Our Staff

  • Dave Carey (he/him)

    Dave Carey (he/him)

    Co-Executive Director

    Dave Carey is a city animator with a background in public affairs, storytelling, and fundraising. As Co-Executive Director, he builds curiosity, trust, and support of The Bentway through a growing family of audiences, champions, and partners, while ensuring that the organization remains on budget and on brand.

    Read moreHe joined The Bentway team in 2017 as Director of Development. Dave worked for most of his career at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), most recently as Director of Government Relations & Philanthropy. During a formative period of growth for TIFF, his fondest achievements include the Festival’s pedestrianization of King Street, the acquisition of key 35mm film collections, the opening of TIFF Bell Lightbox, and the launch of several filmmaker development initiatives.
    In 2018, Dave joined the Toronto Arts Council’s Cultural Leaders Lab, a leadership development program for arts professionals who have demonstrated the potential to drive change in the sector. He is a yogi, a poet, a cyclist, and an ally. Dave sits on the Board of East End Arts and lives on the East Danforth.

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  • Ilana Altman (she/her)

    Ilana Altman (she/her)

    Co-Executive Director

    Ilana Altman is a cultural planner and designer who has a background in art and architecture. In her role as Co-Executive Director she works with the community to implement innovative and engaging programming, revealing new possibilities for public space and cultivates the best visitor experience possible.

    Read morePrior to joining The Bentway team, Ilana worked for a number of notable design firms including Studio Daniel Libeskind and Diller Scofidio + Renfro in New York and KPMB Architects in Toronto. She has led the curation and design of exhibitions and installations at the SFMOMA, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Additionally, she has worked closely with artists to realize public art installations for Toronto’s Nuit Blanche. In 2014 Ilana founded the Artful City, a Toronto collective that aims to advance public art research, policies, and imaginations.

    Additionally, Ilana founded and served as the Executive Director of the Pavilion Project from 2015-2017.

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  • Sam Carter-Shamai (he/him)

    Sam Carter-Shamai (he/him)

    Manager, Planning

    Sam Carter-Shamai is an urban planner with a penchant for the unexpected and overlooked opportunities that cities have to offer. As a planner, Sam applies an inquisitive and critical approach, seeking to work with communities through direct engagement and participatory interventions to demonstrate viable solutions for complex urban challenges. With a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University in Montreal and a Masters of Planning from Ryerson University here in Toronto, Sam draws on a broad skill set informed by a multi-disciplinary background in cultural geography, photography, and collaborative design facilitation.

    Read moreSam has worked and studied in cities across northeast Canada and the United States; Newport News Virginia, Halifax, Montreal, Hamilton, and Toronto. Sam has a strong commitment to promoting an inclusive, equitable, and just city through progressive planning and development. His master’s research focused on realizing the potential of marginal and underused urban landscapes drawing on case studies in Toronto, Berlin, and Detroit.

    Prior to joining the Bentway team, Sam worked as a development and strategy planner with SvN Architects + Planners, as lead researcher for the Ryerson City Building Institute investigating best practices in adaptive re-use, programming, and cultural planning for civic museums, and as Special Assistant to Councilor Joe Cressy. Sam currently serves on the board of Parkdale’s Neighbourhood Land Trust, working with residents to support a growing portfolio of community-owned housing and grassroots economic development efforts.

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  • Renee Castonguay (she/her)

    Renee Castonguay (she/her)

    Programming Associate

    Renee Castonguay is an arts and cultural programmer and artist passionate about community-building through collaboration, creative expression, and inclusive placemaking to foster vibrant public spaces. With a decade of experience producing community-engaged public art, studio art programs, and curatorial projects, her work is rooted in relationality and care, and championing representation and accessibility in the arts. As a Programming Associate, Renee leads community-centered and artist capacity-building initiatives.
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    Before joining The Bentway, Renee managed community engagement and program delivery at STEPS Public Art, and previously led programming and the daily operations of Toronto School of Art. Her studio practice combines drawing, printmaking, installation, and performance. She has been a part of international printmaking exchange portfolios, print shops, and artist collectives in the US and Canada. Renee holds an MFA in Studio Arts, Print Media from Concordia University and a BFA in Printmaking with Honors from Maine College of Art.

