City council

Learn more about city council, what services their office provides, and rules surrounding conduct and expense reporting.

Waterloo city council has one mayor and seven ward councillors. They serve a four year term. The mayor is elected by the entire city and councillors are elected by the wards they represent. Each member has one vote on items before council.

Council meetings are regularly scheduled on Mondays throughout the year, though special council meetings can occur at other times.

View the council calendar

Ward map

Contacting council members

If you need to get in touch directly with the elected officials office, call 519-747-8784 during business hours, email council@waterloo.ca or visit us on the third floor of city hall.

The 2018 to 2022 council was inaugurated on December 3. Their bios and contact information will be added below as soon as possible.

Members of council

Mayor Dave Jaworsky 

Email: mayor@waterloo.ca Mayor Dave Jaworsky
Phone: 519-747-8700

Mayor Dave Jaworsky was elected Oct. 27, 2014. He represents the city on regional council as well as on a number of boards and committees.

In the past decade he has taken on a number of senior volunteer positions with a wide variety of organizations and was a founding member of the FIRST Robotics Waterloo organizing committee that brought this inspirational high school competition to Waterloo.

He has made contributions to the community as a board or committee member for organizations such as KW Community Foundation, the Greater KW Chamber of Commerce, KidsAbility, Capacity Canada and Waterloo Minor Hockey Association.

Dave has lived in Waterloo Region since graduating from the University of Waterloo in 1988. As a student, he chose UW for its strong collaboration with the business community and its focus on co-op programs. Later in his career, Dave supported that collaboration by contributing to the co-op partnership as an executive at BlackBerry.

In leadership roles at BlackBerry, Dave worked extensively with universities and all levels of government on a range of issues including economic development, education and taxation.

As Mayor of the City of Waterloo, Dave looks forward to fostering prosperity and promoting our vibrant and caring community.

Ward 1 councillor - Sandra Hanmer

Email: sandra.hanmer@waterloo.ca Picture of Councilor Sandra Hanmer 

Phone: 519-747-8784

As an innovative health and social services leader, I bring a wealth of experience from health, social services and disability sectors within Canada and internationally.

Throughout my career I have had the privilege of providing executive leadership to institutional and community-based service provider organizations. My experiences in both the for profit and not-for-profit sectors focusing on governance, leadership development, engaging communities, strategic planning, mentoring and coaching will give me a strong foundation for the work to be done as councillor Ward 1 and a member of city council.

We are a growing city. Smart city growth will only be successful when we consider the needs of all residents, reflect the uniqueness of our neighbourhoods, integrate our transportation systems (motorized and non-motorized), encourage business growth and continue to foster the spirit of community. Tied to this smart growth is the importance of promoting green spaces, parks and recreational facilities as well as arts and cultural activities.

I am looking forward to working collaboratively with the mayor, fellow councillors, staff and citizens to foster further innovation, creativity and the entrepreneurial spirit that defines our City of Waterloo.

Ward 2 councillor - Royce Bodaly

Email: royce.bodaly@waterloo.ca Picture of Councillor Royce Bodaly

Phone: 519-575-0093

I love the City of Waterloo. Having graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with an honours degree in economics and accounting, my wife and I chose to stay here to raise our family. We love living in the northwest end of the city and have marvelled at the substantial growth in the ward and in the city as a whole.

My private sector background is in sales and product development in the sporting goods and toy industries, where I held a number of titles. As a new councillor I have a lot to learn, but promise to work hard to validate the trust and responsibility that the residents of Ward 2 have given to me!

Ward 3 councillor - Angela Vieth

Email: angela.vieth@waterloo.ca Picture of Councillor Angela Vieth 

I have been involved at the grass roots level in our community since the day I arrived. Currently I volunteer with The Kiwanis Club of KW, The Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Volunteer Committee and other community organizations. I’m an active member of St Jerome’s University Catholic Community.

I have served on various committees in my capacity as Councillor.

I am the Owner and Managing Director of Your KW Host, a company that offers custom relocation and group tours.

I am a passionate advocate for our community and I look forward to, and I am honoured to continue to serve the residents of our amazing city for the next four years.

Ward 4 councillor - Diane Freeman

Email: diane.freeman@waterloo.ca Picture of Councillor Diane Freeman

Phone: 519-747-8784

Raised in Woodstock, Ont., Diane enrolled in civil engineering at the University of Waterloo in 1986. Today, as a licensed professional engineer, she works full-time as a senior project engineer with a local firm.

