Bryan was elected as the 96th Mayor of the City of Kingston in 2014 and, on Oct. 22, 2018, he was re-elected for a second term.
He first ran for City Council in 2010 in Trillium District. As a City Councillor, he used his background as an economist to push forward a progressive agenda centred on growth and quality-of-life initiatives.
As Mayor, Bryan’s vision is to establish Kingston as a smart and leading city. This vision aims to harness the incredible assets we have as a community and build a culture of innovation to make Kingston a leader among cities. In his first term as Mayor, Bryan championed the construction of the Third Crossing, the expansion of Kingston’s airport and the revitalization of Breakwater Park, while also welcoming several new international businesses to the city. In his second term, Bryan is focused on a new deep water dock to welcome cruise ships, fostering innovation and entrepreneurship through the Mayor’s Innovation Challenge, increasing the supply of housing in the city with the Mayor’s Task Force on Housing and ensuring the Third Crossing is built on time and on budget – all while holding the annual tax rate increases at or below the rate of inflation.
Bryan moved to Kingston in 2000 to attend Queen’s University as a graduate student. In 2006, after obtaining his Master’s and PhD in Economics at Queen’s, he joined the economics faculty at Canada’s Royal Military College in Kingston where he continues to work as an Assistant Professor. Paterson lives in the west end of the city with his wife Shyla and their two boys Judah and Micah.