Ward 18 Davenport
Councillor Mario Silva pursued his education at the University of Toronto and the Sorbonne University in Paris, France. At the University of Toronto he received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Political Science (International Relations) and Sociology. At the Sorbonne he received a Certificat de Langue Française. He was first elected to Toronto City Council in November of 1994. This election win was achieved during his first try at municipal politics in which he defeated an incumbent of 30 years.
During his first term in office he was selected as the Chair of the Economic Development Committee, a member of the Executive Committee, Neighbourhoods Committee, City Works Services Committee and many other boards and agencies, as well as being Acting Mayor from time to time.
Councillor Mario Silva was re-elected to the newly formed Toronto Mega-City Council in November 1997. He was appointed to the Urban Environment and Development Committee and the Economic Development Committee. Mario was elected to the new Greater Toronto Services Board, which was responsible for the co-ordination of government services across the newly amalgamated region. In 1999 Mario was appointed to the board of the newly amalgamated Toronto Hydro Company, the second largest municipal distribution utility in North America. In February 2000, Mario was appointed as an Executive Member to International Council for Local Environment Initiatives (ICLEI), a United Nations Agency. Mario was also a member of three local Business Improvement Areas, Toronto Arts Council, Canadian Opera Company Tourism Toronto and he was board Vice-President of the Canadian National Exhibition.
In November 2000, Mario was re-elected for a third term as Toronto City Councillor. He was appointed as Vice-Chair of the Planning and Transportation Committee, Vice-Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission and Chair of the Exhibition Place. Councillor Silva is also a member of the Nominating Committee and French Committee and a Director of the International Film Festival and the Mount Sinai Hospital.
Mario is also a Director of Canadian Feed the Children, an association that deals with both national and international initiatives. This latest position is a natural continuation of the community activist work the he performed in his life before politics. Mario worked on behalf of many community initiatives including Immigration rights, Aids fundraising and awareness, Non-Profit Housing, teaching of English as a second language as well as many other projects. He is committed to the Arts, Labour issues, Urban Renewal and Intensification.
Mario is a committed and dedicated individual who always puts the interest and concerns of his constituents first at City Hall.