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believe Markham is the best community in Canada and I’m so proud to have a role in helping it
continue to thrive, grow and bring people together. Over the years Markham has been recognized as
a progressive community firmly rooted in a proud heritage.
Markham is one of Canada’s most diverse and fast-growing municipalities with a population of more
than 257,000. Situated in the heart of Canada’s economic engine, the Greater Toronto Area, it is home
to more than 860 high-technology and life sciences companies. Many multinational companies such
as IBM and ATI Technologies have chosen Markham for their Canadian or international headquarters
because of our well-developed transportation and communication network (close to Toronto-Buttonville
Airport and Highways 7, 404 and 407), high-quality facilities and our diverse, highly-educated labour
Residents and business leaders alike tell us Markham is the best place in which to live, work, play and
learn! Our 20-year vision which embraces technology innovation, celebrates diversity and is characterized by vibrant, healthy communities should ensure they continue to feel that way.
We are committed to preserving the best of our past as we build to meet the needs of this and future
I encourage you to learn more about Markham by visiting our website www.markham.ca. Even better
— come for a visit!
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A community with
Looking at the past, present and future of Markham
by Allison Moffatt
arkham’s history, which begins over
200 years ago, tells of heated political
activity, the development of the agriculture industry, and the inception of railways
and transportation routes to encourage business
to the area.
Markham’s present boasts many business
headquarters in the town, close proximity to
several post-secondary institutions, and a rich
multicultural presence in the community.
The future of Markham looks equally bright.
With a steady growth of business to the area,
and an upcoming community college campus
development, residents of Markham have a community to be proud of.
John Graves Simcoe, who became the first
Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada in 1791,
named the then Township of Markham after the
Archbishop of York, William Markham.
The Township of Markham experienced its
first settlers circa 1791 — over 65 German families led by William Moll Berczy. After these first
German settlers, French Revolutionary Émigrés,
United Empire Loyalists, Pennsylvania Germans
and migrants from the British Isles soon came to
make a home in the township.
Times were quite difficult for these first settlers due to harsh winters and failed crop-growing attempts. But with time and patience, immigrants to Markham began to prosper.
Politics were another cause of strife in the
early days of the Township of Markham as
residents found themselves on opposite ends of
the political spectrum. While some Markham
residents believed in their rebel leader, William
Lyon Mackenzie, others were strongly opposed
to his republican views.
These political tensions remained prevalent
leading up to the Mackenzie Rebellion of 1837,
which was caused by Mackenzie’s strong advocacy against the Family Compact, a ruling group
consisting of members of Canadian high society
with strong ties to the British Empire.
The growing discontent for the Family Compact
expressed by many Upper Canadians was one of
the key factors leading to the rebellion.
The Township of Markham was officially cre-
ated in 1850 when the first form of structured
municipal government occurred.
Local business in Markham has experienced
its fair share of trials and tribulations throughout
the town’s history.
In 1857, Markham expanded, forming the
communities of Thornhill and Unionville, and
new industries, such as wagon works, furniture
factories and farm implement manufacturers.
But the Markham economy wasn’t always
booming in the late 1800s, and even when it did,
the rise didn’t last long. Markham’s affluence
and economic success was threatened by the
new railroads being established in neighbouring communities. In response to this threat,
Toronto and Nipissing Railway Company opened
a Scarborough-Uxbridge line, with stations in
Markham and Unionville.
There was a subsequent rise in industry to the
Township of Markham, but due to innovative
communications devices and the enhancement of
the automotive industry in Toronto, Markham’s
industrial role was again diminishing.
After World War II, however, immigrants
began to flock to the township due to its increased
industrialization. The Town of Markham has
been growing ever since.
Markham is currently the location of many
company headquarters and important business
facilities. The business community has experienced a significant amount of growth over the
years, making the town the High-Tech Capital of
Canada, with an equally successful life sciences
Markham’s top five employers include IBM
Canada, Amex Canada, ATI Technologies, Miller
Paving Ltd., and Markham Stouffville Hospital.
On top of the many businesses currently located in Markham, residents of the town also benefit from Markham’s close proximity to many
post-secondary educational institutions. The
University of Toronto, York University, Seneca
College, Centennial College and Humber Institute
of Technology and Advanced Learning are only
some of the highly celebrated universities and colleges located in the Greater Toronto Area.
Markham has several shopping areas, including
Markville Shopping Centre, Pacific Mall, Main
Street Markham and Main Street Unionville, as
Markham’s oldest home, the Heintzman House, dates back to 1810. Photo: Stephanie Lake
well as many activities for those desiring artistic
and cultural experiences.
Markham Theatre for Performing Arts,
Markham Museum and Historic Village, and the
Varley Art Gallery provide an interesting look
into Markham’s past and display the incredible
talent of Markham’s current performing and
“Markham has kept its community focus — it
has identity,” says John Ryerson, Director of the
Varley Art Gallery. “Markham offers a great opportunity to explore art and have a gallery that is supported by the public. The museum, theatre and art
gallery anchor Markham’s cultural community.”
Markham is a prosperous town that is flourishing from every angle, including its outer
appearance. Recent environmental initiatives
have been implemented in order to maintain
the beauty and allure of this prized York-Region
With so many diverse residents, businesses and
leisure activities, Markham is a true success story.
