An advocate of inclusive prosperity through investing in people and building organizations and societies that enable everyone to realize their potential, Zabeen Hirji is a strategic advisor to business, government and academia on the Future of Work, Leadership, Talent Management, and Diversity & Inclusion.
From 2007-2017, Zabeen was RBC’s Chief Human Resources Officer, covering 80,000 employees in 40 countries and was also responsible for brand, communications and corporate citizenship. She was also part of RBC’s nine member Group Executive Committee. RBC consistently achieved top tier performance while being named a Best Place to Work for nine consecutive years, reflecting its high-performance, high-engagement inclusive culture.
She is currently Global Advisor, Future of Work, at Deloitte, advising the firm and its clients on the changing nature of work, an issue key to the transformation agendas of business and government. Zabeen is also an advisor to governments and academia on diversity and inclusion as well as preparing youth for the new world of work. She co-chairs the External Advisory Board for diversity and inclusion for the Ontario Public Service, is on University of Toronto’s Governing Council, and is a Visiting Professor, Policy Institute, King’s College, London, UK.
Honours include: 2017 Ivey Business School Lifetime Achievement in Human Resources; 2016 Simon Fraser University Outstanding Alumni Award; Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal for diversity and inclusion; 2014 Catalyst Canada Honouree; 2012 WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Hall of Fame inductee.
Artistic Director and Co-Head, 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.
Former CEO, Canadian Urban Institute, Former Mayor, City of Toronto and CivicAction Honorary Chair
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.
2018-2019 ELN Co-Chair; Manager, Strategy and Design, Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship
Jesse Darling uses her creative problem solving, collaboration, and leadership skills to design and implement projects that address civic and business challenges. She is a champion for new ideas and advocates for co-creating and co-designing policies, programs and services with citizens and stakeholders.
As Senior Projects Designer at the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship she leads the portfolio of projects under the Policy Innovation Platform – an initiative designed to assist policy professionals in generating innovative solutions to challenges in today’s society. This role builds off her previous experience at Evergreen CityWorks, the Martin Prosperity Institute, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Jesse is the 2018-2019 Co-Chair of CivicAction’s Emerging Leaders Network, sits on the Board of Jane’s Walk and in 2017, she was selected as a Canadian delegate at the Next Leaders’ Initiative for Sustainability. Jesse has a Business Degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters of Science in Urban Planning from the Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning at University College London.
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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.
President, North American Personal and Business Banking, BMO Financial Group
Cameron Fowler is the President, North American Personal & Business Banking. In this role, he is responsible for setting the strategic direction for all customer segments and providing leadership across the Personal and Business Banking businesses in Canada and the U.S. His mandate also includes enterprise-wide accountability for retail payments, digital acceleration, channel strategy and customer contact centres.
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. Mr. Fowler also served as Executive Vice-President, Canadian Personal & Commercial Banking, responsible for the strategic direction and performance of our customer segments, physical and virtual channels and all product areas, including payments and cards. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Fowler was the Group Head for Canadian Personal & Commercial Banking.
Before 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 currently Chair of the Executive Council of the Canadian Bankers Association. He is also a member of the board of directors for CivicAction and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation. Mr. Fowler has served as a past chair of Moneris Solutions and the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer and 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).
Board Chair, CivicAction Leadership Foundation and President and CEO, TD Ameritrade
Tim Hockey is a financial services veteran with more than 33 years’ experience in retail banking and wealth management and a passion for leveraging technology to enhance the client experience.
As President and CEO 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, along with additional responsibilities overseeing technology, operations and corporate functions.
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.
2018-2019 ELN Co-Chair; 2016-2017 DiverseCity Fellow; Director, Intrapreneurship & Early Talent, RBC
Mrinalini Menon is deeply engaged with the CivicAction community bringing professional experience shaped by the public, private and nonprofit sectors. As Director, Intrapreneurship & Early Talent with RBC, she is introducing new ways of working across the organization in addition to leading an award-winning experiential program for young tech talent. She has served as a trusted advisor to RBC leaders in corporate strategy transformation and talent acquisition.
Previously, she was an executive recruiter with Spencer Stuart, a top global leadership consulting firm where she served clients ranging from major multinationals to emerging companies to nonprofit organizations on talent acquisition, leadership assessment and succession-planning.
Mrinalini was a 2015-2016 CivicAction DiverseCity Fellow where she co-founded the Tkaronto Project and won an Emerging Leaders Network Showcase Prize. She has lived, studied and worked in seven cities, loves learning new languages, playing competitive tennis and is a certified executive coach.
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Vice President, Development, CreateTO; 2011-2013 ELN Co-Chair; 2010 DiverseCity Fellow; CivicAction Leadership Foundation Board Member and CivicAction Board Member
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.
2018-2019 ELN Co-Chair; Management Consultant, Boston Consulting Group
Mark Sam is a Management Consultant and is a member of the Canadian Practice of the Boston Consulting Group. Mark has spent almost a decade advising Financial Institution executives, helping his clients transform their businesses and create shareholder value. Prior to BCG, he held leadership positions at Accenture’s Financial Services Management Consulting practice and TD Bank Financial Group.
Mark currently serves as a Co-Chair for the CivicAction Emerging Leaders Network and was a 2014-2015 CivicAction Fellow. He received his MBA and BASc in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto.
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Partner – Risk Advisory, Cyber, National Lead – Security and Justice, 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.
Vice-Chairman, Kilmer Van Nostrand Co. Limited
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 Canada LLP
Beth Wilson, FCPA, FCA is Dentons Canada LLP’s Chief Executive Officer and a member of the global leadership team, serving on the Global Board and Global Management Committee. Beth is leading the Firm in Canada through an aggressive and targeted focus on exceeding their clients’ expectations of value and results, and commitment to an inclusive culture that empowers diverse teams and supports an entrepreneurial spirit and performance based culture. A respected senior strategic business leader, Beth is focused on ensuring that Dentons continues to be a workplace of choice for leading talent in Canada and around the world.
Prior to assuming her role as Dentons’ Canada CEO, Beth served as Managing Partner at KPMG in the Greater Toronto Area, where she led the largest business unit in Canada. Beth served as a member of KPMG’s Management Committee in various leadership positions, including Canadian Managing Partner Community Leadership, Canadian Managing Partner Regions and Enterprise with responsibility for 24 regional offices across Canada, and Chief Human Resources Officer. She also held various global leadership roles.
Beth is widely known and respected in the Canadian business community and is an accomplished and dedicated community leader. She exemplifies this through her board and community involvement, and her advancement of women in business, and has been recognized by leading organizations such as YWCA Toronto, Canadian Women of Influence and WXN.
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 their 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.
President and CEO, United Way Greater Toronto
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.
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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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