Chris is a lifelong Windsorite, who chose Walkerville to raise his family in 2002. Living within walking distance of his employer (Ford Motor Company for 20 years) and easy, independent access to both elementary and secondary schools for his children made the decision an easy one.
After graduating from Centennial Secondary school, Chris moved to London, Ontario to study Urban and Regional Planning where he learned just how important good urban design is to a citizen’s quality of life – knowledge that, to this day, guides him in his goal to make Windsor the best city it can possibly be for its citizens.
From an early age Chris has made it a part of his life to involve himself in civic activities, sitting on many boards of non-profits and committees of council. An eager promoter of civic engagement as a means to change the city, Chris started writing a blog and encouraging his fellow Windsorites to involve themselves in municipal government and contributing on that level in a meaningful way. His website, Scaledown went on to host numerous community events, winning a few accolades along the way. It evolved into a weekly radio show with the same purpose, bringing the voices and ideas of changemakers around the world into the local conversation.
Chris has been a cycling advocate for many of the same reasons he advocates for good urban design: bicycles change the way people interact with their communities in a positive way. As a tradesman (tool and die maker), he also likes building things, and bicycles were a great outlet to satisfy that need. So, along with his future business partner and a few other friends, he began restoring vintage bicycles in his garage-turned-bike-shop. This organically led to the development of Windsors home for the urban cyclist, the City Cyclery, in a lovingly restored 1920s industrial building in the heart of Olde Walkerville. Chris is proud to have played a part in the founding and development of the Cyclery and also proud that it has gone on to employ 10 people and is acting as a social hub which hosts numerous different events to serve the greater community.
Chris continues to work on his 93-year-old “New Urbanist” home with his wife Nancy,and watch his children Olivia and Logan turn into remarkable adults, active in their community, right before his eyes.
Chris’ 2014-2018 Portfolio
- Environment, Transportation and Public Safety Standing Committee
- Planning, Heritage and Economic Development Standing Committee
- Executive Standing Committee
- New City Hall Steering Committee
- Development Charge Task Force
- Rail Issues Committee
- Windsor Business Improvement Area Advisory Committees
- Erie Street Business Improvement Area
- Ottawa Street Business Improvement Area
- Walkerville Business Improvement Area
- Wyandotte Towne Centre Business Improvement Area