CivicAction and the CivicAction Leadership Foundation are led by a separate-yet-connected Board of Directors made up of diverse, strategic leaders who represent all sectors and regions of the GTHA and share a passion for city-building. Learn more about members of the CivicAction below, and click here to learn about the members of our CivicAction Leadership Foundation Board.
Chair, CivicAction; Chair, Postmedia Canada Corp
He was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) and of Shepell.fgi, one of North America’s leading providers of B2B health and productivity solutions. Active in his community, Rod is the Chair of the Boards of CivicAction and the Telus Toronto Community Board and a member of the board of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). He is a member of the board of Discovery Air Inc. and a member of the Global Advisory Board and Chair of Afiniti Canada.
Rod was selected as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 and later was chosen as one of the “Best of the Best” on the 10th anniversary of the award. He is a winner of the Canadian Venture Capital Association, Deal of the Year Award in the Private Equity Category and was appointed Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the 32nd Combat Engineer Regiment headquartered in Toronto.
Rod is a graduate of the MBA program at Wilfrid Laurier University and holds a BA with Honors in Political Science and English from Western University. He is a graduate of the Directors Education Program at the Rotman School of Management and holds the Institute of Corporate Directors designation ICD.D.
Artistic Director, Toronto International Film Festival
Cameron Bailey is the Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival®. He is responsible for the overall vision and execution of Festival programming, as well as maintaining relationships with the Canadian and international film industries. Toronto Life has named him one of Toronto’s 50 Most Influential People four years in a row.
Born in London, Bailey grew up in England and Barbados before migrating to Canada. Before taking up his current position at TIFF, he was a Festival programmer for eleven years, and a writer and broadcaster on film. He reviewed for Toronto’s NOW Magazine, CBC Radio One and CTV’s Canada AM. He presented international cinema nightly on Showcase Television’s national programme The Showcase Revue, and has been published in The Globe and Mail, The Village Voice, CineAction!, and Screen. Cameron has curated film series for Cinematheque Ontario, the National Gallery of Canada, the National Film Board of Canada, and Australia’s Sydney International Film Festival.
Bailey currently sits on the Advisory Council for Western University’s School for Arts and Humanities and for Haiti’s Cine Institute film school. He is also a board member of Tourism Toronto, and he currently teaches a course in programming and curation at the University of Toronto.
Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group
Kilian Berz is a Partner and Managing Director and leads the Canadian Practice of The Boston Consulting Group. Kilian has worked extensively as a consultant across many industries, for government and non-for-profit organizations.
Kilian has focused a significant amount of his time on transforming organizations led from a perspective of the creating a differentiated customer experience. Based on customers’ technical, functional and emotional needs, he helped companies to redefine their customer service proposition and innovate their approach to deliver the targeted experience.
Kilian has led global research on organizational change and innovation. He has studied success factors for top performers across all customer segments and developed a strong quantitative perspective on the improvement potential of individual organizations.
Kilian holds a Master of Philosophy in Economics from the University of Oxford and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Bonn University. His thesis focused on managing organizational change and aligning personal interests with the overall organizational aspiration.
Former CEO, Canadian Urban Institute; Former Mayor, City of Toronto
A native Torontonian, David Crombie has been a champion for strong neighbourhoods and helping to improve Toronto’s social systems for decades. He is a former Mayor of Toronto and Member of Parliament, and has served as Federal Cabinet Minister. He served as Chancellor of Ryerson University and was conferred the title of Chancellor Emeritus in 2006. A member of many community organizations, Mr. Crombie is a Director of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance, the Founding Chair of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, President of David Crombie & Associates Inc., Chair of the Toronto Lands Corporation, former Chair of Ontario Place Corporation and the former President and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute. He also serves as Chair of the Advisory Council for the Nuclear Waste Management Organization. David Crombie has been appointed as an Officer to the Order of Canada.
President and CEO, Toronto Region Board of Trade
Janet De Silva was appointed President & CEO of Toronto Region Board of Trade in November 2014. As President & CEO Ms. De Silva leads the chamber of commerce for Canada’s largest urban centre, representing the business interest of 12,000 members and 200,000 business professionals across the Toronto region.
Prior to joining the Board, Ms. De Silva was Dean of Ivey Asia, leading the Hong Kong campus and Mainland China operations of Ivey Business School, with responsibility for the school’s programs, overall development and expansion in Asia.
