CivicAction Steering Committees



Our Steering Committee helps set and execute our non-partisan agenda and helped shape our Greater Toronto Summit in 2015.

David Agnew, President, Seneca College; Jehad Aliweiwi, Executive Director, Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office; Michael Angemeer, President & CEO, Veridian; Joe Berridge, Partner, Urban Strategies Inc.; Rahul Bhardwaj, President & CEO, Toronto Foundation; Willa Black, Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, Cisco Canada; Pat Capponi, Facilitator, Voices from the Street; L. Robin Cardozo, Chief Operating Officer, SickKids Foundation; Mark Chamberlain, CEO, Trivaris; John Cruickshank, Publisher, The Toronto Star; Nan DasGupta, Partner & Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group; Brian Denney, CEO, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority; Steve Diamond, President and CEO, Diamondcorp; Michelle DiEmanuele, President and CEO, Trillium Health Partners; Debbie Douglas, Executive Director, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI); Rob Drynan, Principal, BeachHead Strategic Consulting Services (Former Co-Chair, ELN); Janet Ecker President, Toronto Financial Services Alliance; Hon. Art Eggleton, Senator, Senate of Canada; Howard Eng, President and Chief Executive Officer, Greater Toronto Airports Authority; Susan Eng, Vice President, Advocacy, Canadian Association of Retired People (CARP); Cam Fowler, Executive Vice President, Personal and Commercial Banking Canada, BMO Financial Group (Co-Chair, Greening Greater Toronto) (Chair, Greening Canada Fund); Larry Frost, Executive Director, Native Canadian Centre of Toronto; Anne Golden, Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Special Advisor, Ryerson University; Robert “Squee” Gordon*, President Emeritus, Humber College; Andrew Graham, Senior Director, Insurance – PC Financial, The Weston Group (Former Co-Chair, ELN) (Co-Chair, Toronto Homecoming); Ken Greenberg*, Principal, Greenberg Consultants Inc.; Anthony Haines, President & CEO, Toronto Hydro; Julia Hanigsberg, Vice President, Administration and Finance, Ryerson University (Founding ELN member); Gillian Smith, Executive Director & CEO, Institute for Canadian Citizenship (DiverseCity Fellow, 2009); Patrick Horgan, Vice President, Operations, IBM Canada Ltd.; Sandy Houston, President and CEO, Metcalf Foundation; Warren Jestin, Senior Vice President & Chief Economist, Scotiabank; Tim Jones, President & CEO, Artscape; Stephani Kingsmill, Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Communications, Manulife Financial; Che Kothari, Chairman, Manifesto Community Projects (DiverseCity Fellow, 2009); Sheldon Leiba, President, Mississauga Board of Trade; Eva Ligeti (Co-Chair, Weatherwise Partnership); Donna Lindell, Program Coordinator, Corporate Communications and Public Relations, Centennial College (Former Co-Chair, ELN); Bruce Macgregor, CAO, The Regional Municipality of York; Bahadur Madhani, President, Equiprop Management Ltd.; Medhat Mahdy, President & CEO, YMCA of Greater Toronto; Bruce McCuaig, President & CEO, Metrolinx; Kwame McKenzie, CEO, Wellesley Institute; Tim McTiernan, President and Vice Chancellor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology; Matthew Mendelsohn, Director, Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation; Hon. Don Meredith, Senator, Senate of Canada; Marie Moliner, Regional Executive Director, Ontario Region, Department of Canadian Heritage; Robert Montgomery, Principal, Achilles Media Ltd; Karen Nasmith (ELN – Project Neutral); Allan O’Dette, President & CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce; Adaoma Patterson, Specialist – Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy Committee, Region of Peel (DiverseCity Fellow, 2010); Janice Price, CEO, Luminato; Ian Proudfoot, Vice President and Regional Publisher, York Region Media Group; Enid Slack, Director, Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance, University of Toronto; Pradeep Sood, CEO, Starling Corporation; John Stackhouse, Senior Fellow, University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs; Karim Sunderji, President, Ismaili Muslim Council for Ontario; Tonya Surman, Executive Director, Centre for Social Innovation; Jasmine Tehara, Associate Vice-President, TD Bank Group (DiverseCity Fellow, 2010); Bill Thomas, CEO & Senior Partner, KPMG LLP; Jennifer Tory, Group Head, Personal & Commercial Banking, Royal Bank of Canada; Ian Troop, Former CEO, Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games; Niranjan Vivekanandan, Regional Vice-President, Greater Toronto Region, Royal Bank of Canada (DiverseCity Fellow, 2010); Shelley White, CEO, United Way of Peel Region; Mike Williams, General Manager, Economic Development and Culture, City of Toronto; Leslie Woo, Vice President, Policy, Planning & Innovation, Metrolinx
(Founding ELN member); Armine Yalnizyan, Senior Economist, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives; Mike Yorke, President, Local 27 at Carpenters Union; Daniele Zanotti, CEO, United Way York Region

