2016 Mike Hancock (Modern Candidate)
A dedicated public servant for 22 years, Mike Hancock was first elected to Brantford City Council in 1988, and re-elected five times before serving two terms as Mayor from 2003-2010. Priorities under his leadership included developing new industrial lands, revitalizing the City’s downtown to accommodate Brantford's rapidly growing population of post-secondary students, and brownfield remediation and redevelopment. A skilled financial manager, Mike was a strong advocate for the reduction of the City's debt, which was eliminated under his successive years as Chair of the Council Finance and Corporate Services Committees. Another key achievement under Mike’s tenure was the deal that brought Ferrero Canada Ltd. to the City’s northwest, as the headquarters and manufacturing centre of the company's entry into the North American market. Mike honed his exceptional skills at cultivating local job-creation and industrial development programs through his work at the Canada Employment Centre, later known as Human Resource Development Canada. From 1998 to 2003, Mike also served as executive director of the Brant Skills Development Group, supporting skills training for youth in Brantford and Brant County.