Rino Bortolin was elected as Ward 3 City Councillor for the City of Windsor in 2014. He is a strong advocate of urban issues and a champion for small business, while consistently ensuring that taxpayer money is spent wisely. He has a proven track record and demonstrates that the key to public service is listening to his constituents. With this in mind, he has advocated for many key issues within his ward and the greater Windsor-Essex region, which include:

  • Downtown Windsor Community Improvement Plan ($900,000)
  • Downtown WIndsor Farmers’ Market Improvements ($75,000)
  • Vacant Building Strategy
  • Advocated for increased Safety & Security in alleys
  • Additional Funding for Opioid/Substance Use Issues
  • Bike Fix-it stations at 7 local parks
  • Mitchell Park Redevelopment ($900,00)
  • Wigle Park Phase 2 Redevelopment ($325,000)  
  • Bruce Park ($1M)

As a City Councillor, Bortolin currently sits on the following committees and boards:

  • Windsor BIA Advisory Committee – Chair
  • Parking Task Force
  • Social Development, Health, and Culture Standing Committee Executive Committee
  • Downtown Windsor BIA
  • Wyandotte Town Centre BIA
  • Downtown Residents Association (Farmers Market)
  • Tourism Windsor-Essex Pelee Island
  • Transit Windsor Advisory Board
  • Essex Windsor Solid Waste Authority
  • Community Public Art Advisory Committee
  • Development Charges Task Force
  • Windsor Bicycling Committee
  • Property Standards Committee – Chair
  • Museum Steering Committee
  • Windsor Public Library Board
  • Roseland Golf & Country Board

Prior to entering public service, Bortolin was a proud contributor to the hospitality industry for 26 years. As a chef and owner of several Windsor restaurants, including Vivo! Ristorante, the Black Kettle Bistro, and Rino’s Kitchen & Ale House, he understands what struggles small businesses encounter on a daily basis. His businesses have supported and featured local farmers and producers, which led to him authoring a pioneering cookbook based on all local ingredients: “Rino’s Kitchen: Cooking Local in Windsor and Essex County.” Even though he sold his last restaurant in 2015, he has preserved a consulting role with its current owner. He maintains ties with Windsor’s business community by continuing to use these skills as consultant and project manager. He has worked for Hiram-Walker (Pernod-Ricard) where he managed a project to consolidate the entire North American accounting functions here in Windsor. As head of the Culinary Tourism Steering Committee for Tourism Windsor-Essex Pelee Island he showcased the area as one the best and brightest of culinary destinations. Bortolin’s passion for Windsor/Essex and his belief in supporting local businesses initiated much of his desire to be involved in public life.

Bortolin has served as Treasurer of Queen Victoria Public School Parent Council for the last 11 years. He has coached for Windsor Soccer Club and South Windsor Youth Soccer Club, as well as other various athletic teams. In the past, he has also taken part in both the Downtown Business and the Erie Street Business Improvement Areas as a business owner.  

Born in Windsor, Rino Bortolin began his education at St. Angela Catholic Elementary School. An avid athlete, he graduated from Catholic Central High School where he continued his education by studying philosophy at the University of Windsor. Rino and his wife Anastasia Adams are the proud parents of Jack 15, Charlie 13, and Wilson 8.