Mayor Ed Holder was sworn in as London’s 64th Mayor on December 1st, 2018. Prior to being elected to City Council, Ed served as Member of Parliament for London West (2008-2015) and Federal Minister of Science and Technology (2014-15).
Ed studied at the University of Western Ontario, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. He worked many years in the insurance industry, and was the founder of Ontario West Insurance in 1981, which merged in 1991 to Stevenson & Hunt Insurance Brokers. Remaining in the insurance industry, he ultimately served as President of Stevenson and Hunt until 2008. During that time, the Company experienced record growth and the number of employees grew four-fold. Other notable business accomplishments include being founder of the Directors Club of London, a business networking group; serving as President of the London Chamber of Commerce, President of the London Club, and Chair of the London Convention Centre. He has also served as a member of Western University’s Board of Governors and Senate.
Community service and civic participation are important to Ed. He has held leadership positions in more than 40 community and not-for-profit organizations. Of note, he was co-chair of London’s Rockin’ New Year’s Event, Co-founder of the Business Cares Food Drive, Past Chair and Patron of St. John Ambulance. and is a member of the Rotary Club of London. He is past President of the Sunshine Foundation of Canada and Co-chair of 2 major endowments – the Sunshine Dreams for Kids endowment and the Y Fore Kids endowment. His volunteerism has been recognized with more than two dozen awards, including the Canada 125 Medal, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteerism.
Ed currently sits on the Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee, the London Police Board, the London Economic Development Corporation Board, the London Convention Centre Board and the Western University Board of Governors.
Ed is proud to call London home for close to four decades. Throughout his time in the city, his focus has been two-fold – on successfully building his businesses and in giving back to his community.