For 14 years Ms. De Silva has led businesses internationally as CEO of Sun Life Financial’s business in Hong Kong and its Mainland China joint venture. Under her leadership Sun Life Everbright光大永明人寿 expanded its China operations from 2 to 15 cities, grew to a workforce of more than 4,000, and delivered triple digit revenue growth. In 2007, Ms. De Silva co-founded and was CEO of Retail China Limited, a company that worked with international retail brands operating their retail stores and managing franchises in China. The company was acquired in 2010, but she remained active in capital advisory and investment projects.
Group Head, Canadian Personal & Commercial Banking, BMO Financial Group
Cameron Fowler is the Group Head, Canadian Personal & Commercial Banking. In this position he is accountable for the overall business results for the Canadian Personal & Commercial Banking business.
This includes business and sales strategies for our Canadian Banking and North American Retail and Small Business Payments businesses and ensuring appropriate governance and risk management frameworks and controls are in place across the group. Mr. Fowler also has accountability for BMO’s digital, mobile, contact centre and physical channels across North America.
A member of the BMO Financial Group Executive Committee, Mr. Fowler joined the company in January 2009 as Executive Vice-President and Head of Strategy and Marketing, BMO. Most recently, Mr. Fowler was Executive Vice-President, Canadian Personal & Commercial Banking, where he was responsible for the strategic direction and performance of our customer segments, physical and virtual channels and all product areas, including payments and cards. He was appointed to his current role in February 2014.
Prior to joining BMO, Mr. Fowler was the Managing Director & Head of Barclays Wealth International with Barclays in London, UK. He also held various senior positions within Barclays, Delano Technology Corporation and Braxton Associates/Deloitte Consulting and served as Policy Advisor for the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Government of Ontario.
Mr. Fowler is a member of the CBA Executive Council and is active in several charities including United Way.
In 2010, Mr. Fowler was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. He has a BA (Honours) from Queen’s University and received his MBA from the London Business School at the University of London (UK).
Special Advisor at Royal Bank of Canada
Zabeen Hirji is Special Advisor at Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), Canada’s largest bank and a top 15 globally and following a 40 year career, she will retire in October 2017. She was RBC’s Chief Human Resources Officer from 2007-2017, and as a member of the Bank’s Group Executive Committee, she was one of nine executives responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of the Bank. As CHRO, she had global responsibility for Human Resources covering 80,000 employees in 35 countries as well as responsibility for Brand, Communications and Corporate Citizenship. RBC was named a Best Place to Work for the past nine years, and received numerous awards for diversity and inclusion, reflecting its high-performance, high-engagement culture and leading talent practices.
In parallel with her business career, Ms Hirji has been a community leader, working with private, public, not-for-profit and academic institutions. She focuses on diversity and inclusion as well as youth education and employment, key enablers for people to realize their full potential in the rapidly changing world of work and to build inclusive prosperity. As both a champion and a challenger, she is a senior-level advisor to governments and not-for-profit organizations and a frequent speaker and media commentator. Ms. Hirji is a member of the Governing Council of the University of Toronto, a director of Civic Action where she chairs Escalator, a youth employment initiative, and chairs the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council.
In 2016, Ms. Hirji was honoured with the Governor General’s meritorious Service Medal for advancing diversity and inclusion, and Simon Fraser University’s Outstanding Alumni award for Professional achievement. As a three-time recipient of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women award, in 2012 she was inducted into WXN’s Hall of Fame. In 2014, she was a Catalyst Canada honouree for Championing Women and Minorities in Business, and in 2010 was named Corporate Executive of the Year by the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. Hirji holds an MBA from Simon Fraser University.
President and CEO, TD Ameritrade
Tim Hockey is a financial services veteran with more than 30 years’ experience in retail banking and wealth management and a passion for leveraging technology to enhance the client experience.
As President of TD Ameritrade, he is primarily responsible for the oversight of the strategy and operations supporting the company’s three client channels: Retail Investing, Trading and Institutional, and will assume additional responsibilities for technology, operations and corporate functions over the coming months. He has been appointed by the company’s board of directors as successor to Chief Executive Officer Fred Tomczyk, who has announced his intent to retire at the end of the 2016 fiscal year.
