December 13, 2007

The Regional Municipality of York hires two new commissioners

Commissioners of new Transportation Services and Environmental Services departments


NEWMARKET – York Regional Council today confirmed the hiring of Kathleen Llewellyn-Thomas as Commissioner of the Region’s Transportation Services department and Erin Mahoney as Commissioner of Environmental Services department.  Both positions are effective January 21, 2008.


“On behalf of York Regional Council, I would like to welcome Kathleen and Erin to our corporation.  Both have a distinguished history in management and will be tremendous assets for our Region,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “Kathleen brings a wealth of engineering, planning and housing development experience from a 26-year career with the City of Toronto, and Erin brings equally impressive credentials in environmental engineering through a 20-year career in consulting engineering.”


Kathleen Llewellyn-Thomas, P. Eng


Kathleen Llewellyn-Thomas joins the Region after an exemplary career at the City of Toronto, where she most recently served as Director of Affordable Housing Development in the Deputy City Manager’s Office.  Kathleen has an extensive background in infrastructure and transportation planning, engineering design, municipal management and public housing.  Her duties at the city included:



Kathleen is a professional engineer with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University.


Erin Mahoney, B. Sc, M. Eng


Erin Mahoney joins the Region after a distinguished career with an internationally-recognized environmental engineering services company, where she most recently served as Vice President of National Environmental Business.  Erin has an extensive background in private sector management, business operations and consulting in the field of environmental engineering.  Her previous duties included:



Erin holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Western Ontario.


The hiring of two new Commissioners follows a recommendation to Regional Council to split the duties of the former Transportation and Works department into two separate departments.  Transportation Services is responsible for Roads and Transit, while Environmental Services is responsible for Water, Wastewater and Solid Waste Management.


“With impeccable credentials and extensive history in engineering and management, Kathleen and Erin are a welcome addition to our Senior Management team,” said York Region Chief Administrative Officer Bruce Macgregor.  “As a progressive organization that is managing a number of complex growth and environmental issues, Kathleen and Erin’s extensive background and skills are vital for our corporation.”


Work and Education profile for Kathleen Llewellyn-Thomas, P. Eng


·         Director, Affordable Housing Development, Deputy City Manager’s Office, Toronto (2005-present)

·         Director, Development Engineering, Works and Emergency Services department, Toronto (2001-2005)

·         Director, District Engineering Services, Works and Emergency Services department, Toronto (1998-2001)

·         Manager, Planning and Design, Metro Transportation department, Toronto (1996-1998)

·         Manager, Infrastructure Planning, Metro Transportation department, Toronto (1994-1996)

·         Manager, Environmental Assessment and Special Studies, Metro Transportation department, Toronto (1988-1994)

·         Planning Engineer, Planning Branch, Metro Roads and Traffic, Toronto (1982-1988)

·         Planner, Transportation Planning, Metro Planning, Toronto (1981-1982)



Work and Education profile for Erin Mahoney, B. Sc., M. Eng


·         Vice President, National Environmental Business, Earth Tech Canada (2005-present)

·         Vice President, Canada East District, Earth Tech Canada (2003-2005)

·         Vice President, Business Unit Manger, Northeast Region, Earth Tech Canada (2001-2003)

·         Various roles, Proctor & Redfern Ltd. (subsequently purchased by Earth Tech Canada) (1987-2001)

·         Manager, Environment, Health and Safety, Standard Products Canada Limited (1985-1987)



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Media Contact:         Patrick Casey, Director, Corporate Communications, York Region

                                 Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 1235 or Cell 905 715-8211


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