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  • Tessa Chan (she/her)

    Tessa Chan (she/her)


    Tessa Chan is an experienced arts administrator with a passion for building relationships within the community. In her role as Controller, she works to ensure programs and outdoor events at The Bentway are produced in the most cost-efficient manner without sacrificing artistic integrity.

    Read moreTessa began her career at CIBC Mellon, where she successfully lead the Paperless Initiative. The efforts of her and her team ultimately lead to a reduction of $1.2m in printing costs. She was also the Director of Finance at Calgary Opera where she was at the helm of the capital campaign as plans were underway for a new office. Tessa went on and ventured to the artistic side where she made her on stage debut as a supernumerary in Calgary Opera’s performance of Norma.

    An avid hiker, Tessa enjoys the Rocky Mountains and camping at Algonquin Park. Her most memorable adventures include Bright Angel Trail, Zion Narrows, and The Lemosho Route.

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  • Michael Clarke (he/him)

    Michael Clarke (he/him)

    Facilities Manager

    Michael Clarke joins The Bentway team with more than 12 years experience in landscaping and recreation facility operations. Before pursuing grounds keeping and ice making, Michael attended Ryerson University School of Image Arts and is excited to be reintegrating his passion for the arts with his professional career.

    Read moreIn addition to operating the Skate Trail in the winter season, Michael enjoys expressing his creativity in the kitchen and exploring the streets of Toronto by bicycle.

    Please be sure to wave hello when you see him on the Zamboni!

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  • Stephanie Dudek (she/her)

    Stephanie Dudek (she/her)

    Production Manager

    Steph moved to Toronto over 10 years ago, and has since devoted herself to creating spaces and events that foster connections between people and place. An event producer with a passion for community-building and a B.A. in Arts Management from the University of Toronto, Steph has lent her skills in logistics and operations to community events large and small, and has worked both locally and nationally on projects that encourage participation in the arts, inclusion, and place-building.

    Read moreHaving worked for public and not-for-profit organizations such as The City of Toronto, the Design Exchange, and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, Steph loves to facilitate everyday exploration. From city-wide initiatives such as Doors Open Toronto and Nuit Blanche, to community-led citizenship ceremonies from coast-to-coast, Steph strives to create shared experiences build relationships and bind us together.

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  • Jessie Farewell

    Jessie Farewell

    Manager of Fundraising & Partnerships

    Jessie learned a long time ago that a paycheck, while essential, is not enough to motivate her to do her best work. She knew she needed to work for something greater than herself, something that contributes positively to her community and beyond. Combining this drive with a passion for writing and building relationships, she has become an accomplished grant writer and fundraising professional. She has worked in multiple not-for-profit sectors and held positions with Environmental Defence Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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    As The Bentway’s Manager of Fundraising & Partnerships, she leads our Development team in working with corporate brands, governments, and philanthropic supporters to ensure that we may continue to thrive and provide our community with free, year-round programming. She loves Toronto for its many vintage and thrift stores, dive bars, live music venues, and restaurants. When not heading out on her bike to spend all her money at one of the above, she can usually be found in a blanket fort, rewatching every sci-fi series created or reading melancholy fiction.

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  • Allie Fenwick (she/her)

    Allie Fenwick (she/her)

    Marketing & Engagement Coordinator

    Allie Fenwick is an arts administrator who is passionate about the role arts and culture play in the city and in our lives. Coming from a background in the performing arts, Allie holds a post-graduate certificate in Arts Management from Centennial College and a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and Gender Studies from Queen’s University.

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    Allie’s interest in marketing and communications is informed by her previous work as Production Associate and Social Media Manager for Henry G20, premiering at Luminato Festival Toronto, and Marketing Committee Lead for Centennial College’s Arts Ahead symposium.

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  • Jeremy Forsyth (he/him)

    Jeremy Forsyth (he/him)


    Jeremy is a producer, cultural programmer, and visual artist who specializes in managing logistics for public festivals, arts organizations, and start ups. With over ten years of experience producing events for organizations including TIFF, Luminato, Design Exchange, Paradise Theatre, and the City of Toronto, Jeremy has extensive experience bringing public art projects to life within unconventional spaces. Jeremy is excited to continue his placemaking work at the Bentway, expanding Toronto’s public realm and strengthening residents’ connection to the city they live in.

