The Regional Municipality Of York

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York Region's public sector fibre network is growing to meet current and future needs

Newmarket – York Regional Council announced the appointment of the Board of Directors and General Manager for YTN Telecom Network.

"Improved broadband is a key priority for York Regional Council," said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. "It is essential to attracting and maintaining our competitive business edge and can help enhance the live/work/play needs of our communities."

As part of the mandate to improve broadband access and quality across York Region, earlier this year, Council approved the incorporation of a York Region owned entity to operate the York Telecom Network (YTN). The entity will increase connectivity by working with public and private sector partners.

To further advance this work, Council approved the appointment of the following Board of Directors:

  • York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson
  • Mayor Virginia Hackson, Town of East Gwillimbury
  • Mayor Steven Pellegrini, Township of King
  • Mayor Margaret Quirk, Town of Georgina
  • Mayor A.J. (Tony) Van Bynen, Town of Newmarket
  • Mayor Frank Scarpitti, City of Markham
  • Mayor Geoffrey Dawe, Town of Aurora
  • Regional Councillor Jim Jones, City of Markham
  • Regional Councillor Gino Rosati, City of Vaughan

Additionally, York Regional Council also endorsed the recent appointment of Laura Bradley as General Manager for YTN. She has more than 25 years’ experience in the Canadian telecom industry as an engineer, business manager and consultant. For the past 15 years, a strong focus of her career has been spent working with municipalities and in rural broadband across Canada.

"Access to high-speed Internet is one of the grounding principles of York Region's Economic Development Action Plan," said City of Markham Regional Councillor Joe Li, Chair of Planning and Economic Development. "As York Region continues to grow, so do our opportunities to improve service for businesses, institutions and residents."

To further focus on improving connectivity across York Region, the Broadband & Innovation Summit will take place Friday, October 27, 2017 at Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suites in the Town of Richmond Hill. The annual event brings together industry leaders and local municipalities to highlight priorities, actions and measures for mobilizing York Region's broadband agenda.

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns, and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents, 50,000 businesses and 595,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at

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Media Contact:

Lauren Villani, Corporate Communications,
The Regional Municipality of York
Phone:  1-877-464-9675  ext. 71207
Cell: 905-251-6412

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