Profile of the Regional Chair and CEO
Roger M. Anderson
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Roger Anderson is Durham Region's first publicly elected Regional Chair and CEO, a position he has held by Council appointment since 1997. From 1978 to 1988, Roger served as a constable on the Durham Regional Police Service. For 22 years, he also owned and operated a local real estate company, employing 40 people.
Roger's political career began when he was first elected as a Councillor in Ajax in 1985. From 1991 to 1997, he served as Regional Councillor and Deputy Mayor for the Town of Ajax. He has been the Chair of the Durham Region Transit Commission since its inception on January 1, 2006, and is the Chair of the Durham Regional Police Services Board. As Chair of Durham Region he is also a member of all Regional Standing Committees.
From 2004 to 2006, Roger was President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and continues to serve on the AMO Board. He is also a Director of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and is a member of several FCM Standing Committees. Roger sits on the Board of Directors for the Durham Strategic Energy Alliance, Windreach Farms, and on the international Board of United Cities and Local Governments. He served for several years on the GO Transit Board and on the founding Board of Metrolinx. Roger is also a recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal.
As the longest serving Regional Chair, Roger's top priority is encouraging businesses to locate in Durham Region to create high quality local jobs.