A lifelong resident of Halton Hills, Rick Bonnette takes pride in having served the community as Mayor since 2003. First elected to Council at the age of 27, Rick was recognized by the Province in 2008 with the Long-Standing Service Award. His public service was again recognized in 2012, when he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his dedicated service to Canada and in 2013, he was honoured by the town for his 30 years with the municipality.
In 2009 Rick put the town on the map attracting international attention with his fair trade campaign that arose in opposition to the Buy America Act. Interviews with the BBC, CBC and other media solidified his position as a gregarious and outspoken advocate for Canadian businesses.
Locally, Mayor Rick leads a Council team whose priorities include sustainable development, fiscal prudence and communications. Rick has personally championed forward-thinking ‘green’ initiatives in support of the environment and public engagement strategies to stay connected with the local community.