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.
Nicole provides support to CivicAction’s Greening Greater Toronto environmental initiative, including the Race to Reduce, a friendly competition that is engaging commercial landlords and tenants to reduce energy use by 10% by 2014. She also assists with outreach for the Your32 campaign.
Passionate about cities and the unique challenges and opportunities that they create, Nicole has been exploring urban issues in the Toronto region and globally for over a decade through academic, employment, volunteer and personal experiences. Most recently, she worked with a transportation demand management association, Smart Commute Markham, Richmond Hill, encouraging commuters to reduce single occupant vehicle trips, with the goal to reduce traffic congestion.
Nicole holds a degree in Urban Studies and Sociology from the University of Toronto and a graduate certificate in Project Management from Centennial College. In her free time she can be found paddling on the waterfront with her dragonboat team or travelling to visit friends on the east and west coasts of Canada.
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 completed her post-graduate certificate in public relations at Ryerson University. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Glendon College, York University.
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.
Louroz Mercader manages key aspects of the Youth (Private Sector) Jobs and Mentorship initiative. As a passionate advocate for youth issues, he has played a leading role over the last 12 years in the development of numerous youth engagement programs across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
He was the Founder and Executive Director of the Mississauga Youth Games (MY Games), a grassroots non-profit that provides free sports, arts and leadership programs to young people in Mississauga. With a public relations background, Mr. Mercader previously served as a Communications Strategist to former Minister and Member of Provincial Parliament – Peter Fonseca.
In 2001, Louroz was awarded the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. He is a proud 2009 DiverseCity Fellow, and in 2011 was named a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum.
Saeed helps to manage the Your32 campaign promoting a better transportation system for the GTHA. Joining CivicAction from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and co-founding the Spark Initiative, Saeed has experience in the public and private sector as an advisor and consultant to many businesses and organizations in terms of community investment and development. He has worked at all levels of government and is deeply invested in volunteering and was appointed Chair of the Newcomer Champion Awards by the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (Ontario).
Saeed is passionate about helping those in need, his fiancé and spicy food. He likes short walks on the beach, is a Massey Fellow and holds a BA in Political Science and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Toronto.
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 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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