“I have lived and worked in Stratford and area all my life and I have a strong commitment to the city and its future. Over the years, those who have served on Stratford City Council have been instrumental in initiating many of the elements that make this a wonderful place to live. It has been my privilege to serve our City for the past eight years, and playing a part in making decisions that affect all of us.”
A native of Stratford, Brad is a graduate of Northwestern High School and of Carleton University, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree. Brad has a diverse work career, most recently as the General Manager of the Stratford & District Chamber of Commerce. Prior to this he was employed with a community agency assisting individuals with their job search and obtaining employment.
Brad’s current appointments includes serving on the board of Stratford Economic Development Corporation as well as Festival Hydro. He is the Chair of Community Services, serves on the Finance, as well as the Infrastructure Transportation and Safety committee. In addition he is the Chair of Communities in Bloom and also the Civic Beautification and Environmental Awareness (CBEAC). Past involvement has included serving on the Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, and the City's Boar of Parks. Brad is a member of Zion Lutheran Church and has served on its executive committee.
Brad has been married to his wife, Sherri, for 22 years and has two wonderful sons who are in Grade 11.
“As Stratford continues to grow we need to ensure that our community stays focused on realizing the opportunities that our City can bring. But we must also recognize the financial challenge of spending within our ability and reducing accumulated debt through stringent accountability and responsible budgeting.”
“My primary concerns are sustainable economic development, enhancement of our tourism potential, strategic long-term planning and financial accountability. These are the essential foundations on which we can ensure the enviable quality of life for which Stratford is rightly famous.”
Each Candidate was asked to send a bio, photo and to respond to the ten questions below with a limit of 75 words per answer. We have identified any truncated content with “...” Please feel free to reach out to each candidate for more information.
1. Over the last five years, how have you contributed to the City of Stratford (volunteering, boards, etc.)?
- Chair of Community Services
- Member of Finance committee
- Member of Infrastructure Transportation and Safety committee
- Chair of Communities in Bloom
- Served on the City's Board of Parks
- Stratford Economic Development Corporation
- Festival Hydro
- Chair of Civic Beautification and Environmental Awareness Committee (CBEAC)
- Coach Hoops for Fun
2. What do you believe your unique contribution will be to council (strengths)?
My experience in Economic Development is my strength. As General Manger of the Stratford & District Chamber of Commerce I have had the opportunity to gain a wealth of knowledge in what our business community does to keep our community thriving. Prior to this I had a role with assisting individual with obtaining employment in our community. Additionally as a board member of the Stratford Economic Development Corporation (Invest Stratford)
3. What would you like to see achieved over the next four years (be specific)
- Cooper Site (I look forward to our community calling this something different)
- Affordable housing units
- Seniors Centre
- Infrastructure upgrades
4. What committees do you see yourself sitting on and what experience qualifies you for those committees?
Community Services - Infrastructure / Transportation / Safety - Finance My eight years of service on City Council has provided me with the privilege to have this experience.
5. What means of transportation are you using in the city, and/or in and out of town and what improvements do you recommend?
My primary mode of transportation is driving my vehicle. My children use the City bus to get "to and from" school so I am well aware of this service as well. -Improvements for the roads, I believe that the City is making every effort to maintain our road infrastructure and enhance when opportunity permits. -Regarding our bus service, I look forward to the completion of the new transit station and wish to hear comments regarding...
6. Describe what you believe the Cooper Site should look like in 10 years?
A mixture of Community facilities , university expansion, green space, a large scale community partner, and possible commercial use
7. What are your objectives with respect to housing and how do you expect to accomplish them?
Affordable housing is a priority and the City is making strides to increase the available units in the coming year. This will continue a priority for me, I have been supportive on this during my time on Council and will continue to do so if re-elected.
8. If elected, what three steps would you take to put our city on a firmer financial footing?
As an incumbent who has served for eight years I would not change what I have supported in terms of financial accountability. I believe that the steps taken by this Council has been prudent. The debt is being reduce and we continue to invest in our Community.
9. How will the new provincial legislation with respect to conflict of interest on municipal councils, coming into effect January 2019, hinder your effectiveness on council?
I do not foresee any challenges
10. How will you encourage youth engagement, retention, re-attraction and skills development?
As a parent of young adults it is my hope that our City can be a place where everyone wishes to come / stay, including our youth. - This is something that requires various responses. Firstly, transportation is a key factor (getting in/out of Stratford) and hopefully this priority will be addressed soon with the proposed busing service. Regarding skills development this is imperative, and is not isolated to our community. It is a challenge we...