Brad Woodside : biography
As Mayor, Woodside can count a range of accomplishments, including promoting IT in Fredericton, and the development of information technology infrastructure such as the Fred eZone wireless zone. His tenure as mayor has also seen the promotion of music festivals in Fredericton including the Harvest and Blues Jazz Festival, the Country Music Festival, and FredRock. While infill development and sustainability have been priorities of his tenure as mayor, he has also faced controversy over sprawling box-store development in the university woods, a previously protected wooded area.
Woodside received an honourary doctor of laws degree from St. Thomas University in 2011. Eleven professors at the small liberal arts university protested, in part because of his refusal to proclaim Pride Weekend in the 1990s.
He is married to the former Anne Elizabeth Sneyd, and have two children (Michael and Carrie) together. He also had three children from previous relationships: Angela, Ryan, Troy, as well as several grandchildren.