As the Mayor of St. Catharines, I am first and foremost a citizen of St. Catharines. I share the same concerns as other residents for downtown redevelopment, economic prosperity, quality affordable services and environmentally responsible initiatives.
Mayor McMullan's political career began in 1988 when he was elected to St. Catharines City Council to serve the residents of the Grantham Ward until 1997. He then went on to represent all of St. Catharines at the Regional level when he was elected in 2000 to serve on Niagara Regional Council. He was elected mayor of St. Catharines in 2006 and is currently serving his second term.
Mayor McMullan has also served on several boards and committees, including the St. Catharines Chamber of Commerce, St. Catharines Transit Commission, Niagara Grape and Wine Festival, Family and Children Services Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Catharines-Thorold and District, Lincoln County Humane Society, Niagara Regional Public Advisory Committee for Waste Management Master Plan, Niagara Region Waste Management Committee and the Niagara Economic Development Corporation.
In addition to his history of public service, Mayor McMullan has also had a successful career in the recycling industry. Initially involved in establishing Ontario's Blue Box recycling program, Mayor McMullan was a partner in an international paper recycling company for 14 years. Previously, he was a served as a senior consultant to Fortune 500 companies and governments at all levels on environmental initiatives. Mayor McMullan has also served as the Chairman of Niagara College's Centre for Environmental Training.
Raised in Niagara Falls, Mayor McMullan has lived in St. Catharines for 30 years and received his post-secondary education at Brock University and Niagara College.