Mayor Susan Fennell is known for her accessibility, enthusiasm and unwavering commitment to the people of Brampton.
First elected in 1988, Susan served on City and Peel Regional Councils before becoming mayor in 2000. Through her leadership and experience, Mayor Fennell has presided over Brampton’s growth as a world-class city, and one of Canada’s most thriving, dynamic and diverse communities.
Mayor Fennell is the recipient of back-to-back awards for leadership in diversity including the 2013 Diversity Award for Public Service from Diversity Magazine, and the 2013 Leadership in Diversity Award at the 6th Annual CIBC Midweek South Asian Diversity Awards.
Susan prides herself on getting things done for Brampton residents, including establishing and expanding Brampton’s successful bus rapid transit, Züm; building the new Peel Memorial Hospital; and planning and securing land to attract job-creating investments to Brampton, like Air Canada and Canon Canada.
During her tenure as Mayor, Brampton was the first municipality in the Greater Toronto Area - and one of only ten in North America - to be designated as an International Safe Community by the World Health Organization.
Mayor Fennell serves on the Peel Regional Police Services Board and participates as a member of the Large Urban Mayors Caucus of Ontario. Mayor Fennell also represents Peel Region at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities as a national board member and as a member of the Big City Mayors Caucus, where she co-chairs its affordable housing working group.
In addition to her public service career, Mayor Fennell founded and served as the first commissioner of the National Women’s Hockey League - a national association of elite calibre women’s hockey clubs from British Columbia to Quebec.
Mayor Fennell is an honorary member of the Kiwanis Club; Zonta International; Scouts Canada; and the Business and Professional Women’s Club. Mayor Fennell was honoured by Rotary International with its highest award, the Paul Harris Fellowship. She is a recipient of the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal; the Lord Baden Powell Medal, along with the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals, respectively.
Mayor Fennell graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science. She and her husband, John, raised their two sons in Brampton.