The Regional Municipality Of York


York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson

NEWMARKET – Chairman Wayne Emmerson is a fifth generation resident of The Regional Municipality of York and the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville.

He was appointed as York Region Chairman and CEO at the Inaugural meeting of the 2014 to 2018 term on December 11, 2014. 

Chairman Emmerson has more than two decades of political experience, most recently as Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville Mayor for 17 years.

Focused on getting results, his experience and leadership is well- respected across York Region and all levels of government.

During his 17 years on York Regional Council, he served on various standing committ ees  including Finance and Administration, Housing and Children and Family Services, as well as numerous task forces such as Fire Services and Solid Waste.

Chairman Emmerson has also served on various transit-related committees and was the Chair of York Region’s Transportation Services for eight years between 2006 and 2014. He is committed to advancing the foundation of work being done across York Region to efficiently move people from their key destinations of choice.

In his capacity as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of York Region, he is also an ex-officio member of all Regional Committees.

Chairman Emmerson has also served as a Board member for a number of organizations including Markham-Stouffville Hospital, GTA Mayors’ Committee, Greater Toronto Services Board and the Greater Airport Authority Association.

Working alongside York Regional Police, the Toronto Region Conservation Authority, various celebrities and other community agencies and organizations, he was instrumental in the development of York Region’s Community Safety Village, a nationally recognized 10,000 square foot interactive, educational facility where children learn about fire, traffic and personal safety.

Prior to becoming Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville Mayor in 1994, he was a Town Councillor from 1988 to 1994. Chairman Emmerson is the sixth Regional Chairman in the 44-year history of The Regional Municipality of York and the second Regional Chairman to come from the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville. Eldred King, York Region’s fourth Chairperson (1984 to 1997), was also a resident of Whitchurch-Stouffville.

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Media Contact:    Patrick Casey, Corporate Communications, The Regional Municipality of York 
Phone:  905-830-4444 ext. 71235 or Cell: 905-715-8211 Email:

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