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News release: October 19, 2023

Peel Region appoints Keith Medenblik as Director of Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives

Keith Medenblik

BRAMPTON, ON (October 19, 2023) – Peel Region announces Keith Medenblik as Director of Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives and will bring heightened focus to Council’s advocacy on their priorities as well as working with the Peel Executive Team and our Directors to ensure key strategic initiatives continue to be supported.

Keith will report directly to the Chief Administrative Officer, Gary Kent.

Keith has more than 25 years of experience in public affairs, government relations, policy development and issues management. He began his career with Peel in 2018 as Manager of External Relations and Strategic Public Policy, building strong connections with government and community stakeholders, and providing leadership and strategic advice on public policy initiatives. Prior to his time at Peel Region, Keith previously served in a number of progressive leadership roles with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority.

Since joining Peel Region, Keith has led his team in support of Peel’s advocacy efforts in an increasingly complex political environment. He has also been involved in a broad range of regional initiatives, including serving as a Command Advisor to the Regional Emergency Operations Centre (REOC), and as a member of the Mass Vaccination Program Leadership Team during the Region’s COVID-19 pandemic response.

In addition to his role with Peel Region, Keith is active in his community, serving as a Member and Past Chair of the Halton Hills Public Library Board, as well as a member of the Town’s Committee of Adjustment. Keith has also previously served as Director and Vice Chair, Policy of the Brampton Board of Trade.

You can read more about Keith on his LinkedIn profile.

You can learn more about the dissolution of Peel at

I am so pleased to welcome Keith into the Director role. His extensive experience in government relations and public affairs make him an incredible asset and leader for our team at Peel during this transformation and support Council in its goal to maintain service levels through this highly disruptive period.

Gary Kent, Chief Administrative Officer, Peel Region

Media contact

Victoria Persoglio
Communication Specialist
Region of Peel

About Peel's transition

The Ontario government announced the dissolution of Peel Region and the establishment of a Transition Board (TB) as part of Bill 112. The Transition Board was appointed to provide recommendations to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing on a range of restructuring matters related to the dissolution of Peel Region to make Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon independent municipalities by January 1, 2025.

To learn about the Transition Board, how it will make these recommendations, and to provide feedback to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, visit Ontario's Peel Region Transition Board website.

During our transition, Peel remains committed to providing services to residents and businesses. For information about our transition, visit Peel's transition website.

About Peel Region

Peel Region works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for approximately 1.5 million people and over 200,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore and follow us on Twitter @regionofpeel and Instagram