Bill Rayburn was born and raised in North Bay, Ontario where he met his wife Cheryl. Bill has a number of diplomas and degrees in public administration including an undergraduate degree from Queen’s University in political science and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario.
Bill started his career as the Chief Administrative Officer of Cobalt, Ontario at the age of 23. Eighteen years later, Bill is a veteran of municipal government after spending the last thirteen years guiding the County of Middlesex as their Chief Administrative Officer.
In addition to working with municipalities, Bill led one of the largest pension funds in North America from 1998 - 2005. As a member of the Executive Committee of OMERS since 1998 and the Chair of the Board in 2003, Bill guided the $43 Billion fund through a turbulent and challenging portion of OMERS 40 year history.
While Bill has slowed down his international public speaking engagements in recent years, his presentations regarding utilizing private sector financing to build public sector infrastructure have brought him around the world several times to locations from California to China. However, the traveling that Bill is most proud of are his trips to Russia to adopt his son Aidan and his daughter Karina.
50 King Street
The County of Middlesex owns lands at the Forks of the Thames River in Downtown London that have been central to the development of London, the County, and southwestern Ontario. The County is seeking to redevelop the 50 King Street portion of this property located at the northwest corner of Ridout Street and King Street.
The 50 King Street Design Goals include:
- Add value to the Fork of the Thames, one of the Transformational Projects identified London’s Downtown Master Plan, by creating dynamic spaces for activities throughout all seasons and hours of the day. Draw people into and through the site to the Thames. Capitalize on the energy before and after Budweiser Garden events.
- Create a landmark building which will redefine how people think about Southwestern Ontario.
- Create a sustainable development that will make economic sense and appeal to potential public/private partnerships.
The County is seeking a zoning by-law amendment to facilitate the development of a 28-storey mixed-use apartment building that may, in accordance with the concepts submitted, contain a variety of commercial, retail, restaurant, entertainment, office and residential uses.