Meet The Team

Jesse James

Jesse’s organizing skills are renown in Willowdale after many years of building connections between neighbours and community members. For almost nine years he worked with Youth Unlimited doing outreach among many of Willowdale’s most marginalized youth and families. In 2018, he responded to the Yonge Street tragedy by co-founding We Love Willowdale and organizing a range of community responses. Jesse holds a Masters of Divinity from Tyndale Seminary. He joined John’s team in 2019.

Mark Striffler

An experienced City Hall member, Mark tackles the Transportation, Water, Toronto Hydro, Buildings, Engineering and Construction, TTC, and the Committee of Adjustment portfolios. If you have any questions regarding any of these please let us know, he’s always happy to help

Nicole Hausmann

Nicole has joined John’s team working on a range of Parks, Forestry, & Recreation projects. She previously worked on the outreach team at a local environmental non-profit for over four years with a focus on protecting Ontario’s Greenbelt and promoting the Blue Flag beach program. She holds a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson, as well as a Master of Management from UBC. She joined John’s team in 2020.

Catherine Leblanc-Miller

Catherine became John’s office go-to on all large scale planning and development matters in 2011, along with working on expanding local child care facilities.


Catherine served as a trustee with the Toronto Catholic District School board from 2002 until 2010 including a term as chair.


She has also served as a conference president with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul working towards poverty alleviation.