Speaker Profiles

The Honourable Maurizio Bevilacqua, P.C.

The Honourable Maurizio Bevilacqua, P.C.

Mayor of Vaughan

The Hon. Maurizio Bevilacqua, P.C. is currently serving his second term as Mayor of the City of Vaughan. Prior to becoming mayor he was a member of Parliament for 22 years and served in several roles including Minister of State for Finance, Minister of State for Science, Research and Development, as well as chairman of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. He is presently the chair of PowerStream Inc. and vice-chair of York Region Rapid Transit Corporation.

Mayor Bevilacqua holds the record for most votes ever received by a candidate in Canadian political history as well as most votes ever received by a municipal candidate in the history of the City of Vaughan. He is the recipient of numerous awards including “Premio Italiani nel Mondo” awarded by the Italian Government to individuals of Italian heritage who have served as outstanding role models; The State of Israel Bonds Canada, for his contribution to improving labour-management relations; and in recognition of his work advancing Canada/US relations, he was presented with the Key to the City of Dallas.

On October 27, 2014, Mayor Bevilacqua was re-elected in a record-setting victory that garnered eight out of every ten votes. As mayor, he implemented the historic Vaughan Accord, a 12-point document which commits Vaughan Council to the values of mutual respect and cooperation in governance, as well as Program Review, a line-by-line analysis of City programs and expenditures to ensure their responsible and efficient management. He has also introduced the Public Service Renewal program focused on providing excellence in the administration of the City, and in his second term successfully worked to bring professional sports to Vaughan with the TFCII USL Pro League soccer team. As a strong supporter of local charities and community groups, through his fundraising initiatives he has helped more than 100 organizations continue to deliver their important services. His vision of Vaughan as a world-class city has set new standards in city-building and redefined the political landscape in Vaughan.

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