Our Board 

CivicAction and the CivicAction Leadership Foundation are led by a separate-yet-connected Board of Directors made up of diverse, strategic leaders who represent all sectors and regions of the GTHA and share a passion for city-building. Learn more about members of the CivicAction board and about the members of our CivicAction Leadership Foundation Board.

Our Board

Our Board of Directors

Andrew Graham

Borrowell

Co-Founder and CEO

Andrew Graham

Borrowell, Co-Founder and CEO

Andrew Graham is co-founder and CEO of Borrowell, one of Canada’s largest financial technology companies, with over two million users. Borrowell helps consumers find financial prosperity and make great decisions about their money. It was the first company in Canada to offer credit scores for free and offers products and recommendations across a consumer’s financial journey. Borrowell has won numerous awards, including being named one of the top 100 fintech companies in the world by KPMG, one of the fifty fastest growing technology companies in Canada by Deloitte and top 50 “Best Workplaces in Canada” two years in a row. For his work building Borrowell, Andrew was named an EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2019.  Andrew has a long history of involvement with CivicAction and the city. He co-founded Toronto Homecoming, an ELN-supported initiative that connected hundreds of Canadians living abroad with job opportunities in the city, and was co-chair of the ELN. Additionally, he has served on the board of Evergreen, which runs the Brick Works, and was President of the Canadian Club of Toronto.  Andrew holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MA in economics from the University of Edinburgh.

Daniele Zanotti

President and CEO, United Way Greater Toronto

Daniele Zanotti

President and CEO, United Way Greater Toronto

In his over 20 years of experience in the public and non-profit sectors, Daniele’s work is guided by one core value to work in and with community across all sectors to create positive change. As CEO of United Way York Region, he played a pivotal role in the merger of United Ways across Toronto and York Region in 2015. Under his leadership, the organization continues to apply an increasingly regional lens in 2018, joining with Peel Region to form United Way Greater Toronto, the largest United Way in the world and largest funder of social services outside of government. This scaled-up approach is improving opportunities for donors, volunteers, and partners across Peel, Toronto and York Region, and building capacity to expand local investments. Daniele holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Toronto and sits on advisory committees and boards across the region.

Hon. David Crombie

Former CEO, Canadian Urban Institute, Former Mayor, City of Toronto, and CivicAction Chair Emeritus

Hon. David Crombie

Former CEO, Canadian Urban Institute, Former Mayor, City of Toronto, and CivicAction Chair Emeritus

A native Torontonian, David Crombie has been a champion for strong neighbourhoods and helping to improve Toronto’s social systems for decades. He is a former Mayor of Toronto and Member of Parliament and has served as Federal Cabinet Minister. He served as Chancellor of Ryerson University and was conferred the title of Chancellor Emeritus in 2006. A member of many community organizations, Mr. Crombie is a Director of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance, the Founding Chair of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, President of David Crombie & Associates Inc., Chair of the Toronto Lands Corporation, former Chair of Ontario Place Corporation and the former President and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute. He also serves as Chair of the Advisory Council for the Nuclear Waste Management Organization. David Crombie has been appointed as an Officer to the Order of Canada.

Janet De Silva

President & CEO of Toronto Region Board of Trade, Chair, Finance Audit and Risk Committee

Janet De Silva

President & CEO of Toronto Region Board of Trade, Chair, Finance Audit and Risk Committee

Janet (Jan) De Silva is President and CEO of the Toronto Region Board of Trade, one of the largest and most influential business organizations in North America. She is spearheading efforts to make Toronto one of the most competitive and sought-after business regions in the world. Jan brings to the role more than 14 years of international CEO experience building ambitious, high-growth organizations. Anchored in her leadership is her belief in the power of economic development to lift communities. Prior to joining the Board, she served as CEO of Sun Life Financial’s Hong Kong and Mainland China businesses and co-founded and later sold Retail China Limited. Jan also served as Dean of Ivey Asia for Ivey Business School of Western University. Highly respected for her business advocacy and government engagement, Jan has been Chair of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, Chair of the Canada China Business Council in Beijing and served on the Board of the Asian Corporate Governance Association. In 2019, she was appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to represent Canada on the APEC Business Advisory Council. Jan also sits on the boards of Intact Financial Corporation, listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange; and, Blue Umbrella Limited, a global compliance technology company headquartered in Hong Kong.

