A seasoned administrator will steer the City of Markham through the next decade of fast-paced, intensive growth.

Arvin Prasad has been appointed development services commissioner, effective May 7. He brings to Markham nearly 30 years of experience in local, regional and corporate planning areas and a passion for creating dynamic, complete, transit-oriented communities. Most recently, he was the integrated planning director for the Region of Peel, where he previously served as planning policy director and research and senior policy advisor in the office of the Chief Administrator Officer (CAO). He has also held various management positions with Halton Region and the Town of Halton Hills. Prasad replaces long-time commissioner Jim Baird, who recently retired.

“Arvin brings with him valuable experience at the regional level, with a focus on innovation in planning,” said Mayor Frank Scarpitti, in a news release. “He is a proactive and visionary leader and will be instrumental in steering Markham through the next decade of fast-paced, intensive growth.”

Armed with a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Urban and Regional Planning and a Masters of Public Administration in Local Government, Prasad made significant contributions to Peel’s Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy and Long Term Financial Plan.

“Arvin is a seasoned administrator with an excellent reputation for team building and developing strong leaders,” says Markham CAO Andy Taylor.