Published in the Torontoist
Written by David Hains
When David Pecaut founded the Toronto City Summit Alliance in 2002, the organization was not necessarily intended to last forever. Its purpose was to cut through thorny municipal problems in a non-partisan way—and if we somehow hit a point when there weren’t pressing problems to solve, the organization could fold. Twelve years later, Pecaut has passed away, the group’s name has changed to CivicAction, and Toronto has no shortage of thorny problems to keep it busy.
2014 has been a transitional period for CivicAction. In January, Sevaun Palvetzian became the new CEO, replacing Mitzie Hunter after Hunter was elected to Queen’s Park (Liberal, Scarborough-Guildwood). And today, former Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation CEO and current Postmedia Chair Rod Phillips joins CivicAction as Chair, replacing John Tory, who resigned in February when he registered to run for mayor.
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