Under Mike Savage’s leadership since 2012, Halifax has seen dramatic economic and population growth. As “Marketer-in-Chief” he has promoted Halifax as a business, tourism, and immigration destination across Canada and around the world.
Since his re-election in 2016, the municipality has taken action to protect wilderness areas and has adopted a climate change action plan. The Mayor has actively participated in initiatives with the community and other orders of government to reduce poverty and increase affordable housing.
He is committed to the future of Halifax and believes that the municipality needs comprehensive policies to navigate recovery from the impact of Covid-19 that will improve conditions for everyone, including our most vulnerable citizens.
Mayor Savage is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Big City Mayors’ Caucus and a strong voice in support of local economic development, immigration, social equity, and infrastructure investment. He is actively cooperating with municipal leaders across the country to ensure a federal program to support municipal recovery the impacts of the Covid-19 crisis.
A collaborative leader, Mayor Savage has fostered a spirit of cooperation within Council and has worked closely with other orders of government and community organizations.
As Member of Parliament for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour from 2004 until 2011, Mayor Savage played a national role as Official Opposition Critic for Human Resources, Social Development, and Status of Persons with Disabilities. He worked effectively with members from all parties to achieve common goals.
Mayor Savage had a career in business as General Manager of S. Cunard and Co., Director of Sales and Marketing for Nova Scotia Power Inc., Vice President at Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette, and Vice President at M5 Communications.
Mayor Savage has also demonstrated community leadership in social, health, and cultural organizations, as a board member for the IWK Health Centre and Neptune Theatre, as a former President of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, and through his involvement with Junior Achievement, The Red Cross, Canadian National Institute for the Blind and the United Way.
Mayor Savage and his wife Darlene have two children, Emma and Conor, and continue to make their home in Dartmouth where Mayor Savage grew up and attended Prince Andrew High before graduating from Dalhousie University.