May 2019

Building Communities: Thinking Beyond the Core

11:30am-1:30pm | Omni King Edward Hotel - 37 King Street East, Toronto

Join the conversation between the Mayors of Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington and Markham on May 28th.

Hear what they have to say about the communities beyond the core, while in discussion with Jennifer Keesmaat.

What is each Mayor's vision for their cities? How has transit impacted each community? What does the future of real estate and development look like? What sectors are thriving in these communities? What are the challenges commuters are facing? What are the solutions? What can we do to support these communities and their economic development?

- Lunch will be served -

Member price:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $800 +HST

Regular price:
Individual seat: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

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- Dietary restriction notes and meal requests must be submitted to Morgan@economicclub.ca.
- Refunds/credits: We require three business days notice in advance of the event date for ticket cancellations

*The views expressed on the Economic Club platform are not that of the Economic Club or its affiliates but of the speakers alone and the organizations they represent*

Bonnie Crombie

City of Mississauga

Bonnie Crombie

Since first being elected as Mayor in 2014, Mayor Crombie has worked diligently to hold the line on taxes, invested in improving traffic congestion and building transit, attracted major economic development to the City all while managing the growth of Canada’s sixth largest city.

Prior to being elected as Mayor, Bonnie served as the Ward 5 City Councillor, and previous to that, as Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville.

Before entering public service, Mayor Crombie enjoyed a twenty-year career in business.

Building regionally-integrated transit, igniting new economic development opportunities, fostering innovation and creating a more open, engaging and inclusive city, have been Mayor Crombie’s leading policy priorities for Mississauga.

Mayor Crombie has an MBA from York University’s Schulich School of Business and earned a Corporate Director’s Certificate from the Institute of Corporate Directors at the Rotman School of Management.

She has raised three children, Alex, Jonathan and Natasha, in Mississauga.

Frank Scarpitti

City of Markham

Frank Scarpitti

Mayor Frank Scarpitti was elected as Mayor of Markham in 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018.

He is Markham’s second longest serving Mayor.

Mr. Scarpitti was first elected to Markham Council in 1985, as a Regional Councillor. In total, the people of Markham have elected him nine times. He has served on both the Councils of the City of Markham and York Region for 30 years.

Mayor Scarpitti serves on York Regional Council and is the current Chair of York Region Rapid Transit Corporation (VIVA Transit). He is also Vice-Chair of Transportation Services for York Region and sits on the Board of Directors for York Telecom Network. He serves as a member on the Alectra board, one of the largest municipally-owned electrical utilities in North America.

Mayor Scarpitti believes in providing exceptional service and investing in vital infrastructure while keeping tax rate increases low. Over the past 6 years, three major community centres were built – the Cornell Community Centre & Library, the Markham Pan Am Centre and the Aaniin Community Centre & Library; that’s something that has never been done in Markham’s history. He also a strong advocate for improving the overall rapid transit network across the GTA, including the Yonge Subway Extension to Highway 7.

Markham is now an award-winning, municipal leader in sustainability. Under Mayor Scarpitti’s tenure, the City of Markham has advanced its Digital Markham Strategy, including internet voting with a record number of voters voting online in the last municipal election.

Mayor Scarpitti led the creation of Markham’s Diversity Action Plan “Everyone Welcome” and helped introduce the York Region’s Inclusion Charter in his role as Co-Chair of the Community Partnership Council.

Mayor Scarpitti gives his time to a number of non-profit organizations related to health, social programs, arts and culture. As Co-Chair of Markham Stouffville Hospital’s Capital Campaign, his efforts contributed to surpassing the hospital's $50 million fundraising goal.

Mayor Scarpitti and his wife Nancy have three children.

Jennifer Keesmaat

Former Chief City Planner
The Keesmaat Group

Jennifer Keesmaat

Jennifer is an internationally recognized award-winning urban planner, entrepreneur, and the former Chief Planner of the City of Toronto. A Distinguished Visitor in Residence Emeritus at the University of Toronto, Jennifer is the urban affairs contributor to Maclean’s magazine, and is the CBC’s urban affairs specialist. In 2017, Keesmaat was appointed to the Urban Development Authority International Panel of Experts in Singapore.

Jennifer’s TED talks include Walk to School, Own Your City, and Taxes, Democracy and our Shared Interest – and her widely acclaimed podcast can be found at invisiblecitypodcast.com.

In 2018, Keesmaat ran for Mayor in the City of Toronto on a progressive, visionary platform that called for more affordable rental housing, more neighbourhood-based policing, and redesigning streets to promote safety.

Today, Keesmaat heads up The Keesmaat Group. With her team of city-building experts, she provides inspiration through public speaking, and delivers impact through her consulting services pertaining to creating complete, walkable communities. She is currently advancing developments across the country.

Marianne Meed Ward

City of Burlington

Marianne Meed Ward

Mayor Marianne Meed Ward was elected as the 29th mayor of Burlington, Ontario in October of 2018. She is also the second woman to hold that position in Burlington’s history.

Mayor Meed Ward is working hand in hand with Burlington City Council to build a city that grows and thrives. In launching the Mayor’s Red Tape Red Carpet Task force in early 2019, she is partnering with local businesses to identify the challenges to business expansion and attraction and remove them.

In the first budget under her leadership, the City of Burlington approved the lowest tax increase at the city level in 8 years while still investing in services like transit, infrastructure and tree planting. She has already implemented several measures to protect Burlington’s environment, including a new private tree protection bylaw and the declaration of a Climate Emergency.

In her commitment to responsible future growth and development in Burlington, she is overseeing initiatives that will ensure growth happens in the right places and at the right scale.

On her path to becoming Mayor, Marianne served as a Burlington city councillor for 2 consecutive terms, from 2010 to 2018. Prior to her career in politics, Marianne worked for 22 years as a journalist for clients including the Toronto Sun, Vision TV, CBC, CHCH news, Chatelaine, Ryerson University and more, committed to keeping people informed about the issues and information that impact their lives.

She lives in Burlington with her husband, 3 children, and their Wheaten terrier, Boston.

Rob Burton

City of Oakville

Rob Burton

Mayor Rob Burton won re-election to a fourth term as Oakville’s Mayor in October 2018. Working alongside Council and staff, he has focused on controlling growth, keeping debt and taxes low, protecting green space and the environment and developing more community facilities to meet the needs of the community.

Prior to running for public office, Mayor Burton was best known for starting YTV and had a successful career as a businessman, director and producer in journalism, film and television.

During his time in office, Mayor Burton has helped establish many groundbreaking initiatives that protect the built and natural environment in Halton and Oakville, as well as the community’s health, safety and wellbeing. These include the Oakville and Halton Natural Heritage Systems, the Town Energy Management Plan, the Health Protection Air Quality By-law, the new official plans Livable Oakville and Sustainable Halton, the Emerald Ash Borer Management Program, as well as the Oakville Climate Change Adaptation Plan and the North Oakville Urban Forest Strategic Management Plan.
Mayor Burton co-chairs the Municipal Leaders for the Greenbelt. Environmental Defence Canada calls him the greenest mayor in Canada.

Mayor Burton is also a member of the Compact of Mayors and chair’s Halton Region’s Police Services Board and Health and Social Services Standing Committee, the Ontario Auto Mayors and the Canadian Nuclear Technology Mayors Association. He serves on the boards of Halton Healthcare Services, Halton Community Housing Corporation, Oakville Hydro and the Oakville Downtown BIA. He is an avid supporter of local sports, arts and charitable organizations across Oakville.

Mayor Burton and his wife Wendy have called Oakville home since 1994. They have three grown children.

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