Jennifer Quinn

Nieuport Aviation

Chief Operating Officer

Jennifer Quinn

Nieuport Aviation, Chief Operating Officer

Jennifer Quinn is an experienced public and private sector Executive who brings a background in strategy, commercial negotiations, infrastructure and real estate development, and government service delivery. Prior to her role at Nieuport, Jennifer was a Partner and Government & Public Services Industry leader with Deloitte and held executive roles at Infrastructure Ontario (IO).
She is passionate about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and in 2017 was the recipient of Start Proud’s Leaders to be Proud of – Professional Leadership award, recognizing excellence in the LGBTQ community.

Jennifer has an Honours Bachelor of Accounting from Brock University, a Master’s Certificate in Public Management from York University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Nieuport Aviation owns and operates the passenger terminal at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.

Lisa Kimmel

Chair and CEO, Canada & Latin America, Edelman

Lisa Kimmel

Chair and CEO, Canada & Latin America, Edelman

Lisa oversees Edelman’s Canadian and Latin American operations and sits on Edelman’s Global Operations Committee. In her role, she provides senior counsel to clients and is responsible for the region’s growth strategies. In Canada, she has led the region’s strategic evolution to a best-in-class communications firm, the biggest evolution in the firm’s history. Edelman Canada has been awarded a Cannes Lions for its “In the Head of a Hacker” campaign on behalf of HP, and Strategy Magazine’s 2017 PR Agency of the Year. Lisa’s fresh, collaborative and authentic approach has not only resulted in award-winning programs for clients but has fostered a corporate culture based on innovation, teamwork and integrity. Edelman Canada has been recognized as one of the Great Place to Work: Best Workplaces in Canada and Best Workplaces for Women for eight consecutive years. Passionate about advancing women in business, Lisa is chair of the firm’s Global Women’s Equality Network (GWEN), which is committed to fostering an environment where women of all backgrounds can enjoy equal opportunities. She is committed to supporting future leaders and championing women’s causes. She is a sought-after speaker and commentator at events and in the media. In recognition of her efforts, Lisa is a recipient of both the Financial Times and HERoes Champions of Women in Business Top 100 Female Executives, and a 2019 YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Award for Corporate Leadership. She has also been inducted into the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada Hall of Fame. Lisa is actively involved with several mentorship programs through the Women’s Executive Network, American Marketing Association and Women in Communications and Technology Program. She is Vice-Chair of the Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM) Dean’s Council at Ryerson University and is on the Board of Directors of the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. Lisa also sits on the Global Advisory Board for G(irls)20, and is a member of the United Nations Women’s Empower Advisory Group.

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Mark Boyajian

Executive Vice-President, Chief Business Engineering Officer, CGI Canada

Mark Boyajian

Executive Vice-President, Chief Business Engineering Officer, CGI Canada

With more than 25 years of experience in technology, business consulting and banking operations, Mark Boyajian serves as President of CGI’s Canada operations. Previously, Mark served as Senior Vice-President of CGI’s U.S. Mid-Atlantic business unit, serving commercial and government clients throughout several states. He also led CGI’s Banking and Financial Markets Group within its U.S. West Central and South business unit, supporting clients in all aspects of their banking operations and providing specialized expertise in the areas of managed services, credit solutions and risk management. Prior to CGI, Mark served as a technology executive with Bank of America responsible for its business lending technology and also held a variety of senior management positions with Seurat Company and NCR where he led product development, global operations and client delivery. While at NCR, Mark oversaw a global business unit focused on call center, branch automation, Internet banking and loan servicing solutions, which conducted business in 138 countries around the world. Mark began his career with American Management Systems (acquired by CGI in 2004) where he provided technology and business consulting to many of the largest banking and commercial organizations in the world. From 1990 until 1996, he was based in London, England where he led the international expansion of the Credit Solutions group of AMS. During that time, he helped establish and expand business in the U.K., Germany, Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands. Throughout his career, Mark has worked closely with many Fortune 100 clients, including Bank of America, Citigroup, Lloyds Bank, Abbey National, Barclays and Hydro Quebec, helping them to drive performance and profitability through IT. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from the University of Kansas.

Meryam Al-waadh

Google

2022-2023 ELN Co-Chair; Senior Analytical Lead – Telecom, Tech & Public Sector

Meryam Al-waadh

Google, 2022-2023 ELN Co-Chair; Senior Analytical Lead – Telecom, Tech & Public Sector

ELN executive committee member. Technologist and data enthusiast. Avid reader. Meryam Al-waadh comes from a background in science, technology and is highly interested at improving current healthcare systems through the implementation of digital solutions, she currently is a consultant with Deloitte Digital.

Driven by the importance of identifying careers for life science graduates, Meryam was part of the team that introduced the graduate student mentorship program at UofT and has since continued her work as a mentor with GEM (Girls E-Mentorship), a registered charitable organization that offers a mentorship program for high school girls. In her spare time Meryam is an avid reader, updating her blog HealthTech 2018 which documents various data projects pertaining to healthcare and stays active through kickboxing.

