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Susan Fennell in her mayoral chain of office. Susan Fennell is the current mayor of Brampton, Ontario, Canada. She was also the Founder and Commissioner of the National Women's Hockey League. Contents 1 Background 2 Political career 2.1 As mayor 3 Hockey commissioner 4 Honours 5 Footnotes 6 External links Background Susan Fennell was born in Saint-Laurent, a borough of Montreal, Quebec.[1] She completed an Honours Bachelor of Science in environmental science from the University of Toronto at Mississauga in 1977.[2][3] She and her husband John have two adult children, Michael and Joey.[3] Before entering politics she worked for 11 years for Toledo Scale.[4] Political career Mayor Fennell warming up the crowd, before the 2005 season opener for hockey team the Brampton Battalion. Fennell's first foray into politics was with her 1988 election to Brampton City Council for Ward 3.[4] That same year she was first elected to the Board of Governors of Sheridan College, where she served as one of the directors until 1995.[4] During her time as a city councillor, Fennell was actively involved in several committees, including those for Economic Development and Official Plan Review.[4] This period also saw Fennell active on the Airport Tri-Municipal Committee, the Brampton Board of Trade, and the Downtown Business Improvement Area.[2] In 1991, Fennell was elected to Peel Regional Council to represent Wards 3 and 4.[2] Her first term as a regional councillor saw her chair the Brampton Budget Committee and saw the first zero-tax increase in Peel Region's history in 1993.[4] During her stint at the regional council, Fennell also chaired the Public Works Committee and the Economic Development Committee. She was also involved in the governing council of the Board of Trade[4] and the Highway 427 Extension Committee.[5] The 1993 federal election, saw her run as the Progressive Conservative candidate in the Brampton riding, finishing third. As mayor In 2000, Fennell defeated three-term incumbent Peter Robertson for the Brampton mayoralty. She was re-elected in 2003, defeating councillor Bill Cowie by a 28% margin.[6] Fennell was re-elected to a third term in 2006 with 79.85% of the vote, defeating the nearest competitor by a 61% margin.[7] She acted to protect Brampton's position on Peel Regional Council, including negotiating with the designated provincial facilitator, Justice George Adams. However, the Ontario Legislature voted against the recommendation and instead increased the seats on Peel Regional Council in Mississauga's favour instead of allotting more in Brampton's favour to provide for future population growth in Brampton as was recommended by the provincial facilitator.[8][9] While mayor, Fennell has twice served as chair of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Infrastructure and Transportation Committee, as well as being a part of the Federal Big City Mayor's Caucus. In 2007 she was elected chair of the FCM Federal Ontario Municipal Caucus.[3] She is also a member of the Peel Regional Police Services Board, the Large Urban Mayors Caucus of Ontario, the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance.,[3] and the GO-Transit Board. During Fennell's tenure as mayor, Brampton has become debt free and holds a Triple AAA Credit Rating.[3] In 2007, Brampton was designated an Internationally Safe Community, by the World Health Organization, one of only 10 cities designated in North America.[citation needed] In 2007, Brampton was named a finalist in the World Leadership Forum, for best led city in the category of town planning. In 2008, Fennell called for an environment master plan, and created the Environment Committee of Council, with citizens, academia and business involved. City projects during her time as mayor have included the Rose Theatre, Flower City Seniors Centre, Chinguacousy Park Skateboard Park, Cassie Campbell Community Centre, Brampton Soccer Centre, Full renovation of Earnscliffe Recreation Centre and Century Gardens and Zum rapid transit. n 2010, Fennell was questioned about her spending of the funds raised by the Susan Fennell Gala that were put in to her private charity - the "Susan Fennell Community Fund" and to "open the books", but said that she didn't need to because "it's not a charity". When asked why she didn't open the books to the public, she responded “Members of the public, who are the board, certainly have that in place and they review this with full audited statements. The books are open to the members of the public — leading citizens who sit on my board.” Bob Callahan, councillor for wards 3&4, "voted for bringing in an integrity commissioner, but the mayor voted it down.” John Cutruzzola, president of the Inzola Group, claims that the "good mayor" solicited him for money. “The developer is put on the spot,” Cutruzzola said. “He can’t afford to say no to someone who has influence over what he wants or what he needs.” [10] Hockey commissioner Fennell was instrumental in the creation of the National Women's Hockey League, the premier women's hockey league in North America. She served as its commissioner from its inception in 1999 until her retirement in July 2006.[11] Honours Fennell is an Honorary Member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 15, an Honorary Member of the Brampton Kiwanis and Zonta clubs, and has been honoured with Rotary International's Paul Harris Fellowship.[3] In 2005 she was named an honorary member of the William Osler Health Centre Board of Directors.[3] She is also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal.[3] and has been presented the Boy Scouts "Lord Baden Powell" Medal. In 2006 she was inducted into the City of Brampton Sports Hall of Fame in the "Builder" category for her role in the creation and growth of the NWHL.[1] In December 2008, Mayor Fennell was presented an honorary fifth degree black belt in Tai Kwon Do, presented by Grand Master Ken Cheung. Footnotes ^ a b BSHOF Inductee: Susan Fennell ^ a b c Biography at the University of Toronto ^ a b c d e f g h Biography at the City of Brampton website ^ a b c d e f Biography at ^ Fasken Martineau Alert ^ 2003 Municipal election results at the City of Brampton website ^ Brampton CityVote 2006 results ^ Debate on the Regional Municipality Of Peel Act, 2005, Legislative Assembly Of Ontario, April 25, 2005 ^ Presentation to the Standing Committee On Finance And Economic Affairs, May 6, 2005 ^ ^ CAAWS website External links Official site, updated during elections City of Brampton: Susan Fennell Region of Peel: Susan Fennell SLAM! Sports: Susan Fennell v · d · eMayors of the Greater Toronto Area Ajax: Steve Parish · Aurora: Geoff Dawe · Brampton: Susan Fennell · Brock: Larry O'Connor · Burlington: Rick Goldring · Caledon: Marolyn Morrison · Clarington: Adrian Foster · East Gwillimbury: Virginia Hackson · Georgina: Robert Grossi · Halton Hills: Rick Bonnette · King: Steve Pellegrini · Markham: Frank Scarpitti · Milton: Gord Krantz · Mississauga: Hazel McCallion · Newmarket: Tony Van Bynen · Oakville: Rob Burton ·  · Oshawa: John Henry · Pickering: Dave Ryan · Richmond Hill: Dave Barrow · Scugog: Chuck Mercier · Toronto: Rob Ford · Uxbridge: Gerri Lynn O'Connor · Vaughan: Maurizio Bevilacqua · Whitby: Pat Perkins · Whitchurch-Stouffville: Wayne Emmerson Persondata Name Fennell, Susan Alternative names Short description politician, women's hockey commissioner Date of birth Place of birth Montreal, Quebec, Canada Date of death Place of death