Seneca College is currently planning a new
campus development in the town, and many
more are likely to join to reap the rewards provided by the High-Tech Capital of Canada.
New communities are continually being
built, and Markham is becoming more beautiful and livelier than ever. Homebuilders such
as Rosehaven Homes, Mattamy Homes, Aspen
Ridge Homes and Madison Homes are playing a key role in the ongoing development of
Markham’s growing real estate market.
The continuous planning and development
of Markham Centre, the unique urban development plan for Markham’s downtown core, is yet
another initiative planned to increase residents
and employment in the town.
Markham is a Character Community, living by
the 11 attributes of respect, inclusiveness, responsibility, fairness, optimism, integrity, perseverance,
compassion, courage, initiative and honesty.
The Town of Markham consists of four distinct communities: Markham Village, Unionville,
Milliken and Thornhill. It has a rich history and
a promising future. Markham’s combination of
small-town charm and large-city business presence is unique and a huge draw for residents
of Ontario looking for a home in the Greater
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See Your Future in Markham
The High-Tech Capital of Canada in Markham
rom quality of life to high technology,
the award-winning Town of Markham
has been and will continue to be a prime
location for business. Located in the heart of the
Greater Toronto Area, Markham’s pro-business
attitude has built an impressive Information
Technology and Life Science cluster, together
with educational, community and technology
Location, Location, Location
Markham is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Ontario with over 257,000 people. Numerous multinational companies are
headquartered in Markham due to our welldeveloped transportation and communication network (with the Toronto-Buttonville Airport, and
Highways 7, 404 and 407), high-quality facilities, a
diverse and highly educated labour force and a probusiness environment.
Starting fall 2005, Markham will be served by
Phase 1 of York Region’s VIVA Rapid Transit.
This will feature frequent service: 5 – 10 minutes
along the main roadways during peak periods,
and buses equipped with real-time info systems
When you want to continue that business deal
on the greens, you can play on one of the 12
public and private golf courses including Angus
Glen, home of the 2002 and 2007 Bell Canadian
High-Tech Capital: Leading the Way With
Information Technology & Life Sciences
With more than 860 high-technology and life
sciences companies, Markham is Canada’s HighTech Capital. Some of our world-renowned
corporations include ATI Technologies, IBM
Canada, Motorola, Philips Electronics, Sun
Microsystems, Lucent Technologies, Wyeth,
Pfizer and American Express.
Currently Novopharm is investing $20 million
in the expansion of its penicillin production facility
in Markham as part of its ongoing commitment to
growth in the Canadian pharmaceutical market.
Markham offers prime real estate and overall low
taxes (in some cases, our rates are 40 per cent less
than our neighbouring communities).
Markham Centre, A Revolutionary Downtown
Markham Centre is the most exciting downtown
project in the Greater Toronto Area! With over
980 acres for development, it is expected to house
some 25,000 residents and provide employment
for 17,000. The Town at Markham is proud
to have the IBM Research and Development
Lab and Motorola Canada already making their
home in Markham Centre.
It will combine the excitement and energy of
a city with the intimacy and comfort of a small
town. Markham Centre will feature a 10-acre
urban park and a new 60,000 square foot YMCA
facility complete with an indoor pool, gymnasium and running track.
It is expected that 90 per cent of the planned
square footage in the new downtown area will
eventually be connected to Markham District
Energy. Markham’s system uses a leading-edge,
natural gas cogeneration system and high efficiency boilers and chillers, which when fully
developed will reduce greenhouse gas emissions
by as much as 50 per cent.
Visit www.markhamcentre.com for full
Markham’s Partners, Here to Accelerate
The Town of Markham has many key partners to
help grow your business. From educational institutions including York University, the University
of Toronto and Seneca College, to local business associations such as the York Technology
Association, The Markham Board of Trade, The
Federation of Chinese Canadians in Markham and
the Richmond Hill & Markham Chinese Business
Association, they are here to work with you.
Through the Innovation Synergy Centre in
Markham (www.iscm.ca) you can access business expertise not generally available to growing
organizations, to accelerate the development and
prosperity of your business.
Markham wants your business and we have
what your business needs.
For a complementary DVD and further information, please visit our website at www.business.
markham.ca or contact Ted Northcott in the
Economic Development Department at (905)
477-7000 ext 6590, [email protected]
he Markham Board of Trade is the “Voice
of Business” in Markham. Our membership base consists of over 1,000 businesses, all proud to call Markham home. We are
actively involved in the business community creating a positive climate for business in Markham.
We enjoy a constructive, collaborative relationship with elected and senior Town of Markham
officials. In areas of mutual interest, we work
with the Economic Development Department on
educational venues, learning seminars, networking sessions and business development projects
— locally, nationally and internationally.
The MBT is a member driven non-profit business organization whose sole purpose is to help
our members prosper. Within the suite of services we provide are products that are designed
to assist our members in meeting their business
objectives. We are an inclusive organization
open to all businesses. Our board is comprised
of individuals from various sized companies
and sectors, and from a diverse range of cultural
backgrounds, reflecting our membership base.
Each year the Markham Board of Trade hosts
the Markham Businesses Excellence Awards Gala
(scheduled this year on October 20, 2005 at
the Hilton Suites Toronto/Markham Hotel &
Conference Centre) awarding businesses that
contribute to making Markham the “business
centre of excellence” that it has become.
