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Frank Scarpitti

Mayor of Markham

Mayor Frank Scarpitti was elected as Mayor of Markham in 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018.

He is Markham’s second longest serving Mayor.

Mr. Scarpitti was first elected to Markham Council in 1985, as a Regional Councillor. In total, the people of Markham have elected him nine times. He has served on both the Councils of the City of Markham and York Region for 30 years.

Mayor Scarpitti serves on York Regional Council and is the current Chair of York Region Rapid Transit Corporation (VIVA Transit). He is also Co-Chair of the Community Partnership Council, Vice-Chair of Transportation Services for York Region and sits on the Board of Directors for York Telecom Network.

He serves as a member of the board of Alectra, one of the largest municipally-owned electrical utilities in North America.

Mayor Scarpitti gives his time to a number of non-profit organizations related to health, social programs, arts and culture. As Co-Chair of Markham Stouffville Hospital’s Capital Campaign, his efforts contributed to surpassing the hospital’s $50 million fundraising goal.

He led Markham’s initiative to secure the Markham Pan Am Centre and attract a Markham campus for York University.

He is a strong advocate of internet voting, used in Markham since the 2003.

Mayor Scarpitti and his wife Nancy have three children.

Frank Scarpitti

Bob Saroya

M.P. Markham-Unionville

Bob Saroya was first elected to the House of Commons on October 19th, 2015 to represent the riding of Markham-Unionville. He was re-elected in 2019. He currently serves as the on the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration.

Mr. Saroya was born in India and immigrated to Canada over 40 years ago. After arriving in Canada with just $7 in his pocket, he became a successful entrepreneur and served as a corporate director for a multi-billion dollar Canadian company.

His passion for public service led him to volunteer for several local charities in York Region. In his spare time, he meets with and mentors new immigrants.

Mr. Saroya is married to the love of his life, Roopa and together they have three children: Rohin, Tarun and Shalin.

Mr. Saroya prides himself as being a constituent-focused representative, and personally returns many calls and e-mails on a regular basis.

Bob Saroya