Home People Team Member

Gary Scandlan, BA, PLE

Managing Partner

Sector: Municipal Finance

905-272-3600 ext. 226

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Gary’s career spans almost 40 years, including his work at the management level with the Region of Hamilton-Wentworth and the Region of Halton.

In these roles, he gained expertise in the highly specialized field of financial policy analysis. This experience has been invaluable to Watson’s clients in addressing today’s challenging financial environment.

Gary provides assistance in long-range capital planning, development charges, developer agreement negotiations, water and wastewater rate studies, growth management strategies and economic/financial feasibility studies. At Watson, he has worked with approximately 150 municipalities and private-sector clients across Canada.

In 2001, Gary participated in two expert panel sessions for the Walkerton Inquiry, providing recommendations for water system financial management and privatization. Since then, Gary has been working with 70 municipalities to establish water and wastewater rate structures that will ensure financial sustainability.

Gary has authored several articles and frequently makes presentations on the Development Charges Act, revenue alternatives to taxation, privatization of municipal services, municipal financial planning, and full cost pricing of water and wastewater services.

He often appears before the Ontario Land Tribunal (formerly the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal) and other tribunals on behalf of municipalities.

Gary holds a degree in Economics from McMaster University, and is a Professional Land Economist. He is a member of the Municipal Finance Officers’ Association of Ontario, Toronto Association for Business and Economics, Ontario Public Works Association and Ontario Water Works Association.

Gary lives in Morriston (Puslinch Township). He enjoys the smaller, semi-urban community setting where he can get to know the other residents and enjoy the openness of the landscape.

  • 2018 Annual AMCTO Conference, June 10-13, 2018
  • MFAO Conference; September 19-21, 2018
  • MFOA Workshops, November 14/21/28, 2018
  • AMCTO Annual Conference, June 14-16, 2021