April 6, 2021
The Region of Peel announces Gary Kent as the CFO and Commissioner of Corporate Services as of May 10, 2021. In this role, Gary joins the members of Peel’s Executive Leadership Team, and will be responsible for ensuring the Region remains financial sustainable while continuing to deliver a suite of excellent internal services.
Gary joins the Region from the City of Mississauga where he has worked for the past 25 years. For the last seven years, he held the position of Commissioner of Corporate Services and CFO. He has also held a senior role in COVID-19 response and recovery, participating on AMO-Provincial-TO COVID MOU sub-committee, as well as the FCM CFO table on financial impact which lead to Safe Start Funding.
Gary’s background includes a long list of educational and professional accreditations. Among them, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accountancy from Glasgow Caledonian University, designations of CPA and CGA as well as the Institute of Corporate Directors Designation (ICD.D). He has also won many distinguished awards, including Chartered Association of Certified Accountants Canadian Advocate of the year in 2019. Gary is an active contributor to the municipal sector sitting on several boards and committees, including the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators, AMO/ MFOA’s One Investment, Sheridan College’s Professional Advisory Committee and ACCA’s Public Sector Global Forum. He is currently CEO of Enersource Corporation.
“Gary brings extensive knowledge of municipal finances and a long history of successful leadership to his role as CFO and Commissioner of Corporate Services at the Region of Peel,” said Janice Baker, Chief Administrative Officer at the Region of Peel. “With his exemplary leadership experience and established financial expertise, I am confident that the Region will remain dedicated to sustainable financial management while continuing to deliver first-rate internal services. I would also like to thank Julie Pittini and Kathryn Lockyer for their consistent leadership in the Finance and Corporate Services departments during this time of transition. With Gary’s arrival, these two departments will merge, allowing us to capitalize on the strengths of both departments and build on an already collaborative culture in the delivery of integrated internal services.”
As Chief Financial Officer and Commissioner of Corporate Services, Gary will continue to ensure the Region of Peel remains a leader in financial management and internal services, maximizing the benefits of tax dollars and transforming them into valuable services for the community.