Meet Mayor Fred Eisenberger
Mayor Fred was born in Amsterdam in 1952 and immigrated to Canada settling in Hamilton with his family when he was 8. His father, the late Jack Eisenberger, was a steamfitter at International Harvester until his retirement in 1986. Fred learned a lot from his dad, including the value of hard work and perseverance.
His mother, Thea, was a full-time mom to her five children. "My mom taught me how to make a little go a long way. She taught me that families - people who are committed to the welfare of each other - working together make things happen."
He attended St. Eugene's grade school and Sir Winston Churchill high school in East Hamilton. Fred graduated with honours from Mohawk College in planning and community development, and has since taken courses towards his Bachelor of Environmental sciences at the University of Waterloo and political science at McMaster.
In 1979, Fred married Diane Girouard, now a dental hygienist, whom he met on a blind date. "We were set up on a blind date by mutual friends that neither of us had committed to. Our friends told each of us that the other wanted to go on the date so we felt obligated to go. Once we got past the surprise of finding out that neither of us really wanted the blind date, we had a wonderful time and have ever since."
Serving the public interest:
A distinguished record of service.
Mayor Fred was first elected to Hamilton City Council as the representative for Ward 5 in 1991. He was re-elected in 1994 and again in 1997. After 9 years on Council, Fred ran for mayor in 2000. He placed third, behind incumbent mayor Bob Morrow and winner Bob Wade. Fred launched a successful bid for Mayor in September 2006.
Recognized for his vision and decisive leadership, Fred was appointed by the federal government to lead the Hamilton Port Authority in 2001. In his role as Chairman of the Board, Fred led the development of the first-ever strategic plan and operational review. This process ultimately led to the development and implementation of 70 recommendations to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of Port operations.
In 2001, while on the Port Authority, Fred worked with Green Venture to develop Hamilton's environmental showcase 'Eco-House' in association with Hamilton Hydro, the City of Hamilton and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment.
Fred's appointment to the Port ended in 2004. That spring, he ran in the federal election in the riding of Hamilton East Stoney Creek. In August 2004, Fred created his own business development and consulting firm specializing in environmental and development projects in the Hamilton area. Fred has also been a licensed Realtor in the province of Ontario for more than 20 years.
Bold, Decisive Leadership:
Raising the Bar to make a real difference
In addition to local and regional council boards and commissions, Fred has also served on several charitable and corporate boards in recent years. As Chairman of the Board of the Giant Rib Discovery Centre, Fred worked to develop an understanding of the Niagara Escarpment, and to secure a site and funding for a new tourist learning centre.
He has also been actively involved on the fundraising committee for the Bay Area Restoration Council, (BARC) a non-profit organization that promotes and advocates the continued remediation and clean-up of Hamilton Harbour and associated watercourses.
In addition to his community and volunteer work, Mayor Fred spent five years as the primary caregiver for his two young children while his wife Diane brought home the family paycheck. He fondly refers to this time as a stay-at-home dad as his "time of greatest learning."
Fred and his wife Diane live in Hamilton with their two children, Brett, 24, and Alida, 21. Other members of Fred's family residing in Hamilton include his brother Peter, (a longtime Stelco employee) and wife Lori and their two sons Jake and Matt, and his mother Thea.
Fred Eisenberger was sworn in as the 3rd Mayor of the new City of Hamilton on December 6, 2006.