Who Is Carolina Belmares? Jeff Lehman’s Wife?

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Jeff Lehman wife: Carolina Belmares is a Canadian citizen who is well-known as the wife of Jeff Lehman, a politician and economist. Her partner is currently serving as Chair of the District of Muskoka since 2022.

Belmares is a fitness and nutrition coach, writer, and speaker. Her spouse previously served as the 46th mayor of Barrie from 2010 to 2022. He was also the chair of Ontario’s Big City Mayor’s organization, consisting of the mayors of Ontario’s 29 largest cities.

He began his career as an academic, teaching urban and housing economics at the UK’s prestigious London School of Economics. He had a ten-year career as an economist and built a consulting firm, MKI, in Ottawa and Toronto, before entering politics.

Lehman represented Barrie’s Ward 2 as a city councillor from 2006 to 2010 before being elected mayor in October 2010. He defeated the incumbent in a race that included several more established local politicians. From 2014 to 2017 and since 2021, he has served as chair of Ontario’s Big City Mayors.

He holds a Chartered Director (C.Dir) designation and has served on the boards of directors of several organizations over his career in public service, including the Board of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.

In 2017, Lehman teamed up with the mayors of Mississauga, Hamilton, Markham, Vaughan, and St. Catharines to support the “mega-merger” of electricity companies in those cities to create Alectra, the second largest community-owned utility in North America; Lehman is a founding director of the company and remains on the board of directors.

Lehman was born in Toronto, before moving to Barrie in 1978. He attended Allandale Heights Public School and Barrie Central Collegiate Institute. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Queen’s University, and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics (LSE), graduating with first-class honours.

He joined the faculty of the new Cities Programme at the LSE in 1998 and worked for 3 years in London as an academic before returning to Canada in late 1999. His parents, Bob and Joan Lehman, founded Lehman & Associates, a land use planning firm, in 1979.

He worked in the family business while he was growing up. His father is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners and has worked as a consulting planner, focusing initially on public policy work in Ontario, ultimately working across the country. Joan was CFO of the family business before taking on a series of community-building projects, including serving as the chair of the Building Committees for both the MacLaren Art Centre and Gilda’s Club, a cancer support charity facility.

Who is Carolina Belmares? Jeff Lehman’s Wife

Jeff Lehman is married to his wife Carolina Belmares. The couple shares four children and a twenty-pound cat, Churro. Jeff and his wife have been vibrant in supporting of local causes, including Belmares’ work to support new Canadians and ethnocultural communities in the Simcoe County area.

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