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John W. Livey FCIP

John Livey has over 40 years of municipal, regional and provincial experience.  Mr. Livey has worked with the City of Toronto, Town of Markham, Region of York, the former Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto and the Province of Ontario.
Mr. Livey holds an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science degree and a Masters of Sciences in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Toronto.  In 2005, he completed the Public Executive Program at Queen's University.

In his current role as Deputy City Manager, City of Toronto, Mr. Livey is responsible for corporate oversight, administrative governance and coordinating city-wide initiatives and projects.  His portfolio includes water, transportation, solid waste management, engineering and construction services, city planning, fire, building, emergency management, municipal licensing & standards, capital infrastructure coordination as well as the Waterfront Secretariat.

From 2000 to 2011, Mr. Livey served as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Markham, and as President of Markham Enterprises Corporation which holds Markham's shares in Power Stream and Markham District Energy.  Under his leadership, Markham has achieved PEP Level III and has been awarded the Canadian Award of Excellence (Silver) by Excellence Canada (NQI).

Prior to his role in Markham, Mr. Livey was the Commissioner of Planning and Development Services for the Regional Municipality of York (1992-1999).  Under his direction, York Region adopted its first Official Plan.

In January of 1996, Mr. Livey completed an eight-month secondment as Executive Director to the GTA Task Force.  The Task Force's report set out 51 recommendations on how to create a secure, prosperous and sustainable future for Greater Toronto.

Prior to that, John Livey was the Director of the Policy Development Division for the Metropolitan Toronto Planning Department.  John provided leadership in the development of the 1992 Official Plan, emphasis on making Metro Toronto the "Liveable Metropolis".

Mr. Livey has also served on many boards throughout his career, most notably as the First President of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (1986) and a Board Member for the Ryerson University Planning Program Advisory Board (1991 to 1995).

Mr. Livey is a Fellow and a Past-President of the Canadian Institute of Planners, and the first President of the Society for Conflict Resolution in Ontario.

Mr. Livey has been involved with a number of non-profit organizations:
  • Board of Directors, Centre for Sustainable Transportation (1990-1993)
  • Campaign Cabinet Chair, United Way of York Region (2000 & 2001)
  • Board of Directors, United Way of York Region (2001-2006)
  • Board of Governors for National Quality Institute, now Excellence Canada (2004 to 2011)
  • Board of Directors for Markham Board of Trade (2005 - 2011)
  • Board of Directors for the YORKbiotech Inc. (2005 - 2011)
  • Board of Directors, Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation (2005 – 2011)