About Charles Pender



I am the youngest son of Ruth (Dicks) and Bill Pender. My father owned and operated a small plumbing and heating business on Caribou Road in Corner Brook for over 50 years.

Corner Brook was formed in 1956 as a community of communities. While we have grown since then, Curling, Humbermouth, Townsite and the Westside have each maintained their distinct identity and character which adds to the richness and diversity of life in Corner Brook.  I myself was born and raised in the Humbermouth area of the city.

My wife Nathalie and I have been married for 20 years and have two teenage children, Marie and Thomas. Our dog Shadow and pet rabbit Pebbles are also very much part of our family.


For 30 years, I have worked as an educator and educational leader in places like Burgeo, Baie Verte, Gander and, for the past 20 years, Corner Brook.

When I first offered myself for City Council in 1997, it was because I love this city, its beauty, and diversity. It is my home and the place that Nathalie and I chose as the best place to live, work, and raise our children, and that feeling has never changed. Nathalie moved here with me shortly after we were married, sight unseen, and is as in love with it as I am.

IMG_9547I felt very fortunate to have been elected as a city councillor in 1997 and again in 2003. In 2005, I was honoured to be elected Mayor.

I believe that I can offer the city strong leadership and a clear vision, as I have demonstrated in my public record of community involvement and public service.

On Tuesday, September 24, 2013, I was once again honoured to have been elected for a second time as Mayor of the beautiful city of Corner Brook.

Recent Posts

City Adopts Corporate Priorities Plan 2017-2020

At Monday’s public meeting, Corner Brook City Council approved the adoption of Corner Brook’s Corporate Priorities Plan.

Starting in November of 2015 Council and Directors began preliminary discussions of priorities. Council and key staff embarked on a comprehensive consultation process to identify the issues that are important to residents, business owners, and our community. A draft plan was made available in October 2016 and communicated to the public. Various stakeholder sessions were undertaken, as well as a public input opportunity through the website. In January 2017, the document was modified to include public feedback. In February and March, Council members and senior staff took all the information collected and participated in discussions to finalize the corporate priorities for 2017-2020.

The Strategic Plan is an important blueprint for Council. Many of the issues identified, such as infrastructure, economic development and business opportunities, sustainable development and climate change, and recreation and green spaces reinforced what many of us heard during multiple conversations with citizens,” stated Mayor Charles Pender.

“This plan gives staff clear direction on Council’s expectations for the upcoming years,” stated the City Manager-Melissa Wiklund. “It provides us with definitive benchmarks to assess where we are going. This is a wonderful start, next steps are to work with staff on an implementation strategy and communicate progress to residents.”

A copy of the Corporate Priorities Plan is available on the City’s website.

Strategic Priority I: Invest In Quality Infrastructure Development

Goal A: Water and Sewer Infrastructure
Goal B: Roads, Trails and Streets
Goal C: Asset Management
Goal D: New Buildings, Building Repairs and Upgrades

Strategic Priority II: Economic Development and Population Growth

Goal A: Population Growth
Goal B: Economic Development

Strategic Priority III: Revitalize our Downtown

Goal A: Vacant Buildings
Goal B: Desirable Downtown
Goal C: Business Opportunities

Strategic Priority IV: Sustainable Development and Sports and Eco (Adventure) Tourism

Goal A: Parks and Recreation
Goal B: Eco Tourism and Sports
Goal C: Sustainable Development and Climate Change

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