Former Toronto City Councillor and Member of Parliament Adam Vaughan has joined Navigator as a Principal.
Adam has spent his entire career in service to his community, first as a journalist and then in politics. He was first elected to Toronto City Council as councillor for Ward 20 (Trinity-Spadina) in 2006. Then, in 2014, he was elected to the House of Commons as MP for Spadina-Fort York, a seat he held until he left federal politics last year.
Adam brings to the firm his lived experience in media, politics and public policy – especially in the fields of housing, homelessness and early childhood education. At City Hall, he played a key role in reforming city planning and making public housing a policy priority. Adam has also served on the Boards of the Toronto Arts Council, The Art Gallery of Ontario, Artscape, Harbourfront Centre and the Toronto Public Library Board as well as the Toronto Police Services Board.
In Ottawa, Adam twice served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Children, Families and Social Development, which allowed him to play a lead role in designing and delivering Canada’s National Housing Strategy, including the rewriting of Canada’s federal response to homelessness. He also assisted in the development of the new National Childcare and Early Learning Strategy and has served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs and to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development for Housing and Urban Affairs.
Before politics, Adam was a journalist for CityTV, CP24, CBC Radio & Television as well as CKLN-FM. He has covered Parliament Hill, Queen’s Park and City Hall and primarily focused on housing and municipal issues. He has written for the Toronto Star, Now Magazine and Toronto Life.
In recognition of his lifelong commitment to housing and developing Canada’s urban agenda, Adam was recently appointed to the University of Toronto’s School of Cities as Distinguished Fellow – a position he will maintain as he begins his work with Navigator.
Adam is married to Nicole Anatol, together they have four children.