As our 1,000-plus members, both large and
small will tell you, Markham is a great location to
conduct business. We are diverse in cultures and
have a variety of leisure and entertainment venues with many options for business entertaining.
We are Canada’s High-Tech Capital, with the
feel of your own hometown. Thinking of doing
business in Markham, feel free to contact us!
Markham Board of Trade
80F Centurian Drive, Suite 206
Tel: (905) 474-0730
Email: [email protected]
For more information on the Markham Board of Trade,
plan to attend our Open House on October 5th from
4:30p.m.–8:30p.m. at Angus Glen Golf Club, 10080
Kennedy Road, Markham.
Call (905) 474-0730 for details.
IBM, Motorola, Philips, Sun Microsystems,
Concord Idea, Cytochroma and ATI Technologies
DARREN CIASTKO, Senior Business Development Officer • Tel.: 1-877-edo-info
101 Town Centre Boulevard, Markham, Ontario L3R 9W3 • Fax: 905-475-4888
E-mail: [email protected] • Web Site: www.business.markham.ca
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An oasis on the fairway
A captivating course a short drive away
by Allison Moffatt
t takes a world-class architect to design an
elite golf course catering to both professionals and amateurs — and only the best was
sought out to design The Grand Niagara Club in
Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Rees Jones, considered by Golf Digest as one
of the top five golf course architects in the
world, has designed yet another brilliant course
encompassing the truly unique characteristics of
a championship layout and best of all, it is just a
short distance from the GTA. Niagara was chosen as the location for the Grand Niagara Resort
because of its established tourism base.
The casino, wineries and world-class hotels and
restaurants combine to create a tourist’s paradise
with a plethora of attractions. Niagara’s close
proximity to the U.S. and the region’s worldwide
recognition make it an ideal location for a new
“signature” Resort and golf course.
The Grand Niagara Club by Rees Jones, built on
320 acres of Niagara’s beautiful landscape, boasts
40 acres of ponds, many man-made waterways,
and holes along the majestic Welland River.The
course also features huge rectangular teedecks and
dramatic use of fairway and green side-bunker
complexes — two of Jones’ very distinctive traits.
The Grand Niagara Club is described as a
parkland course featuring many tree-lined fairways, but also has many characteristics of a linksstyle course with its use of fescue, mounding
and undulation. It is very comparable to such
courses as Bethpage Black, the 2002 U.S. Open
site remodeled by Rees Jones.
The fourth hole, a 612-yard par five, plays
uphill from the tee with a long approach shot
over the water to a well-guarded green. A keen
sense of strategy is needed to master this hole.
Make no mistake, Jones designed this course
with a traditional feel to challenge the avid
duffer as well as the seasoned professional. The
Grand Niagara Club by Rees Jones is certainly
set up for a major championship event. Future
events for the Club may include the World Golf
Championship, the Vintners’ Cup Challenge and
the Champions Tour Event combined with a
Celebrity Pro Am.
The lush fairways of The Grand Niagara Club in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
The course isn’t the only spectacular component of the Grand Niagara Resort.
The future development within the Resort
includes a variety of upscale amenities to satisfy
the most discriminating guests.
Upcoming additions to the Resort include
an exclusive upscale private course, designed by
Greg Norman, with a planned opening in 2008,
300 timeshare villas with magnificent views of
the course and surrounding lakes, scheduled
to open for spring 2007, a condo-hotel, with
expected occupancy in 2008, a full-service spa
and fitness facility, and potentially a winery.
According to Grand Niagara Resort principal,
John Sorokolit, Rees Jones has a reputation for
moving a tremendous amount of earth and making
golf course locations look naturally undulating.
“Six-hundred thousand cubic meters of earth
were moved to create the topography and scenery that is nothing less than spectacular,” says
Sorokolit. “The Grand Niagara Club is probably
the finest public golf course built in Ontario over
the past 25 years.”
“Rees Jones has shown, once again , why he is
one of the world’s most respected golf architects.
It is no surprise, after experiencing his artistry
and talent at The Grand Niagara Club, that Jones
is the person who has been chosen to remodel
more Major Championship venues for the USGA
and The PGA Tour than any other course designer, world-wide.”
The Grand Niagara Resort’s future is promising and its present is something every golfer
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Headquarters locate in Markham for desirable business infrastructure
by Allison Moffatt
arkham’s reputation in the hightech industry is one that continues
to grow each and every year. It has
been deemed the High-Tech Capital of Canada
— over 860 high-tech firms and 400 company
headquarters have located in the town.
But it is not only the success of the high-tech
industry that has put the Town of Markham on
the map; Markham also has a thriving life sciences industry that continues to generate large
revenue for the municipality.
The term high-tech refers to the most advanced,
cutting-edge technology currently available. The
high-tech and life sciences industries provide
Canadians with the most up-to-date technology
to better the lives and everyday activities of the
residents of Markham, as well as Canadians and
people all over the world.
Markham’s high-tech industry includes many
worldwide companies that have chosen to call
Markham the home of their Canadian headquarters.
IBM Canada Ltd., Amex Canada Inc.,
ATI Technologies Inc., Miller Paving Ltd.,
and Markham Stouffville Hospital make up
Markham’s list of its five largest employers.
