Councillor Irek Kusmierczyk, 40, is a proud resident of Ward 7 and graduate of St. Joseph’s High School. A hard worker, Councillor Kusmierczyk had a near perfect attendance record for meetings of City Council over the last five years and strongly believes in transparency, accountability and communication, which is why he is the only City Councillor to publish their entire voting record online.
Councillor Kusmierczyk earned his PhD from Vanderbilt University in the United States and a Master Degree in Government from the London School of Economics specializing in local government and cross-border environmental relations around the Great Lakes. He has government experience working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an Atlantic Council of Canada Fellow.
His passion is helping youth discover their potential and succeed.
President Roosevelt said, “we cannot always prepare the future for our youth, but we can prepare our youth for the future“.
As Director of Partnerships for WEtech Alliance, which helps grow technology companies in Windsor, Irek also built partnerships with industry, schools, the university and college to launch the FIRST Robotics program in over 60 high schools and grade schools across our region to prepare our young people for successful careers today and tomorrow. Irek led the permanent establishment of the Windsor Essex Great Lakes Robotics Regional tournament – the largest regional FIRST Robotics tournament in Canada – that annually pumps up to $1 million into the local economy and attracts 1500 visitors to Windsor.
Irek has spent over five years working with homegrown entrepreneurs in the Downtown Windsor Business Accelerator – supporting small businesses and diversifying our regional economy.
Councillor Kusmierczyk has served on the following Boards and Committees:
- The Planning and Economic Development Standing Committee
- Transit Windsor
- Essex Regional Conservation Authority, Vice-Chair
- Windsor Public Library
- International Relations Committee
- Windsor Essex County Health Unit
- Tourism Windsor Essex and Pelee Island, Vice-Chair
- BIA Advisory Committee
- Downtown Planning Study Committee
- City & School Board Liaison Committee
- Fill, Construction and Alterations to Waterways Committee
- Railways Safety Committee
You can find Councillor Kusmierczyk’s City Council bio and website by clicking HERE