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Thomas R. Webster - Chief Administrative Officer

Tom WebsterAppointed in 2005, Tom has worked closely with the Mayor and Council building an organization focused on excellence.  Ensuring that first class programs and services are provided to existing residents and positioning the Town for substantial development as one of Ontario’s preeminent “Places to Grow”, are ongoing focus areas.

Tom has been instrumental in establishing a strategic approach to the Town’s operations and played a lead role in Councils’ adoption of several iterations of a Strategic Plan and various Master Plans, to guide the future community development.   In this regard, Tom has worked with the Province, Region and other stakeholders to co-ordinate the over $3 billion in infrastructure currently underway in East Gwillimbury.   During Tom’s tenure, the Town has been recognized nationally for its “Thinking Green” sustainability program, for municipal collaboration initiatives with other York Region Municipalities and more recently, awarded the ‘2018 Employee Recommended Workplace’ by the Globe and Mail, Morneau Shepell.

Before coming to East Gwillimbury, Tom held several positions in York Region.  He was responsible for management of the $2 billion annual operating and capital budget, was the lead in developing the Region’s Human Services Strategy and had direct responsibility for corporate communications, strategy program effectiveness and emergency management.

Prior experience at the City of Markham, City of Etobicoke and several years in the private sector, round out over thirty years of management experience.

Tom is greatly involved in community initiatives and has devoted countless hours to sports groups through coaching and youth leadership and is involved in assisting non-profit agencies. Tom obtained an M.B.A. from McMaster University and holds a B.Comm. from the University of Toronto, a Professional Land Economist (PLE) designation and is a Certified Municipal Manager.

Mission Statement 

The Chief Administrative Officer is accountable to the Mayor and Council. Working closely with Council, the CAO provides strategic administrative leadership to the corporation and ensures key initiatives in the Strategic Plan are implemented. The CAO represents East Gwillimbury’s interests with other levels of government and external Stakeholders, including intergovernmental agencies. Building a staff team that is focused on results and ensuring the engagement of both residents and stakeholders are integral components of the CAO’s mandate.