  • Anna Gallagher-Ross (she/her)

    Anna Gallagher-Ross (she/her)

    Senior Manager, Programming

    Anna Gallagher-Ross (she/her) is a curator and writer working across performance, dance, and visual arts, with an emphasis on site-specific and socially-engaged practices. Though born and raised in Tkaranto/Toronto, Anna has spent the past seven years living in the U.S. As a curator, Anna seeks to be an advocate for artists, providing resources and supportive platforms that enable them to create their most adventurous work, as well as forging inclusive and accessible encounters between art and audiences. Anna believes in the unique possibilities that can emerge from the live experience. She sees curating as an act of community building.

    Read moreFrom 2017-2021, Anna was Co-Artistic Director & Curator of Fusebox Festival, the acclaimed international performance festival, which features interdisciplinary artists from Austin, the U.S., and around the world. At Fusebox, Anna also curated year-round performances, artist residencies, public art projects, and civic initiatives. In 2020, Anna was a guest curator at Performance Space Sydney’s Live Works Festival. She was also part of the inaugural cohort of GENERATE (2019-20), a joint program of the British Council and Arts Council England that promotes exchange between a select group of US and UK performance curators and producers.

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  • Kasia Gladki (she/her)

    Kasia Gladki (she/her)

    Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications

    Kasia Gladki is an arts lover and communications and marketing professional. She started her career in New York working in communications and marketing for social justice organizations.

    Read moreShe came back to Toronto in 2015 to pursue her passion for arts and culture and has become deeply embedded in Toronto’s vibrant arts scene. She was most recently at Artscape as Assistant Manager, Creative Placemaking Lab, where she supported Artscape’s consulting role for The Bentway project and other thought leadership, resource and knowledge sharing programs. Before this she was Manager, National Canadian Film Day and Co-Director, Communications at REEL CANADA – an organization that promotes the appreciation of Canadian film through screenings for high school students, English as a second language learners, and a nationwide one-day festival.

    Kasia holds an MA in Media Studies from The New School in New York and a BA in Art History from McGill University. She is a graduate of the Transom Story Workshop for radio producers and is Vice President of the Board of Dreamwalker Dance Company. Kasia loves swimming in lakes, falling for a good book, and experiencing all the amazing visual art, dance and performance Toronto has to offer.

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  • Stephan Lamoureux (he/him)

    Stephan Lamoureux (he/him)

    Facilities Supervisor

    Coming to the Bentway team from a background in landscaping and ice operations, and with a wealth of experience in customer service roles, Stephan likes the fact that no workday is ever the same in our park. He enjoys achieving ambitious tasks together with the small but mighty facilities team, as well as getting to meet our visitors face to face.

    Read moreAs the Junior Facilities Supervisor, Stephan is in charge of keeping the Bentway in tip top shape throughout the year. His love of the outdoors as well as years of playing hockey prepared him well for spending time on the ice operating the Zamboni during the Bentway skating season.

    When not at work, Stephan enjoys playing sports, as well as music and books – and he’s always enthusiastic about hearing a good joke.

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  • Robert McKaye (he/him)

    Robert McKaye (he/him)

    Senior Manager, Planning and Design

    Robert McKaye is an interdisciplinary designer, educator and maker with a background in interactive art and architecture. As Senior Manager, Planning and Design at The Bentway, he is responsible for the development and realization of ambitious and innovative public art and expansion strategies. He is interested in harnessing the power of environmental and human capital to create unique and accessible experiences.

    Read moreRobert comes to The Bentway after several years in the emerging research and development arm of Canadian architecture firm, KPMB. Working with advanced tools for microclimate analysis and generative design, his projects explored how to infuse data-driven processes with traditional design methodologies. From 2016-2019, he acted as project architect for Canada’s Diversity Gardens at the Assiniboine Park Conservancy, a horticultural centre celebrating the diversity of people and plants. In his own time, he has explored the realm of public art through experiments and installations in prototyping and digital fabrication. Robert has exhibited his work at Toronto’s Nuit Rose, Barcelona’s Festival of Lights and EASA Links in Valletta, Malta.

