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City of Brampton appoints Director of Municipal Transition and Integration to prepare for independence from Peel Region

On May 18, 2023, the Government of Ontario introduced Bill 112, Hazel McCallion Act (Peel Dissolution), 2023 with the intent to make Brampton, Caledon, and Mississauga single-tier municipalities and dissolve the Region of Peel by January 1, 2025.  The City of Brampton is committed to remaining a strong and prosperous community as it transitions to becoming a single-tier municipality. To help with this transition, Christopher Ethier has been appointed as the Director of Municipal Transition and Integration to serve as the key leader overseeing engagement between the provincial Transition Board and the City. Chris will lead the City’s Internal Core Team that will bring forward proposals and recommendations to Council and Corporate Leadership Team. Mr. Ethier will be joined by Vincent Rodo, Director, Organizational Performance and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, to lead the preparation for Brampton’s independence from Peel Region.

Marlon Kallideen, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Brampton, said, “We are at a pivotal moment in Brampton’s history, and these two appointments will support our transition to a successful, sustainable single-tier municipality. Vincent and Christopher bring a wealth of knowledge that will guide our preparations for the dissolution of the Region of Peel, and I am confident they are best suited to lead Brampton through this transition.”

These appointments exemplify Brampton’s unwavering commitment to a smooth and stable transition towards independence. Mr. Ethier and Mr. Rodo, together bring a wealth of knowledge of government process and advocacy, and financial management experience to their respective roles, ensuring Brampton continues to evolve as a dynamic city. In addition to these two appointments, the City of Brampton has also selected its Internal Core Team who will support decision-making and provide subject matter expertise and recommendations to City Council on matters related to the independence of the city.

“I am honoured to take on the role of Director of Municipal Transition and Integration. Brampton is poised for an exciting future, and I look forward to contributing to this historic endeavour,” said Ethier.

Rodo said, “I am pleased to help guide our internal team through the City’s transition to independence – ensuring a consistent framework for excellent service delivery both now and in the future. Together, with a team of talented and dedicated employees, we will build a prosperous Brampton for generations to come.”

About Christopher Ethier

Mr. Ethier Joined the City of Brampton in 2022 and has worked to enhance intergovernmental engagement and partnerships with all levels of government on City of Brampton strategic priorities. He brings nearly 20 years of experience in public affairs, government relations, policy development, and issues management at the federal and municipal level.

Mr. Ethier has held several leadership positions in diverse areas, which include leading a team that undertook a federal government-wide review of science and research, the creation of the position of Chief Science Advisor, Canada’s Fundamental Science Review, and cross collaboration on federal, provincial and territorial agreements.

Mr. Ethier’s recent involvement and advocacy in helping to secure the federal government’s Housing Accelerator Fund agreement with the City is a testament to his collaborative spirit and proven leadership.

About Vincent Rodo

Mr. Rodo joined the City of Brampton in 2017 as Director of Transit Operations and Maintenance. Through his leadership on several key transit initiatives, Mr. Rodo has contributed to the exponential growth in ridership and service over the past several years.

Mr. Rodo brings over 35 years of experience in the transit industry and leadership through serving as the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer with the Toronto Transit Commission.

Mr. Rodo holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, CPA, CMA and Chartered Director designations. His experience in the efficient operation of vital local services demonstrates his ability to lead Brampton to becoming a single-tier municipality.

The dissolution process, with the support of the Transition Board working collaboratively with the Brampton Team will help ensure a fair outcome for the three municipalities that prioritizes the preservation of frontline services and workers, respect for taxpayers and government efficiency.

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