The five companies employ a combined total
of approximately 15,000 workers. These five
multinational companies are not the only significant companies in the town. Motorola, Philips
Electronics, Sun Microsystems of Canada Inc.,
Pfizer Canada and CGI also make up some of the
High-Tech Capital’s industry leaders.
IBM Canada Ltd. has existed in Canada since
1917. The company is one of Canada’s primary
providers of advanced IT products and services,
and employs over 300,000 people worldwide.
IBM’s investments in Research and Development,
job creation, and the use of Canadian suppliers
extend the company’s significant contribution to
the Canadian economy.
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headquarters have been located in Markham
since 1981, and new developments include a significant software development laboratory and a
Solution Service Delivery Centre, which provides
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The software lab, which opened in 2001,
houses over 2,000 software developers, and the
Solution Service Delivery Centre also has several
In total, IBM Canada employs over 7,000
people in Markham, many of which live in the
“Transportation, affordable housing in terms
of hotel accommodation for guests, and its
proximity to all the major highways drew IBM
to Markham,” says Mike Quinn, Manager of
Corporate Communications, IBM Canada. “The
infrastructure was really there.”
In 2004, IBM paid $8.7 million in municipal
taxes — certainly a large contribution to the
local economy. The company has a rich history in
Markham and will continue to generate employment and positively impact the town’s economy
for a long time to come.
“The local government really does create a
progressive and co-operative environment to do
business,” says Quinn.
American Express Company facilitates worldwide travel and financial services. Founded
in 1850, it is considered a worldwide leader
in charge and credit cards, travellers cheques,
financial planning, investment products,
insurance, accounting and international
American Express came to Canada in 1953,
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originally making a home for itself in Toronto
and Hamilton. Today, the company is referred to
as Amex Canada Inc. and AMEX Bank of Canada,
both wholly owned subsidiaries of American
Express Travel Related Services Company Inc.,
based in New York.
Amex Canada Inc.'s Markham location is the
headquarters for their business, as well as their
primary customer service centre, employing over
“At the core of our corporate philosophy is a
commitment to giving back to the communities
in which we live and work,” says Tara Peever,
spokesperson, American Express. “Being a good
corporate citizen in the Markham area is an
essential part of that commitment.”
“That’s why Amex not only encourages and
develops ways for employees to volunteer within
the community, but also puts company resources
and funds behind it.”
Amex Canada Inc. is a leading provider of
travel related services in Canada and assists companies with managing and controlling their business and travel expenses. AMEX Bank of Canada is
the issuer of American Express cards in Canada.
ATI Technologies Inc., which can also be
found on Markham’s top five list of employers,
was founded in 1985. The company supplies
graphics, video and multimedia products for
workstation and notebook PCs, digital TVs,
cell phones and game consoles. The company,
which has over 2,500 employees, has facilities in
Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia.
ATI Technologies has a large presence in
Canada, as the headquarters are located in
Markham, a Research and Development centre
is located in Ontario, and the company manufactures many of its products in Canada. In 2004,
ATI estimated its revenue at $2 billion U.S.
CGI, another leading company in Markham,
has been a worldwide leader in providing information technology and business process services since its inception in 1976. CGI has three
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Silent Gliss Canada Limited
IBM Canada Ltd. headquarters in Markham, Ontario.
operations located in Markham: Services to BCE,
Insurance Business Services, and a Data Centre.
Philips Canada and Pfizer Canada are two
key companies in the life sciences industry. Both
provide innovative technological solutions for
today’s healthcare needs as well as the everyday
needs of consumers.
Philips Canada has been a leading brand in
Canada since 1934, inventing and marketing innovative products for Canada and
other countries across the globe. Philips Canada
has developed a dependable reputation as a
leader in lighting, personal and small kitchen
appliances, medical systems for diagnosis and therapy, LCD projectors, speed processing systems, consumer electronics and electronics components.
Philips Canada’s new headquarters, like so
many others, are now located in Markham,
Pfizer Canada opened its first Canadian facility in 1953 and it currently has operations across
the country in Quebec, Alberta and Ontario.
Pfizer just recently opened the Canadian Head Office
for its Consumer Healthcare Division in Markham.
“It was important for us to stay in the GTA,”
says Mr. Jon Coleman, General Manager, Pfizer
Consumer Healthcare Canada. “Markham offers
a business infrastructure that is appropriate for
leading companies such as ourselves.”
There is no end in sight to the growing number of high-tech and life sciences businesses
deciding to locate company headquarters and
fundamental business facilities in Markham.
With this phenomenal business presence, the
Town of Markham will surely continue to flourish in the Ontario economy.
New YMCA opening in Markham Centre
Slated to open in May of 2006, The Markham Family YMCA will serve approximately 10,000 annual members. Combining the efforts of highly skilled professional staff and community volunteers in every level from program delivery to strategic direction the YMCA will offer high quality programs for the whole family. Postings for staff and volunteer positions will appear beginning
September 2005 on their website www.ymcatoronto.org/markham as well as in local media publications.
This YMCA features:
25 metre lane pool
Before and After School Programs
Family splash pool
Double gymnasium, Recreational Sports
6000 square feet of cardio and weight train- Indoor track
Child and Family Interactive Centre
Whirlpool, Steam Room and Towel Service
Family Change Areas
Youth Drop In Centre
Charter Memberships are available now and carry special incentives. For more information contact the Markham Family YMCA Development Office at (905) 948-8711 or visit the website at
Silent Gliss Canada Limited was established in 1970
and is currently located in Markham, Ontario.
