Speaker Profiles

Frank Scarpitti

Frank Scarpitti

Mayor

City of Markham

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.

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