Councillor Rowena Santos Biography

Councillor Rowena SantosCity of Brampton 

Contact Information
Phone: 905.874.2605
Fax: 905.874.2644

Rowena is a proud Bramptonian inspired by community and driven by a passion to change the culture of politics to move our city forward. She was elected in 2018, and is the first Filipino elected to Council in Brampton.

Rowena holds a BBA degree from the Schulich School of Business, and a Masters in Sustainable Development and Environmental Planning from the London School of Economics, UK.

Prior to being elected she worked at the provincial legislature for over a decade, most recently as a Director, and has mentored countless youth to be politically active across the GTA.

Before politics Rowena worked in a number of top tier corporations: systems management at Magna; financial analysis at the Royal Bank; and brand management with General Mills. She was also the Program Manager of Corporate Citizenship with Imagine Canada, and Executive Director of Emagine – working with venture capitalists and entrepreneurs at the Centre for Social Innovation.

Rowena is a community leader known for her grassroots organizing, ability to engage, and bring people together. Over the years she has volunteered as a board member for numerous non-profit organizations including Equal Voice, Brampton Focus, Neighbourhood Watch Brampton, and Stand UP for Brampton.

Rowena was raised in Brampton and is raising her son in Wards 1&5. She believes in living a healthy and active lifestyle. Rowena is an avid outdoor person who regularly runs and bikes the Etobicoke Creek Trail and works out at the local YMCA.


  • Chair-Community services
  • Vice Chair-Corporate services
  • Vice Chair-Audit
  • Member-Citizen appointments
  • Member-Cycling advisory
  • Member-Downtown Brampton BOA board of directors


  • Vice Chair-Audit and risk
  • Vice Chair-Diversity, equity and anti racism
  • Member-Emergency management program
  • Member-Government Relations
  • Member-TRCA