WHO WE ARE
Sevaun Palvetzian is the Chief Executive Officer of CivicAction. She assumed the position on January 6, 2014. Sevaun comes from the Ontario government, most recently as Director of the Ontario Place Revitalization project to transform the flagship site into an iconic, year-round destination that offers visitors increased access to green space at the water’s edge. Previously, she served as Director, Communications for one of the largest communications teams in government, and as Director of Strategy at ServiceOntario, the provincial government’s retail arm which oversees over 44 million transactions each year. Read more.
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 leads the Private Sector Youth Jobs and Mentoring initiative, focused on increasing economic opportunities for youth facing barriers and meeting the needs in the labour market. Tamara oversees CivicAction’s preeminent leadership programs – the Emerging Leaders Network and DiverseCity Fellows, a network of more than 700 rising civic leaders strong. Working with Maytree, Tamara directs CivicAction’s continued commitment to diversifying the region’s leadership through DiverseCity: The Greater Toronto Leadership Project.
Tamara has been at CivicAction for more than six years. She believes in the collective leadership model to overcome status quo and make the Toronto region better. She’s seen this in action and is inspired by its potential. Tamara holds a Bachelors degree in Urban Studies and Political Science from the University of Toronto and joined CivicAction in 2007. In 2012 Tamara was named a Vital Person by the Toronto Community Foundation.
Magda is a successful development professional with over ten years experience in fundraising and donor relations.
As a Director of Partnerships and Development at CivicAction she will develop and execute a multi-year fundraising plan as well as manage and grow the entire donor portfolio.
Prior to working for CivicAction, she was with the Ontario Liberal Fund where she has earned praise and trust for her capacity in developing and executing innovative and tailored partnership strategies. With a detailed knowledge of government and stakeholder relations, Magda was able to successfully execute fundraising events and brought valuable insight for the entire fundraising team.
Her unique skills are augmented by participation in many provincial election campaigns and events and development work at the University of Toronto.
She is thrilled to be working with like-minded and passionate individuals to tackle some of the GTHA’s toughest social, economic and environmental challenges.
Magda earned her undergraduate degree in Poland and her Post Graduate Certificate in Public Relations at Ryerson University.
Sarah Harris serves as the Director of Communications. In this role, Sarah develops and executes the organization’s strategic communications plan, crafting CivicAction’s narrative and leading all aspects of the organization’s external communications.
Sarah comes from the Ontario government, working in various communications positions over the last 5+ years at the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Her work in government focused on strategic communications planning, crisis communications, reputation management and media relations. Sarah has received many accolades for her work including being the recipient of several communications awards within the Ontario Government.
A Toronto native, Sarah is passionate about improving the GTHA, making it a better place to live and work. She draws on her communications and leadership expertise to promote the work of CivicAction and advance the organization’s goals.
Sarah earned her Honours BA in History and Art History at the University of Toronto and her Post Graduate Certificate in Public Relations at Humber College.
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.
Hilary is Executive Assistant to the CEO at CivicAction, supporting work across the organization’s initiatives. Prior to joining CivicAction, Hilary served as a consultant to impact investing firm Purpose Capital, where she led the firm’s Impact Measurement practice and helped individuals and organizations with complex social or environmental goals to identify, target, and track progress towards these goals. Prior to joining Purpose Capital, Hilary was the research lead on The Fourth Wall: Transforming City Hall, an exhibit which identified opportunities to improve civic engagement practices in Toronto.
Hilary is an accomplished writer and editor who has published extensively on impact measurement and contributed to publications including Spacing Magazine, Corporate Knights Magazine, and Alternatives Journal. Hilary holds a B.A (Honours) in Geography from McGill University and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCADU.
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.
Cindy manages CivicAction’s DiverseCity Fellows program and Emerging Leaders Network (ELN). These two initiatives are nurturing the next generation of city-builders and changing the face of our region’s leadership. She has also contributed to CivicAction’s work on youth employment, transportation, and regional economic cooperation. Cindy previously managed the Canada Fund in China and served as board president of the Scarborough Women’s Centre. Born and raised in Toronto, she received an M.A. in Anthropology from McGill University and a B.A.H. in Political Studies and Women’s Studies from Queen’s University. Cindy is passionate about supporting others to reach their potential and bring about change in their own lives and in their communities.
Jessica works on CivicAction’s environmental initiative, Greening Greater Toronto, most specifically the Race to Reduce. In addition, she helps coordinate communications across all initiatives and assists the organization’s development and partnerships team. Jessica holds a BAH in History and Geography, with a focus on environmental management, from the University of Guelph and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Green Business Management from Seneca College. Prior to CivicAction, Jessica acted as Youth Committee Coordinator at Durham Sustain Ability, and was an intern at Plug’n Drive in Toronto.
Jessica’s love of the natural environment and community engagement is clearly expressed through her work at CivicAction.
Adrianne Yiu helps coordinate CivicAction’s leadership programs. She has previously worked at the City of Toronto by providing communications support on a transportation demand management program and local food initiative. In the past, she has volunteered for a number of local community organizations, such as the Toronto Environmental Alliance, CultureLink, and Impact First International. Adrianne holds a degree in Environmental Studies from York University and a post-graduate certificate in Public Administration from Humber College. She is passionate about cooking, baking, eating, and talking about food.
Clancy helps facilitate the Your32 campaign, Private Sector Youth Jobs and Mentoring 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.