CivicAction Steering Committees



Our Steering Committee helped 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

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

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

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