Bruce Macgregor announces intention to step down following more than 16 years as York Region Chief Administrative Officer
Newmarket – Bruce Macgregor, Chief Administrative Officer for The Regional Municipality of York, has informed members of York Regional Council and Regional staff his intention to step down following more than 16 years in his current position.
His last day as CAO will be Friday, September 29, 2023.
Mr. Macgregor was appointed York Region CAO in May 2007, and since that time has overseen a rapidly growing municipality, providing services to more than 1.2 million residents with a combined annual operating and capital budget approaching $4 billion. He currently leads a staff complement of 5,000 full time and part-time employees.
Through fostering a culture of continuous improvement and excellence in public service, Mr. Macgregor has provided clear and credible advice to Council and Boards to inform evidence-based decision-making. He is known for his collaborative skills and solution-based orientation.
Accomplishments include introducing and sustaining a long-range vision-inspired Strategic Plan to coincide with successive terms of Council, creating and maintaining multi-year budgeting, providing overall direction to inform Council decisions on large infrastructure, staffing, budget and policy initiatives and liaising with provincial ministries, agencies and associations to advance legislative and policy decisions.
“I have had the pleasure of working directly alongside Mr. Macgregor since becoming Chairman in 2014 and long before that as a member of Council. It has been an honour to have him in the role of CAO, providing a steady hand and outstanding advice,” said Wayne Emmerson, York Region Chairman and CEO. “On behalf of Regional Council, I thank Bruce for his service and wish him and his family all the best in his next chapter.”
With a Bachelor of Applied Science degree (Civil Engineering) from the University of Toronto and completion of an Executive Program from Queen’s University, Mr. Macgregor previously held the role of Commissioner, Transportation and Works, at York Region from 2005 to 2007, Commissioner, Engineering and Public Works at the Town of Richmond Hill from 2000 to 2005 and Director, Water and Wastewater, at York Region from 1995 to 2000.
“This is a bittersweet moment for me and there is never a right or perfect time to step away from a progressive municipality,” said Mr. Macgregor. “It has been a privilege for me to serve Council, our staff and the residents of York Region. I’m quite confident York Region’s great reputation will endure well beyond my time as CAO.”
Planning for Mr. Macgregor’s successor is underway.
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Director, Corporate Communications, The Regional Municipality of York