Mayor - W. Redekop
1553 Frenchman's Lane
Fort Erie, ON, L2A 5M4
Telephone: 905-894-0220 (Office)
Born and raised in Fort Erie, Ontario.
Attended Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island; University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario (B.A.); Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Ontario (LL.B.). Practicing lawyer since 1977. Former president of Welland County Law Association.
Councillor for the Town of Fort Erie, 1991-1994. Mayor of the Town of Fort Erie, 1997-2006, during which time was Chair of the Mayors Slot Revenue Coalition; member of Niagara River Bi-National Mayors Coalition, Ontario Mayors Automotive Coalition, Mayors Transportation Corridors Coalition and Niagara Parks Commission; established first municipal Gaming Corporation in Ontario, a Community Health and Wellness Committee, the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee and strategic alliances with City of Buffalo, Niagara Parks Commission, Buffalo-Fort Public Erie Bridge Authority and Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators. Promoted municipal administration credo of efficiency, accountability and responsiveness. Mayor of the Town of Fort Erie, 2014 to present, during which time the Town invested heavily in infrastructure renewal, new parks and public transit, has experienced a boom in residential construction, has actively engaged residents in a number of policy initiatives and promoted the value of the Town’s expansive waterfront, rich natural heritage and opportunities for growth and prosperity.
Member Ridgeway Lions Club (since 1978); St. Paul’s Anglican Church; Niagara Land Trust (first Chair, 2009-11); D’Youville College, Buffalo (Trustee 2008-2015, Chair 2013-2015) and Fort Erie Economic Development Corporation. Former member of various community organizations, including Fort Erie Mayor’s Task Force to Save Our Hospital (Co-Chair), Meals on Wheels, Fort Erie Public Library Board, Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, Head Injury Association of Fort Erie, Fundraising Committee for Crystal Ridge Library branch, Ridgeway Blood Donor Clinic (Convenor, 1990-2009), Fort Erie Multicultural Centre and Douglas Memorial Hospital Board.
Married to Cathy. Three adult daughters: Lindsay, Hilary and Kylie. Qualified for and completed (with Lindsay) the Boston Marathon, 2008 and 2009. Two grandsons Brody and Cullen.