CivicAction Steering Committees



Our Steering Committee helps set and execute our non-partisan agenda and will shape our next Greater Toronto Summit in 2015.


Name Title, Organization
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
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 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.

Name Title
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 MeslinDr. 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