Former Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation and Member of Provincial Parliament for Willowdale.
arcel Wieder, President and Chief Advocate at Aurora Strategy Group is pleased to welcome the addition of David Zimmer to the team. “We are thrilled that David is joining Aurora. His fifteen years at Queen’s Park including five years in the cabinet will benefit clients,” said Wieder. “David’s wealth of experience on a variety of issues will provide Aurora with additional depth.”
“I am looking forward to working with the team at Aurora,” said Zimmer. “They have a professional approach to issues that I feel comfortable with and believe that this will be a good fit,” he added.
“This is an opportunity for me to continue working on indigenous issues,” Zimmer stated. “As Ontario’s longest-serving Minister in this area, I want to use my experience and knowledge to continue advocating on behalf of the indigenous communities with business and government.”
Zimmer represented the riding of Willowdale in both the McGuinty and Wynne governments and acted as Parliamentary Assistant to Attorneys General Michael Bryant and Chris Bentley (2003 – 2011) as well as Parliamentary Assistant to Kathleen Wynne, then Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Minister of Aboriginal Affairs (2011 – 2013).
He has served on a variety of committees while a Member of Provincial Parliament. Zimmer is credited with introducing and passing “Elder Abuse Awareness Day” and measures to suspend the driver’s license of anyone who is convicted of impaired boating.
Prior to holding public office Zimmer was assistant deputy chair of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada and was the chairperson of the city’s public housing provider, the Toronto Community Housing Corporation. From 1993 to 1995 he served as President of the Alzheimer Society of Canada.
Among the recognition both professional and philanthropic, Zimmer was awarded the Greatest Local Hero Award by the North York Town Crier for his volunteer and community work in Willowdale. In 2005, he received a “Social Work Doctors’ Colloquium” Award of Merit for his work toward a just and caring society. He has also been cited for work on Ontario Municipal Board reform and the new City of Toronto Act, which gives Toronto greater power to manage its own affairs.
Zimmer is a lawyer by training having practised at Ledrew Laishley Reed and served as an administrative law instructor in the Law Society’s Bar Admission Course.
Aurora Strategy Group is a public affairs, government and public relations firm based in Toronto.
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