About the Mayor
Karen Farbridge was re-elected as Mayor of the City of Guelph in 2006 and returned to office in the 2010 municipal election. She was first elected to Council in 1994 and previously served as Mayor in 2000-2003 and 2006-2010.
A resident of Guelph since 1979, Karen has an MSc and PhD in biology from the University of Guelph. In 2009, she attained the Chartered Director (C.Dir) designation from the Directors College, a joint venture of McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada.
During her tenure in municipal politics, Karen has championed sustainable approaches to community growth and development with a strong commitment to citizen engagement.
In addition to serving on all Standing Committees of Council, Karen serves on the Guelph Police Services Board and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health Board. She chairs Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. Karen also serves as Honorary Co-Chair of the Guelph Citizenship Committee, Honorary Chair of Pollination Guelph, and has participated in QUEST (Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow).
Karen also champions several initiatives including:
Guelph Creates is a partnership between the Mayor’s Office, Musagetes, and theImprovisation, Community, and Social Practice (ICASP) research project. It aims to connect, promote, and build on Guelph’s existing creative strengths through initiatives that integrate creative thinking and practice. It will culminate in 2013 with two international initiatives that have their roots in Guelph: the Musagetes Café and the Improvisation, Community & Social Practice initiative’s World Artist Summit. Guelph Creates was founded on the principle that creativity can be one of a community’s greatest assets, as it strengthens a city’s beauty, resiliency, and sense of social justice. To find out more about the creative activities and practices of Guelph Creates partners, visit the web sites of Musagetes and Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice (ICASP).
In the past, Karen has served as an Associate Professor at the University of Guelph, teaching courses in political science and environmental policy, and for ten years was the Director of the Ontario Public Interest Research Group. In 2005, Karen was the recipient of the prestigious Women of Distinction Award from the YMCA-YWCA of Guelph in the business and professions category.
Questions, comments or concerns?
By mail: City Hall, 1 Cardent Street,
Guelph, Ontrario N1H 3A1
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Birthday and anniversary greetings
The mayor offers a letter of congratulations to residents celebrating a 65th birthday and over, and couples celebrating a 25th wedding anniversary and over. These greetings (along with greetings from the Prime Minister, Governor General, Her Majesty the Queen, and Member of Parliament) are centrally coordinated through the Guelph M.P.’s office. Please call 519-837-8276.
Medals for sports teams
The mayor presents medals at Council meetings to teams that have won a gold medal at a provincial, national or international event. To schedule a medal presentation, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the team name; name, date and location of the tournament where they won gold; names of team members and coaches (please be sure to spell correctly, as this will be used to order the medals.) Please feel free to provide any additional details of how the tournament played out or the team’s history, so that the mayor can congratulate the team.
The mayor offers greeting letters to sports, culture, and other organizations for their event programmes. Please send an e-mail to email@example.com with the name, date and location of the event; the name of the organization; and any background that would be useful such as how many years the event has been running, volunteer involvement, etc.
State of the City
The Mayor provides a State of the City update every year, except municipal election years when she delivers an Inaugural Address. The State of the City is hosted by the Guelph Chamber of Commerce.