Hockey joined TD Ameritrade in January 2016 from TD Bank Group, where he most recently served as Group Head, Canadian Banking and Wealth management, and as President and CEO of TD Canada Trust. His primary responsibilities covered a portfolio of global businesses totaling nearly CDN $13 billion in annual revenue and included global direct investing, advisory and Canadian asset management businesses, as well as leadership of Canadian personal banking, business banking and auto finance. Over his 32-year career with TD, he held senior positions in a variety of areas including mutual funds, retail distribution, information technology, core and small business, credit cards and personal lending.
Hockey holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario and sits on the Advisory Board of the Richard Ivey School of Business. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the SickKids Foundation, the largest non-governmental granting agency in children’s health in Canada, and was Chair of the Hospital for Sick Children’s Research and Learning Tower Campaign. He is on the board of The Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance and served as the 2015 Honorary Chair for the Ride to Conquer Cancer.
He was an executive member of the Canadian Bankers Association, previously serving as Chair of the organization. He is also a past winner of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40,” a program that celebrates Canadians who have reach significant success before the age of 40 in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.
President and CEO, Hamilton Health Sciences
Rob MacIsaac is the President and CEO of Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS). HHS is one of the most comprehensive health care systems in Canada. Comprised of a family of six hospitals and six specialized facilities, it serves more than 2.5 million residents of Hamilton and Central South and Central West Ontario. With a budget over $1.3 billion and over 12,000 staff, the hospital is the largest employer in the Hamilton region. As an academic teaching hospital with an affiliation with McMaster University and Mohawk College, HHS is committed to providing exemplary health care while advancing health research and education.
Prior to joining HHS, Rob was the President of Mohawk College in Hamilton. Over a five year period, he led the transformation of its main campus with investments in new and renovated space totalling more than $80M. Today, Mohawk is recognized as southern Ontario’s post-secondary hub for health and technology, and a leader in applied research. Between 2006 and 2009, Mr. MacIsaac served as the first Chair of Metrolinx – the provincial transportation authority responsible for planning, building, and operating transportation infrastructure in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. He also served three terms as Mayor of the City of Burlington from 1997 to 2006.
Mr. MacIsaac has been recognized for his accomplishments in community building with the Canada 125 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals, and a Paul Harris Fellowship, Rotary Club of Hamilton. He was also awarded a Doctor of Arts (Honoris Causa) from Australia’s Charles Sturt University. He completed his undergraduate degree in Economics at the University of Waterloo in 1984 and received a Law degree at the University of Western Ontario in 1987. He was called to the Bar in 1989.
Peacebuilders International (Canada)
Elisha Muskat is an established leader who brings both fresh eyes and a tremendous background in social innovation and entrepreneurship to the ELN. Currently, she is the Executive Director of Peacebuilders International (Canada). Previously, at Ashoka Canada – a global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs developing solutions to the world’s most urgent social problems – she has shared her expertise on stages, inside classrooms and in the pages of top publications. Prior to joining Ashoka, Elisha gained experience working primarily within youth development, building and running programs in Toronto, New York City and Syracuse. Elisha has an MBA from Schulich School of Business at York University and a BA in Psychology from McGill University.
Vice President, Development, Build Toronto
Salima is the Director of Development for Build Toronto, an innovative real estate development corporation created as part of the City of Toronto’s strategy to enhance Toronto’s economic competitiveness. Her previous professional experience ranges from managing property developments for SmartCentres, structuring venture capital deals for Care Enterprise Partners, to producing some of Toronto’s most successful cultural arts festivals notably the Hot and Spicy Food Festival and Masala! Mehndi! Masti! Outside of work Salima is engaged in community. She is a past Co-Chair of the Emerging Leaders Network; was instrumental to the establishment of TORONTO+acumen in 2010, where she continues as an advisor; and, she chair’s the investment committee for RISE Asset Development, a micro fund dedicated to financing entrepreneurs living with mental illness and addictions.
Salima holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, as well as a Bachelors of Commerce from the Sauder Business School at the University of British Columbia, where she was elected Valedictorian of her graduating class.
Executive Director, Enterprise Risk, Deloitte
Peter Sloly is a highly respected executive with an international reputation for promoting human rights, addressing social justice issues and leading organizational change using innovative evidence based best practices. Peter’s first career was a professional soccer player. He later joined the Toronto Police Service and rose through the ranks to become the Deputy Chief. During his policing career, he led major public safety operations, innovative IT projects and corporate change initiatives as well as participating in two tours of duty in the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Kosovo. Peter is a passionate civic leader who sits on high profile local, regional and national NGO Boards of Directors. He is a member of CivicAction’s Mental Health in the Workplace Champions Council.
