The role of the Deputy Mayor is to act in place of the Mayor whenever the incumbent is unable to be present to perform his normal functions and duties. The Deputy Mayor may execute the powers of the Mayor’s Office at the Committee of the Whole and is a mandated Member of the Executive Committee.
Denzil Minnan-Wong is honoured to serve as Deputy Mayor for the City of Toronto and City Councillor for Ward 16, Don Valley East.
Denzil is a leader on Toronto City Council and in his community. Along with his role as Deputy Mayor, Denzil is also the Chair of the Striking Committee, the Employee and Labour Relations Committee, and the Civic Appointments Committee. He is the Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee and sits on the TTC Board, the Debenture Committee, the Committee of Revision, and is part of the Nominating Panel for Facilities and Finance and sits on the Board of Toronto Hydro.
In past terms of office, he has been the Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, Economic Development Committee, Parks and Recreation Committee and Culture Committee and has chaired the North York Community Council. He has also played important roles on the Employee and Labour Relations Committee, Planning and Transportation Committee, Community Services Committee, Works and Emergency Services Committee, Audit Committee, Toronto and Regional Conservation Board, the TTC Board, Toronto Library Board, the Toronto Financial Service Advisory Committee and the SARS Recovery Task Force.
In his role as Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, Denzil was instrumental in increasing investment in roads and bridges to record levels. He also led the push to privatize garbage west of Yonge St, saving the City approximately $88 million over the life of the contract. Under his watch, the City developed the Downtown Transportation Operations Study and Congestion Management Plan, and retimed hundreds of signal lights to allow traffic to flow more smoothly. He also championed the development of a safe and connected downtown bike lane network and saved the BIXI bike share program at no cost to the taxpayer.
As a strong believer in the need for greater transparency and accountability to the taxpayer, Denzil championed the establishment of Canada’s first municipal Auditor General. In 2014, he hosted a Roundtable on Procurement which recommended the establishment of a permanent working group on public procurement in the City. He was also in the forefront in initiating the first census of the homeless in our city. As the Chair of the Economic Development, Parks and Recreation and Culture Committee, he was able to deliver a balanced budget. As the Chair of the Council Staff Working Group for 311, Denzil saved the City millions of dollars.
(Information provided by Councillor for the 2014-2018 term of Council)