A 2015 Alumni Achievement Award nominee:
For her work in supporting diversity and inclusion in the Ontario Government, Carol Layton was recognized as a “Legend of the Ontario Public Service.” She received the 2011 Lieutenant Governor’s Medal of Distinction in Public Administration and continues to impact public service in Ontario.
Layton has been a Deputy Minister for over 12 years, serving a number of different portfolios. Nearing her five year anniversary with the Ministry of Transportation in Toronto, as deputy she leads the ministry that oversees Metrolinx and the Ontario Highway Transport Board. Layton plans and prioritizes efficient and accessible movement of people and goods through an integrated, multi-modal transportation network that works to address congestion, supports land use planning priorities and improves the environment. Layton has worked with the Ontario Government in a wide range of diverse positions for more than 35 years.
Layton similarly serves her community in a wide range of roles. She has served as a board member for the national Institute of Public Administration of Canada and has participated in Toronto's Out of the Cold Program for over a decade. West Toronto KEYS to Inclusion or KEYS for short, is a non-profit organization established by Layton, her husband and a number of other like-minded parents. The organization, now in its fifth year of successful operation, supports adults with intellectual disabilities through day programs and community involvement. Layton's next volunteer adventure will be at the 2015 Parapan Am Games in Toronto where her and her daughter will provide event host services.
Completing the Program for Public Executives at Queen’s University in 1997 influenced Layton’s career in public service. She first began her academic career at the University of Waterloo where she graduated in 1980 with a BES in Geography. Layton remains connected to her University of Waterloo memories by staying in touch with her fellow BES alumni, supporting UW outreach campaigns and hiring Waterloo co-operative educations student whenever possible.