Members of Council

Warden Ron Higgins (Township of North Frontenac)

Ron Higgins

Warden Ron Higgins has successfully run his own business management consulting business since 2003. He has been Board Chair for the Frontenac CFDC, member of the North Frontenac Economic Development Task Force and numerous other volunteer activities. Ron's key strengths are strategic planning, organizational alignment and process improvement related to effectiveness and efficiencies.

Councillor Higgins is new to the political arena and is confident his strengths will be an asset to the County and is committed to the challenges ahead.

Deputy Warden Denis Doyle (Township of Frontenac Islands)

Warden Denis Doyle

Deputy Warden Denis Doyle studied at Carleton University and York University. After a long career at Xerox Canada, Denis spent six years in Information Technology at CIBC.

Warden Doyle began serving on Township Council in 2006 and was elected as Mayor of Frontenac Islands in 2010. At the County, Warden Doyle serves on the Sustainability Advisory Committee and the Trails Advisory Committee.

Denis was County Warden in 2015.

Councillor Ron Vandewal (Township of South Frontenac)

 Ron Vandewal


Councillor Vandewal is married to his wife Nancy, with four adult children Krista, Aaron, Ashley and Dillon, their spouses and two grandchildren Brooks and Quinn. Ron has lived and worked his entire life at his family farm on Rutledge Road in South Frontenac and has been involved in municipal politics for 11 years along with many church, school and agriculture boards and organizations. 

For the most part, Ron enjoys the challenges of municipal politics and the opportunity to help and try to make a difference in the lives of Frontenac County residents.

Councillor Vandewal was County Warden in 2017. His father Rein was Warden of the County in 1983.

County Councillor John McDougall (Township of South Frontenac)

John McDougall

Councillor McDougall has lived in the County of Frontenac since his family moved to Verona in South Frontenac in 1976.  He is a retired school principal having taught in Toronto, five rural Frontenac schools and Kingston.

First elected to the Township of South Frontenac and the County of Frontenac Councils in 2010, he has been a passionate supporter of our small-town and rural community life. 

County Councillor Frances Smith (Township of Central Frontenac)

 Frances Smith

County Councillor Frances Smith has been employed with Hastings County Social Services for the last 18 years and prior to that was self employed in the garden centre landscaping business, as a real estate agent and worked for the Ministry of Community & Social Services. During most of these years she was also an elected politician for Oso Township, now Central Frontenac. 

Frances was the Warden of Frontenac County in 1996 during the amalgamations negotiations and in 2016. Because Kingston and Frontenac were the first municipalities in the Province to deal with amalgamation, it was a very busy year with the Warden attending many events to talk about the details of the deal.   

County Councillor Tom Dewey (Township of Central Frontenac)

 Tom Dewey

Councillor Dewey was born and raised on a farm one mile west of Croydon, Ontario. Tom spent over 40 years in the business community in Toronto and retired in 2005 after 35 years with Emerson Electric Canada Limited as their Manager, Corporate Credit for Canada. Upon retirement, he and his wife of 53 years, Shirley, moved to Central Frontenac. In 2007, Councillor Dewey completed the Business Retention and Expansion surveys for the County of Frontenac and spent four years on the CFDC Board before winning his first election to Township Council in 2010. Tom has been a member of the Central Frontenac Heritage Festival and Economic Development Committees for the past eight years.

County Councillor Natalie Nossal (Township of Frontenac Islands)

 Natalie Nossal


Councillor Nossal has worked at University of Toronto, McMaster, and Queen's as an administrator and researcher, and in program and funding proposal development, with a wide variety of academic, government, and corporate partners. Since moving to Howe Island in 2003, she has enjoyed her involvement in diverse community activities.

Appointed to the Township of Frontenac Islands Council in December 2013, she was elected to Council in October 2014.


County Councillor John Inglis (Township of North Frontenac)

John Inglis

Councillor Inglis was an engineer with Ontario Hydro when he moved to the Lothlorien co-operative near Ompah some 36 years ago. In 1978 he opened Lothlorien Woodworking, a business that he continues to operate to this day.