Zeeshan Hamid

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Zeeshan "Zee" Hamid is a municipal politician in Milton, Ontario, in Canada. He was first elected in 2010 with 61.69% of votes[1] and re-elected again in 2014.


Prior to getting elected, Hamid had two active blogs on city building and parenting. His articles have been published in publications as diverse as Forbes[2] and the Canadian Family Magazine[3][4][5] . In 2010, as a citizen member of the Milton Transit Advisory Committee, he was recognized in the Milton Town Council for his community service and volunteer work.

Municipal politics

As a councillor, he has been vocal in raising the issue of Milton's fast growth[6][7]. Hamid is often the lowest spending councillor in Milton[8]. In 2016 he voted with the majority to shrink the size of the Milton Council[9]. He is one of the most vocal councillors in opposition to the CN Rail's proposal to build an intermodal in Milton in violation for local zoning[10].

In his new-Canadian-settlement and diversity work, Hamid organizes an yearly Open Doors Ramadan initiative where he encourages multi-faith Ramadan iftars[11]. After the Quebec City mosque shooting, Hamid co-organized a large remembrance vigil in the town hall[12].

Work with refugees

During the Syrian refugee crises Hamid raised over $100,000 in private donations to sponsor three Syrian families[13] and coordinated the settlement of 7 other Syrian families in Milton[14][15].

Other involvement

Hamid chaired the Milton Economic Development Advisory Committee from 2010-2014 and was a member of Milton Transit Advisory Committee from 2009-2014. He serves in the Milton Public Library Board[16] as a director and is a Director in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton and Hamilton[17].


  1. "Milton Official Election Results". https://www.milton.ca/en/townhall/resources/Election2010/2010OfficialElectionResults.pdf. 
  2. Quora. "How Should I Prepare For An Onsite Software Development Engineer Interview At Microsoft?" (in en). Forbes. https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2014/01/06/how-should-i-prepare-for-an-onsite-sde-interview-at-microsoft/. 
  3. "Guest Post: The Bad Guy Who Came to the House and Put Water Everywhere" (in en-US). Canadian Family. 2010-04-06. https://canadianfamily.ca/parents/guest-post-the-bad-guy-who-came-to-the-house-and-put-water-everywhere/. 
  4. "Guest Post: The Struggle to Get the Kids to Bed. Every. Single. Night." (in en-US). Canadian Family. 2010-04-07. https://canadianfamily.ca/parents/guest-post-the-struggle-to-get-the-kids-to-bed-every-single-night/. 
  5. "Guest Post: Kids in Bed by 6:30? Disney World IS the Most Magical Place on Earth" (in en-US). Canadian Family. 2010-04-08. https://canadianfamily.ca/parents/guest-post-kids-in-bed-by-630-disney-world-is-the-most-magical-place-on-earth/. 
  6. "In Milton, Ont., crowded classrooms put Canada’s fastest-growing town to the test". https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/in-milton-ont-crowded-classrooms-put-canadas-fastest-growing-town-to-thetest/article33333444/. 
  7. "Hamilton's northern neighbour Milton is struggling with growth" (in en-CA). TheSpec.com. 2015-12-21. https://www.thespec.com/news-story/6204019-hamilton-s-northern-neighbour-milton-is-struggling-with-growth/. 
  8. Hennessey, Melanie (2016-04-07). "Many Town of Milton employees earn spot on 'Sunshine List'" (in en-CA). InsideHalton.com. https://www.insidehalton.com/news-story/6455286-many-town-of-milton-employees-earn-spot-on-sunshine-list-/. 
  9. Hennessey, Melanie (2016-06-28). "UPDATE: Milton votes to shrink size of council" (in en-CA). InsideHalton.com. https://www.insidehalton.com/news-story/6744596-update-milton-votes-to-shrink-size-of-council/. 
  10. Slack, Julie (2018-04-05). "CN Hub meeting well attended by locals, politicians" (in en-CA). InsideHalton.com. https://www.insidehalton.com/news-story/8376173-cn-hub-meeting-well-attended-by-locals-politicians/. 
  11. "Councillor helps launch OpenDoors Ramadan initiative in Milton" (in en-CA). InsideHalton.com. 2016-06-09. https://www.insidehalton.com/news-story/6714737-councillor-helps-launch-opendoors-ramadan-initiative-in-milton/. 
  12. "Miltonians pack Town Hall for candlelight vigil" (in en-CA). InsideHalton.com. 2017-02-05. https://www.insidehalton.com/news-story/7103520-miltonians-pack-town-hall-for-candlelight-vigil/. 
  13. Slack, Julie (2015-12-03). "Milton councillor launches fundraising campaign to sponsor Syrian refugees" (in en-CA). InsideHalton.com. https://www.insidehalton.com/news-story/6157467-milton-councillor-launches-fundraising-campaign-to-sponsor-syrian-refugees/. 
  14. Slack, Julie (2016-02-06). "Young Syrian family overwhelmed by love, generosity of Miltonians" (in en-CA). InsideHalton.com. https://www.insidehalton.com/news-story/6265816-young-syrian-family-overwhelmed-by-love-generosity-of-miltonians/. 
  15. Slack, Julie (2016-03-03). "Milton couple helps furnish home for Syrian family" (in en-CA). InsideHalton.com. https://www.insidehalton.com/news-story/6373930-milton-couple-helps-furnish-home-for-syrian-family/. 
  16. "Milton Public Library Board". http://www.mpl.on.ca/library-board. 
  17. "OUR BOARD - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton" (in en-US). Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton. https://halton.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/about-us/our-board/. 

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