“Markham has good transportation and a clean
atmosphere. A lot of new companies and businesses were moving to Markham, as well as many
of our subcontractors. There was a better choice for
buildings and more modern facilities,” says Hans
Munger, President, Silent Gliss Canada Limited.
Operations for the company include the design, development, manufacture, distribution and
installation of high-tech window treatments for
corporate buildings, convention centres, hotels,
very limited high-end residential properties and
commercial vehicles for the transportation industry
(under the division Auto Motion Shade Inc.)
The company’s geographical market is Canada,
with some export in co-operation with Canadian
builders and general contractors.
With 39 employees located in its 18,000 square
foot headquarter, the company continues to strive
and endeavour to be recognized as the market
leader in high-end architectural window treatment
in Canada. At the forefront of innovative, technically advanced window treatment solutions, Silent
Gliss Canada Limited pursues a steady growth by
not only concentrating on commercial and institutional window treatment markets, but by also
developing a solid strategy to become a widely
recognized supplier to the high-end residential
window treatment market.
“As a company on the move, I’d be in Markham. If
you want to move into the future you want to move
into a city that is forward-thinking,” says Munger.
BDC is proud to serve Silent Gliss
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The Kathleen McKay/Salem Eckhardt house on Main Street in Unionville, Ontario. Photo: Josephine Yung
A look at what’s going on in the Markham arts scene
by Tamara Slomka
A dynamic, intellectually vibrant learning community.
In addition to the prestige of attending Canada’s number one university*,
UTSC students enjoy the comforts of a small, diverse and supportive
campus. Located within a 15-minute drive from Markham, our awardwinning faculty deliver over 200 programs in the arts, science and
management. Students benefit from more than 80 Co-op programs which
enhance classroom knowledge with invaluable paid work experience
at reputable employers. With access to the vast resources of a major
research university, UTSC graduates are excellently prepared for both
career success and entry into top professional and graduate programs.
*Ranked by Maclean's magazine, 12th consecutive year at #1 (1992 - 2004)
he arts are taking centre stage in Markham
this year with the revival of the Markham
Arts Council and the unveiling of the
Markham Museum’s 15-year Master Plan.
When the Markham Arts Council first came to
life in 1980 its sole purpose was to build a theatre.
Once the Markham Theatre for the Performing
Arts opened its doors, the council dissolved, having accomplished its goal.
Sixteen years later the council re-emerged but
quickly faded, until community advocate Ross
Sutherland initiated a revival in 2003. Shortly
after, a steering committee of eight of Markham’s
most culturally connected figures set to work
to make the council a reality. Their mission:
“Enhancing the community, by promoting and
fostering the arts in all its forms in the Town
of Markham.” On Sunday October 2nd, the
committee’s dream will become a reality with
the official launch of the Markham Arts Council.
Look for a newsletter to be published four times
a year and check out their website at http://www.
The Markham Museum has been an integral
part of preserving and sharing the town’s history
since its establishment in 1971. To ensure that
it continues to be such an important presence,
a strategic master plan outlining recommendations for the museum over the next 15 years has
been established. Among the recommendations
are the creation of an open-storage facility to
showcase the museum’s entire renowned carriage collection, a Heritage Carnival featuring
artifacts from Conklin family collections, and a
Celebration Field to act as a venue for festivals
This year the Markham Museum has much
to celebrate. September 24th marks the official
opening of the its new reception centre, which
will act as a gateway to the museum. The
building will house 1,000 square feet of exhibit
space, a gift shop, restrooms, and a large terrace. The reception centre will help guide
visitors according to their respective interests
so that they can maximize their museum
For a new museum experience visit the Tactile
Lounge — a children’s gallery established to
attract families with young children. The lounge
is a hands-on environment including artifacts
and games that relate to various themes in history and science.
Currently the museum is home to a photo
exhibit showcasing the work of former astronaut
Roberta Bondar. The exhibit runs until the end
The Kathleen McKay/Salem Eckhardt house
is known for being a designated heritage site in
Markham, but also for having housed Frederick
Varley, one of the founding members of the
Group of Seven. The home is owned by the Varley
Art Gallery and operates as a community gallery
with art classes taking place in Varley’s studio.
The Varley-McKay Art Foundation is currently
spearheading a campaign with matching funds
from the Ontario Heritage Foundation and the
Town of Markham to restore the building and
gardens. To learn more or make a contribution
call (905) 477-9511.
With the re-emergence of the Markham Arts
Council and exciting projects taking place in the
Markham Museum and the Varley Art Gallery
the arts continue to be a vital part of Markham
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Markham location makes the grade
GTA offers college and university options for residents of the town
by Allison Moffatt
arkham greatly benefits from its close
proximity to Toronto. It has a smalltown feel with big-city life located
only minutes away.
Markham residents are close to many postsecondary institutions, each offering a different
atmosphere and choice of programs. According
to the Town of Markham’s 2004 Economic
Profile, there are currently seven community
colleges and five universities within a one-hour
drive of Markham.
Included in this list are Seneca College,
Centennial College, Durham College, York
University, and the University of Toronto, all
located conveniently near Markham’s borders.
Accessible locations and efficient modes of transportation provide practical options for college
and university students.
The newest campus of Canada’s largest college
will open in Markham this fall.
