First elected in 2005, Jonathan X. Coté served three terms on New Westminster City Council before being elected as Mayor in 2014. Jonathan resides in the city with his wife Alix and their three daughters Renee, Leah and Violet.
As the Mayor of New Westminster, Jonathan has earned a reputation as a strong leader around issues such as transportation, affordable housing and urban planning.
Jonathan represents New Westminster on several Metro Vancouver Committees. Currently he serves as Vice Chair of the Regional Planning Committee and as a member on the Housing Committee and the Zero Waste Committee. He is also a member of the TransLink Mayors’ Council and serves as the Chair of the Joint Investment Plan Committee for Transportation.
Locally Jonathan leads a number of Task Forces working on tackling some of the most challenging issues facing our community. He serves as Chair of the Affordable Housing Task Force, Canada Games Pool Task Force, Transportation Task Force, Economic Health Care Cluster Task Force, Public Engagement Task Force and the Riverfront & Public Realm Task Force. He also serves as the Chair of the New Westminster Police Board and is a member of the New Westminster Utility Commission.
Outside of council, Jonathan supports the work of the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation and is a member of their Redevelopment Steering Committee. Prior to being elected, Jonathan completed his Master’s Degree in Urban Studies/Planning at Simon Fraser University and worked as a litigation adjuster in the insurance industry. In his spare time, Mayor Coté enjoys New Westminster’s recreation facilities with his family and stays active cycling, swimming and playing pickleball.