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.