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In 2014
Mayor of Vienna, Austria (08/2014)
Mayor of Lampedusa, Italy (07/2014)
Mayor of Ghent, Belgium (06/2014)
Mayor of Montería, Colombia (05/2014)
Mayor of Liverpool, UK (04/2014)
Mayor of Pittsford Village, NY, USA (03/2014)
Mayor of Surabaya, Indonesia (02/2014)
Mayor of Santiago, Chile (01/2014)

In 2013
Mayor of Soda, India (12/2013)
Mayor of Zaragoza (11/2013)
Mayor of Marseille (10/2013)
Mayor of Schwäbisch Gmünd (09/2013)
Mayor of Detroit (08/2013)
Mayor of Moore (07/2013)
Mayor of Mexico City (06/2013)
Mayor of Cape Town (05/2013)
Mayor of Lima (04/2013)
Mayor of Salerno (03/2013)
Governor of Jakarta (02/2013)
Mayor of Rio de Janeiro (01/2013)

In 2012
Mayor of Izmir (12/2012)
Mayor of San Antonio (11/2012)
Mayor of Thessaloniki (10/2012)
Mayor of London (09/2012)
Mayor of New York (08/2012)
Mayor of Bilbao (07/2012)
Mayor of Bogotá (06/2012)
Mayor of Perth (05/2012)
Mayor of Mazatlán (04/2012)
Mayor of Tel Aviv (03/2012)
Mayor of Surrey (02/2012)
Mayor of Osaka (01/2012)

In 2011
Mayor of Ljubljana (12/2011)

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Canadian Mayors
Edited by Kevin Bourne

28 August 2011: 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
(Readers are invited to supply information on additional Canadian cities and mayors. Please insert Canadian mayors' into the subject line of any emails.)

