At 38 years old, Scott is a husband, the father of two young children, and a proud Cambridge resident.
In his youth, Scott worked a variety of jobs, such as landscaper, retail store manager, human resources recruiter, and journal editor. As he grew older, he wanted to inspire others to think more critically about politics and government, and he wanted to help change the world in a positive way. At the age of 25, he returned to university in 2009 as a mature student, and then moved to the UK, to pursue his Master’s degree in political science (International Relations), (University of Oxford, UK). He then won a full PhD scholarship in Political Science and International Relations to study at The London School of Economics [LSE] (UK). As Scott and his partner Katie decided to return to Canada to raise a family, Scott received Canada’s top academic award: the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship, to research and teach International Environmental Security, at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) and the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA), in Waterloo, ON. He taught Masters and PhD classes on international politics, climate change, security, and political philosophy.
Scott and Katie looked at homes in many cities around Ontario — Guelph, Burlington, Hamilton, Kitchener, Dundas, Oakville, and others — but they fell in love at first sight with Cambridge, and they settled down to start a family. With the arrival of Scott’s first child in 2018, he realized immediately that it was time to put his years of study into concrete and real action: so he decided to run for public office. Building a great community, protecting the environment and climate, ensuring public safety, and offering a positive vision of a growing community, became more important than ever for his children’s future.
Scott was honoured to have volunteers and friends from every political party encourage him to run in the 2020 Ward 7 by-election to become a Cambridge City Councillor. After spreading a positive vision for Ward 7 and promoting a lot of teamwork from awesome volunteers, Scott won the by-election and became a city councillor!
Having put down roots in Cambridge, and with his parents recently moving to Cambridge after seeing his dedication to the city, Scott and his wife Katie remain committed to improving the community in which they will raise their young family. Prior to joining council, Scott sat on the Board of Directors of the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank and still volunteers regularly in city cleanups and at organizations such as Langs. Katie is a member of the Soroptimists, and spearheaded the ‘Dream It, Be It!’ event that inspires and mentors young girls and women to find the professions of their dreams.
Scott doesn’t jump to conclusions or make decisions based on external pressures, ideology, or emotion. Having taught critical thinking for years, he knows that the key to making decisions on council is to LISTEN to residents, THINK carefully and critically about past history and future results, and then WORK and ACT with the welfare of residents — past, present, and future generations — always in mind.
Scott’s goal is the same as it’s always been: to work on behalf of Cambridge to build a prosperous and safe present and future for all. To work for the good of everyone.
Disagreements will always arise between opinionated friends and neighbours — and they should, because difference is the essence of democracy. The key is to ensure that councillors provide the space and ability for residents to discuss differing opinions in a respectful and meaningful way, ultimately leading to compromise and resolution through the understanding that everyone’s voice has been heard and acknowledged. In short, we’re all neighbours in Cambridge, and we’re best when we work together.
Every decision must be made for the good of the city, its taxpayers, its natural environment, and the future of our children that will grow up here and ultimately call Cambridge their home as well.