Siri Agrell launches City Council campaign

May 2, 2022

Siri Agrell running for Toronto City Council in Parkdale-High Park

May 2, 2022 (Toronto) ● Siri Agrell has registered as a candidate for City Council in Parkdale-High Park in this October’s municipal election. A well known city problem solver and former senior advisor to Toronto Mayor John Tory and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Siri has a proven track record of impact in public and private sectors and is a strong voice for progressive change.

“It matters how cities are run. We’ve all felt it over the last two years: local government affects our health, our happiness, the way we move around, whether people can afford to live here and if our local stores can survive,” said Siri. “It affects our safety, the way we treat each other, the fun we can have, whose voices are heard and whose needs are prioritized. Parkdale-High Park needs a city councillor who can actually make things better, working productively with people in their neighbourhoods and at City Hall to bring about urgent, positive change.”

Known for her ability to tackle complex problems and implement solutions, Siri worked as a journalist and was the urban affairs reporter at The Globe and Mail. She was Deputy Director of Communications to Premier Wynne and has worked as a private sector consultant on urban issues and projects, with clients including The 519, Union Station, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Canadian Urban Institute.  From 2015-2018, Siri was Director of Strategic Initiatives for Mayor John Tory.

In the Mayor’s Office, Siri was a progressive voice who helped support his efforts on government modernization, the Bloor Street bike lane pilot and King Street transit priority project. She helped make the Mayor’s case for the City Building Fund and tolls on the Gardiner and DVP, and led the Mayor’s Office creation of the #TorontoStrong Fund, the Mayor’s Philanthropic Roundtable and the Mayor’s Summit on Mental Health and Cities.

“This is the time to rally people around what’s possible in their neighbourhoods and their city,” said Siri. “I love Toronto and Parkdale-High Park, and want the ward to be a model for how we can come together and solve our shared challenges.”

Siri has two school-aged kids and has lived in the Roncesvalles area of Parkdale-High Park for more than ten years.  Her campaign and full website will launch on May 10.

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  • Siri was a journalist for more than ten years, with roles at The Ottawa Citizen (2002), National Post (2003-2007) and The Globe and Mail (2007-2012).
  • In 2012, she became Director of Communications to Kathleen Wynne as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, as it was then known.
  • She worked as principal speech writer on Wynne’s leadership bid for the Ontario Liberal Party, and served as Deputy Director of Communications for Premier Kathleen Wynne’s from 2013-2014.
  • In 2014 she became Vice President of Pilot PMR, with clients including The 519 and Union Station (Osmington). 
  • In 2015, she joined the office of Toronto Mayor John Tory as Director of Strategic Initiatives.
  • Siri left the Mayor’s Office in 2018 to run the technology incubator OneEleven, a 125,000 square foot facility that housed 50+ of Toronto’s most promising tech companies.
  • Since 2020, Siri has advised various public and private sector organizations on their strategic direction and management, designed the Community Activator program for the Canadian Urban Institute’s My Main Street, deploying $10-million in federal funding for placemaking projects across Southern Ontario, and worked with an Indigenous government in the Northwest Territories.
  • In addition to her professional accomplishments, Siri serves on the Strategic Resources Development Committee Member of the United Way of Greater Toronto, the Bentway’s Capital Projects and Neighbourhood Development Committee, and has been a mentor with the Civic Action Emerging Leaders Network, a member of Walrus Magazine’s National Advisory Council, the Advisory Board of TechTO, the Organizing Committee of TEDxToronto, a guest lecturer at the Munk School for Global Affairs, a featured speaker at Walrus Talks, and an on stage interviewer for the Toronto Festival of Authors.