2017 Municipal Finance Forum

Roberto Rossini Bio


Roberto Rossini recently retired as the City of Toronto's Deputy City Manager & Chief Financial Officer. As one of three deputies reporting to the City Manager, Roberto was responsible for leading internal corporate services and the financial stewardship of Canada's largest city and sixth largest government.
Roberto currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation.
Over his 5 years at the City of Toronto, Roberto secured City Council's approval of balanced budgets that both strengthened the City's fiscal health and invested in the future. Toronto's combined 2017 operating and capital budget of $16 billion minimizes tax impacts and keeps Toronto competitive with low property tax increases while maintaining current service levels and funding new and enhanced services for 2.8 million people.
Today, Toronto remains affordable with an average residential tax rate that is 30% below the GTA average, making its tax rate the lowest in the GTA.
Prior to joining the City of Toronto, Roberto was the General Manager of Finance and Corporate Services at the City of Hamilton and the Director of Finance for the City of Mississauga. He also held other progressively responsible finance-related positions at the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs, the Ontario Ministry of Treasury, Economics and Intergovernmental Affairs and the Region of Halton.
Throughout his career, Roberto has been instrumental in various intergovernmental initiatives with the Province of Ontario, the Regional/Single Tier Treasurers group and other municipalities on matters such as municipal grants, service and funding realignments, taxation reform and infrastructure funding.
He lives in Burlington with his wife and has three children.