Raised in Barrie’s north-east Ward 1 and now representing Ward 9 in Barrie's growing south-east, Sergio understands the excitement of Barrie growing up to become a dynamic, vibrant destination alongside the concern of losing its small city feel appeal, as he himself grew up at the same time Barrie did.
A graduate of St. Joseph's Catholic High School in Barrie, Sergio attended the University of Saskatchewan to study a Bachelor of Commerce, before transferring to the University of Guelph to complete his degree. He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm.), majoring in Real Estate and Housing and a concentration in Economics.
Sergio began his political involvement in his university years by writing op-ed columns for the Barrie Examiner, serving as an intern to former Barrie Member of Provincial Parliament Rod Jackson, and working as a Constituency Assistant to former Barrie Member of Parliament Patrick Brown. He was elected in 2014 to Barrie City Council in a field of 3 candidates with 51.63% of the vote, being the only candidate in the Barrie election to defeat an incumbent, and becoming the youngest city councillor in Barrie's history elected with a plurality of the vote, at 21 years of age. In the 2018 municipal election, Sergio was the only councillor candidate to be acclaimed to the 2018-2022 Barrie City Council, becoming just the third councillor candidate acclaimed to Barrie City Council in 21 years.
Beyond politics, Sergio has been a proven advocate of a strong education system by serving as the public member of the City of Barrie's NorthShore Trail Working Group, the Catholic Vice-President of the Ontario Students' Trustee Association, & the Student Trustee of the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board, where he sat on the Policy Committee and was awarded the Inclusion Excellence Award for his advocacy work on the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC).
In the 2014-2018 Barrie City Council, Sergio has worked towards his vision of infrastructure investments & smart growth by serving on:
Infrastructure, Investment, & Development Services Committee
Barrie Municipal Non-Profit Housing Corporation
Barrie Public Library board
Simcoe Community Services, Community Advisory Board
Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit
Accessibility Committee (2014-2017)
Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (2014-2016)
In his spare time, Sergio can be found going on road-trips in his Mustang GT, catching up on the latest movie, and cheering on the Toronto Blue Jays, who haven't won a world series since the year he was born.