Drew Dilkens was elected Mayor of the City of Windsor on October 27, 2014. Drew ran on a platform of continued fiscal discipline and pushed for a regional approach to government in Windsor and Essex County. This focus led to the start of a regional transit system with the Town of LaSalle and the Windsor Police providing contract policing to the Town of Amherstburg. His focus has been the continued investment in Windsor’s infrastructure, creating jobs and continuing to keep taxes low and the focus of making record investments into city infrastructure while continuing to keep taxes low among the lowest of all Ontario municipalities.
Drew has chaired and is a member of several boards. As Board Chair at Windsor International Airport, Mayor Dilkens led the turn-around of the operation which lost money and is now self-sufficient and pays the City of Windsor an annual dividend of $1m. He is also Board Chair at Windsor Canada Utilities, and has helped to keep Windsor-controlled hydro expenses lower today than when when first elected as mayor.
Mayor Dilkens understands the value of community spirit. He was instrumental in convincing the CHL to bring the Mastercard Memorial Cup to Windsor in 2017 to showcase our champions, the Windsor Spitfires. He also spearheaded creation of the Bright Lights Festival at Jackson Park that welcomed over 60,000 visitors in its first year.
Prior to his election in 2014, Drew served as a City Councillor in Windsor for eight years. He chaired the International Relations Committee, the Essex Windsor Solid Waste Authority and spearheaded the creation and implementation of the new Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island. He also served as the Vice Chair of the Windsor International Airport Board of Directors, the Planning and Economic Development Committee and EnWin Energy. Drew also led the Steering Committee overseeing the construction of Windsor’s $78 million state-of-the-art aquatics facility – the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre and premier family attraction – Adventure Bay.
Drew has an extensive history of community involvement in Windsor. He spent 15 years with the Windsor Police Auxiliary where he was a Staff Sergeant. He was a founding Board Member for the Canadian Manufacturing Hall of Fame. He is also an Area Captain in the Windsor Goodfellows Paper Drive. He served as President to both the Windsor and Essex County Crime Stoppers and Windsor Road Watch programs. Drew is also a past Executive Board Member of Windsor Regional Hospital, a Past Vice-President of the Windsor Jaycees and former Chair of the Windsor Red Cross Emergency Services Unit. He sat on the provincial board of the Human Resource Professional Association (HRPA) – the Ontario regulating body for the HR professionals serving 18,000 members. He currently serves as a member of the Appeals Panel and Government Relations Committee for HRPA.
Drew brings a wealth of economic development, international trade, human resource and labour relations experience to the office. He served as an International Trade Officer at the Canadian Consulate in Detroit, a labour relations analyst at a large consulting firm in Detroit and most recently practised in the areas of labour and employment law at McTague Law Firm, LLP in Windsor.
Drew is a proud lifelong resident of the City of Windsor. He has a Bachelor of Commerce and a law degree from the University of Windsor. He also has a Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University and received his Doctorate of Business Administration from the International School of Management in Paris, France with a focus on municipal amalgamation in Ontario. He also holds the professional designation of a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), along with training certificates from the Canadian Foreign Service Institute, Canadian Securities Institute and Federal Bureau of Investigations in the United States.
Mayor Dilkens is married to Jane Deneau and has two teenage children.