Rowena Santos

Rowena is a proud Bramptonian inspired by community and driven by a passion to change the culture of politics to move our city forward. She was elected in 2018, and is the first Filipino elected to Council in Brampton.

Rowena holds a HBBA degree from the Schulich School of Business, and a Masters in Sustainable Development and Environmental Planning from the London School of Economics.

Prior to being elected she worked at the Ontario legislature for over a decade, most recently as a Director, and has mentored countless youth to be politically active across the GTA.

Before politics Rowena worked in a number of top tier corporations to include Magna, RBC, and General Mills. She was also the Program Manager of Corporate Citizenship with Imagine Canada, and Executive Director of Emagine – working with venture capitalists and entrepreneurs at the Centre for Social Innovation.

Rowena was raised in Brampton and is raising her son in Wards 1&5. As a supporter of the arts, she also enjoys playing with her local band “Point of Order”. She believes in living a healthy and active lifestyle. Rowena is an avid outdoor person who regularly runs and bikes the Etobicoke Creek Trail, works out at the local YMCA and daily on the Peloton.

City Roles:
  • Chair – Community Services
  • Vice Chair – Corporate Services
  • Vice Chair – Audit Committee
  • Member – Citizen Appointments Committee
  • Member – Cycling Advisory Committee
  • Member – CAO Performance Review Committee
  • Member – Downtown Brampton BIA Board of Directors
Regional Roles:
  • Vice Chair – Audit and Risk
  • Vice Chair – Diversity, Equity and Anti Racism
  • Member – Emergency Management Program
  • Member – Government Relations
  • Member – Toronto Regional Conversation Authority, Board of Directors
Federation of Canadian Municipalities Board Member:
  • Vice-Chair and Member of Municipal Finance and Intergovernmental Relations
  • Member of Standing Committees on Municipal Infrastructure and Transportation Policy; Increasing Women’s Participation in Municipal Government; and Conference Planning