Canadian mayors
Research by Brian Baker

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The 2016 World
Mayor Honours

1 Bart Somers, Mechelen, Belgium

2 Wolfgang G Müller, Lahr, Germany

3 Georgios Kaminis, Athens, Greece

4 Guisi Nicolini, Lampedusa, Italy

5 Richard Arnold, Schwäbisch Gmünd,

6 Mirjam van 't Veld, Amstelveen Netherlands

7 Spiros Galinos, Lesbos, Greece

8 Pavel Adamowicz, Gdansk, Poland

9 Damien Carême, Grande-Synthe, France

10 Henriette Reker, Cologne, Germany


Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga

Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary

Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver

Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton

Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montréal

Linda Hepner, Mayor of Surrey BC

Canadian local government
5 July 2016: In Canada cities and towns are considered creatures of provincial and territorial governments, existing by provincial and territorial legislation. Provinces and territories can create, modify, or eliminate a municipality as they see fit such as amalgamations and the creation of regional governments. They also dictate the limits of the powers of municipal governments.

Municipalities are broadly categorized as ‘Upper tier’ municipalities and ‘Lower Tier’ municipalities. The prior includes Regional Municipalities, Counties, and Districts lead by a Chair or a Warden. Existing with the upper tier municipalities, the latter includes Cities, Towns, Townships, and Municipalities, which are lead by a Mayor or a Reeve. There are also cities, which are large enough to function as independent municipalities. These include the City of Toronto and the City of Ottawa.

For the most part, serving as the Chief Executive of the city and Chair of council, Canadian mayors are given the title His Worship or Her Worship in English and Son Honneur in French for both males and females.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), the national advocacy and peer group for municipalities, counts more than 1900 member cities and towns. FCM also hosts the Big City Mayors Caucus, a peer group for Canada’s 22 largest cities by population. The list below includes the mayors of the member cities of the Big City Mayors Caucus and Charlottetown, Fredericton and Moncton, which are still considered important cities due to their importance in their respective provinces.

