Vice President, Initiatives
Linda brings 20 years experience at Canada's largest employee-owned public relations firm, Media Profile, to her position as Vice President, Initiatives, CivicAction. Linda is leading CivicAction’s Your32 initiative that champions a regional transportation system and the means to pay for it. She also oversees CivicAction's environmental initiative, Greening Greater Toronto, and its projects including the Race to Reduce that is engaging commercial landlords and tenants to reduce energy use by 10% by 2014.
Linda draws on her business leadership, communications expertise and passion for city building as she drives action across sectors to improve the Toronto region's economic, social and environmental performance. Linda brings to her work knowledge of the financial services and real estate sectors and environmental communications experience with private, public, and non-profit organizations, and has successfully advanced public policy objectives over two decades, particularly at the municipal level. Linda encourages vibrant, walkable neighbourhoods as an advisory committee member of neighbourhood walking tour phenomenon Jane's Walk.
Tamara is leading CivicAction’s work to enhance the region’s global competitiveness, as well the Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) and DiverseCity: The Greater Toronto Leadership Project with the Maytree. Tamara has 10 years of experience in stakeholder engagement, strategic planning and project management. She is enthusiastic to work with the region’s rich and diverse network of civic leaders, who are committed to making the Toronto region a more prosperous, connected, inclusive and sustainable place to live and work.
Tamara holds a Bachelors degree in Urban Studies and Political Science from the University of Toronto and joined CivicAction in 2007.
Executive Assistant to the CEO and Office Manager
Keesha joined CivicAction in April 2013. Most recently she was a Business Planner in Strategic Planning at Toronto Community Housing but over the past four plus years, she has fulfilled a number of roles at TCH including Business Coordinator to the Chief Administrative Office, an interim Manager in Communication Services and a Communications Consultant in the Public Affairs department. She has worked on a number of important initiatives at TCH such as their partnership with Kia Canada’s Drive Change campaign and the consultation process for TCH’s strategic plan.
Keesha is currently completing a certificate program in public relations at Ryerson University. She has also studied public relations at the University of New Hampshire and she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Glendon College, York University.
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Senior Project Officer
Tiff was born and raised in Montreal. She holds an Honours BA in Global Development Studies and History from Queen’s University and a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Toronto. At CivicAction, she helps coordinate and facilitate the DiverseCity Fellows program and leads work on income security. In her spare time, Tiff loves to practice her culinary skills, do yoga, enjoy the city’s arts and culture scene and travel as much as possible.
Jackie is the project officer for the Emerging Leaders Network (ELN), coordinating and communicating with key members and providing key support to the ELN/ DiverseCity Fellows activities. She also contributes to local engagement and execution of the Your32 regional transportation campaign. Jackie recently moved to Toronto from Ottawa where she gained a breadth of experience developing public policy and program evaluation with the federal government. Her love of civic engagement, sustainable city building, and active transportation is passionately channeled into the unique work of CivicAction. When not in the office, you can find her cycling around the city or reading a book in one of Toronto’s beautiful parks.
Jackie holds a Master of Arts in Sociology from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Master of Political Management from the inaugural class of the Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management at Carleton University. She is also a board member of Equal Voice, Toronto Chapter.
After more than 10 years in the Experiential Marketing industry working on a variety of national and international accounts Leslie decided to put her energy and passion into promoting social and environmental change. Since then she has been fortunate enough to provide marketing and project management services for a number of notable environmental organizations, including The Climate Group, Green Enterprise Ontario, and The Conservation Council of Ontario.
Leslie brings to CivicAction extensive experience in marketing, project & program management, and event management. She holds a Bachelors of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Guelph and most recently earned her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
Senior Communications Officer
Julia Lo provides corporate communications, partnership development, social media, and media relations support for CivicAction. She is passionate about civic engagement, politics and the ways in which different sectors and institutions interact.
From 2011 to 2013, Julia served on the Board of Management for The 519 Church Street Community Centre, co-chairing its Strategic & Program Planning committee. In 2012, she helped review and recognize the best Ontario Public Service communications projects in media relations, event planning, and special achievement. She holds a degree in Urban Studies and Geography from the University of Toronto.
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Senior Project Manager
Cindy manages the DiverseCity Fellows program and CivicAction’s emerging work on inclusion and resilience. Born and raised in Toronto, she has a BAH in Political Studies and Women’s Studies from Queen’s University and an MA in Anthropology from McGill University, and has a special interest in rural economy and rural-urban labour migration. She is passionate about promoting civic engagement from all corners of society and previously worked in China with its growing non-profit sector. She currently serves as board president of the Scarborough Women’s Centre.
Clancy helps facilitate the Your32 Regional Transportation Campaign, Youth (Private Sector) Jobs & Mentorship Initiative, and social and traditional media portfolios. He has lived, studied, and worked in both Canada and the United Kingdom, and loves to travel. When not at the office, he’s probably exploring Toronto’s vast ravine network, eating a great bowl of noodles, or ticking another country off his bucket list.
Clancy holds a Master of Science (distinction) in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Bachelor of Arts (joint-honours) in Political Science and International Development Studies from McGill University.
Fall 2013 Interns:
Hirokazu Tei (University of Toronto)
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