First elected as an Alderman with the City of Scarborough in 1984, Councillor Brian Ashton represented the Scarborough waterfront for the past 26-years as a Scarborough, Metropolitan Toronto, and City of Toronto Councillor.
Throughout his career, he has had wide and varied responsibilities. From serving as Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission and the newly amalgamated City of Toronto's Economic Development and Parks Committee, as Vice-Chair of the Police Service Board, and serving on all major standing committees, Councillor Brian Ashton has brought his wisdom and experience to city life.
Brian has been involved in a number of economic development initiatives across the city, including initiating and chairing the City of Toronto's 2015 World Expo Steering committee. As Committee Chair responsible for Parks in the new amalgamated City, Brian launched an extensive review of the Park's portfolio culminating in the first comprehensive vision statement, Our Common Ground.
Brian demonstrated his financial and budgeting skills by taking from the concept stage to the final 2001 Report, The Single City Savings Task Force, a review of the city's finances and business practices. Brian was also instrumental in establishing in 2003 the Ad Hoc Committee for a Five-year Fiscal Plan with the goal of developing a blueprint for future budgeting.
In addition to his policy interests, Brian has also been instrumental in a number of community based initiatives, including Chairing the Metro Youth Task Force, the Special Committee on Firearms Control and the Social Development Strategy Task Force.
On the international stage, Councillor Ashton has represented the former Metropolitan Toronto Council and City of Toronto Council on Metropolis, an international organization of major world metropolises, and the International Union of Local Authorities - now United Cities and Local Government.
As a Councillor, Brian called each issue as he saw it, striking the fine balance between providing quality services and protecting the taxpayer. He is a firm believer that government has a positive role to play in people's lives, and brought this approach to each item before him as a legislator.
Brian brings energy, commitment, and creativity to all his challenges, and draws on years of hands-on experience in bringing people together in common cause.
Brian is currently President of the Canadian National Exhibition, and Director at East Metro Youth Services.
Brian lives with his wife and daughter in Scarborough.