Mike was born and raised in downtown Toronto and is proud to call the Christie Pits neighbourhood his home.
Over the last two terms, Mike has made major inroads at City Hall and in our neighbourhoods fighting to improve the lives of Ward 19 residents, and those living and working across the City. Working together with you, he’s been a champion for affordable housing in our all our communities, fighting climate change, public transit improvements in under-serviced areas, safe cycling infrastructure ward and City-wide, new and improved parkland especially in the park deficient areas of Ward 19, expanding community services such as childcare, promoting local arts and culture, and combatting our growing overdose crisis through his role on the Board of Health.
Mike has led the development of a number of creative new initiatives including: Toronto’s Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) funding energy efficiency and renewable energy projects on Toronto buildings, pressing the province to give Toronto Inclusionary Zoning powers to mandate affordable housing in new development, the Toronto Music Advisory Council, and the Cask Force – a joint City and industry advisory committee working to support and promote Toronto’s craft beer industry.
Mike served as co-chair for the Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee where he led efforts to declare 2014 the year of Truth and Reconciliation, the inclusion of the acknowledgement of traditional territory in City Council, the development of a Toronto Aboriginal employment strategy, the establishment of an Aboriginal Affairs Office, and other initiatives related to reconciliation.
Mike is active on national bodies including the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence Cities Initiative, and the National Zero Waste Council. Prior to being elected as City Councillor, Mike worked at Environmental Defence, one of Canada’s leading environmental charities. In that role, he worked to protect the Great Lakes and make Ontario a leader in green energy and jobs. He holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies, with an Urban Planning Specialty. He is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University where he has taught Canadian local government.
Mike was twice voted “Best City Councillor” by NOW Magazine readers. He lives in the Christie Pits neighbourhood with his wife Brett Tryon and his daughters Phoebe and Chloe Layton.