is an influential voice in both the city of Toronto's political and physical landscape.
As a former mayor of Toronto and contributor to a number of city-based publications, Mr. Sewell has been a critic and leader in the development of Toronto for more than 30 years.
After working as an alderman for the Toronto City Council from 1969 to 1978, Mr. Sewell was elected Mayor for a two year term.
Throughout his time as both an alderman and as mayor, he was a strong advocate of city-based initiatives - including increased and affordable public transportation and a larger stock of public housing.
was also a leading defender of gay rights, long before the issue was taken up by other politicians in Toronto
Since leaving politics, he
has been a regular contributor to a number of publications, including: The Globe and Mail
, Post City Magazine
and Eye Weekly
also the author of eight books.
Mr. Sewell was born in Toronto in 1940, and raised in the Beaches area of the city.
He received a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toronto in 1961 and a law degree from the University of Toronto Law School in 1964.
was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2005.
Served as a director in 1991