Jeff Lehman is the 46th Mayor of the City of Barrie and the Chairman of Ontario’s Big City Mayors’ Caucus (LUMCO), representing Ontario’s 27 largest cities. As the head of Council and Chief Executive Officer of the City, he is leading Barrie through a period of rapid change. During his first term in office, local unemployment was cut in half, major new campuses were developed in Barrie by IBM, TD Bank, Cogeco, Napoleon, and others, and Barrie was named the safest big city in the country. In October 2014, Mayor Lehman was re-elected with 92.3% of the popular vote.
He holds a B.A. from Queen’s University, and a Master’s Degree with first class honours from the UK’s London School of Economics, where he lectured for two years following graduation. As an economist, he worked with cities across the country to manage redevelopment and invest in their urban infrastructure, and writes and speaks frequently on issues affecting Canada’s cities. Mayor Lehman is a passionate believer in transforming urban economies through public and private entrepreneurship.