Vito and his wife Frances have lived in Richmond Hill since 1979 where they have raised their three children in Richmond Hill.  Vito has an Honours B.A. in Geography from Wilfred Laurier University and a Masters Degree in Environmental Land Use Planning from York University.

Vito has extensive work experience in both the public and private sectors.  Early in his career Vito entered municipal politics as the political aid to the Mayor of the City of York.  Working in the private sector as an urban planner, Vito was an active partner in a consulting firm, working with non-profit groups to develop affordable housing in communities throughout Southern Ontario.

Vito began public service in 1986 as vice-president of his local rate payers association. This resulted in strengthening his interest in municipal politics which led to his election as Ward 1 Councillor in 1994.  After serving Ward 1 for 12 years, Vito was elected Regional Councillor in 2006 and re-elected as Regional Councillor and Deputy Mayor in 2010 and 2014.

In addition to being the founder of the popular Tastes of the Hill annual event, Vito has been recognized for his efforts in raising over $410,000 for local charities.  Vito recently was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Award for his service to the community and the Town.  Previously he was honoured with a Certificate of Achievement from the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario for his role as Chair of the Accessibility Advisory Committee.  Vito was also recognized by the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation for his leadership in acquiring thousands of acres of environmentally sensitive land to preserve and protect the Oak Ridges Moraine from development. As former Chair of the Environmental Committee for York Region, Vito has been instrumental in securing the construction of the Community Environmental Centre in Richmond Hill to recycle building materials. As Chair of York Region Transportation Committee, Vito has worked to bring the Yonge Subway north to Richmond Hill and build a network of roads and cycling and pedestrian trails to move people, goods and services more efficiently throughout the GTA and beyond.

Vito has served on over 75 local, regional and provincial boards and committees such as York Central Hospital, the Humber Watershed Alliance and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.  He has been a very active community volunteer and leader in Richmond Hill for over 35 years serving with organizations such as the Lions Club and the Knights of Columbus.

Tastes of the Hill

Local Charities

  • Yellow Brick House (Women’s Shelter) – raised $30,000
  • Canadian Diabetes Association – raised $30,000
  • Mosaic Interfaith: Out of the Cold (Emergency Shelter) – raised $35,000
  • Rose of Sharon (support and education for young mothers) – raised $35,000
  • York Central Hospital Foundation – raised $37,000
  • Autism Ontario – York Region Chapter – raised $23,000
  • Richmond Hill Community Food Bank – raised $18,500
  • Mayor’s Endowment Fund for the Arts – raised $18,500

Organizations Served

Boards and Associations

  • Board Member, York Central Hospital
  • Board Member, Richmond Hill Library
  • Board Member, Richmond Hill Arena Association
  • Vice Chair of the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation funding projects to protect the Moraine
  • Member and Past Director on the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and Chair of Building Code Act Amendments Committee
  • Member, Humber Watershed Alliance – Toronto Region Conservation Authority
  • Member, Oak Ridges Corridor Park and Trails Committee –TRCA
  • Member, Ontario Professional Planning Institute and Canadian Institute of Planners

Region of York Committees

  • Deputy Mayor and Regional Council Member for Richmond Hill
  • Chair, Environmental Committee
  • Chair, Accessibility Committee
  • Vice Chair, Community Services and Housing Committee
  • Vice Chair, York Housing Inc.
  • Member, Transportation Committee
  • Member, Community & Health Services Committee
  • Member, Planning and Economic Development
  • Member, Transportation and Works Committee
  • Member, Dewatering Complaint Review Committee
  • Member, Solid Waste Management Committee
  • Alternate Member, Durham/York Residual Joint Waste Management Group

Town of Richmond Hill Committees

  • Chair, Planning Task Force
  • Chair, Community Services Task Force
  • Chair, Operation Centre Construction Committee
  • Chair, Oak Ridges Community Centre and Park Committee
  • Chair, Construction Committees for Park, Library and Arena facilities
  • Chair, Planning and Development Committee
  • Chair, Ecological and Environment Council
  • Chair, Richmond Hill Annual Volunteer Awards Committee
  • Chair, Committee of the Whole
  • Chair, Richmond Green Park Steering Committee
  • Chair, Richmond Green Library Committee
  • Chair, Russell Tilt Park Committee
  • Chair, Grovewood Park Committee
  • Chair, French Royalist Park Committee
  • Chair, Tom Graham Arena Construction Committee
  • Member, Economic Development Task Force
  • Member, Richmond Hill Intercultural Committee
  • Member, Budget Committee of the Whole Committee
  • Member, Committee to Restore Lake Wilcox
  • Member, Finance and Administration
  • Member, Fire Safety Committee
  • Member, York Regional Transit Committee
  • Member, Tribunal Adjudicating Licensing for Adult Entertainment Parlors
  • Member, Communities in Bloom Committee

Volunteer Organizations

  • Founder and Chair of Tastes of the Hill
  • Co-Founder and Member of the Oak Ridges Community Clean-up Day Committee
  • Chair, Committee of Adjustments, Richmond Hill
  • Vice-President, Beaufort Hill Homeowners Association
  • Organized Ethnic Movies at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts
  • Founding Member, Knights of Columbus
  • Member, Cultural Committees for Norwooz, Eid and Prayer Breakfast
  • Member, Holocaust Awareness Committee
  • Member, Mayor’s Endowment Fund for the Arts Committee
  • Member, Lions Club
  • Member, Richmond Hill Fence Viewing Committee
  • Church Lector and Hospitality Minister
  • Soccer Coach, Children’s House League
  • Board Member, Messinesi Club of Ontario