Steve Conforti Area Councillor Candidate for Ward 5 (Town of Caledon)
If elected how/what would you do to improve Active Transportation within Caledon and how would you improve existing connections between communities?
Caledon’s diverse landscape makes it a great location to enjoy many different types of active transportation. Active transportation means to use your own abilities to get from one place to another, such as by walking, biking, running, or cross-country skiing. There are many benefits to active transportation, for both your own health and the environment. The Town of Caledon was recently awarded a bronze level designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community by Share the Road Cycling Coalition. We need to continue to upgrade and enhance our existing infrastructure, and make Caledon a top destination for cycling. I was in Mississauga recently for a charity walk and their trail around the lake had exercise equipment stationed along the path. I thought this a great way to encourage physical activity while getting outdoors to enjoy the environment. We should look to incorporate this in all future developments, as well as how we can integrate it into existing communities.
What will you do to bring in new business that can thrive in Caledon and how will you help existing small businesses succeed?
To attract new businesses, the Town needs to put together a marketing presentation or video which details the benefits of moving or starting a business in Caledon, as well as showcasing our current local businesses. When corporations make it public that they are looking for a new home, we need to be proactive and pursue them so they give strong consideration to Caledon. As per the results from the Town’s Business Retention & Expansion study (which I was a part of in 2015-16), sectors that were identified with inherent strengths and potential to grow in Caledon are: construction; manufacturing; finance and insurance; and professional, scientific and technical services. To help our existing small business community I would consult with our local shops, businesses and restaurants to help them develop a “choose local” network amongst them. Through this network they could work together by promoting each other, creating community sales events, and sharing in marketing activities. I would also collaborate with the Town’s Caledon Business Innovation Zone (CBIZ) and all of our local business and networking groups to better connect our businesses, provide them with resources, and give them the support they require to succeed.
There has been a lot of discussion with respect to truck traffic in Caledon and the danger it poses on our main roads. If elected what do you plan to do to address these concerns?
Truck traffic will unfortunately continue to be an issue here in Bolton until the roads in surrounding areas are upgraded. We are all patiently waiting for the extension of Highway 427 up to Major Mackenzie, but it really needs to continue on north to Highway 9 or better yet, to connect with Highway 400. This will help push a lot of trucks out of Bolton and off of Highway 50 and Coleraine/Emil Kolb. I will work to push this forward with the Provincial government.
What will you do to ensure council works together in the new term?
I am committed to working together with the Ward 5 Regional Councillor to move Bolton forward with positive changes for our community. We must have councillors that respect each other, can put their own personal agendas aside, and do what is best for our neighbours. Bolton needs a strong, united voice at the council table. Our constituents are electing us to represent them with honesty and integrity, and we need to respect them and act accordingly. Bolton, in-particular, can’t afford another term with a dysfunctional council. I am collaborative, cooperative, and respectful of others – I’m quite certain that I will be able to work together with all of council to get things done for Bolton.
Previous Questions and Answers:
How long have you been a Caledon Resident?
I’ve been a Caledon resident for nearly 40 years. I’m born and raised in Bolton, and now raising my own 2 sons here with my wife Sarah. I have also been running my business – We Are Creative – for the past 7 years here in Bolton.
What would you change and/or improve in Caledon?
Our Town is made up of a lot of small communities spread out over a large area. We need to find a way to better unite all of Caledon and work together so that the whole Town can flourish. A united Caledon is stronger than a divided Caledon. Caledon is a beautiful place to live but some areas just need a little more love than others these days. My Bolton neighbours, I hear you!
If you were to receive a million dollar grant for the Town of Caledon, what would you do with it and why?
If I received a million dollar grant I would put it back into the community by sharing it with all the great charity and not-for-profit groups that we have in our Town. They’re all doing wonderful things but they could always use more funding to better support our communities and neighbours who are in need.
What is your favourite place in Caledon and why?
There are lots of beautiful and unique places in Caledon. I’ve always loved the Badlands, but my favourite place is the Bolton Arena. Hockey has always been a big part of my life. From my own minor hockey days and my family’s involvement with Caledon Canadians, to the present with my charity hockey game and now my own kids playing ball hockey there. I have lots of great memories and friendships from the hockey arena, and I look forward to making many more in the years to come!
Hello neighbours, I am Steve Conforti.
A husband, father, local business owner community volunteer, and life-long Bolton resident.
For the past 7 years I have been operating my marketing agency – We Are Creative Inc. – here in Bolton. Throughout this time I’ve had the opportunity to work with many of our local schools, charity groups, and not-for-profit organizations, often donating my time and resources to help out their cause. I have also been instrumental in the creation and development of a number of great community events and organizations, including the Sunday Night Hockey League, The Small Business Summit, Cheers! Caledon Beer & Cider Festival, and The CLUB Networking Group.
One of my most proud achievements came last year, as MP David Tilson presented me with a Canada 150 medallion for Community Service. This award was in relation to The FACEOFF to Fight Cervical Cancer charity hockey fundraiser. In our 3 years presenting this event we raised $20,000 for TEALPOWER.ca.
I am a community leader who has proven to be invested in and dedicated to making our Bolton community a better place to work, play, and live, and I want to be your Town of Caledon Ward 5 Area Councillor.
For Work. For Play. For Life.
Steve Conforti for Bolton
Ward 5 | Area Councillor
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