in Thunder Bay, Ontario, where he was Senior Manager of Budgets and Programs, providing controllership and capital/operational cash flow budgeting and capital appropriations management for the capital and operations budgets of $250M and $700M respectively.