Herb Epp Profile

Herb Epp
Former Mayor and MPP, City of Waterloo
1961, BA Political Science and History

Herb Epp gained his start in politics at Laurier in 1958, when he successfully lobbied university officials to break tradition and allow the establishment of a Politics Club on campus. Building on his advantage, Epp quickly organized a student Liberal club and then became the President of university Liberal Clubs across Canada.


After winning an election for Waterloo Alderman in 1968, Epp went on politically to win three terms as Mayor and four terms as the Waterloo Member of Provincial Parliament. Highlights of his service include his role as Parliamentary Assistant to the Treasurer and Chairman of the Liberal caucus. As Mayor, his office supported two multi-million dollar projects in Waterloo, namely the major redevelopment of Waterloo Square and the library/YMCA project on the west side of the city.


Before politics, Epp spent 15 years as a local guidance counsellor and history teacher. He has also managed a successful career as a real estate broker and has served on many community boards, including the Catholic Family Counselling Centre, Family and Children’s Services, the Canadian Institute of International Affairs, and the Kitchener-Westmount Rotary Club, where he has been awarded three times for his outstanding service. He is currently Chairman of the Canadian Land Mine Foundation.


Laurier has benefited from Epp’s passion, loyalty and ambitious outlook for our community. He has served in significant roles on the Board of Governors and the Alumni Association Board, and in 1980 he was named Alumnus of the Year.



Challenging others to become engaged and aware citizens.


Other Degrees:


Masters of Education, University of Toronto '72