Chair, Research and Professional Practices Committee

Brenda Librecz

Commissioner, Community and Fire Services, City of Markham


Municipal Experiences:

  • 27 Years Experience in Municipal Senior Management
  • 2008 to Current:Commissioner of Community & Fire Services – City of Markham since 2008 with responsibilities for following municipal services:Roads, Parks, Waste Management, Waterworks,Culture, Recreation, Libraries, Asset Management, and Fire & Emergency Services
  • 2004 to 2008:General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation – City of Toronto – responsible for $300 million dollar annual operating budget and 5,000 staff in Parks, Recreation and Forestry including park design and construction.Creation of ‘Our Common Grounds’ Strategic Plan.
  • 1998 to 2004:Executive Director of Economic Development – City of Toronto – completion of amalgamation of services and development of strategic plan for new City of Toronto.Areas of responsibility – business attraction, business retention, small business development and Business Improvement Areas, Investment attraction, research and business intelligence.
  • 1988 to 1998 -Senior Management positions including Executive Director and Commissioner of Economic Development – City of Scarborough - responsible for business development and overall economic strategy.Undertook international business attraction program with Hong Kong, China and Eastern Asia.


Membership on variety of Sector Related Boards:     Currently on the Board of University of Toronto – Campus Council for Scarborough Campus with membership on two committees:  Academic and Agenda Committees

Private Sector Experiences- Construction Sector

  • 1980 to 1988:HH Robertson Building System/Sentinel Aluminum Products – production management and project management


Educational Background:

  • Graduate of University of Toronto – Economics Degree
  • Graduate of Seneca College -Marketing Administration Diploma
  • University of Waterloo -Economic Development Program
  • Recognized by University of Toronto as one of their 175 Great Minds – 175 anniversary celebration.
  • Recognized by Seneca College:Nomination in 2015 for Premier Award for Community Services