Terry Whitehead has long made a home with his wife and four children in Ward 8 and is committed to making the City of Hamilton a better place to live, work, play and raise one’s family. His eldest is a graduate of the Mechanical Engineering program at McMaster University and is working in Edmonton. His second eldest is a student of Mining Engineering Technology at Cambrian College in Sudbury and his two youngest children are currently attending St. Thomas Moore High school.
A very visible and vocal full-time councillor, he is now in his second term of office and participates in numerous agencies, boards and committees on behalf of West Mountain constituents.
Terry’s work in the private sector and at all levels of government have given him a wealth of knowledge. He has operated his own business and has many years of experience working in executive positions for municipal, provincial and federal governments.
From 1990 to 1995, Terry served as Special Assistant to the Honourable David Christopherson, then Minister of Correctional Services and Solicitor General of Ontario; from 1995 to 2000, he was Chief of Staff to Robert Morrow, a former mayor for the City of Hamilton, and from 2001 to 2003, as Special Advisor to the Honourable Sheila Copps, then Minister of Canadian Heritage.
Prior to becoming Councillor, Terry has been instrumental in resolving issues for the City of Hamilton and its organizations, businesses and residents. He was directly involved in negotiations with the Red Cross, Canadian Blood Services, Health Canada and the Hamilton Branch of the Canadian Red Cross Society which preserved two hundred jobs within our community.
In the Mayor’s Office, Terry initiated discussions on expanding the film industry (a multimillion-dollar business) in Hamilton. He invited representatives from the Ontario Media Development Corporation to develop a plan which, upon implementation, resulted in increased activity for Hamilton and, in fact, one year we boasted more filming in our city than any one state in the USA.
Terry was also directly involved in the negotiations between the City of Hamilton and its Port Authority, resulting in the settlement of a one hundred million-dollar lawsuit and the return of the city’s west harbour to the people of Hamilton.