Rick Goldring took his oath of office for his second term as mayor of the City of Burlington on December 1, 2014. Prior to being sworn in as mayor in 2010, he served as the Ward 5 City & Regional Councillor for four years.
A lifelong Burlington resident, Rick went to Nelson High School and earned his Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from McMaster University. Rick and his wife, Cheryl, have a combined total of seven daughters.
As a member of the Burlington business community for more than 30 years, most recently as a senior financial advisor with Assante Financial Management Ltd., Rick has always been actively involved in community affairs. He is a member and past president of the Hamilton Chapter of Advocis - Canada's largest association of financial advisors. Rick is a Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow, and has also been on the board of the Ron Edwards (Burlington) Family YMCA and the Burlington Chamber of Commerce.
As mayor, Rick serves as a member of Halton Regional Council. He is on the Board of Directors for the Burlington Economic Development Corporation, Burlington Hydro, and the Association of Ontario Municipalities (AMO), where he also serves as Chair of AMO's Large Urban Caucus. Rick is a member of the Large Urban Mayor's Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO) and Chair of the LUMCO Subcommittee on Emergency Services.
Proud of his reputation for collaboration, Rick seeks to build consensus when addressing the opportunities and challenges before council. He strongly believes in transparency and accountability and that as a city, we can overcome challenges and continue to position ourselves as the community of choice for residents and business because of our strengths, amenities, and quality of life.
Rick is committed to serving his community and is an advocate of citizen engagement. He has created opportunities to engage residents through the Inspire Burlington speaker series, open door drop-in sessions, the Mayor's Community Roundtable, social media and by participating in events where he has the opportunity of listening and speaking directly to residents and business owners in the community.
Rick is a fiscally responsible mayor. During Rick's time in office there has been a significant reduction in tax rate increases, the City has progressed to a performance-based budgeting model and an agreement was reached with Joseph Brant Hospital for the $60 million taxpayer contribution to the redevelopment project.
His time in office has also featured the completion of the Brant Street Pier, the approval of a Community Engagement Charter, the development of a Community Energy Plan and a renewed focus on economic development to ensure Burlington's continued prosperity.
Rick is the leader of a professional and dedicated council and values the collaboration and focus they have shown to the tasks at hand and the people of Burlington.
He looks forward to another term of prosperity and thoughtful decision-making while fostering Burlington's status as one of the best places in Canada to live and work.