Remo Mancini

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Remo Mancini
Ontario MPP
In office
1975–1993
Preceded by Donald Paterson
Succeeded by Bruce Crozier
Constituency Essex South
Personal details
Born (1951-05-26) May 26, 1951 (age 66)
Pescara, Italy
Political party Liberal
Occupation Executive and Professional Corporate Director

Remo Mancini (born May 26, 1951) is a businessman and former politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1975 to 1993, and served as a cabinet minister in the government of David Peterson.

Background[edit]

Mancini was born in Pescara, Italy. A gold medal gymnast, he received athletic scholarships to both U.S and Canadian Universities. Injuries ended Mancini's athletic career and formal education.[1]

Mancini received an ICD.D certification[2] from the Corporate Governance College at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.[3] The program is a joint initiative by Rotman and the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Politics[edit]

In 1972, Mancini was elected to the local municipal council of Anderdon township. In December 1974, Mancini was elected deputy reeve and Essex County councillor at the age of 23.[4]

Mancini was elected to the provincial legislature the following year in the Ontario general election of 1975, defeating Progressive Conservative Frank Klees by just over 2,000 votes in Essex South.[5] He defeated Klees again by a wider margin in the 1977 Ontario election,[6] and easily retained his seat in the elections of 1981,[7] 1985[8] and 1987.[9]

The Liberal Party was able to form a minority government under David Peterson following the 1985 provincial election, after 42 years in opposition. Mancini was named as the Premier's parliamentary assistant from 1985 to 1987. He was promoted to minister without portfolio responsible for disabled persons on September 29, 1987,[10] and finally to Minister of Revenue on August 2, 1989.[11]

The Liberals were defeated by the New Democratic Party in the 1990 Ontario election. Mancini was the only Liberal MPP elected in the Windsor to London region.[12]

Remo Mancini was elected to House Leader by the Liberal Caucus in a formal process which he served until February 1992.[13] While in opposition Mancini was chairman of the Public Accounts Committee.[14] He endorsed Steve Mahoney's bid to lead the Liberal Party in 1991.[15] Mancini retired from the legislature on April 30, 1993.

Parliamentary positions[edit]

Special Parliamentary Responsibilities
Predecessor Title Successor
Murray Elston Opposition House Leader
(1991–1992)
Murray Elston
Provincial Government of David Peterson
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Bernard Grandmaître Minister of Revenue
1989–1990
Shelley Wark-Martyn
Special Cabinet Responsibilities
Predecessor Title Successor
New position Minister Without Portfolio
1987–1989
Responsible for Disabled Persons
Shirley Collins

Corporate Life[edit]

In February 1994, Mancini was appointed as director of corporate affairs for the Canadian Transit Company which operates the Canadian portion of the Ambassador Bridge linking Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan.[16] Four months later, he was promoted to vice-president.[17] He stayed in that position for 10 years until he resigned in September 2004.[18]

In 2006 he was appointed to the Board of Advisors of Watts Energy, a Michigan-based energy company focused on renewable wind energy.[19] He also served on the US-based National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and the Canadian-based Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD).

In 2007, Mancini was elected Chairman of the Board of the Windsor-Essex Development Commission (WEDC),[20] a not-for-profit corporation that seeks to "maximize economic diversity, growth and prosperity"[21] in Windsor and Essex. In March 2008, Mancini was appointed Acting Interim Executive Officer, making Mancini the WEDC's fifth CEO in five years.[22] Mancini resigned, along with the entire WEDC Board of Directors in March 2009 due to political interference after publicly stating such interference was contrary the principles under which the Dev. Com. was established.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schumacher Research and Leadership Group: Remo Mancini
  2. ^ Institute of Corporate Directors: About the ICD
  3. ^ FT.com: Niocan Inc
  4. ^ "We spy strangers". The Globe and Mail. September 22, 1975. p. 6. 
  5. ^ "Table of vote results for all Ontario ridings". The Globe and Mail. September 19, 1975. p. C12. 
  6. ^ "Ontario provincial election results riding by riding". The Globe and Mail. June 10, 1977. p. D9. 
  7. ^ Canadian Press (1981-03-20). "Winds of change, sea of security". The Windsor Star. Windsor, Ontario. p. 22. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  8. ^ "Results of vote in Ontario election". The Globe and Mail. May 3, 1985. p. 13. 
  9. ^ "Results from individual ridings". The Windsor Star. September 11, 1987. p. F2. 
  10. ^ "Wrye gets new cabinet job". The Windsor Star. September 29, 1987. p. A1. 
  11. ^ Allen, Gene (August 3, 1989). "Veterans bear load as 8 ministers cut in Peterson shuffle". The Globe and Mail. p. A1. 
  12. ^ "Ontario election: Riding-by-riding voting results". The Globe and Mail. September 7, 1990. p. A12. 
  13. ^ "Mancini given new job". The Windsor Star. November 21, 1991. p. A1. 
  14. ^ "MPP named tax watchdog". The Windsor Star. April 27, 1992. p. A11. 
  15. ^ Potter, Jim (November 18, 1991). "Grit leadership race a 'love-in'". The Windsor Star. p. A3. 
  16. ^ "Mancini hired at bridge". The Windsor Star. February 10, 1994. p. A3. 
  17. ^ Rojo, Oscar (June 27, 1994). "Moore Corp. Ltd. has recruited a computer company executive to ...". Toronto Star. p. E2. 
  18. ^ Battagello, Dave (September 27, 2004). "Mancini resigns bridge post". The Windsor Star. p. A1. 
  19. ^ "Former bridge executive joins energy company". The Windsor Star. May 17, 2006. p. A2. 
  20. ^ Business Executive: Windsor Essex Development Commission hits the ground running
  21. ^ Windsor-Essex Development Commission: About WEDC
  22. ^ Windsor Star: Arrested Development
  23. ^ Windsor Star: Development commission board gone for good

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