Mayor, Town of Newmarket
Town of Newmarket
EDST Degree/s and graduation year/s
Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
I have been the Mayor of Newmarket (pop. 90,000) for 3 years and also sit on the Council for the Region of York (pop. 1.2 million). I was the deputy Mayor for 12 years previously. I am also the Chair of Housing York and I sit on the board of Newmarket-Tay Hydro, AMO Housing and Homelessness task force, York Region Rapid Transit Corp, YorkNet Broadband corp., Newmarket Economic Development committee, etc. I have spent considerable time focusing on policy related to Housing and Homelessness. I have successfully moved forward policy committing local towns and cities to provide 2 acres of land each every five years for affordable housing. I am a former advisory board member of Teach for Canada. I am proud to say that the Town recently erected a permanent Land Acknowledgement plaque on the front of our City Hall. Previously I studied in Ontario, BC and Thailand. I was a teacher for four years at Peguis First Nation in Manitoba. I worked at Queen’s Park as an assistant to the Minister of Community and Social Services. I was also once a bartender and owner of a trucking company. I am a former professional tennis Line judge, an avid scrabble player, and a Canadian croquet champion. My amazing wife works in the field of AI and I have two children; Addison (13) and Ethan (10).