Bryan Paterson – Mayor of the City of Kingston
Day 2/ Thursday, May 11 at 9:00 AM
Our Role in an International Innovation Ecosystem
“The Breakout Project is an exciting never-been-done-before event that will put Kingston on the map as a center of social innovation. As mayor I cannot wait for entrepreneurs, innovators, industry and community leaders to converge on our community to join and support the teams tackling Canada’s biggest social problems.”
– Mayor Bryan Paterson
On October 27, 2014 Bryan was elected as the 96th Mayor of the City of Kingston.
Bryan first ran for City Council in 2010 in Trillium District. As a City Councillor, Bryan used his background as an economist to push forward a progressive agenda centered on economic development, quality of life initiatives and the facilitation of more affordable housing in Kingston.
As Mayor, Bryan has set a vision for Kingston as a smart and livable 21st century city. The vision aims to harness the incredible assets we have as a community and build a culture of innovation to establish Kingston as a leader among cities. Bryan’s work to realize this vision includes championing the airport expansion, advancing the Waterfront Master Plan, fostering innovation and entrepreneurship, launching the Youth Employment Strategy and getting the Third Crossing shovel ready – all while holding the annual tax rate increase to 2.5%.
Bryan moved to Kingston in 2000 to attend Queen’s University as a graduate student. After obtaining his Master’s and PhD in Economics at Queen’s, he joined the economics faculty at Canada’s Royal Military College in Kingston, where he has worked as an Assistant Professor since 2006. Bryan lives in the west end of the city with his wife Shyla and their two boys.