Councillor Mort Goss

Mort Goss

  • Born in Timmins, Ontario in 1949
  • Moved to Kenora in 1954 and spent most of adult life in Kenora
  • Married to Emily for 44 years, and have two adult sons
  • Independent businessman, owner of a  local retail store for 26 years
  • Active promoter of  live music events
  • Served as convenor and coach for Kenora Minor Soccer for ten years, current sponsor of a local men’s league team
  • Member of the Ducks Unlimited Lake of the Woods Committee for five years,  acted as Chairman for two years
  • Founding chairman of Wintermission, the group that revived the winter carnival, from 1988 to 1992
  • Invited to serve on the Kenora Tourism Committee in 1989, continued to serve until 1994
  • Founding chairman of Lake of the Woods Heritage Festivals, produced hundreds of concerts/ festivals for national and international touring acts
  • Served as entertainment producer of first seven Harbourfest events, twelve blues festivals and dozens of Harbourfront events
  • Served on three committees studying feasibility of a local performance venue
  • Elected to the executive of Harbourtown BIZ in 2006 and served as president 2008- 2014
  • From 2004 to 2008 served on Tourism Kenora,  Harbourtown Centre Committee, Big Green Committee and several ad hoc City committees
  • Ran for council in the 2010 municipal elections, but fell short by 24 votes
  • Board member of Lake of the Woods Development Commission 2010-2012,   Chair of Tourism Kenora  and Commission Vice Chair 2012-2014
  • Member of Brand Leadership Team that developed the new Boating Destination brand
  • Interests: photography, travel, gardening, entertaining and live music