Ward 25 Don Valley West
Cliff Jenkins was elected as City Councillor for Ward 25 (Don Valley West) in 2003 and served until 2010.
Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Mr. Jenkins has a B.Sc. (in Mathematics) from McMaster University, an M.Sc. (in Mathematics) and a B.Ed. from the University of Toronto. Prior to his election, he had a distinguished 30-year career with IBM Canada Ltd, culminating as a Client Executive leading a team of marketing and support professionals in dealing with the business needs of a large client. In a volunteer capacity, he had served as President of his community association for 12 years and had coached baseball teams in the Willowdale Sports Club. Mr. Jenkins is married to Liz and has three adult sons — Neil, Scott and David.
As Councillor, he successfully advocated for election finance reform. Council adopted reforms to prohibit contributions from corporations and unions to the campaigns of candidates for election. The result is the reduction of undue influence on Council by special interest groups with interests in Council decisions. Freed from the possible consideration of past, present and future campaign contributions from such groups, Councillors can focus on the benefits to citizens when making decisions in Council.
As Councillor, he also successfully advocated for the stability and protection of the City's wonderful neighbourhoods and increased parkland. Council adopted several amendments to the City's Official Plan which strengthened its provisions for protecting the character of our stable residential neighbourhoods. Council also adopted a new harmonized Parkland by-law with provisions for increased parkland dedication.
Councillor Jenkins also advocated for a responsible and sustainable approach to the City's finances, as well as a focused approach by the City to strengthen its core infrastructure and core services, in order to create an attractive environment in the City for investment and prosperity.