Toronto City Council appoints new Deputy City Managers for Development & Growth Services and Infrastructure Services

2023 June 14

Today, Toronto City Council approved the appointments of Jag Sharma as Deputy City Manager, Development & Growth Services, effective August 14, a new role in the City’s senior leadership structure, and Will Johnston as Deputy City Manager, Infrastructure Services, effective June 16. These appointments will report to City Manager Paul Johnson.

As Deputy City Manager, Development & Growth Services, Sharma will lead functions which include the City Planning, Housing Secretariat and Toronto Building divisions, as well as a soon to be established Development Review division, with a mandate to build more housing, faster.

Under the new Development & Growth Services, all roles responsible for development review will be centralized, allowing the City to streamline the process and reduce red tape.

This will enable the City to review and approve design plans faster, work better with property owners, developers, builders and other parties, and ultimately build more homes faster, filling an important and critical need for the residents of Toronto.

Sharma is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Toronto Community Housing (TCHC), where he leads the overall strategic direction for the organization and has implemented comprehensive reporting and financial management processes with a view to long term sustainability.  Prior to joining TCHC in August 2021, he was the Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Newmarket and the City Manager at the City of Oshawa. Sharma has also held leadership roles at the Ford Motor Company, Maple Leaf Foods and Canada Post Corporation. He holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Electrical Engineering from the General Motors, Engineering and Management Institute and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Queen’s University.

As Deputy City Manager, Infrastructure Services, Johnston will lead the City’s infrastructure portfolio which includes Engineering & Construction Services, Municipal Licensing & Standards, Toronto Emergency Management, Policy, Planning, Finance and Administration, Solid Waste Management, Toronto Water, Transit Expansion and Transportation Services.

With more than 20 years of public service experience, Johnston is currently part of the City’s Senior Leadership Team where he has been actively involved in the creation and planning of the new Development & Growth Services area. Prior to this, he was the Acting Deputy City Manager, Infrastructure and Development Services, from August to December 2022. He joined the City in 2014 as Deputy Chief Building Official and Director before being promoted to Chief Building Official and Executive Director of Toronto Building in 2018. Johnston is a professional engineer with a graduate degree in civil engineering from the University of British Columbia.