Shawn Menard

Shawn Menard (born c. 1982) is a Canadian politician. He was elected to Ottawa City Council representing Capital Ward in the 2018 Ottawa municipal election.

Shawn Menard
Ottawa City Councillor
Assumed office
December 1, 2018
Preceded byDavid Chernushenko
ConstituencyCapital Ward
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board Trustee
In office
December 1, 2014  December 1, 2018
Preceded byRob Campbell
Succeeded byLyra Evans
ConstituencyZone 9
Personal details
Bornc. 1982
Spouse(s)Johanna Hove
ResidenceOld Ottawa South

Menard grew up in Ottawa, the son of a single mother. He graduated from Sir Robert Borden High School, and studied criminology and public administration at Carleton University. At Carleton, Menard was the president of the Rideau River Residence Association and later the president of the Carleton University Students' Association. He graduated from Carleton with a master's degree in Public Policy and Administration.[2]

After university, Menard worked as a strategic analyst for the Department of Justice and then as manager of government relations for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. He was also involved in neighbourhood politics, serving as president of the Centretown Citizens Community Association and established an umbrella group of community associations called "Our Ottawa".

Menard was elected as a public school trustee for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board in the 2014 municipal elections with no opposition. He represented Zone 9, which covers both Capital and Rideau-Vanier Wards.

Menard had planned on running for re-election as a school trustee for the 2018 election, but entered the race for city council when fellow-progressive Emilie Taman opted to not run.[3] Many had also wanted Menard to run for mayor.[4]

Menard ran on a progressive platform of reducing fares for public transportation, barring planning committee members from taking developer donations, and eliminating single use plastics. Often a critic of mayor Jim Watson Menard endorsed Watson's rival Clive Doucet in the 2018 mayoral race.[5] Menard was elected winning 28% of the vote, defeating his nearest rival Christine McAllister by fewer than 400 votes and incumbent David Chernushenko by just under 600 votes. Menard claimed the win as a "referendum on development" in the area, while Chernushenko blamed his defeat on being out organized by an "NDP campaign".[6]

Election Results

2018 Ottawa municipal election

Capital Ward (Ward 17)[7] Vote %
    Shawn Menard3,57528.12
    Christine McAllister3,19825.15
    David Chernushenko (X)2,97023.36
    Anthony Carricato2,45119.28
    Jide Afolabi5204.09

2014 Ottawa municipal election

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (Zone 9)[8]
Candidate Votes %
Shawn Menard Acclaimed


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  2. "". Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  3. "Ottawa Citizen: Shawn Menard stands tall in Capital Ward". Ottawa Citizen. 2018-11-01. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  4. "Ottawa Citizen: Shawn Menard stands tall in Capital Ward". Ottawa Citizen. 2018-11-01. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  5. "Ottawa Votes: What you need to know about the candidates in Capital ward". Ottawa Citizen. 2018-10-22. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  6. "Capital ward win 'a referendum on development,' Shawn Menard says". CBC. 2018-10-22. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  7. "2018 Election Results". City of Ottawa. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  8. "2014 Election Results". City of Ottawa. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
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