Chairman, Kilmer Developments
Ken Tanenbaum is Chairman of Kilmer Developments, the entity leading the renewal and concession operations of the ONroute Highway Service Centres, in partnership with HMS Host, as well as the design, finance and construction of the 2015 Pan Am Games Athletes’ Village project in partnership with Dream; he is Chairman of the Kilmer Brownfield Equity Fund, which is committed to creating value by remediating and repositioning contaminated land; and, he also serves as Vice Chairman of Kilmer Van Nostrand (KVN), a family holding company with interests in sports & media, private equity and infrastructure. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business and has a long history of volunteer leadership with many organizations. Ken is passionate about the promise of Canada and is committed to aligning his business interests with building healthy cities and vibrant communities. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Jennifer, and their four children.
CEO, Dentons LLP
Beth Wilson, FCPA, FCA, is KPMG’s Toronto Managing Partner responsible for the growth and operations of KPMG in the GTA, which comprises 3,000 employees. 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™ and twice named in WXN’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women In Canada™.
Beth is also Canadian Managing Partner, Community Leadership, leading an innovative initiative where employees assume grassroots leadership roles to have impact in their communities while enhancing their management competencies. Beth became an Audit Partner in 2000 working primarily in the technology sector focusing on serving electronics, software, communications and media companies.
In 2005, Beth was appointed Chief Human Resources Officer responsible for the HR strategy and all HR operations for 5,000 employees. Beth spearheaded KPMG’s “People Leaders” initiative, which developed, retained and managed the firm’s human capital. She was also a founding member of KPMG’s Diversity Committee. Before taking on her current role as Toronto Managing Partner, Beth was the Canadian Managing Partner, Regions and Enterprise, where she was in charge of operations for the 24 regional offices of KPMG.
As a senior executive, Beth has always taken on additional leadership roles in the community, including as Director of CivicAction. She has been a Director and Chair of the Toronto Region Board of Trade, Director, Vice Chair at the National Ballet of Canada, Director at Woodgreen Foundation, and Trustee for the Ontario Science Centre, and a fervent supporter of the United Way where she is on the Strategic Resource Development Committee and previously sat on their Campaign Cabinet (GTA) and was co-chair for “Women Gaining Ground” to improve the lives and opportunities for women facing poverty. In recognition of her impact, Beth was awarded the Margot Franssen Leadership Award by MicroSkills in 2013, and the YWCA Women of Distinction Award in 2015.
Incoming President and CEO, United Way Toronto & York Region
Daniele Zanotti was named President & CEO of United Way in June 2016. With more than 20 years of experience in the public and non-profit sectors, he has earned a reputation as an accomplished, strategic, and energetic leader. Daniele served as CEO of United Way York Region from 2007 to 2015. During that time he led an evolution that transformed the charity from federated fundraiser into a convener, mobilizer, and agent of community change. Under his guidance, the charity launched new initiatives to foster community dialogue; invested in more targeted and effective ways; and brought new social services to the communities most in need.
In 2015, Daniele was the catalyst of an historic merger between United Ways in York Region and Toronto. He committed himself and his organization to a broader alliance for community change — and established a new regional organization that is now better positioned than ever before to tackle issues on both sides of Steeles Avenue.
Following the merger — as the new head of resource development and captain of the first-ever United Way Toronto & York Region fundraising effort — Daniele led the 2015 campaign to a record-breaking achievement: $100-million for United Way’s agencies, programs, and initiatives. In this capacity he also played a fundamental role in driving greater alignment between strategies for youth, poverty reduction, and community investment across Toronto and York Region.
Before joining United Way Daniele served organizations like the Rexdale Community Health Centre; the Regional Municipality of York; Family Day Care Services; and Villa Charities Foundation. He is deeply involved in the community outside of his professional career. Daniele has been a member of the steering committee for CivicAction, and has volunteered on the boards of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC); the Human Services Planning Board of York Region; and the Vaughan Community Health Centre.
Daniele has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Toronto and Bachelor’s Degree from York University. He lives in Vaughan with his wife and 2 children.
Chief Executive Officer, CivicAction
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Sevaun Palvetzian has been CEO at CivicAction since January of 2014. The CEO reports to the Board.
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