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  • Jess Misak (they/them)

    Jess Misak (they/them)

    Design Coordinator

    Jess Misak (They/Them) lives, learns, and makes in Toronto/Tkaronto Canada. Jess holds membership with the OAA as an Intern Architect and is a considerate architectural designer, local organizer, and urban garden enthusiast. Their work visits themes of queer public space, housing justice, and communal pleasure.

  • Alice Moores-Rodgerson (she/her)

    Alice Moores-Rodgerson (she/her)

    Fundraising & Partnerships Coordinator

    Alice Moores-Rodgerson (she/her) loves the writing, reporting, researching, and relationship-building that comes with her day-to-day as Fundraising & Partnerships Coordinator. Her interest in the development sector is informed by her Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and Sociology from McGill University and her previous work at the Toronto-based non-profit, Good Foot Delivery. Read more She is excited to continue supporting efforts to ensure The Bentway can keep providing engaging, accessible programming. In her free time, Alice loves to cook/bake, run, and endlessly watch rom-coms.

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  • Christopher Parker (he/him)

    Christopher Parker (he/him)

    Assistant, Partnerships & Administration

    Christopher holds a Bachelor’s degree in Arts Administration and has experience in non-profit fundraising and communications for healthcare institutions, museums, and performing arts organizations. He’s passionate about work that seeks to stimulate systemic change in an effort to create a more equitable society, especially if that work involves the arts.

    Read moreChristopher is also a professional, award-nominated stage actor and singer who has performed in productions with Montreal’s Centaur Theatre and Toronto’s Theatre Passé Muraille, and he has workshopped new plays and musicals with Obsidian Theatre, Tapestry Opera, and The Musical Stage Company.

    Outside of his work onstage and with non-profits, Christopher is a nerd of the highest pedigree who regularly indulges in a variety of anime and video games. He will happily expound on either topic for hours, so bring them up in his presence at your own risk.

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  • Alex Rand (he/him)

    Alex Rand (he/him)

    Manager, Programming

    Alex Rand is a curator and creative producer, with a background in the performing arts and creating artistic experiences in non-traditional spaces. In his role as Manager of Programming, he works with artists to support their visions and steward projects from original conception through to final presentation. A community builder at heart, his work is guided by creativity, radical joy, and moments of magic.

    Read moreFrom 2017 – 2022, Alex was the Producer, Artistic Programs at Luminato Festival Toronto, where he curated and produced a variety of multidisciplinary projects across the city, working with international and local artists, community organizers, and thought leaders. In 2017, he was an Artistic Director of An Honest Farewell, the multidisciplinary festival, party, and community platform celebrating the legacy of Honest Ed’s, produced by the Centre for Social Innovation. From 2010 – 2016, Alex was based in London, UK, where he had the opportunity to work as both as an artist and arts manager with organizations such as the Barbican Centre, National Theatre, VAULT Festival, and Ovalhouse, among others. In his spare time, Alex co-leads the Toronto chapter of Sandbox, an international community of creative leaders working across the arts, technology, and social innovation sectors.

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  • Breanna Stephenson (she/her)

    Breanna Stephenson (she/her)

    Programming Coordinator

    Breanna Stephenson is an arts administrator and writing associate who has worked at several cultural organizations in and around Tkarón:to. After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, she has returned to The Bentway as a member of the Programming team. In her role as Coordinator, she deeply enjoys connecting with local and international artists, community members, and audiences to create unique and meaningful programs year-round. Read more Since completing her Master’s Degree in Museum Studies at the University of Toronto, she has worked at other institutions such as the Art Gallery of Ontario and Ontario Museum Association. Most recently, she worked as a freelance writing associate, assisting with the development of a series of descriptive and narrative audio tours at the Royal Ontario Museum. It was through these opportunities that Breanna discovered her passion for inclusive storytelling and creative writing, and is an avid advocate to bring vibrancy, cultural voice, and sustainable accessibility to the city’s many artistic communities.
    In her downtime, Breanna enjoys her unofficial side role as the ‘Bentway Baker’, sharing homemade sweets with her colleagues and fellow art lovers to spread joy and celebrate their work together as a team.

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  • Pavneet Pal Singh (he/him)

    Pavneet Pal Singh (he/him)


    Pavneet is a Designer/Producer with a degree in Architecture and a passion for placemaking and art. He comes to the Bentway with the experience of producing two of the largest contemporary art exhibitions in India where his work focused on adaptive reuse of dilapidated structures and repurposing them into exhibition spaces.

