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The CAO’s Biography


Rick A. Kester, B. A. Sc., M. Sc., P. Eng., M.B.A., M.P.A., HRCCC, C. Dir.

Rick is currently the Chief Administrative Officer, for the City of Belleville. Prior to this appointment Rick held positions of the Interim Chief Administrative Officer, the Director of Engineering and Development Services, the Director of Engineering and Public Works and the Deputy Director of Engineering and Public Works for the City of Belleville.
Prior to joining the City of Belleville, Rick held a number of positions with the City of Brampton including the Manager of Roads & Operations, Manager Engineering Services, Senior Project Manager and Development Engineer. Rick also worked in the consulting engineering industry with Paul Theil Associates Ltd., Urban Engineering Consultants Ltd and Totten Sims Hubicki Associates Limited. Rick was designated as a Consulting Engineer in Ontario from 1992 to 1997.

Rick graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Applied Science in 1985, completed a Master of Business Administration from York University (1989), a Master of Science from the University of Guelph in 1996 and a Master of Public Administration in 2001 from Queen’s University. Rick attended ‘The Directors College’ (a joint program between the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada) and received the designations of Chartered Director (2016) and Human Resources & Compensation Committee Certificates (2014).  Rick graduated from Quinte High School, King George Elementary and Parkdale Public Schools all in Belleville.  Rick has been a Licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario since 1987.

Rick was President of the Municipal Engineers Association (MEA) in 2010/2011 and has served on the MEA Board of Directors from 2003 to 2012. Rick served on a number of MEA Committees over the years including the MEA CEO, MEA OPWA, MEA MOE Liaison and the MEA Bursary Committee.  Rick continues to be active on the MEA Nominating Committee.  Rick represented the MEA on the MOE’s ‘Financially Sustainable Water and Wastewater Working Group’ in 2007.

Rick is currently the 2nd Vice President of the Ontario Good Roads Association and is a member of the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) Client Advisory Board.  Mr. Kester is also an active CAO member supporting the Eastern Ontario Mayors Committee (EOMC) and participates on the Small Municipalities Task Force for the Transportation Association of Canada. In 2002 to 2003, Rick represented the City of Belleville on the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s (AMO) Water Taking Taskforce to examine the Province of Ontario’s Permit to Take Water Process.

He is currently a member of the Ontario Municipal Administrators Association (OMAA), the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA), the Municipal Engineers Association (MEA), the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC), the American Waterworks Association (AWWA), the American Public Works Association (APWA), Water Environment Association of Ontario (WEAO) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF).

Rick is married to Cathy where they happily reside in the City of Belleville.  They have three children, Brian, Lindsay and Lisa.

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