Nan DasGupta

Managing Director and Senior Partner, BCG, Toronto; Vice-Chair, CivicAction

Nan DasGupta

Managing Director and Senior Partner, BCG, Toronto; Vice-Chair, CivicAction

Nan is a Managing Director and Senior Partner in BCG’s Toronto office and is a core member of the Financial Services Practice. She leads the People and Organization Practice in Canada, is the People Chair for BCG Canada, and the Leader of the Women@BCG Initiative in North America. Nan has worked extensively on strategy and organizational transformational efforts across Financial Services, Retail, Consumer and Industrial Good industries. She has contributed extensively in the Social Impact domain and is one of the leaders of BCG’s Centre for Canada’s Future.

Nan is a board director of CivicAction, Leap Pecaut Centre for Social Impact, and a member of the Ivey Advisory Board. She has three kids and leads an active life of sports, fun, and travel with her family. Before joining BCG, Nan worked as a Project Engineer for General Electric, Industrial Motors Business.

Nan received her M.B.A. from the University of Western Ontario, Masters of Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto, and Bachelor Honors Electrical Engineering degree with a minor in Management from McGill University.

Ronald (Ron) Alepian

TD Bank Group

Chief Communications Officer and SVP of Corporate and Public Affairs

Ronald (Ron) Alepian

TD Bank Group, Chief Communications Officer and SVP of Corporate and Public Affairs

For the past two decades, Ronald has helped organizations communicate, adapt and lead in times of significant change: global restructurings, transformational acquisitions and high-profile issues. He has advised on over $100 billion in transactions and has led marketing and communications programs that strengthened brand and reputation and drove growth across Canada, the US, Europe and Asia.

At TD, Ronald leads a global team that helps the Bank capture growth and connect with all audiences and stakeholders, including governments, policymakers and community leaders. Prior to joining TD, he led the corporate advisory practice at NATIONAL Public Relations – one of the world’s leading independent strategic communications firms, and also served as General Manager of the firm’s Investor Relations practice. Over his career, he has led communications teams at BCE and Bell Canada in Montreal, Nortel and TMX Group in Toronto, and was chief communications officer for software giant CA Technologies (formerly Computer Associates) in NYC.

Ronald has been a frequent commentator in the press on political and public affairs issues, appearing regularly on major broadcast networks and penning articles for tier 1 global publications. Ronald is committed to a more sustainable and inclusive future, where growth respects the world we live in and supports a more equitable future for all. He led TMX Group’s United Way Campaign, is a member of the Arthur Page Society (an invitation-only association of global chief communications officers) and has served on the Board of Governors of Junior Achievement of Central Ontario. Of Armenian descent, born in Montreal and currently living in Toronto, Ronald is fluent in three languages.

Rob MacIsaac

President and CEO, Hamilton Health Sciences; Chair, CivicAction

Rob MacIsaac

President and CEO, Hamilton Health Sciences; Chair, CivicAction

Rob MacIsaac is President and CEO of Hamilton Health Sciences, a community of 15,000 staff, physicians, researchers and volunteers who proudly serve southwestern Ontario residents. We also provide specialized, advanced care to people from across the province. HHS is the only hospital in Ontario that cares for all ages, from pre-birth to end-of-life. The HHS team offers world-leading expertise in many areas, including cardiac and stroke care, cancer care, palliative care and pediatrics. Prior to joining HHS, Rob was the President of Mohawk College in Hamilton. Over a five year period, he led the transformation of its main campus with investments in new and renovated space totaling more than $80M. Today, Mohawk is recognized as southern Ontario’s post-secondary hub for health and technology and a leader in applied research. Between 2006 and 2009, Mr. MacIsaac served as the first Chair of Metrolinx the provincial transportation authority responsible for planning, building, and operating transportation infrastructure in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. He also served three terms as Mayor of the City of Burlington from 1997 to 2006. Mr. MacIsaac has been recognized for his accomplishments in community building with the Canada 125 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals, and a Paul Harris Fellowship, Rotary Club of Hamilton. He was also awarded a Doctor of Arts (Honoris Causa) from Australia’s Charles Sturt University. He completed his undergraduate degree in Economics at the University of Waterloo in 1984 and received a Law degree at the University of Western Ontario in 1987. He was called to the Bar in 1989.