*Also served on CivicAction’s Founding Steering Committee.


CivicAction owes its success to an impressive founding Steering Committee of Toronto region leaders who have been closely involved in the organization since its inception. Many of them continue to be actively involved in our work. We thank the founding Steering Committee members for their dedicated and continuing support.

Many members of CivicAction’s Board of Directors also served on the founding Steering Committee.

David Pecaut (1955-2009), Founding and Former Chair, Toronto City Summit Alliance; A. Charles Baillie, Chancellor Emeritus, Queen’s University; Avie Bennett, Chairman and President, First Plazas Inc.; Jill Black, President, J.E. Black & Company Ltd.; Alan Broadbent, Chairman & CEO, Avana Capital Corp.,
Chairman, Maytree; Ann Buller, President, Centennial College; Geoff Cape, Executive Director, Evergreen; John Cartwright, President, Toronto-York Regional Labour Council; John Cassaday, President & CEO, Corus Entertainment Inc.; Michael Clemons, President, Toronto Argonauts; Charles Coffey, Executive Vice President, Government Affairs and Business Development (retired), RBC; Martin Connell, Past Chair, Toronto Community Foundation, Co-Founder, Ace Bakeries; John Davies, President, Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning; Hon. William Davis, Former Premier of Ontario; Joan Dea, Former Executive Vice President and Head of Strategic Management, BMO Financial Group; Sam Duboc, President & Managing Partner, EdgeStone Capital Partners Inc.; Dr. John Evans, Founding Chair, MaRS Discovery District, Founding Co-Chair, Toronto Region Research Alliance; Robert Fung, Orion Securities Inc.; Kevin Garland, Executive Director, National Ballet of Canada; David Griffiths, Managing Consultant, IBM Global Business Services; Piers Handling, Director & CEO, Toronto International Film Festival Group; John Honderich, Director, Torstar; Shirley Hoy, Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Lands Corporation; Kris Krishnan, President, Deccan Digital Inc.; Kevin King, Law Student, Osgoode Hall Law School; Veronica Lacey, President & CEO, The Learning Partnership; Frances Lankin, Director, Metrolinx; Sheldon Levy, President, Ryerson University; Bill MacKinnon, Chair, Toronto Board of Trade, Former Chair, KPMG; Roberto Martella, Owner, Grano Restaurant; Dave Meslin; Dr. David Naylor, President, University of Toronto; Winnie Ng, Regional Director, Canadian Labour Congress; Gordon Nixon, President & CEO, RBC, Chair, MaRS Discovery District, Founding Co-Chair, Toronto Region Research Alliance,
Co-Chair, Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council; David O’Brien, Former President & CEO, Toronto Hydro; Ratna Omidvar, President, Maytree; Bob Onyschuk, Former Chairman, Canadian Urban Institute; David Patterson, Head of Government Relations and Public Policy, Research in Motion; Hon. David Peterson, Chairman, Cassels Brock LLP, Chancellor, University of Toronto; Susan Pigott, Vice President, Communications and Community Engagement, Centre for Addiction & Mental Health; Kenn Richard, Executive Director, Native Child and Family Services; Anne Sado, President, George Brown College; Dr. Mamdouh Shoukri, President & Vice-Chancellor, York University; Edward Sorbara, Principal, Sorbara Group; Dr. Joseph Wong, Chairman, Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care