Walter Sendzik was born and raised in St. Catharines. In 2014, as a first time candidate for political office he was elected as Mayor of St. Catharines. Prior to this, Walter was the Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce. During his seven years at the Chamber, Walter led the evolution of the local chamber into a truly Niagara Chamber with more than 1,400 members. Under Walter’s leadership, the GNCC established itself as the largest business organization in Niagara and the third largest in Ontario. It is also the only Chamber in Niagara to receive accreditation with distinction for operational excellence by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Prior to the Chamber, Walter founded Vines Publishing, company specializing in wine and travel magazines and wine books. He sold the company in 2005.
Walter has served on several local and provincial boards including the board of the LCBO, where he chaired the governance & compensation committee. He currently serves on the boards of the Niagara College Board of Trustees, Niagara Regional Housing and the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC). In 2008 Walter was award the Bernie Gillespie Award by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce as top executive of the year. He is also a recipient of a Niagara Top 40 Under 40 Award. Walter has co-authored five books including Vines: The Buyer’s Guide to Canadian Wine and The Insider’s Guide to Niagara Wine Country. Walter holds a Masters from McGill University and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Walter was elected on a platform to address poverty in our community, improve local governance as well as transit and long-term budgeting, and has been working consistently on these priority areas with staff, community leaders at the City and Regional levels. As Mayor, Walter is focused on bringing strategic direction and focus to the City – at Council and in the corporation. At City Hall Mayor Sendzik is focused on inspiring a culture of excellent customer service and building a compassionate city.