Mayors of Canada’s largest cities

City, size
& website
(His/Her Worship)
Population: 141,500
Henry Braun
(His Worship)
Elected 2014,
Next election 2018
Retired business executive
Member of City Council 2011-2014
Population: 524,000 (2015 estimate);
Linda Jeffrey
(Her Worship)
Elected 2014, Next election 2018 Born 1958
Former Minister in Province Government
Political party: Liberal
Population: 1,090,936
Naheed Nenshi
(His Worship)
Elected 2010, 2013. Next election 2017 Born 1972, Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Public Policy (Harvard), Writer/Professor, Consultant, Canada's first Muslim mayor; Winner of the 2014 World Mayor Prize
Population: 32,170
Clifford Lee
(His Worship)
Elected 2003, 2006, 2010, 2014
Next election 2018
Deputy Mayor in 2000, provincial public servant, Assistant Manager of the PEI Liquor Control Commission, Investigation & Auditing Services Supervisor with the Dept of Health & Social Services, Financial Officer with the Provincial Treasury
Population: 878,000 (2016)
Don Iveson
(His Worship)
Elected 2013. Next  election 2017 Born 1979, Political Science graduate from Alberta University. Former publisher; Current (2016) Chair of Big City Caucus; Member of City Council since 2007.
Population: 53,535 (2006)
Brad Woodside
(His Worship)
Elected 1986, 1989, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2012 Next election 2016 Born 1948, VP of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, elected as councillor and deputy mayor in 1981, now serving 7th term as mayor (longest serving mayor of Fredericton), strong supporter of sustainability, festivals and IT
Population: 260,920 (2011)
Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin
(Son Honneur)
Elected 2013.Next election 2017 Born 1968. Political Science graduate from Ottawa University.
Population: 390,100 (2016)
Mike Savage
(His Worship)
Elected 2012. Next election 2016 Born 1960. As a member of parliament for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour from 2004 until 2011, Mayor Savage was active in serving his constituents and playing a national role as Official Opposition Critic for Human Resources and Skills and Status of Persons with Disabilities, and as Chair of the Liberal Caucus Committee on Post-Secondary Education and Research. Member of Federal Parliament 2004-2011.
Population: 520,000 (2016)
Fred Eisenberger
(His Worship)
Elected 2014 Next Election 2018 Born 1952
Born in Amsterdam. Previously mayor from 2006-2010. Former
Chair of Hamilton Port Authority
Party: Conservative
Population: 124,400
Colin Basran
(His Worship)
Elected 2014; Next election 2016
Born 1977
Formerly worked as a journalist and then as an estate agent
Member of City Council 2011-2014
Of Sikh descent he is the first non-Caucasian mayor of Kelowna
Population: 123,400
Bryan Paterson (His Worship) Elected 2014; Next election 2018 Former Assistant Professor at Canada Royal Military College. Backed by Liberal Party
Population: 219,000 (2016)
Berry Vrbanovic
(His Worship)
Elected 2014; Next Election 2018 Born in Croatia. Came to Canada as a child. Formerly
Employed in local government. Member of City Council 1994-2014
Population: 398,667 (2011 estimate)
Marc Demers
(His Worship)
Elected 2013. Next Election 2017. Former Police Officer. First newly elected mayor in 24 years.
Pop : 352,395 (2006)
Matt Brown
(His Worship)
Elected 2014
Pop : 235,310 (2011)
Caroline St-Hilaire
Elected 2009, Next Election 2017 Born 1969, former Member of Parliament for the Bloc Québécois, critic for the Status of Women, Amateur Sport, Persons with Disabilities, Transport, previously worked as administrator, consultant and executive manager, Party: Action Longueuil
Population 301,700 (2016)
Frank Scarpitti (His Worship) Elected 2006. Re-elected 2010, 2014 Next election 2018 Served as Acting Mayor 1992-1994. Broadcaster 1994-1997.
Controversially revealed as highest paid mayor in Canada in 2014.
Population: 713,400 (2016 estimate)
Bonnie Crombie
(Her Worship)
Elected 2014
Next election 2018
Born 1960; Party: Liberal; Former Liberal Party member of Federal Parliament
Population: 64,128 (2006)
George LeBlanc
(His Worship)
Elected 2008, 2012. Next Election 2016 Elected to council in 1999, Bachelor of Business Administration, law degree, President of Moncton Headstart Foundation, President of Headstart, Director of Enterprise Greater Moncton, strong supporter of multiculturalism
1,620,693 (2006)
Denis Coderre (Son Honneur) Elected 2013. Next Election 2017 Born 1963. Former Member of Parliament 1997-2013. Party: Liberal.
Population: 917,570 (2010)
Jim Watson
(His Worship)(Son Honneur)
Elected 1997, 2010, 2014
Next Election 2018
Born 1961, elected to city council in 1991, elected mayor in 1997, elected Member of Provincial Parliament in 2000, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Bachelor degree in journalism and communications, Director of Communications for the Speaker of House of Commons, Party: N/A
Québec (City)
Population: 491,142 (2006)
Régis Labeaume
(His Worship)
Elected 2007, 2009, 2013. Next Election 2017 Born 1956, Elected in special election after death of incumbent Andrée Boucher, Bachelor's degree in sociology, Chair of the Fondation de l'entrepreneurship organisation, businessman in mining, Party: Équipe Labeaume
Population: 179,246 (2006)
Michael Fougere
(His Worship)
Elected 2012. Next Election 2016 Born 1956. LSE graduate,
Population: 207,800
Malcolm Brodie (His Worship) Elected 2001. Re-elected 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2014 Born 1949
Member of City Council 1996-2001
Party: Independent
Population: 145,800
Jean Trembley (His Worship) Elected 2002. Re-elected 2013 Lawyer and businessperson
Mayor of Chicoutimi until local government re-organisation. First and so far
only mayor of Saguenay. In 2015 announced he would step down in 2017.
Often makes controversial remarks. Most recently when he said he could not
pronounce the name of Parti Quebecois politician Djemila Renhabib.
Population: 222,100 (2016)
Don Atchison
(His Worship)
Re-elected 2015 for 5th term Born 1943
Population: 164,650
Bernard Sevigny (His Worship) Re-elected 2013; Next election 2017 Born 1961
First elected mayor in 2009. Former journalist
and academic. Member of City Council 2001-2009
Party: Renouveau Sherbrookois
St. Johns
Population: 106,200 (2016)
Dennis O'Keefe
(His Worship)
Elected 2008, 2009, 2013. Next Election 2017 Elected as council in 1997, elected Deputy Mayor in 2005, B.A. History, B.Ed, Master's in History, educator, consumer activist, active in the development of the cruise ship industry in Newfoundland, Chair of Cruise St. John's Committee, former President of Cruise Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, Party: Progressive Conservatives of Newfoundland and Labrador
Population: 526,000 (2016)
Linda Hepner
(Her Worship)
Elected 2014 Next Election 2018 Born 1949
Member of City Council 2005-2014
Former city manager
Party: Surrey First
Population: 2,720,000 (2010)
John Tory
(His Worship)
Elected 2014, Next Election 2018 Born 1954. Lawyer. Progressive conservative party.
Population: 288,300
Maurizio Bevilacqua (His Worship) Re-elected 2014; Next election 2018 Born 1960
First elected in 2010 after serving as member of the
Federal Parliament for 22 years from 1988-2010.
Former Minister of State
Born in Italy
Party: Liberal
Population: 578,041 (2006)
Gregor Robertson
(His Worship)
Elected 2008, 2011, 2014
Next Election 2018
Born 1965, elected Member of Legislative Assembly in 2005, Opposition Critic for Small Business, Co-Chair of the Caucus Climate Change Taskforce, strong supporter of sustainability and homelessness eradication, B.A. in English and Biology, entrepreneur, farmer, Party: Vision Vancouver
Population: 98,800
Dave Jaworsky (His Worship) Elected October 2014 Next election 2018 Former business executive at Blackberry. Worked in high-tech sector for 25 years
Population: 219,900 (2016)
Drew Dilkens
(His Worship)
Elected 2014, Next Election 2018 Lawyer and former diplomatic official
Member of City Council 2006-2014
Population: 663,600 (2016)
Brian Bowman
(His Worship)
Elected 2014, Next Election 2018 Born 1971
Formerly chaired the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce
First Aboriginal/Metis mayor of Winnipeg
Party: Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba