Eli was first elected to Ottawa City Council in 2003. He is the former proprietor of the Lighthouse Restaurant in Constance Bay and is well known throughout West Carleton-March for his extensive community involvement. He is committed to continue to work with area residents and businesses to help build West Carleton-March's future in the City of Ottawa.

Eli was born in 1957 and is the second oldest of six children. Raised on his family's farm in Lebanon, he came to Canada when he was 18 years old to begin a new life. He met his wife, Maha, soon after arriving in Ottawa and they were married over three decades ago.

Councillor El-Chantiry has been a staunch supporter and a dedicated volunteer for many West Carleton events. He has been on the Board of Directors for the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre and has worked with a number of local groups any time help is needed - including local Community Centres, local Churches, the Legion, and Seniors Groups.

Eli was recognized for his efforts when his community awarded him the West Carleton Citizen of the Year for 2001. Receiving this prestigious award during the U.N. International Year of the Volunteer is one of Eli's proudest accomplishments.

Councillor El-Chantiry was selected to act as Deputy Mayor for the City of Ottawa for the 2010-2014 term of Council. 

Eli is proud to be representing the residents of West Carleton-March again for this next terms in office for 2014-2018.

Committees & Boards

Chair, Ottawa Police Services Board

Chair, Member Services Sub-Committee

Vice Chair, Finance & Economic Development Committee

Member, Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee

Member, Audit Committee

Member, Mississippi Valley Conservative Authority

Member, Quyon & Mohr's Landing Port Authority

Member, Manotick Mill Corporation

City of Ottawa Council representative, Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA)

President, Ontario Association of Police Services Boards (OAPSB)