Member of Provincial Parliament
Arthur Potts was first elected as Member of Provincial Parliament for Beaches–East York on June 12, 2014. He brings to the role a passion for public service and a history of working with others to find sustainable solutions. As an entrepreneur and small-business owner, Arthur understands the challenges and opportunities of Ontarians trying to make their way in our great province.
Arthur began his career as a labour relations consultant with the Central Ontario Industrial Relations Institute and taught the subject at Seneca College. In 1989, he co-founded his first business – Wood Waste Solutions Inc. – a firm that specializes in wood waste management, recycling wood into usable end products. Wood Waste Solutions is still in operation today.
As the new Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Arthur will work with others to find solutions for the challenges of sustaining Ontario’s environment while creating opportunities for our province’s green technology industry.
Arthur is honoured to be part of Kathleen Wynne’s team and has played an instrumental role in a number of provincial and local initiatives. His tipping legislation recently came into effect, protecting the incomes of Ontario servers and food service staff; he helped facilitate a $50 million donation to Toronto East General Hospital, now named for the donors’ late son, Michael Garron; and he was instrumental in ending the unfair practice of charging nonrefundable waiting list fees to parents trying to access childcare, as well as in getting craft cider into farmers’ markets and grocery stores.
He is a proud father of two daughters – Robin and Dara – and lives in the Upper Beaches with his common-law partner Lisa Martin and her three children. A fly-fishing enthusiast, Arthur also enjoys sailing and plays hockey and tennis, where he is a member of Kew Gardens Tennis Club.