CivicAction Steering Committees

Our Steering Committee helps set and execute our non-partisan agenda and will shape our next 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 Community 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
CAO, 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
Executive Director, Jays Care Foundation
(Co-Chair, ELN)

Janet Ecker
President, Toronto Financial Services Alliance

Hon. Art Eggleton
Senator, Senate of Canada

Fred Eisenberger
President & CEO, Canadian Urban Institute

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
(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
Executive Director, Clean Air Partnership
(Co-Chair, Weatherwise Partnership)

Donna Lindell
(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
Senior Scientist, Social Equity and Health Research, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

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
Editor-in-Chief, The Globe and Mail

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
Regional President, 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