Tom Jakobek has been a driving force for change in Toronto’s political scene for the past 20 years
For ten of those years Tom Jakobek was highly effective as Toronto’s Budget Chief and used his municipal financing expertise to deliver nine consecutive ZERO tax increases.
In 2000 Tom Jakobek took a break from political life to pursue a life-long interest in heath-care. During this time Tom also served as VICE PRESIDENT, Business and Facility Development at the TORONTO EAST GENERAL HOSPITAL. In December 2000 Tom Jakobek graduated from the University of Toronto with a Masters in Health Sciences.
Tom Jakobek has always lived in Toronto and along with his loving wife, Deborah, he has raised four children; two boys and twin girls.
Continually active in his service to the community, Tom Jakobek volunteers for an array of charitable organizations while managing a private family business.
Even during the most difficult times of his 10 years on city council as Toronto’s budget chief, Tom Jakobek protected our social safety net by demanding more for your tax dollar. He made sure that our essential services received more funding, not less, and he encouraged a continual improvement of those same services.
What Tom Jakobek has Done
BUDGET CHAIR/CITY COUNCILLOR
Jan. 1998-December 2000
BUDGET CHIEF/CITY COUNCILLOR
Nov. 1991-Dec. 1997
Co-Chair, Labour Relations Committee
Led a Committee, which was responsible for the City’s labour relations. Worked with 11 separate bargaining units, including the Police, the T.T.C., homes for the aged, ambulance, fire as well as CUPE 416 & 79.
PRESIDENT CIVIC DEVELOPMENT OF TORONTO & CIVTOR DEVELOPMENTS OF TORONTO
Specifically appointed as President to disengage the City from any liability or further losses in two affordable housing joint ventures.
COMMISSIONER, CHAIRMAN, Toronto Transit Commission: Wheel Trans Consumer Usage Project
GREATER TORONTO SERVICES BOARD
Jan. 1998- Dec. 2000
MEMBER, BOARD OF DIRECTORS — TORONTO HARBOUR COMMISSION
Dec. 1997-May 1999
BOARD MEMBER — METRO TORONTO HOUSING AUTHORITY
April 1999-Sept., 2001
MEMBER — TORONTO DISTRICT HEALTH COUNCIL
A Provincial appointment to the Toronto District Health Council.
A great sense of community leadership gained through active participation in community-oriented organizations, including:
Member, Canadian College of Health Service Executives
Director, Cerebral Palsy Association
Honourary Director, Providence Villa (Home for the Aged)