Carl Zehr (born 1945) is the mayor of Kitchener, Ontario. He has held the position since 1997, after serving as a city councillor from 1985 to 1994, and is the longest serving mayor in the history of Kitchener. He is a member of the Large Urban Mayors' Caucus of Ontario and served as its chair in 1999. He has also been a member of the Big City Mayors Caucus (Canada) since 1997.
Zehr was born in Baden, Ontario and is a graduate of Rockway Mennonite Collegiate in Kitchener, Ontario. His first job was in the accounting office of the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital. He has served as a member of the board of numerous Kitchener area organizations: the Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Board, the University of Waterloo, Centre in the Square, and Kitchener Housing Inc.
Zehr is a Certified General Accountant, a member and past chair of the Certified General Accountants of Ontario, and a fellow (FCGA) of the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada. In 1991 he received the Ivy Thomas Award, which is bestowed upon an Ontario CGA who has achieved provincial recognition for outstanding public service or charitable involvement, including humanitarian acts. Zehr is also the 2006 recipient of the Ontario Pharmacist Association Visionary Award, and a Paul P. Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club of Kitchener, in recognition of service to the community and club.
Zehr appeared in a cameo role episode 2, season 1 of CTV's Dan for Mayor.
- Terry Pender, "Carl Zehr claims record as Kitchener’s longest serving mayor," The Record, December 6, 2009.
- Region of Waterloo website
- CGA Canada, "100 Certified General Accountants Who Have Made A Difference."