During her time on city council, Diane has been an unrelenting champion for building accessible communities by planning, funding and installing sidewalks, trails and dedicated active transportation infrastructure.

For over 23 years Diane worked as an environmental engineer with an international engineering firm.  As an environmental engineer, her area of specialty was focused on air emission permitting, modelling and monitoring.

She also served the Engineering profession for over 25 years on the Board of Professional Engineers Ontario as well as the Board of Engineers Canada. On these boards, she held many executive positions including President of Professional Engineers of Ontario in 2010-2011.  

Diane is a Fellow of Engineers Canada and the Canadian Academy of Engineers.

Diane is an avid cyclist. She and her husband Peter Hicks have lived in Waterloo since 1999 and have two children. 

Diane’s goal is to work with other like-minded members of council to grow and strengthen the city so it remains the location of choice for innovative and growing businesses.

Ward 5 councillor - Jen Vasic

Email: jen.vasic@waterloo.ca Picture of Councillor Jen Vasic

Phone: 519-747-8784

I am a social worker with more than 10 years of experience in the non-profit and academic sectors. I have worked as a youth worker, program coordinator, and researcher. Currently, I am a PhD candidate at Wilfrid Laurier University studying the connection between poverty and education, as well as the use of art for improving education experiences for youth who live in low-income neighbourhoods.

I have contributed to local government as a volunteer for six years on the Public Art Advisory Committee at the Region of Waterloo. For more information about my involvement in the community you can visit my website jenvasicwaterloo.ca.

I strive to understand complex social issues in order to drive change and impact lives. To do this well we must build authentic and meaningful relationships across difference, be curious, get comfortable in our discomfort, and even incorporate fun into all we do.

Fifteen years ago Waterloo became my home when I moved here to study political science and history at the University of Waterloo. As a new councillor, I am excited and ready to work with caring residents to further strengthen this community for us now and for generations into the future.

Ward 6 councillor - Jeff Henry

Email: jeff.henry@waterloo.ca Picture of Councillor Jeff Henry

Phone: 519-747-8784

I moved to Waterloo nearly 20 years ago to attend the University of Waterloo, where I earned degrees in computer engineering, political science, and planning. It’s also where I met my wife, Kate. Together with our young child, Finn, we’re proud to call Waterloo home.

My professional work in this community includes guiding non-profit organizations through merger negotiations and accreditations, undertaking award-winning planning research into housing and demographic change, and working with university students, staff, and faculty on academic integrity and leadership development. This evidence-based, collaborative approach across a variety of fields has served me well as your representative at city hall.

I’m honoured to continue serving this innovative and prosperous community as councillor for Ward 6. Please let me know what you think we’re doing well and what we can do better. Together, we can build an even better Waterloo for our children, for our grandparents, for all of us.

Ward 7 councillor - Tenille Bonoguore

Email: tenille.bonoguore@waterloo.ca Picture of Councillor Tenille Bonoguore

Phone: 519-747-8784

I am a writer, a mom, a community builder and a proud uptowner. As a journalist, I worked for The Globe and Mail, CBC Kitchener-Waterloo, Today’s Parent and more, covering everything from politics to polar bears. I founded the Grand Porch Party in uptown west and have been involved with a number of sustainability groups in Waterloo Region. Currently, I work as a senior science writer-editor at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.

As an immigrant, I am incredibly proud to call Waterloo home. I will bring local understanding and a global perspective to city issues, along with active listening and critical thinking. I look forward to working with Ward 7 residents, and all city residents, to help build a city where the arts, the economy, our neighbourhoods, and our environment thrive in equal measure.

Event, certificate and pin requests

If you would like a member of council to attend an event, send a milestone certificate, or support your organization with a set of corporate pins, complete our request form.

You can also make a request in person at the elected officials office on the third floor of city hall.

Code of conduct

code of conduct (PDF) guides council members in their actions and behaviour during meetings, how they use influence and protect confidential information, and how they interact with the community.

Expenses

The Municipal Act requires a statement of salaries and expenses paid to councillors in a given year. These are published by March 30 with the previous year's information. Salaries are based on the employee income of each councillor as defined by the Canada Revenue Agency. Expenses include travel and other costs.