Steve Parish was appointed as Mayor of the Town of Ajax in December 1995. He is the longest serving Mayor in the Town's history, having been re-elected to the position in each of the Municipal Elections, from 1997 to 2010. Mr. Parish is a member of Durham Regional Council and the Durham Region Health and Social Services Committee. He is a founding Board member of Veridian Corporation and has served as Vice Chairman. He is a past member and Chair of the Region of Durham Planning Committee and past Board member of the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance. A graduate of Ajax High School, he holds a BA in history from York University and an LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1978. A member in good standing, Mr. Parish retired from actively practicing law in September 2006.
Mr. Parish has been an outspoken advocate for the environment and sustainable development. In 2000, he championed the adoption of an environment first Official Plan by the Town of Ajax. He is a proponent of the Province of Ontario's Greenbelt initiative, and successfully advocated that all of the Town's non-urban lands be placed in the Greenbelt.