Werner was born in the north end of Hamilton and has been a life time resident of Hamilton and Dundas. He graduated from McMaster in 1976 with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) 1976 degree. For most of his career, Werner has had the privilege of working in the public realm on public infrastructure and recreational projects.
Following graduation and one year of graduate school, Werner was the Senior Engineer/Conservation Engineer at the Hamilton Region Conservation Authority from 1977 to 1989. During his tenure there, he managed many recreational construction projects such as the 50 Point Marina and Confederation Park.
From 1989 to 1991, Werner was employed by Philips Planning and Engineering as Manager of the Branch Office in Cambridge, working on numerous water management related projects.
In 1991, Werner started a 10 year career with the City of Hamilton, first as Superintendent of Park Development and Construction, and then in 1994 as Coordinator, Park Development and Maintenance, including responsibility for Hamilton's waterfront. During this period, Pier 4 and Bayfront Parks and Hamilton's waterfront trail were developed.
Since October 2001 to the present, Werner has served as the Executive Director of the Hamilton Waterfront Trust. During this period over $19 million of Capital waterfront improvements have been undertaken by the HWT as well as the establishment of nine businesses which provide many waterfront amenities to the over 500,000 visitors to Pier 8 every year.