Municipal representatives on the MPAC Board of Directors
These are the current municipal representatives serving on the MPAC Board of Directors.
Alan Spacek (Chair)
Mr. Spacek was elected Mayor of Kapuskasing in 2006 and was acclaimed for two more terms, retiring in December 2018. During his time as Mayor, he was a member of the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) for twelve years, serving as President for eight years until August 2018.
He has served on numerous boards and executives including Kapuskasing and District Chamber of Commerce, Northeastern Ontario Municipal Association (NEOMA) and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO).
Mr. Spacek built his career as a respected entrepreneur, owning and operating a number of businesses, and continues to serve as an active member of the Canadian Professional Sales Association (CPSA).
Ms. Janice Baker is currently serving as the Chief Administrative Officer of the Region of Peel. She is the former City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer of the City of Mississauga and has a broad background in both the private and public sectors, gained through 33 years of municipal government and fiscal administration experience.
Prior to joining the City of Mississauga in 1999, Ms. Baker served as Director of Finance and City Treasurer for the City of St. John's, Newfoundland and Commissioner of Corporate Services and then Commissioner of Public Works for the City of Oshawa, Ontario.
Ms. Baker holds a Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has served on several Boards and Committees including the Living Arts Centre, the Healthy Cities Stewardship Centre and the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators.
In 2010, she was inducted into the WXN Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women’s Hall of Fame and has been the recipient of a number of awards, including the Vanier Medal from the Institute of Public Administration of Canada in 2019, becoming the first local government leader to be recognized with this award.
Mr. Hughes recently retired as the Auditor General for the City of Ottawa. He has been engaged in the fields of finance, financial management, audit, fraud investigation and internal control review for more than 30 years.
Mr. Hughes has worked in public accounting, management consulting and taught in the areas of audit, internal control and finance in private industry and federal and municipal government.
Mr. Hughes has earned a CPA, CMA, an MBA and a Bachelor of Commerce degree and holds an ICD.D.
Ms. Landry is Mayor of the Municipality of Shuniah, President of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA), and an executive member of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO). The first Indigenous woman in Ontario to serve as a mayor, Ms. Landry was elected in 2010 after holding various roles in both the public and private sector.
In addition to Indigenous and municipal affairs, Ms. Landry has specialized in the security and correctional field for 25 years, and began her career teaching police foundations, law and security programs. Throughout her career as professor she has taught a variety of subjects including political science, human diversity, criminology, history of Aboriginal/Canadian relations, and more.
Ms. Landry has long been passionate about community engagement and governance, and continues to be actively involved on boards and committees of many organizations, including the Shuniah Youth Centre.
Mr. Rossini recently retired as the City of Toronto's Deputy City Manager & Chief Financial Officer. As one of three deputies reporting to the City Manager, he was responsible for leading corporate services and the financial stewardship of Canada's largest city and sixth largest government.
Prior to joining the City of Toronto, Mr. Rossini was the General Manager of Finance and Corporate Services at the City of Hamilton and the Director of Finance for the City of Mississauga. He also held other progressively responsible finance-related positions at the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs, the Ontario Ministry of Treasury, Economics and Intergovernmental Affairs and the Region of Halton.
Throughout his career, Mr. Rossini has been instrumental in various intergovernmental initiatives with the Province of Ontario, the Regional/Single Tier Treasurers group and other municipalities on matters such as municipal grants, service and funding realignments, taxation reform and infrastructure funding.
Mr. Sendzik was elected Mayor of St. Catharines in 2014. Prior to this, he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce, where he led the evolution of the chamber into the largest business organization in Niagara and the third largest in Ontario.
Prior to this role, Mr. Sendzik founded Vine Publishing, which he sold in 2005. Mr. Sendzik is a past board member of the LCBO and a current board member with Hotel Dieu Shaver Hospital and Niagara College Board of Trustees.
He holds a Masters Degree from McGill University and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.
In 2008, Mr. Sendzik was awarded the Bernie Gillespie Award by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce as top executive of the year and is a recipient of Niagara’s top 40 Under Forty Business Achievement Award.