Tim Dobbie

Media Release : 2016-06-06

Former Burlington City Manager Tim Dobbie receives municipal award

Tim Dobbie accepts the Robert Baldwin Award

BURLINGTON, Ont. - Former Burlington City Manager and long-time municipal leader Tim Dobbie has received the Robert Baldwin Award from the Ontario Municipal Administrators’ Association (OMAA).

"Tim exemplifies the professionalism, integrity and innovative spirit that are required by those in administrative leadership roles in municipal government,” said Gary Dyke, president of the OMAA and city manager for the City of Cambridge. “Our association is proud to present this award to Tim as an inspiration to our members.”

Dobbie is well-known throughout the municipal sector, having served the City of Burlington for more than 30 years, including 11 years as city manager. Tim Dobbie Drive in the Alton area of Burlington is named after Dobbie.

“Tim Dobbie is a deserving recipient of the Robert Baldwin Award. Everywhere you look in our great city, you can find a project he helped bring to fruition,” said Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring. “He is a respected leader and community-builder in the city of Burlington.”

About the Robert Baldwin Award

The Robert Baldwin Award is Ontario’s highest award for municipal public service granted by the association. It recognizes a career of achievement and service in the field of municipal administration, significant and lasting contributions to municipal and local government in Ontario and service to the community, the province and Canada by those who work in municipal government.

The award was inspired by the achievements of Robert Baldwin who wrote the first Municipal Act, supported women’s rights and religious tolerance, and was one of the first proponents of a bicultural nation. Robert Baldwin is also known as the first popularizer of “Responsible Government.”

About Tim Dobbie

After retiring from the City of Burlington in 2007, Dobbie launched Tim L. Dobbie Consulting Ltd., where he has helped more than 100 municipalities in the past 10 years. His practice includes strategic planning, executive search, organizational reviews, service delivery reviews and mentoring for both private and public organizations.

Dobbie served as a board member for the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC), is a past president of the Ontario Municipal Administrators' Association and a former Board member of Burlington Hydro. He is a former chair of the board of directors of the Burlington Community Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors of the Goodwill Amity Group and a member of the board of directors and former president of the Burlington-Hamilton United Way, and a member of the board of the Hamilton-Burlington YMCA.

In October 2006, Dobbie received the Engineer of the Year award from the Hamilton-Halton Professional Engineers Chapter of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers and the Hamilton Engineering Institute.

I am honoured to receive the award from the award from the Ontario Municipal Administrators Association, and would like to share it with the many people who have made my successes possible,” Dobbie said. “I include in this list my family, the great leaders, staff and Council at the City of Burlington, many people from many municipalities, and my supportive, dedicated team at Tim L. Dobbie Consulting Ltd.”

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Tim with his staff Nancy Johnson and Tracey 
Tim with his staff Nancy Johnson and Tracey McQueen

Tim with his children Lauren, Jeff and Carly
Tim with his children Lauren, Jeff and Carly