Beginning September, approximately 1,500
students in Seneca College’s tourism and business computing programs, along with some
classes from the college’s Bachelor of Applied
Technology — Flight program, will make their
way to the Markham campus marking the first
phase of its opening.
“The Markham campus will allow Seneca an
opportunity to expand existing programs and
to serve the needs of Markham’s growing student population,” says Dr. Rick Miner, President,
Located at the former Canadian headquarters
of Allstate Insurance Company near the intersection of Hwy. 404 and Hwy. 7, the building has
capacity for roughly 3,000 students by 2008.
Seneca was drawn to the city of Markham
because of its demographic growth and servicing sector.
“While Markham may be known for hightech, a whole business servicing industry is
emerging that we are trying to complement,”
So Seneca’s programs on the Markham campus will have a co-op component that will
allow college students to work directly with York
“We will be getting our students to work
with Markham enterprises,” says Miner. “We
look forward to Seneca becoming a vital part of
Markham’s thriving community.”
Humber Institute of Technology and
Advanced Learning has two campuses with a
combined total of approximately 15,000 fulltime and 55,000 part-time students. Humber
The ARC provides students and faculty access to a digital library, and a cluster of leading-edge grid computers — connecting
their research to high-performance computing projects around the world.
specializes in apprenticeship, certificate, diploma and postgraduate programs. Humber now
offers Bachelor’s degrees in Contemporary
Music, Creative Advertising, E-Business,
Industrial Design, Interior Design, Nursing and
“One key factor in attracting students to
Humber is how responsive our programs are to
business and employers,” says Deborah Bourk,
Associate Director of Communications, Humber
Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.
“Through industry advisors and connections,
Humber’s faculty, programs and facilities are
current with trends in the workforce. Humber
attracts the most applications of any college in
Humber works and partners with businesses
throughout the GTA, including Apple Canada
Inc., Directors Guild of Canada, HewlettPackard (Canada) Inc., Hilton Canada (Toronto),
Landscape Ontario, and Microsoft Canada.
Centennial College offers more than 100 programs and provides comprehensive career and
upgrading options, which can be pursued on
either a full- or part-time basis. Approximately
12, 000 full-time students and 35, 000 continuingeducation students attend Centennial College.
“The multi-campus approach to delivering our
programs ensures that post-secondary education
is easily accessible by residents of the GTA, especially those living in Scarborough, Markham, East
York, North York, Toronto, Pickering and Ajax,”
says Rosanna Cavallaro, Director of Marketing
and Communications, Centennial College.
Centennial College offers eight innovative
degree programs, five of which are offered in
conjunction with the University of Toronto at
Scarborough. Centennial’s campuses are directly
on public transportation routes, which allows
for convenient access by individuals living in
“Three campuses – Progress, Ashtonbee and
the Centennial HP Science and Technology
Centre – are in locations to easily serve residents
of the Town of Markham, all located within
brief commuting distance from the town,” says
Cavallaro. “In fact, graduates from schools such
as Brother Andre CHS, Fr. Michael McGivney
Catholic Academy, Markham DHS, Middlefield
CI, and Milliken Mills HS, have often selected
Centennial College as their favoured post-secondary destination.”
Consistently over the last decade, the
University of Toronto has been ranked the number one Medical/Doctoral University in Canada
by Maclean’s Magazine.
Enjoying a reputation of excellence for research
and teaching, students on all three U-of-T campuses have access to globally distinguished faculty and one of the top four research libraries in
Located on the eastern side of Toronto, south
of Markham, the University of Toronto at
Scarborough (UTSC) offers the best elements of
a small liberal arts college and a large research
Nestled along the picturesque Highland Creek
valley, UTSC features superior facilities including
a digital library, a 500-seat Performance Lecture
Hall, innovative case-study classrooms, renovated athletic facilities, walking and cycling trails,
and internationally renowned research centres.
The campus also offers a number of resources
for the community, such as the Doris McCarthy
Gallery, featuring prominent Canadian and
international artists, summer camps for kids and
a variety of annual literary, dramatic and musical
The past three years have brought tremendous
change and advancement to the campus, as a
result of a historic $150-million expansion. New
academic and teaching buildings, a student residence, and Student Centre have recently opened
at UTSC. Additional expansion and renovation
is expected to continue into 2008. Currently,
more than 9,000 students call UTSC home, with
approximately 1,300 from Markham.
UTSC offers 214 program options, including the Bachelor of Business Administration
(B.B.A.) degree programs offered by the
Department of Management, joint programs,
such as Paramedicine and Journalism, offered
in partnership with Centennial College, and an
extensive range of co-operative programs across
the humanities, social sciences, sciences and
management, departments, working in partnership with businesses and organizations in the
GTA and around the world. UTSC is a dynamic,
intellectually vibrant learning community and
an excellent post-secondary option for students
Hundreds of programs and degrees are
offered in some of Canada’s most innovative
and renowned facilities only minutes from the
Town of Markham. Whether desiring college or
university education, the GTA offers an endless
list of options for students.
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A look at environmental initiatives in Markham
by Allison Moffatt
Serving Ontario’s growing
Senior care services meet wide-ranging health and social needs
ntario offers three main types of residences that provide accommodation and care
for seniors. Supportive housing, retirement homes and long-term care facilities provide
varying levels of service and amenities. Markham
has plenty of options in all three categories.
