St. Patrick's, Ward 4
Born in St. Catharines, July 16, 1955, the second of two sons to his parents John and Isabel. His late father, John C. Elliott, was executive director of Family and Children's Services of the Niagara Region from 1953 to 1990.
Mark attended Prince Phillip School, Dalewood Senior School and Grantham High School and graduated in 1974 as part of Governor Simcoe Secondary School's first graduating class.
Mark attended York University's School of Fine Arts as a studio major in visual arts, graduating in 1978 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and earning the Heinz Jordan Memorial Scholarship in his final year.
Upon graduation, he remained involved in fine arts, first as assistant curator at Bau-Xi Gallery in Toronto and later as manager for U-Frame-It Ltd., where he ran a picture framing workshop and art gallery in Yorkville, and designed and set up picture framing workshops nationally for the corporation. Mark also continued his career as a professional visual artist during this time with exhibitions in Toronto and throughout Ontario.
In 1981, Mark left U-Frame-It Ltd., and after touring Europe, he returned to St. Catharines, where he set up his visual art studio and went to work for Potter & Shaw Photo Shop Ltd., designing and managing their picture framing business called the Frame Shop.
In 1987, Mark opened The Framer's Workshop on St. Paul Street, in St. Catharines, where, as one of Canada's first Certified Picture Framers (CPF), he specialized in the framing of original works of art on paper and canvas. He met gallery director (Gallerie Machan) and visual artist Krys Kaczkan in 1988. They were married in 1990.
Soon after they wed, the couple re-branded and diversified The Framer's Workshop, and Elliott & Company House and Garden Ltd. was born. As one of Canada's leading home and garden décor stores, Elliott & Company was awarded Runner Up - Canadian Decorative Accessory / Home Décor Retailer of the Year in 2004 and was honored with the ultimate title of Overall Canadian Retailer of the Year in 2005.
In 2006, Mark was elected to St. Catharines City Council in St. Patrick's Ward 4. During the past four years of council, Mark has sat on the Downtown Development and Revitalization Committee (DDRC), the Public Art Advisory Committee (PAC), the Culture Committee, the Niagara Centre for the Arts Task Force (NCAT), the Spectator Arena Task Force, the Code of Conduct Committee, the Trails Safety Committee, the Museum Advisory Committee, and the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for the Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP).
Mark has also sat on the Cultural Planning Sub-committee and the Downtown Licensed Establishment Committee (DLEC) and, as a community member, city councillor and visual artist, Mark currently sits on the Rodman Hall Arts Centre Advisory Board and the Rodman Hall Acquisitions Committee. In the past, he has sat on the board of directors of the St. Catharines Downtown Association, the Downtown Association Promotions Committee and was a member of the Stakeholder Steering Committee for the St. Catharines Downtown Street System Conversion Study / Class Environmental Assessment (two-way traffic study). He is past president of Niagara Artist's Company (NAC).
During his term on council, Mark has been an advocate for downtown revitalization, including the implementation of two-way traffic, the creation of an Transportation Master Plan that embraces inclusivity and a complete streets philosophy, an Urban Forest Management Plan that recognizes our Urban Forest as infrastructure that must be planned, maintained and renewed, and Cultural development and infrastructure investment that will promote community desireability and well-being while contributing to the development of a new creative economy for our city and region.
Mark retired from custom picture framing, after 30 years of quality craftsmanship and service, in 2007. In 2010, Mark and Krys closed the retail storefront location of Elliott & Company to concentrate on their careers as professional visual artists.
Mark currently sits on:
Council has also appointed Mark as its lead in the development of the performing arts centre and in that role sits as co-chair of the User Group Committee, and as member of the Procurement Committee, the Design and Construction Committee and the City Project Oversight Committee.