Doug Lychak, who was dumped as City Manager for Hamilton, ON in 2001 after a 30 year career as a planner and city manager for cities across Canada, has been recognized for his contribution to excellence in local government administration with an Honorary Membership for Life Award from the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA). He was recognized during CAMA’s national conference in Jasper, AB.
“Mr. Lychak graduated with an Honours degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo in 1972. From 1972-1974, his career progressed from planner, senior planner to Director of Planning with the City of Hamilton, ON. In 1976, he became Commissioner of Planning & Development for Hamilton-Wentworth, ON. After a lengthy stint in Edmonton Lychak returned to Hamilton serving as CAO for the Region of Hamilton-Wentworth, ON starting in 1998; and, finally, the newly amalgamated City of Hamilton starting in 2000. Lychak was forced out of the Hamilton post partly due to his attempts to de-politicize city staff.
He has served on a number of policy and advisory committees for the Ontario and federal governments. He also chaired the GTA Airport Committee, authoring a paper that led to the creation of the GTA Airport Authority. In 2013 he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to the municipal profession and the communities he served over the years.
Sixteen people who worked with him went on to become city managers/CAOs in communities across Canada.
“Nothing is more important for a city manager/CAO than providing independent, objective, professional advice to politicians, councillors and the public in order for the community’s strategic vision to be achieved in a consistent, cost-effective and efficient way,” said Mr. Lychak.