City, size
& website
(His/Her Worship)
Population: 510,000 (2011 estimate);
Susan Fennell
(Her Worship)
Elected 2000, 2003, 2006, 2010, Next election 2014 Honours B.Sc in environmental science from the University of Toronto, City/Regional Councillor since 1988, Chair of the FCM Ontario Caucus, Founder of National Womens' Hockey League
Population: 1,090,936
Naheed Nenshi
(His Worship)
Elected 2010, Next election 2013 Born 1972, Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Public Policy (Harvard), Writer/Professor, Consultant, Canada's first Muslim mayor
Population: 32,170
Clifford Lee
(His Worship)
Elected 2003, 2006, 2010, Next election 2014 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: 782,439 (2009)
Stephen Mandel
(His Worship)
Elected 2004, 2007, 2010, Next Election 2013 Born 1945, B.Sc of Business Admin, Masters in Political Science, elected as councillor in 2001, strong supporter of arts/festival scene, the environment and multiculturalism, volunteer with Heart and Stroke Foundation and with local Jewish organizations
Population: 53,535 (2006)
Brad Woodside
(His Worship)
Elected 1986, 1989, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2008, Next election 2012 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)
Marc Bureau
(Son Honneur)
Elected 2005, 2009, Next Election 2013 Born 1955, owner of second-hand book, CD, and cassette store, elected as councillor in 2001, promoted transparency
Population: 408,000 (2011 estimate)
Peter Kelly
(His Worship)
Elected 2000, 2004, 2008, Next Election 2012 Elected to Bedford town council in 1985, became mayor in 1991, Diploma in Hospitality Management, MBA, has held admin/managerial positions in private sector/government since 1980, founded/chaired Atlantic Mayors' Congress since 2001, strong supporter of public safety and community
Population: 504,559 (2006)
Bob Bratina
(His Worship)
Elected 2010, Next Election 2014 Lab technician, radio/broadcasting personality, member of the Football Reporters of Canada Hall of Fame, Queen's Jubilee Medal Winner for lifetime community achievement, Art Gallery of Hamilton board member, strong supporter of citizen participation at City Hall, downtown revitalization and more integrity
Population: 223,410 (2011 estimate)
Carl Zehr
(His Worship)
Elected 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2010, Next Election 2010 Born 1945, city councillor from 1985-1994, member of Large Urban Mayors' Caucus of Ontario, served as its chair in 1999, Certified General Accountant, member and past chair of the CGAs of Ontario, and a fellow (FCGA) of the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada, board member of Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Board, the University of Waterloo, Kitchener Housing Inc.
Population: 398,667 (2011 estimate)
Gilles Vaillancourt
(His Worship)
Elected 1989, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, Next Election 2013 Born 1941, Former president of the Union des municipalités du Québec, Chair of Committee of Municipal Finances of FCM, Party : Parti PRO des Lavallois
Pop : 352,395 (2006)
Joe Fontana
(His Worship)
Elected 2010, Next Election 2010 Born 1950, elected as councillor in 1978, elected to House of Commons as a member of the opposition in 1988, served as Critic for Urban Affairs and Housing and Ontario chair of the Liberal Caucus, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Minister of Labour, a record three times as chair of the National Liberal Caucus
Pop : 235,310 (2011)
Caroline St-Hilaire
(Son Honneur)
Elected 2009, Next Election 2019 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: 734,000 (2011 estimate)
Hazel McCallion
(Her Worship)
Elected 1978, 1981, 1984, 1987, 1990, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2010, Next Election 2014 Born 1921, mayor for 33 years, Canada's longest serving mayor, member of Order of Canada and Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, elected mayor of Streetsville in 1970
Population: 64,128 (2006)
George LeBlanc
(His Worship)
Elected 2008, Next Election 2012 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)
Gérard Tremblay
(Son Honneur)
Elected 2001, 2005, 2009, Next Election 2013 Born 1942, law degree from University of Ottawa, MBA from Harvard, senior manager, entrepreneur, elected as Member of National Assembly in 1989, Minister of Industry, Commerce, Science and Technology, Party: Union Montréal
Population: 917,570 (2010)
Jim Watson
(His Worship)
Elected 1997, 2010, Next Election 2014 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, Next Election 2013 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)
Pat Fiacco
(His Worship)
Elected 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009, Next Election 2012 Born 1962, Former Director of Strategic Business Development at Direct West, former Chair of the Regina Board of Police Commissioners, former Chair of the Big City Mayor's Caucus, Canadian referee and judge for boxing at 2004 Athens Olympics, former Canadian and provincial boxing champ
Population: 231,900 (2010 estimate)
Don Atchison
(His Worship)
Elected 2003, 2006, 2009, Next Election 2012 Elected to council 1994, 1997, 2000, University of Saskatchewan, owner of men's clothing store Atch & Co., Party: N/A
St. John's
Population: 192,326 (2010)
Dennis O'Keefe
(His Worship)
Elected 2008, 2009, Next Election 2013 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: N/A
Population: 474,070 (2010 estimate)
Dianne Watts
(Her Worship)
Elected 2005, 2008 and 2011 Next Election 2014 First female mayor of Surrey, former Chair of the Mayor's Council on Regional Transportation, 2010 World Mayor finalist (fourth best mayor in the world), Mayor of B.C.'s fastest growing city, Party: Surrey First (slate, not official party)
Population: 2,720,000 (2010)
Rob Ford
(His Worship)
Elected 2010, Next Election 2014 Born 1969, elected as city councillor in 2000, 2003, 2006, B.A. Political Science (incomplete), fiscal conservative, family printing business, son of former MPP Doug Ford, strong supporter of high school football and local charities, Party: N/A
Population: 578,041 (2006)
Gregor Robertson
(His Worship)
Elected 2008, 2011, Next Election 2014 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: 216,473 (2006)
Eddie Francis
(His Worship)
Elected 2003, 2006, 2010, Next Election 2014 Born 1974, was 29 years when first elected, youngest mayor in Windsor's history, one of the youngest ever elected in Canada, Windsor's first Lebanese-Canadian mayor, operated Royal Pita Baking Company, honour's degree in chemistry and biochemistry, law degree, called to the Bar in 2002, elected as city councillor in 1999 at 25 years old, youngest councillor in Windsor's history, 2000 general election Francis re-elected with the largest majority ever recorded in a Windsor municipal election
Population: 693,200 (2011 estimate)
Sam Katz
(His Worship)
Elected 2004, 2006, 2010, Next Election 2014 Born 1951, first Jewish mayor of Winnipeg, member of the Order of Manitoba, real estate developer, theatre producer, entrepreneur, B.A. in Economics, presented with the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal

The winner of the 2012 World Mayor Prize amd other resuts were announced on 8 January 2013

Rob Ford, Mayor of Toronto

Hazel McCallion, Mayor of Mississauga

Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary

Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver

Stephen Mandel, Mayor of Edmonton

Gérard Tremblay, Mayor of Montréal

Sam Katz, Mayor of Winnipeg