Tim Hockey

Board Chair, CivicAction Leadership Foundation – Past-President & CEO, TD Ameritrade Corporation

Tim Hockey

Board Chair, CivicAction Leadership Foundation – Past-President & CEO, TD Ameritrade Corporation

Tim Hockey is a financial services veteran with more than 36 years experience in banking and wealth management in both Canada and the United States. He is known for his passion for technology and enhancing the client experience. Tim stepped down as President and CEO of TD Ameritrade, in November of 2019, upon the announcement of the intended sale of the firm to Charles Schwab Corporation. TD Ameritrade was a Fortune 500 NASDAQ listed company with a $1.4 trillion in Client Assets, a $28B USD market capitalization, 10,000 Associates, and $6B USD revenue. Hockey joined TD Ameritrade in January 2016 from TD Bank Group, where he most recently served as Group Head, Canadian Banking and Wealth Management, and as President and CEO of TD Canada Trust. His primary responsibilities covered a portfolio of global businesses totaling nearly CDN $13 billion in annual revenue and included global direct investing, advisory and Canadian asset management businesses, as well as leadership of Canadian personal banking, business banking and auto finance. Over his 32-year career with TD, he held senior positions in a variety of areas including mutual funds, retail distribution, information technology, small business banking, credit cards and personal lending. Hockey holds an MBA and PhD (Honoris Causa) from the University of Western Ontario, and sits on the Advisory Board of the Richard Ivey School of Business. He serves on the Board of Maple Leaf Foods, and is the Chair of the Board of the CivicAction Leadership Foundation. He served on the Board of Directors for the SickKids Foundation, successfully leading the hospital’s campaign to build the world’s leading children’s health Research and Learning facility. He previously served as Chair of the Canadian Banker’s Association. He is also a past winner of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, and served on the organization’ selection committee. Tim is proud of winning “Humor Me”, a charitable stand-up comedy event established to find Canada’s funniest CEO! An avid cyclist, world traveler and philanthropist, Tim spends his time in Toronto, Greenville SC, and aboard “The World”. Hockey can be followed on Twitter at @TimHockey.

Tsering Yangki

Dream Unlimited Corp., Dream Impact Trust & Dream Office REIT

Head of Real Estate Finance and Development

Tsering Yangki

Dream Unlimited Corp., Dream Impact Trust & Dream Office REIT, Head of Real Estate Finance and Development

With over 17 years of experience in the real estate industry, Tsering has worked with developers in the private and public market. She has partnered with private, public, governmental, and non-governmental stakeholders to successfully develop and implement business, capital, and risk management strategies, and designed innovative economic instruments. Recently, she was recognized by Globe & Mail’s Report on Business as 2022’s 50 Best Executives.
 
In her current role as Head of Real Estate Finance & Development, Tsering leads the Development and Real Estate Finance group for three of Dream’s public entities spanning a diverse asset portfolio ranging from residential condominium units, residential rental units, office, retail, and income-producing properties across Canada and the US. In addition, she is part of the Executive Management Team of Dream Impact Trust, Canada’s first public impact investing vehicle.
 
Tsering is responsible for leading with the team the strategy of each entity’s development & debt solutions. She manages over $8billion of existing debt while overseeing its risk management and governance. Over the last three years, Tsering has successfully led or co-led approximately $6 billion of complex and innovative debt solutions. She and her team lead & manage Dream’s $7 billion net zero communities under development or in the pipeline.

Tsering views the values of interdependence & interconnectedness to be integral in real estate & the built environment. She believes that real estate/built environment is a key stakeholder to address social determinants of health, social cohesion, food security, climate change & foster fair & inclusive economy.

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Wisdom Tettey

Vice-President, University of Toronto; Principal of University of Toronto Scarborough

Wisdom Tettey

Vice-President, University of Toronto; Principal of University of Toronto Scarborough

Wisdom Tettey is vice-president of the University of Toronto and principal of the University of Toronto Scarborough, as well as a professor of political science and development studies. His research interests include media, politics, and civic engagement in Africa; transnational citizenship and the African diaspora; political economy of globalization and information technology in Africa; African higher education and the knowledge society. Prior to joining the University of Toronto in 2018, he was Dean of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences at the Okanagan Campus of the University of British Columbia. Professor Tettey also served four years as Dean of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC Okanagan and two years as Interim Dean of the Faculty of Communication and Culture at the University of Calgary. He began his academic career at Queen’s University. Professor Tettey was born in Ghana, and as an undergraduate student at the University of Ghana studying political science and Russian, Professor Tettey spent his third year in Moscow. Soon after completing graduate work in communication studies at the University of Ghana, he came to Canada as an international student to pursue a master’s degree in political science at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He holds a PhD in political studies from Queen’s University. Professor Tettey has served as a consultant/advisor to various international organizations, including the World Bank, the UNDP, the Africa Capacity Building Foundation, and the International Association of Universities. He is an elected Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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