The City of Vaughan’s strategic plan is centred on service excellence. A key component of delivering service excellence is ensuring employees are engaged and empowered to do the very best job they can. On June 2, the Public Works portfolio kicked off a new employee engagement initiative called Vaughan Inventors. This project actively involves staff in enhancing the citizen experience and advancing operational performance by providing a forum to listen and act on staff-generated ideas.

Vaughan Inventors TrophyStyled like CBC’s Dragons’ Den and ABC’s Shark Tank, the Vaughan Inventors pitch competition offers an opportunity for staff to present their ideas on how to improve processes and procedures in their everyday work. The program was a huge success on the employee engagement front. Thirty-seven Public Works staff presented 19 original ideas to a panel of colleagues acting as judges.


After a day of incredible presentations, demonstrations and prototypes, the inaugural Vaughan Inventors trophy inventors and Easy Mulch Wheelbarrowwas awarded to Carmen Cicchillo, Brian Rego, Joseph Iamundo and Fabrizio Cavalluzzo for their invention of the Easy Mulch Wheelbarrow. The Easy Mulch Wheelbarrow is an innovative redesign of a traditional gardening device that dumps mulch right at the base of the tree, thereby reducing the time needed to spread the mulch and increasing the efficiency of the operation.

We want to take this time to congratulate all staff who participated in this event and encourage them to continue to bring forward their ideas for improving and enhancing our day-to-day operations. If you have any questions about the Vaughan Inventors program or would like more information about the ideas that were presented, please don’t hesitate to contact: Nadia Paladino at ext. 8054 or Zoran Postic at ext. 6137.

Vaghan Staff