About Me

About Me

I took my oath of office for my second term as Mayor of the City of Burlington on December 1, 2014. Prior to being sworn in as Mayor in 2010, I served as the Ward 5 City & Regional Councillor for four years.

A lifelong Burlington resident, I attended Nelson High School and earned a BA (Economics) from McMaster University. My wife Cheryl and I have a combined total of seven daughters.

As a member of the Burlington business community for over 30 years, most recently as a senior financial advisor with Assante Financial Management Ltd., I have always been actively involved in community affairs. I am a member and past president of the Hamilton Chapter of Advocis – Canada’s largest association of financial advisors. I am a Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow, and have served on the board of the Ron Edwards (Burlington) Family YMCA and the Burlington Chamber of Commerce.

As mayor, I serve as a member of Halton Regional Council, and am on the Board of Directors for the Burlington Economic Development Corporation, Burlington Hydro, and the Association of Ontario Municipalities (AMO), where I also serve as Chair of AMO’s Large Urban Caucus. I am also a member of the Large Urban Mayor’s Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO) and Chair of the LUMCO Subcommittee on Emergency Services.

Proud of my reputation for collaboration, I seek to build consensus when addressing the opportunities and challenges before council. I strongly believe in transparency and accountability and that as a city, we can overcome challenges and continue to position ourselves as the community of choice for residents and business because of our strengths, amenities and quality of life.

I am committed to serving my community and am an advocate of citizen engagement. I created opportunities to engage residents through the Inspire Burlington speaker series, open door drop-in sessions, the Mayor’s Community Roundtable, social media and by participating in events where I have the opportunity of listening and speaking directly to residents and business owners in the community.

I am a fiscally responsible leader. During my time in office there has been a significant reduction in tax rate increases, the City has progressed to a performance-based budgeting model and an agreement was reached with Joseph Brant Hospital for the $60 million taxpayer contribution to the redevelopment project.

My time in office has also featured the completion of the Brant Street Pier, the approval of a Community Engagement Charter, the development of a Community Energy Plan and a renewed focus on economic development to ensure Burlington’s continued prosperity.

I am the leader of a professional and dedicated council and value the collaboration and focus they have shown to the tasks at hand and the people of Burlington.

I look forward to another term of prosperity and thoughtful decision-making while fostering Burlington’s status as one of the best places in Canada to live and work.

Recent Posts

Burlington’s new Official Plan

The City of Burlington is excited to have a draft new Official Plan, called Grow Bold, which the Planning Department will soon be taking out to the community for further consultation.

The Official Plan is a document that contains the City’s plans for growth and development. It has been designed to recognize that Burlington is changing how it grows. Along with that, it outlines strategies for the challenges we face and a vision to 2041.

How are we changing the way we grow?

The fact is that we have no new areas or greenfield land to build more communities like Alton and Orchard, so we need to accommodate new residents and jobs with redevelopment of our existing land with higher densities. This intensification is carefully planned to occur in areas that are specifically identified in the Official Plan.

The Official Plan identifies four mobility hubs as focal points for higher density and mixed use development that will accommodate a significant share of the city’s future population and employment growth. These hubs include downtown Burlington and the areas around our three GO stations. Continue reading

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