    Read moreHe began his career as an Architect but transitioned into an Arts professional over time. Pavneet enjoys exploring the city, trying new foods, and playing sports during his free time.

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  • Ella Hough (she/her)

    Ella Hough (she/her)

    Public Space Fellow

    Ella joins The Bentway with an art history degree from McGill University, where she focused her studies on art made in prison. These studies underpinned Ella’s belief in the power of the arts to make sense of our present and conceive of alternative futures. Now back in Toronto after five years in Montreal, Ella is invested in this potential as it applies to re-imagining our cities as socially resilient and sustainable places.

  • Celeste Davis Meledath (she/her)

    Celeste Davis Meledath (she/her)

    Public Space Fellow

    Celeste is an engineer, explorer, and advocate of sustainability strategies across modern supply chains. She comes to The Bentway with a background in construction project engineering and her academia includes a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Post-Graduate certifications in Environmental Projects and Supply Chain Management. Her research work addresses innovations in city planning that can drive healthy ecosystems and she believes in empowering communities to recognize their roles in shaping sustainable futures.

  • Jane O'Brien Davis (she/her)

    Jane O'Brien Davis (she/her)

    Placemaking Intern

    Jane is an MSc. Planning student at the University of Toronto, investigating public memory in the decolonial city. Her interests lie in heritage planning, cultural planning, and insurgent planning practices. Jane holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University in Urban Studies and Art History, where she was able to focus her studies on the aesthetics of the built environment, understanding the layered impact they have. Jane joins The Bentway with an eye to reimagining how we use city spaces.

Our Board of Directors

  • Mazyar Mortazavi

    Mazyar Mortazavi

    Board Chair, President and CEO of TAS

    Mazyar Mortazavi, President and CEO of TAS, is a prominent Toronto city builder with a passion for community-based initiatives. As an entrepreneur for the public good, Mortazavi operates on the philosophy that connected communities lead to beautiful, resilient cities.

    Read moreWith this passion for cities, he spearheads projects and initiatives that support local economy, celebrate culture and art, prioritize sustainability, and foster positive neighbourhood relationships.

    TAS was founded TAS in 1983 by the Mortazavis, who established the company’s roots as a custom home builder. After receiving his undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and Masters in Architecture from the University of Waterloo, Mortazavi joined the family business.
    Under his direction, TAS is on the leading edge of change, developing beautifully designed buildings in urban neighbourhoods. Aesthetics aside, Mortazavi is committed to creating communities that follow TAS’s Four Pillars of Sustainability™, which highlight the company’s commitment to social, cultural, economic and environmental impact. Mazyar’s passion for community-based initiatives and his understanding of the socio-cultural underpinnings of design and development have played a guiding role in his work. He is actively involved with a variety of different not-for-profit and community groups. Mazyar is a board member of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Waterfront Toronto & The Bentway.

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  • Daniel Shearer

    Daniel Shearer

    President, Cossette

    Daniel believes that creativity not only builds brands, but can make the world a better place. Daniel joined Cossette as Executive Vice President and General Manager in 2016, where he has leveraged his extensive experience building and running diverse, integrated teams at agencies to lead unprecedented growth in the country’s most competitive markets.

    Read more As part of the team that has helped Cossette take the Agency of the Year title three years running, Daniel exploits his deep consumer obsession in everything he does – ever curious, endlessly energetic, and entirely bullshit-free.

    In addition to his role at The Bentway, Daniel is a board member of the Institute of Communications Agencies (ICA) and The Bentway Conservancy and is proud to have been involved in work spanning regions, categories and consumers that has been awarded on the local and global stage for both creativity and effectiveness. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two boys.

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  • Gabe Gonda

    Gabe Gonda

    Managing Director, Corporate Development, The Globe and Mail

    Gabe has a proven record as a leader in Canada’s top newsrooms, with almost two decades of experience in daily journalism. He spent a dozen years at the Toronto Star, where he covered city politics and ran the Insight section.