Supportive housing provides a rental apartment with government funded personal care
services and 24-hour availability of personal care
Retirement homes, or residences, are not regulated by any provincial or federal authority.
They are privately owned rental accommodations for seniors who can manage and pay for
their own care. Residents are generally seniors
who require minimal-to-moderate support in
daily activities. This support has the ability to
flux to suit a resident’s changing personal care
needs. In a retirement home, a fair amount of
independence is provided, while some services
and social activities complement the experience.
Retirement homes offer wheelchair accessibility.
Markham has eight retirement homes including Rouge Valley Retirement Home, Sunrise of
Unionville, Amica at Swan Lake, Ellingwood
Retirement Home, Bethany Courts, Wyndham
Gardens Apartments, Thomson Courts, and
Leisure World Inc.
Generally speaking, long-term care facilities
offer a higher level of personal care and support
than retirement homes and supportive housing. These facilities are funded by the Province
of Ontario with the possibility of subsidized
accommodations, and service residents who
require a fair amount, and often increasing level,
of care. These facilities provide 24-hour availability of nursing care, a high level of personal
care, and on-site supervision in a secure setting.
Long-term care centres offer an ideal setting for
seniors requiring a varying level of care.
Long-term care homes are owned and operated
by various organizations. A nursing home is usually operated by a private corporation. A municipal home for the aged is owned by a municipal
council. The government requires many municipalities to build a home for the aged in their
vicinity. Charitable homes are usually owned by
non-profit corporations, which are often a faith,
community, ethnic or cultural group.
According to the Ontario Ministry of Health
and Long-Term Care website there are three
long-term care facilities in Markham. They
include Markhaven for Seniors, The Woodhaven,
and Yee Hong Centre.
Source: Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat and Ontario
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
lowers in bloom, green grass and fluttering
butterflies abound in the warm summer
months. But with air, land and water pollution saturating some of Canada’s most charming areas, it takes a lot more than just a rake and
a hoe to keep Ontario’s gardens growing.
Celebrate Our Environment is a collective
project, encompassing several environmental initiatives dedicated to the preservation
of Markham’s environment. Adopt-A-Park,
Markham’s Environmental Art exhibits, and the
Communities in Bloom competitions are only
some of the ways in which Markham residents
can be part of the fight to preserve the natural
environment of the town.
Communities in Bloom (CIB) is a national
non-profit organization aimed at celebrating
the natural surroundings of Canadian cities and
towns, and encouraging governments, businesses
and residents to collaborate in the maintenance
of a pollution-free environment.
Communities in Bloom began with 29
Canadian communities and has since expanded to
include over 100 national members. The Town of
Markham has participated in the Communities in
Bloom competition since 1996, and has been recognized on provincial, national and international
levels for its environmental leadership.
“In 2004, Markham Council decided to reenter the CIB competition to re-focus the community on stewardship. We had grown substantially over the years,” says Catherine Harrison,
Communities in Bloom Program Manager. “A
volunteer committee was established in January
2005, and we’ve worked together over the past
seven months in an effort that culminated in the
visit of our CIB judges on July 18 and 19, 2005.”
Communities in Bloom also hosts an
Environmental Art exhibit, a summer-2005 event
featuring the work of four Canadian environmen-
tal artists. The exhibits are located at Toogood
Pond in Unionville, Beaupre Park in Milliken,
German Mills-Settlers Park in Thornhill, and the
Markham Museum in Markham Village.
“Artists are the eyes to the community,” says
John Ryerson, Director of the Varley Art Gallery.
“Artists help us see ourselves and reflect community issues in creative ways. Each artist comes up
with different solutions and new ways of looking
at the environment around us.”
Along with art exhibits and award events, there
are a plethora of other opportunities for Markham
residents to aid in the beautification project.
Adopt-a-Park is a program that combines the
co-operation of town staff, community groups
and members of the public at large in an effort
to maintain the parks and natural areas of the
town. The program requires that a group “adopt”
a park, and thereby act as the park’s ambassador, taking care of the property to ensure that
it remains clean and free of any other external
forces that may deteriorate the natural environment.
The environmental initiatives in the Markham
community are numerous and diverse. The environment project has become a serious priority
for Town Council and will continue to encourage community involvement.
Other environmental programs in the community consist of “Mission Green,” a threestream waste collection system that has created the highest diversion rate in the province,
“Celebrate our Environment” calendar, available
through the Town of Markham website, and an
anti-idling by-law passed in June.
A wise poet once said that we make the world
we live in and shape our own environment.
Residents of the Town of Markham not only
agree with this sentiment, but also have taken
the destiny of Markham’s environment into
their own hands, ensuring beautiful, natural surroundings for years to come.
One of Markham’s “green fleet” hybrid vehicles in front of the Varley Art Gallery in Unionville. Photo: Stephanie Lake
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Care without compromise Wyndham Gardens
Sunrise fills the gap between senior independent
living residences and long-term care facilities
alking through a Sunrise Senior Living
Residence is like walking through
a beautiful home. Cozy nooks and
lounges with crackling fireplaces, verandahs and
sunrooms, comfy chairs, and tasteful art even in
elevators, create warmth and security.
Sunrise offers a full spectrum of care options for
each stage of the mature life. From independent living
to full care assisting residents with bathing, dressing
and medications, Sunrise fills each level of need.
