Mike Murray is currently the Chief Administrative Officer with the Regional Municipality of Waterloo where he has overall responsibility for all of the Region’s functions including Social Services, Public Health, Transportation and Environmental Services, Planning, Housing and Community Services and all related corporate support functions. Mike has been with the Region of Waterloo since 1992, in a variety of positions, including Director of Water Services and Commissioner of Transportation and Environmental Services.
Before joining the Region, Mike worked as a consulting engineer, mainly in northern and western Canada where he was involved in the planning, design and construction of numerous water and wastewater treatment facilities. Mike has also been involved in several international projects including projects in Brazil (groundwater protection), China (environmental sustainability) and Ukraine (regional governance development).
Throughout his career Mike has fostered collaborative working relationships with diverse stakeholder groups. He was a founding member of the Waterloo Region Immigrant Employment Network, Waterloo Region Tourism Marketing Corporation, and the Creative Enterprise Initiative. Mike has also served on the Boards of numerous industry associations and not-for-profit organizations including the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association, Canada’s Technology Triangle Inc., the Canadian Urban Institute, and The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation.
In 2002, Mike was appointed by the Province of Ontario to serve on the Central Ontario Smart Growth Panel. He has also been honoured by the Ontario Waterworks Association for dedication and leadership in the water industry, and by the Grand River Conservation Authority for significant contributions to the Grand River Watershed.
Mike has a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from McMaster University and a Master’s Degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering from the University of Toronto. He has also completed the Queen’s University Program for Public Executives, and leadership programs at the Banff Center for Management and the Niagara Institute.