Ontario: Harkirat Singh has become the first turbaned Sikh to be appointed as Deputy Mayor of Canada’s Brampton city for a four-year term period from 2022-2026. He has served as Brampton’s City Councilor for Wards 9 and 10 from 2018-2022.
As a Deputy Mayor, Singh will preside at Council and other Committee meetings and assume ceremonial and civic event duties on behalf of the Mayor if the Mayor is absent or unavailable. “I am proud to have Councilor Harkirat Singh serve as this Term of Council’s Deputy Mayor. He is a dedicated, hardworking Councilor with proven results in delivering what is best for Brampton,” said Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown.
“Entering his second term as Councilor, and holding a School Trustee role before that, he is a known and trusted elected official to many who I am confident will represent and serve the City of Brampton well in this role,” Brown said in a release by Brampton City Council.
Before his role as City Councilor, Singh served a four-year term as School Trustee at the Peel District School Board. As a Trustee, he sat on the Audit Committee, Instructional Program/Curriculum Committee, and Physical Building and Planning Committee.
The position of Deputy Mayor was established by the City of Brampton in April 2022 and was divided into East and West parts.
Singh was also the regional representative at the Ontario Public School Board Association (OPSBA). Alongside his role as a Trustee, he spent two and a half years as a Professor at Lambton College and two years as a Professor at Humber College teaching Marketing & Entrepreneurship.
He holds a BA from the University of Toronto, where he majored in Economics and Public Administration. He is an M.Sc. in Economics from London Metropolitan University and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, specializing in Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Organizational Behavior.