Care for residents with Alzheimer disease and
memory impairment is provided on a secure
floor called the Reminiscence neighbourhood.
Life skill centres encourage residents to relive
happy memories, from a vanity with dress
clothes for various occasions to a carpentry station. Staff help alleviate the anxiety of memory
impairment through “joining the journey”.
Paul and Terry Klaassen began Sunrise 24 years
ago after their own experiences with the eldercare
settings of their own family. They became pioneers
of the assisted living concept in 1981 and have
watched it expand to over 400 locations throughout Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and Germany.
Six principles of service are instilled into the staff
and govern all practices: preserving dignity, nurturing the spirit, celebrating individuality, enabling
freedom of choice, encouraging independence,
and involving family and friends. You can see these
principles at work in the signature features.
Residents have a choice of at least five activities or events daily, from a Jeopardy game to
a shopping trip. Fresh cut flowers are placed
around the home, music plays throughout the
building, and the smell of fresh bread made in
the Bistro is often wafting through the air.
Sunrise currently has a limited number of
spots available. Please call the location nearest
you for your personal presentation or visit www.
sunriseseniorliving.ca for more information.
How to choose a
Independent living at its best
ife is good for those taking up residence in
Wyndham Gardens. The apartment complex operated by the Unionville Home
Society (UHS), has 122 apartments that range in
size from 700 to 1550 square feet. The four-story
building sits on the Eastern edge of the 19-acre
UHS campus and is just a short distance from
Unionville’s historic Main Street.
Wyndham Gardens is an independent living community with access to a home support
program on campus, if needed. UHS Housing
Manager, Heather Janes points out that, “Inhome support allows people to stay at home and
remain independent longer.”
Some amenities of Wyndham Gardens include
a restaurant — open 7 days a week for lunch,
therapeutic hot tub, exercise room, pool table, hair
salon, library and woodshop.
Janes believes Wyndham Gardens’ biggest asset is
that it’s part of a continuum of care, giving residents
a place to go close by if they require nursing care.
The UHS is a non-profit organization and has just
built a brand new nursing home facility onsite.
Residents enjoying a game of bingo at the Heritage Centre.
Residents of Wyndham Gardens are also just
steps away from the Heritage Centre where they
can enjoy various recreational and social activities.
Some activities include tea socials, movie programs, and bible study. The Heritage Centre also
runs clinics that address podiatry, blood pressure,
flu shots, income tax, and hearing aid cleaning.
With a great location and a number of amenities Wyndham Gardens is an attractive living
destination for older adults.
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It’s been over 24 years since Sunrise Senior Living
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Today, Sunrise offers a variety of living arrangements,
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personalized assistance and care. Our resident-centred
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them options to meet their individual needs and wishes. Visit or call a Sunrise Senior Living Community for
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home. As one of the fastest growing communities in the country, Markham is a prime destination for new residential development.
Starts for single and multiple dwellings in
Markham reached 1,497 by June of this year, with
the month of June accounting for 408 of those
starts, a substantial increase from the 211 starts
in June of last year.
Although housing starts across the province
may be slowing down, according to the Canada
Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC)
third quarter Housing Market Outlook, they still
exceed historical averages. The CMHC forecasts
78,000 starts across the province this year and
71,000 in 2006.
The strong demand for home ownership across
the GTA can be attributed to low mortgage rates
over the last couple of years and increasing homeowner equity.
Condominium construction across the GTA
has been and will continue to be a large part of
new housing starts. As prices for single-detached
homes rise, more first-time buyers will take
the multiple-family-home route. The CMHC
expects multiple starts to be around 38,000 this
year and about 35,500 next year.
As part of the York Region, Markham continues to experience strong resale market conditions. According to the CMHC, “New listings
appear to be plateauing at very high levels,” in the
Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and “Homeowners
have seen their home equity increase thanks to
rising home prices.”
Royal Le Page York Region, Associate Broker,
Rita Chemilian calls the current resale market
Markham isn’t just your average community. With a strong historical presence the town
includes nineteenth century homes, a Main Street
with interlocking brick, and a number of village
festivals and fairs.
“It’s a wonderful place to live with high-caliber
employment, growth, and technology, as well as a
lot of history,” says Chemilian.
In light of its unique feel and many amenities
a number of builders have made their way to
Markham. Among these is Rosehaven Homes,
whose Manor Gate Community features stone,
stucco, and brick single family homes on 45’, 35’,
and 30’ lots. At Rosehaven Homes they take finding the perfect building sites very seriously. All of
their communities offer picturesque landscapes
and beautiful settings near all of the amenities.
Mattamy Homes also has a presence in
Markham with their Cornell community. Cornell
captures the essence of the older neighbourhoods
and features homes on 44’, 40’ and 36’ lots, as well
as live-and-work townhomes.
Builders aren’t the only ones making their
way to Markham. Part of what makes the town
unique is its diverse ethnic mix.
“People from all over the world are living and
working together in Markham. It is very healthy
to invest and live in Markham at any given time,”
With its strategic location and traditional feel
the Town of Markham is an attractive place for
both developers and homebuyers.
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Great reasons to visit
• Welcoming atmosphere
• Beautiful shops
• Exceptional restaurants
• Olden Days & Antique Cars Festival
• The Festival of Lights
• Award winning Farmer’s Market
• Markham Village Music Festival
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