Andrew S. Haydon

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Andrew Scott Haydon
2nd Regional Chair of Ottawa-Carleton
In office
Preceded by Denis Coolican
Succeeded by Peter D. Clark
33rd Reeve of Nepean Township
In office
Preceded by D. Aubrey Moodie
Succeeded by Position abolished
1st Mayor of Nepean
In office
Preceded by Position created
Succeeded by Ben Franklin
Nepean Township Alderman
In office
Preceded by Council expanded
Succeeded by Robert Mitchell and Norman Cooksey
Constituency At large
Personal details
Born 1933
Spouse(s) Mary Leishman (deceased)
Sherry Franklin

Andrew Scott "Andy" Haydon (born 1933 in Toronto) is a Canadian engineer and politician. He was reeve of Nepean Township, Ontario from 1970 to 1978 and Regional Chair of Ottawa-Carleton from 1978-1991. Haydon was the first mayor of the city of Nepean when it incorporated on November 24, 1978; Ben Franklin assumed the title one week later.[citation needed]

Born in Toronto, Haydon came to Ottawa when he was six. He attended Queen's University where he received a degree in chemical engineering. He then worked in Cornwall, Ontario as a professional engineer. He moved to Nepean Township in 1961 and in 1966 he was elected to Township council, after it was expanded to five aldermen from three. In 1969, he was elected reeve of Nepean.[1] He defeated the incumbent reeve D. Aubrey Moodie in a landslide with 66% of the vote, thanks to the new subdivisions in the city unhappy with Moodie's tax increase. The Nepean Sportsplex and National Capital Equestrian Park were built during Haydon's term as reeve.

In 1978 he became the regional chair of Ottawa-Carleton, where he served for 13 years, helping to introduce Ottawa's Transitway, Ottawa City Hall (then the Regional Offices), and the Robert O. Pickard Environmental Centre. He failed however in his plans to establish a second Greenbelt in the city as well as his dreams of establishing Ottawa as a federal capital district.

After retiring from politics, he ran a bed and breakfast with his wife.

Andrew Haydon Park on the Ottawa River and Andrew Haydon Hall, the city council chambers at Ottawa City Hall, were named after him. Carleton University offers a scholarship in his name each year to a student in an engineering program.

In September 2006, Haydon unexpectedly announced his candidacy in the new suburban ward of Gloucester-South Nepean, 15 years after his retirement from politics.[1] He was defeated by Steve Desroches in the 2006 municipal elections.

In September 2010, Haydon announced his candidacy for Mayor of Ottawa.[2] He joins 19 other candidates for mayor in the Ottawa municipal election.

Haydon has four children with his deceased wife, Mary Leishman. He is currently married to Sherry Franklin, the widow of Ben Franklin, Haydon's successor as mayor of Nepean.


  1. ^ Sekeres, Matthew; Vito Pilieci (2006-09-08). "Andy Haydon makes political comeback". Ottawa Citizen. p. F1. 
  2. ^ Andrew Haydon joins the race to be mayor

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