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John Henry

Regional Municipality of Durham
Regional Chair and CAO
BeSmart Executive Forum -Panel 3
Insight: Durham recently approved a Broadband Strategy and Action Plan to guide us toward a digitally-connected Region. Our society and economy increasingly rely on online interactions. The Region must embrace and enable this evolution to attract investment. Fast, effective broadband infrastructure is vital to internet-enabled data-driven technologies that now propel business growth. The Region’s competitiveness and ability to grow and diversify our economy depends on reliable digital connectivity. All levels of government play a role in ensuring investments in connectivity. Partnerships and collaboration will be essential to defining, developing and continuing to grow a broadband network to serve all of Durham.

Bio: Elected as Durham’s Regional Chair and CEO in 2018, John Henry served as the Mayor of Oshawa from 2010-2018, and Regional Councillor for Oshawa’s Ward 5 from 2006-2010. He has previously served as a member of the Regional Planning & Economic Development Committee, as Chair of the Durham Region Local Housing Corporation, member of the Durham Region Transit Executive Committee and the Durham Environmental Advisory Committee.

Born and raised in Oshawa and a dedicated volunteer, John has a vested interest in the future development, prosperity and quality of life for Durham residents, while keeping a close eye on fiscal responsibility.
John is a graduate of R.S. McLaughlin C.V.I., Durham College, George Brown College and Panasonic’s Corporate School. He is also a trained Industrial Fire Fighter, Ice Rescue Specialist and Dive Rescue Specialist.

Regional Chair Henry and his wife Katherine, a retired Pharmacist, have two daughters, Danielle who is a Speech Pathologist and Jessica, who is an Officer for the Royal Canadian Army and working towards a degree in Dentistry at McGill University.