Steven Del Duca

Steven Del Duca

Steven Del Duca

[Note: The following is an unedited version of the candidate’s own words]

Steven has been a Director of the Vaughan Health Care Foundation since 2007 and served as Chair of the Foundation’s 2008 Fundraising Gala, which raised over $1 million to bring a hospital to Vaughan.

He is currently a Director of the Vaughan Health Campus of Care and, in this capacity, has worked on a number of important projects, including: securing funding from York Region for area hospitals; and negotiating the collaboration agreement with York Central Hospital that will help obtain approval for a new Vaughan hospital.

Steven served as Co-Chair of the City of Vaughan’s Task Force on Democratic Participation and Renewal. It was mandated to consider all options to increase voter turnout for the 2010 election. The final Task Force report, which contained 16 groundbreaking recommendations, gained positive attention for the City when it was submitted to Council in late 2009. Since then, 14 of these recommendations have been adopted.

In December 2008, Steven authored a major Op-ed piece in The Toronto Star calling for a regional economic summit to help Vaughan and its surrounding municipalities deal with the economic crisis then engulfing the globe. He subsequently worked with a variety of individuals, organizations, and community leaders to formally establish the Greater Toronto Region Economic Summit.

Steven Co-Chaired the May 2009 event, which brought together Canada’s Minister of Finance, Premier of Ontario, and numerous GTA Mayors and Regional Chairs, with 200 top business, corporate and community leaders. The Summit produced twelve recommendations including: the creation of a GTA “war cabinet” composed of all mayors, regional chairs and economic development officers across the GTA who could work together to coordinate efforts across the region.

Steven’s community service has included serving as a Director of the Vitanova Foundation, as an assistant minor hockey coach with the Vaughan Panthers, Vaughan Kings and the City of Vaughan Hockey Association. He is currently a member of the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce.

In his professional career, Steven has developed an excellent knowledge of government and has a keen understanding of sound public policy and how it is developed.

He currently serves as the Director of Public Affairs for the Carpenters District Council of Ontario. Previously, Steven worked as Executive Assistant to Vaughan MPP Greg Sorbara and Special Assistant to then-Leader of the Opposition Dalton McGuinty. At the federal level, Steven served as a Senior Advisor to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and Minister responsible for Ontario and the GTA, the Minister of Immigration and the Minister of International Co-operation and Development.

Steven obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2007, and he studied Political Science and Canadian History at the University of Toronto and Carleton University in the early 1990s.

Steven first moved to Vaughan in 1987 with his parents and siblings. Today, he and his wife, together with their two year old daughter and their two dogs, live in Woodbridge.

Top Five Priorities

  1. Bringing a hospital to Vaughan as soon as possible
  2. Enhancing customer service at city hall – phone calls should be returned and elected officials and city staff must be more responsive and have more respect for residents
  3. Ensuring that tax dollars are spent wisely – reduce and/or eliminate waste and inefficiency
  4. Restoring integrity and transparency to city hall – time for positive change and time for a council that residents can be proud of so that Vaughan’s reputation can be restored
  5. Traffic gridlock and traffic safety – more public transit is needed along major routes and more traffic-calming measures and policing of roads is needed in residential neighbourhoods

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