Councillor Paul Ainslie, Scarborough Guildwood Ward 24, City of Toronto
As an effective member of Toronto City Council, Paul brings a broad perspective to City Hall, with more than 20 years of experience at the Federal, Provincial and Municipal levels of government; an edge when navigating through public policy.
As Chair of Toronto’s General Government and Licensing Committee, Paul has over the years worked to update the City of Toronto's use of technology to enhance services to all Toronto residents, while encouraging a more accountable accessible government.
As Chair of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries, Paul strives to ensure the library has an open positive environment where residents can gather to learn, have fun and partake in programming. During Paul's tenure as Chair of the Toronto Public Library Board, the library has added many social media tools to their portfolio, reaching out to residents in a modern and comprehensive manner making the library more accessible.
As Chair of the Board of Management of the Toronto Zoo, Paul is working hard to uphold Toronto Zoo’s mission to provide a living centre for education and science, committed to providing compelling guest experiences and inspiring passion to protect wildlife and habitats.
Paul envisions a City where all residents have the tools to access an open, accessible, transparent, and accountable local government. Paul hopes this will build public trust and confidence in our municipal government.
Having a strong belief in the value of public service, Paul has been involved in several City of Toronto and community organizations including, the Rouge Valley Health Systems (Centenary Campus) Buy a Bed Campaign as Co-Chair with his wife Janet, Scouts Canada, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Knights of Columbus, Friends of Fort York, Chair of the Toronto Public Library Board, Past-Chair, Parks and Environment Standing Committee - Past -Chair, Government Management Standing Committee – Past Chair, Scarborough Community Council-Past Chair, Corporate Nominating Panel - Toronto Zoo - Executive Committee, Striking Committee, Committee of Revision, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), Rouge Park Alliance, Guild Park Advisory Committee, Guild Renaissance Group and the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration Steering Committee.
Among the many issues facing the Ward and City, Paul believes all residents should be engaged so they feel connected to their community. Born and raised in Scarborough East, Paul is married with three children.
Toronto City Council
Scarborough Community Council
City of Toronto Executive Committee
General Government and Licensing Committee, Chair
Board of Management of the Toronto Zoo, Chair
Federation of Ontario Public Libraries Board of Directors, Chair
Ontario Good Roads Association Board of Directors
Toronto Hydro Corporation Board of Directors
Toronto Public Library Board of Directors
Toronto Hydro Electrical Systems Board of Directors
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority Board of Directors
Council Advisory Body - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Two-Spirit (LGBTQ2S+)
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
Municipal Finance-Intergovernmental Arrangements Committee, FCM Standing Committee
Social Economic Development Committee, FCM Standing Committee
Ontario Regional Caucus, FCM
Canadian National Exhibition Association Board of Directors and Municipal Section
Guild Renaissance Group Board of Directors
Guild Park and Gardens Resource Group
Haliburton Club, Board of Directors, Past Chair
1st Centenary Scout Troop Leader, Scouts Canada
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