The Destination Markham Corporation is governed by a Board of Directors who are responsible for the overall stewardship and management of the Corporation.
Destination Markham Board of Directors
Mayor Frank Scarpitti
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 Vice-Chair of Transportation Services for York Region and sits on the Board of Directors for York Telecom Network. He serves as a member on the Alectra board, one of the largest municipally-owned electrical utilities in North America.
Mayor Scarpitti believes in providing exceptional service and investing in vital infrastructure while keeping tax rate increases low. Over the past 6 years, three major community centres were built – the Cornell Community Centre & Library, the Markham Pan Am Centre and the Aaniin Community Centre & Library; that’s something that has never been done in Markham’s history. He also a strong advocate for improving the overall rapid transit network across the GTA, including the Yonge Subway Extension to Highway 7.
Markham is now an award-winning, municipal leader in sustainability. Under Mayor Scarpitti’s tenure, the City of Markham has advanced its Digital Markham Strategy, including internet voting with a record number of voters voting online in the last municipal election.
Mayor Scarpitti led the creation of Markham’s Diversity Action Plan “Everyone Welcome” and helped introduce the York Region’s Inclusion Charter in his role as Co-Chair of the Community Partnership Council.
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.
Mayor Scarpitti and his wife Nancy have three children.
Susan Mandryk – Chair
Ms. Mandryk is the Senior Vice President of Marketing for MOVATI Athletic, a leader in premium lifestyle fitness. Prior to this, Ms. Mandryk held senior marketing positions at Cineplex Entertainment, CORUS Entertainment, Bell Media and American Express. Ms. Mandryk is also a member of the Marketing Committee of Destination Toronto.
Councillor Amanda Collucci (Ward 6)
Councillor Amanda Yeung Collucci (楊綺清) is the first Chinese female elected to the City of Markham Council. Councillor Collucci is also to be believed the first Chinese appointed as City of Markham Budget Chief in York Region. With her business experience and entrepreneurship over 20 years at IBM, she is an award-winning entrepreneur and a winner of the 2015 RBC Top 25 Immigrant Award.
Mr. Grad is the principal and operator of the Hilton Suites Toronto Markham and a seasoned accommodation provider. Mr. Grad is a community leader and supporter of a variety of charities and events in both the City of Markham and the Greater Toronto Area.
Shafik Jiwani, Secretary
Mr. Jiwani is an entrepreneur, executive, and an IT professional. He built an IT startup, and sold to a publicly traded company. He has working experience in North America, Middle East, UK, India, and Africa. Mr. Jiwani also owns a wellness business – Float Valley in Markham.
Councillor Andrew Keyes (Ward 5)
Andrew Keyes first moved to Markham with his family in 1999. He was elected as Markham Ward 5 Councillor in October 2018. Andrew is on a number of City Committees including Co-Chair of the Budget Committee, Co-Chair of Markham Enterprise Corporation, Co-Chair of Land, Building and Parks Committee and Destination Markham Board to name a few.
Aarti Patel, Treasurer
Ms. Patel is the Finance Director of Global Programs & Marketing at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Ms. Patel is a Chartered Accountant and is the Treasurer and Board of Director member of the York Region Food Network, and was previously the Treasurer and Board of Director member for the Woman’s Support Network of York Region.
Ms. Seaver is the principal and operator of Kate’s Garden, a boutique and gardening services company in Markham. Prior to that, Ms. Seaver was Vice President of Human Resources and Process Re-Engineering for both Connaught Labs and MAC Cosmetics. Ms. Seaver has a long history of creating, chairing, and implementing Markham-based events.
Mr. Thibeault is the Executive Director, Central Counties Tourism (RTO6), the provincially-funded not-for-profit dedicated to developing, supporting and promoting the tourism assets of York Region, Durham Region, and Headwaters Tourism Region. Mr. Thibeault has extensive tourism and Board of Director experience including; Tourism Industry Association of Ontario, Attractions Ontario and is a member of various committees with the Ministry of Tourism.
Councillor Khalid Usman (Ward 7)
Khalid Usman is Markham’s Ward 7 Councillor and Vice-Chair of the Economic Development and Culture Committee.. He is a chartered accountant with more than 40 years of business experience and received the Seniors Hall of Fame award in 2016 for his service and leadership in the community. He has been an active member of the Markham Race Relations Committee, a former Markham District Energy Board director and is currently a member of the York Regional Police Services Board.