Mike is a resident of Ward 19 and has lived in Trinity-Spadina for over 25 years.
Before being elected on October 25, 2010 to serve as one of Toronto’s youngest Councillors, Mike worked for political change from the other side of the table, as an environmental leader and community organizer. As Deputy Outreach Director for Environmental Defence, one of Canada’s leading environmental groups, he championed a variety of successful initiatives including the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, green building standards, water conservation and source water protection.
Mike holds a LEEDs Accreditation (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), in addition to earning a Masters in Environmental Studies, with a focus on citizen participation in urban planning. These qualifications followed his BA in Political Science and Environmental Management.
Mike’s volunteer accomplishments include serving as Vice President of the Board of Directors of Freshwater Future and as the Lake Ontario Board Member for Great Lakes United. He served on the Environment Canada Great Lakes Canadian Advisory Panel for the negotiations to amend the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement and on the Great Lakes Commission Wind Collaborative Steering Committee, advising this international organization on wind power development in the Great Lakes.
Mike also worked for 6 years as a manager for a popular downtown restaurant where he learned first-hand the challenges of small business ownership and the role the City of Toronto plays in fostering entrepreneurship.
Son of NDP Leader and former City Councillor Jack Layton, Mike has been active since an early age on a variety of issues and causes including fundraising for the White Ribbon Campaign to end male violence against women, and working with special needs children.