Robert E. Wade served as mayor of Hamilton, Ontario from 2000 to 2003. He currently resides in the Hamilton community of Ancaster.
Robert Wade moved to Ancaster from London, Ontario in 1960 after his employer London Life Insurance Company transferred him. He was first elected to the Ancaster Town Council in 1978, and served for 22 years, including 16 as the mayor. He was the last mayor of Ancaster before amalgamation.
2000 City of Hamilton Election
Bob Wade entered the new city of Hamilton's mayoralty race and was not expected to win, as the incumbent Bob Morrow had been Hamilton's longest serving mayor and had a strong electoral base. On election night it was revealed that over 50 per cent of the residents of Ancaster had voted in the municipal election and 80 per cent of them voted for Wade.
Wade's win was as much a result of Morrow's supporters staying home as it was from his supporters coming out in droves.
After serving one term in office, Wade retired from public life after 25 years.