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CivicAction Welcomes City-Builders Cameron Bailey, Ken Tanenbaum, Beth Wilson and Daniele Zanotti to its Board of Directors

CivicAction Welcomes City-Builders Cameron Bailey, Ken Tanenbaum, Beth Wilson and Daniele Zanotti to its Board of Directors

TORONTO, June 28, 2016 – Today, Chair Rod Phillips announced additions to the leadership of CivicAction welcoming Cameron Bailey, Ken Tanenbaum, Beth Wilson and Daniele Zanotti to its Board of Directors – a diverse group of multi-sector leaders in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area committed to making the region a better place to live and work.

“As an organization built around action and collective impact, we need the right leadership to support and guide our efforts,” said Phillips. “For over a decade, CivicAction has had the privilege of collaborating with the best leaders this region has to offer and I am thrilled that tradition is continuing.”

As the Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Cameron Bailey is responsible for the overall vision and execution of TIFF’s selection. No stranger to CivicAction, he was a founding member of CivicAction’s Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) and Co-Chair of the Arts and Culture Working group for the 2011 CivicAction Summit.

Ken Tanenbaum, Chairman of Kilmer Developments, brings 25 years in the construction and development industry to his roles with the Kilmer Group. Ken has a long history of volunteer leadership and has been engaged with CivicAction’s ELN. Ken is passionate about the promise of Canada and is committed to aligning his business interests with building healthy cities and vibrant communities.

In her roles of Toronto Managing Partner & Canadian Managing Partner of Community Leadership at KPMG, Beth Wilson is responsible for the growth and operations of KPMG in the GTA. With a remarkable career in professional services that spans more than 20 years, Beth has been selected as a Top 25 Canadian Woman of Influence™. Beth has been a CivicAction DiverseCity Fellows mentor and is a long-time supporter of the organization.

Daniele Zanotti, Incoming President and CEO of United Way Toronto & York Region, was most recently United Way Toronto & York Region’s Senior Vice-President of Resource Development and served previously as CEO of United Way York Region from 2007 to 2015. He was a member of the 2011-2015 CivicAction Steering Committee and served on the Champions Councils for CivicAction’s Escalator: Jobs for Youth Facing Barriers and DiverseCity initiatives.

CivicAction also announced today that long-serving board member, the Honourable David Crombie, will now serve as Honorary Co-Chair of the Board. CivicAction thanked outgoing board members Courtney Pratt and Susan McIsaac, outgoing President and CEO, United Way of Toronto & York Region, for their contributions to CivicAction and to the region over the years.

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Thank you to CNW Group for sponsoring this announcement.

For more information contact: Sarah Harris, Director of Communications or (647) 267-4997

About CivicAction: For over a decade, CivicAction has brought together senior executives and rising leaders from all sectors to tackle some of our region’s toughest challenges. CivicAction sets a non-partisan agenda, builds strategic partnerships, and launches campaigns, programs and organizations that transform our region. To find out more visit or follow us on twitter at @CivicActionGTHA.


“The honour of joining CivicAction is all in its name. We all like to point out what needs to change in our cities. CivicAction does something about it. This is an organization devoted to identifying areas where the city can improve, figuring out how we can contribute, then getting it done. Rinse and repeat. I love that.”

  • Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director, Toronto International Film Festival

25 years in the construction and development industry have taught me that building great cities has nothing to do with concrete, but rather in harnessing the power of people who are aligned around an explicit and common mission. CivicAction defines the mission and mobilizes forces to its neutral sandbox, where ideas can be efficiently subject to experimentation, execution and evaluation. CivicAction will move us forward, and I am privileged to be able to grow my role within this remarkable organization.

  • Ken Tanenbaum – Chairman, Kilmer Developments 

I’m excited to join the CivicAction board because I truly believe that the vitality of our communities and prosperity of the GTHA region depends on our collective civic leadership across the private, public, and non-profit sectors. CivicAction operates in a way that is true to my leadership mindset – inspiring people to be a force for change by leading them to realize their full potential.

  • Beth Wilson – Toronto Managing Partner & Canadian Managing Partner of Community Leadership, KPMG

I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to join the CivicAction board. I sat on their steering committee before becoming a board member — so I’ve seen first-hand how CivicAction plays a vital role in promoting collaboration among city-building organizations, and improving conditions across our entire region.

  • Daniele Zanotti, incoming President and CEO, United Way of Toronto & York Region