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Markham 2020: What’s NXT

Markham 2020 What's NXT

Following the Markham 2020 Community Engagement process that involved a series of Public Open House meetings, Mayor Scarpitti hosted a City led event, Markham 2020: What's NXT on April 6th at the Flato Theatre. At this event, industry and thought leaders from TD Bank, York University, Seneca College and Scotiabank presented their ideas on the future of Markham.  We invite you to further explore the content of the event as follows: 

Video Vignettes 

Mayor Frank Scarpitti Remarks

Q&A session #1

Q&A session #2

Warren Jestin’s Remarks


Derek Burleton Presentation 

York University - Seneca College Videos


Public Qs & As 

Q&A Session Document

Presenters' Bios

York University President Dr. Mamdouh Shoukri

Mamdouh Shoukri, C.M., O.Ont., PhD, FCAE, P.Eng, was appointed the seventh President and Vice-Chancellor of York University on July 1, 2007.

Dr. Shoukri began his career in academia at McMaster University, where he joined the faculty in 1984. He served in a number of leadership roles there, including Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Vice-President Research & International Affairs.

Dr. Shoukri serves on the Ministry of Industry’s Space Advisory Board, the Boards of Directors of Universities Canada and the Loran Scholars Foundation, and is Chair of the Government and Community Relations Committee for the Council of Ontario Universities. He is a member of the Standing Advisory Committee on University Research (SACUR) for Universities Canada, and was a founding Board Member of the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and a member of the Ontario Research and Innovation Council (ORIC).

For his contributions to the flourishing of Ontario’s academic institutions as an engineer and administrator, Dr. Shoukri was named a Member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario in 2013, and awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal. He is a Senior Fellow of Massey College, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Shoukri’s scholarly interests are in thermo-fluid science, and he is the author or co-author of more than 120 papers that have appeared in refereed journals and symposia.

TD Bank Deputy Chief Economist Derek Burleton

Derek is Vice President and Deputy Chief Economist for TD Bank Group. In his role, he leads a team of economists that provides leading analysis on the Canadian economy and financial markets. Each year, he travels extensively across Canada, speaking at more than 50 events on economic and financial developments. As a respected commentator, Derek has been quoted by many media outlets – including the Globe and Mail, Financial Times and the Economist. He also is frequently interviewed on the radio and television.

Derek maintains a strong interest in Canadian public policy issues, and has written substantive reports on health care sustainability, education and immigration reform. He participates in a number of advisory and steering committees both internal and external to TD Bank Group and currently serves on the Board of the Toronto Association of Business Economists (TABE).
Derek Burleton received his Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University and an M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics. Derek has fifteen years of experience as an economist in the financial industry.

Seneca College President David Agnew

With extensive experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors, David Agnew became the fifth president of Seneca College in July 2009.

Under his leadership, Seneca has experienced record growth in enrolment and expanded its offerings in both undergraduate and graduate programs. One of the largest colleges in Canada, Seneca is growing its applied research, broadening international and corporate partnerships, investing in capital improvements and adopting an innovative academic direction to increase experiential, cross-disciplinary and flexible learning opportunities.

Mr. Agnew was Secretary to the Cabinet and head of the public service in the Government of Ontario, Canada from 1992 to 1995 after serving as Principal Secretary to the Premier. In 1995, he led the Public-Private Partnerships Project and was seconded to Massey College at the University of Toronto where he was a Senior Resident.

He was the President and CEO of UNICEF Canada, the first head of the organization recruited from outside the development sector. As Principal for the international consulting firm Digital 4Sight, he led the firm’s global research initiative on Government in the Digital Economy. In the co-operative sector, he was the Executive Vice-President and Corporate Secretary for the Credit Union Central of Ontario. Mr. Agnew was the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments, the national dispute resolution service for consumers and small businesses.

Mr. Agnew’s working life started in high school as a newspaper reporter in Toronto and he continued his journalism career in St. John’s, Ottawa and Edmonton, Canada. He was the gold medallist when he graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a B.A. in political science. Following his studies, he was a Parliamentary Intern at the House of Commons of Canada.

Mr. Agnew is the current Chair of the Colleges Ontario Committee of Presidents and serves on numerous other boards and committees including, The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), the Council on Foreign Relations’ Higher Education Working Group on Global Issues, CivicAction Steering Committee, ventureLAB’s Board of Directors, ontarionewswatch Advisory Board and Canadian Ditchley Foundation Advisory Board. He is past Chair of the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Board of Directors, former member of the federal government’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council and served on the campaign cabinet of the United Way of Toronto.

In 2012, Mr. Agnew received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his service to the community.

Former Scotiabank Senior Vice-President & Chief Economist Warren Jestin 

Warren Jestin is Scotiabank’s Chief Economist and has been with the Bank since 1979.  He manages a team of Economists providing research and support to Scotiabank’s domestic and international business lines and clients from retail to capital markets.  Warren travels extensively meeting with clients and external organizations to discuss the latest economic and financial market developments.

Reflecting his strong interest in policy and education, Warren is currently Chair of Ontario’s Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and serves on the boards of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, Seneca College and the Sobey School of Business. 

Warren is the Economist in Residence at the University of Guelph’s College of Management & Economics.

Warren has been a member of the C.D. Howe Institute’s Monetary Policy Council, the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education, the Learning Partnership, and the Markham Stouffville Hospital Board of Directors, where he is past Chair. He has also been involved with policy committees of the Canadian and Ontario Chambers of Commerce and the Toronto Board of Trade. 

Before joining Scotiabank, Warren earned a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, worked at the Bank of Canada and taught at several universities.


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Additional Information

Contact the City’s Economic Development Department at 905-475-4878.


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