Meet Ken Seiling
A life-long resident of Elmira, Ontario, Ken Seiling attended Elmira District Secondary School and received his post-secondary education at Waterloo Lutheran University, McMaster University, and the University of Toronto. After two years as a councillor and seven years as Mayor of Woolwich Township, Ken was first elected by Regional Council as Regional Chair in 1985 and again in 1988, 1991, and 1994. In 1997, he became the first directly elected Regional Chair in Waterloo Region. He was re-elected in 2000, 2003, 2006, 2010 and 2014. Prior to being elected as Regional Chair, Ken taught at Waterloo Collegiate Institute before becoming the Director of the Wellington County Museum and Archives. He also served on the Executive of the Ontario Museum Association, including a term as President.
As Regional Chair, Ken has experience at both levels of municipal government and with many Boards and Commissions, including the Waterloo Regional Police Services Board, Waterloo Regional Library Board, Waterloo North Hydro Commission and the Grand River Conservation Authority.
He has served as Chair of the Waterloo Regional Police Services Board and Chair of Regional Chairs of Ontario. He serves on the Board of Governors of the University of Waterloo. As Regional Chair, Ken is also a member of all Regional Standing Committees. Provincially, Ken sits on the Board of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), and has served on many AMO groups and sub-committees. Currently he is serving as Chair of the Mayors and Regional Chairs of Ontario. He has been appointed by the Province to sit on a variety of advisory panels and committees over the years.
Ken and his wife Kathryn live in Elmira. They have five children and nine grand children. For more than 40 years, Ken served as an organist and choirmaster and now enjoys filling in at the organ in churches across the Region. Having started his working life as a history teacher, Ken continues to have an ongoing interest in things historical.
Ken was a recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to the community and was also chosen as one of Wilfrid Laurier University's 100 Alumni of Achievement.