Meet Carl Zehr

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Carl Zehr was re-elected Mayor of the City of Kitchener on October 25, 2010 and in his role as Mayor, is also a member of Waterloo Regional Council.

Carl first ran for elected office in the fall of 1985. He served as city councillor for the Chicopee Ward on the east side of Kitchener from 1985 through 1994. From 1988 through 1994, he was appointed by Kitchener City Council to Regional Council as a Kitchener representative. In 1997 Carl successfully ran for the elected office of Mayor in the City of Kitchener. He has subsequently won four successive elections and is currently Kitchener's longest serving Mayor. As Mayor, he continues to represent the city at Regional Council.

In addition to serving on all regular standing committees of Kitchener City Council, the Mayor is also an appointee and active participant on many boards and committees, including the Mayor's Advisory Council for Kitchener Seniors (MACKS), Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Inc. board of directors, University of Waterloo board of governors, Kitchener Housing Inc. board of directors, Centre in the Square board of management and Downtown Kitchener BIA board of directors.

At the broader municipal level, Carl has been a member of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario's Large Urban Mayors Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO) and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Big City Mayors Caucus (BCMC). He was chair of LUMCO in 1999 and chair of BCMC 2008-2011.

As a member of Regional Council, Carl has participated on all committees of Council over the years. During the last term of Council, in addition to his standing committee responsibilities, Carl participated on several project teams and working groups including the Westmount Road Reconstruction project team, Fairway Road Widening project team, Tri-City Water Distribution Master Plan, Greenbrook Water Treatment Plant Upgrades, Long Term Budget Strategy working group, Regional Transportation Master Plan, RGMS Steering Committee, and the Jack Young Civic Award Committee.

Carl was born and raised in Baden, Ontario, just west of Kitchener, in Wilmot Township. He attended Rockway Mennonite Collegiate and Waterloo-Oxford District High School and subsequently chose to pursue a career in accounting. Since then he received his professional CGA designation (1972) as well as Fellow designation from the Certified General Accountants of Canada (1982). Early on, he held accounting and corporate positions with Hybrid Turkeys, Mercedes Developments, K-W Hospital, and University of Waterloo. From 1981 until 1998 he was a partner in the accounting firm Mercer, Hildebrand and Zehr.

Carl has also been involved in various community activities and organizations including the Independent Living Centre, Kitchener-Waterloo Skating Club, SEED Loan Fund, the Rotary Club of Kitchener, Rockway Mennonite High School, Mennonite Foundation of Canada, and the Certified General Accountants of Ontario and Canada where he served as director of CGA Canada, president and governor of CGA Ontario, as well as Chair of CGA's K-W Chapter. Carl has been recognized many times over the years for his professional achievements, contributions to the community and leadership. More recently, he was honoured to receive the Ontario Pharmacists Association Visionary Award (2009), the Toastmasters International Communication and Leadership Award, named one of the Top 100 CGA's in Canada in 2008 and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. 

By his side in his personal, professional and public service life is Carl's wife Sandy. They have two adult children and five grandchildren.

For the 2010-2014 Term, Carl has been appointed by Regional Council to the following Committees, Boards and other organizations: 

 Standing Committee Advisory Committees/Other Appointments
 Administration & Finance(Vice-Chair)Jack Young Civic Award Committee
 Community ServicesWestmount Road Reconstruction Project Team
 Planning & Works 
 Budget (Vice-Chair) 
 Audit (Vice-Chair) 


Carl Zehr
Regional Councillor
1st Floor, 150 Frederick Street
Kitchener Ontario N2G 4J3

Phone: 519-741-2300
Fax: 519-575-4048

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