Fred is a husband, father and proud Hamiltonian. He has shown that he has the vision, experience and passion to help create the opportunity and prosperity that Hamilton deserves now and in the future.
Fred was born in Amsterdam and came to Canada with his family when he was eight years old. He attended school in Hamilton, graduating from both Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School and Mohawk College.
He has been chair of the Hamilton Port Authority and served previously as a Hamilton city councillor and then as Hamilton’s mayor.
As mayor, Fred worked with council to bring about a number of important initiatives including a complete renovation of Hamilton City Hall, the central library and the historic farmer’s market.
The now-completed remakes of downtown Gore Park and York Street were initiated during Fred’s time as mayor.
Fred has championed the preservation of Hamilton’s heritage, spearheading the purchase and renovation of the Lister Block, a landmark downtown building that now houses city staff.
Fred’s green initiatives include an anti-idling bylaw, the purchase of hybrid buses, the installation of bike racks on buses, and the setting of a robust target of 65-per-cent waste diversion from household garbage.
During Fred’s tenure as mayor, advance planning, engineering and design was completed for an east-west Light Rail Transit line.
Through his leadership, Fred was successful in encouraging his council colleagues to pass an annual $1.5 million increase to the City’s economic development departmental budget. This helped bring about tangible results including a new Tim Hortons coffee roasting facility in the Ancaster Business Park, and securing Canada Bread as the anchor tenant in the city’s new Red Hill Business Park.
Creative industries were identified as an individual sector in the city’s new Economic Development Strategy, taking their place alongside the other industrial pillars in Hamilton.
Under his leadership, council oversaw an update of the City’s agricultural economic development and impact study. Today, Hamilton is increasingly recognized agrifood hub. This not only benefits our farmers particularly in Ancaster, Flamborough, Dundas, Glanbrook and Stoney Creek, but also everyone on the agrifood supply chain, such as truckers, shippers, and fertilizer makers.
In addition, Fred helped to lead the successful bid process that resulted in the 2015 Pan Am games coming to Hamilton.
Upon leaving office in 2010, Fred became President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Urban Institute, allowing him to be involved in the development of cutting edge, progressive urban thinking.
Fred is again running for mayor because he has a passion for Hamilton and is bursting with energy to do all he can to create opportunity and prosperity for all Hamiltonians.
Fred and his wife Diane, a dental hygienist, live in east Hamilton. They have two grown children. Brett is a teacher and Alida is employed as a flight attendant with Air Canada.