A native of Halifax, Andy Fillmore is a city planner by trade. He is a graduate of Dalhousie University with a Bachelor’s in Environmental Design Studies and holds graduate degrees from Dalhousie and Harvard. He also attended Acadia University. Since graduating he has worked as Director and Associate Professor at the Dalhousie University School of Planning.
He has been named the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Democratic Institutions.
He started his career in Boston before serving as Manager of Urban Design for the City of Halifax and created the HRMbyDesign Downtown Halifax Plan which has supported more than 40 development projects in the Halifax Regional Municipality.
Before running for election Fillmore was working as the VicePresident, Planning and Development for the Waterfront Development Corporation, a Crown Corporation tasked with creating new public spaces to grow tourism in Bedford, Dartmouth, Halifax and Lunenberg.
In 2012 he won a National Urban Leadership Award. Fillmore believes strongly in sustainable, well-designed communities with mixed-use space.
He volunteers around the community of Halifax, including with the Greater Halifax/Dartmouth YMCA and the Halifax Strategic Urban Partnership, an organization he helped found. He is also a founding board member of the Council for Canadian Urbanism, which works towards sustainable communities across Canada.
In May 2016, he introduced his first private member’s motion in the House, calling for greenhouse gas analyses of government infrastructure. In September 2016, the motion passed with strong multi-party support.
He is married, and he and his wife Sarah have one daughter.