    Read moreIn 2010, he joined The Globe and Mail where he has held a variety of management roles, such as Focus Editor, Arts Editor, Weekend Editor and most recently Head of Opinion, Features and Sports. In these roles, he helped conceive and lead a variety of editorial and commercial collaborations, including work with CAMH that influenced government policy on mental health and an innovative marketing partnership with a leading Canadian financial services firm.

    A strong supporter of the Canadian cultural sector, Gabe co-chairs the board of the Canadian Art Foundation, which publishes the award-winning Canadian Art magazine. In that volunteer role, he has helped guide the foundation to financial stability and facilitated the renewal of its senior leadership team, as well as its board and strategy.

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  • Barbara Macdonald

    Barbara Macdonald

    Founder, Barbara Macdonald Interior Design

    Barbara started her career in the advertising and marketing industry. After 10 years in this corporate sector, she founded Barbara Macdonald Interior Design which she ran for twenty years designing interiors for corporate and residential clients around the globe. Alongside her professional interests, Barbara is also a keen volunteer and supporter of the arts. She sat on the board of Soulpepper and co-chaired the capital campaign to build the Young Theatre.

    Read moreShe continues her long standing involvement with Partners in Art where she was Co-Chair, sat on the Board and chaired several committees. Barbara is also actively involved with The Art Gallery of Ontario where she works on special projects and acquisition committees. Her keen interest in the visual arts prompted her to obtain a Masters in Contemporary Art, MA, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, NY. Her studies sparked a deep and passionate interest in Public Art. Most recently, she joined The Bentway Arts Advisory. Barbara is committed to pursuing endeavours that explore and expand Toronto’s public art practices.

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  • Mary Rowe

    Mary Rowe

    President and CEO, Canadian Urban Institute

    Mary is an impassioned civic leader with diverse experience in the business, government, not-for-profit and philanthropy sectors in Canada and the US. Over 30 years, Mary has been a steady advocate and champion for place-based approaches to building livable and resilient cities, and community-driven local economies.

    Read more She has led campaigns, organizations, initiatives, and companies spanning a few months to several years. Mary was deeply engaged in the self-organizing initiatives that emerged in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, providing support to two dozen initiatives that focused on various forms of resilience. She also supported, in her role at MAS NYC, community engagement efforts during the recovery from Superstorm Sandy, and Rebuild By Design. Subsequently, Mary has led local, national and international urban initiatives from Toronto and New York City, including the initial development of Re-Imagining the Civic Commons, an initiative to strengthen elements of the urban fabric that create social cohesion and community resilience, including libraries, community centres, parks and other ‘third places’.

    Following her return to live in Toronto, Mary’s current roles include empowering Canada’s largest cities to be economically vibrant, socially inclusive, and environmentally sustainable as a Senior Fellow with Evergreen ( and Future Cities Canada (, and as Lead Faciltator for the National Urban Project ( She is also Senior Fellow with Shorefast ( a charity and social enterprise focused on building place-based economic development strategies that strengthen local communities and foster resilience.

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  • Munira Ravji

    Munira Ravji

    Realtor and Owner, OLEA Real Estate Group

    Munira Ravji is an Award-Winning Realtor and GTA Neighbourhood Expert at Olea Real Estate Group, with a proven track record of bringing together Toronto residents to build and strengthen local communities.

    Read moreMunira Ravji is founder of the Harbourview Estates Residents Group located in the CityPlace community on Toronto’s waterfront. A local resident and neighbour to the Bentway, Munira has her pulse on new developments, demographic shifts and critical issues facing this vertical neighbourhood.

    As a realtor focused on downtown living, Munira is passionate about public safety, as well as providing local residents with access to activities that improve health and lifestyle, along with opportunities to learn and grow through innovative and interactive displays of arts and culture, all just outside their condo doors.

    Munira is a life-long volunteer and has spent her entire career advocating on behalf of new immigrants, vulnerable communities, and individuals facing barriers to employment and day-to-day resources. She has served the residents of Ontario through her work at Premier Kathleen Wynne’s constituency office, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, as well as on behalf of the Ontario Realtor Party – lobbying the provincial government as a member of the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) help Ontarians realize their dreams of homeownership.

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  • Wil Matthews

    Wil Matthews

    Judy and Wilmot Matthews Foundation

    Judy and Wil Matthews have a history of leadership and philanthropic giving to a wide variety of the City of Toronto’s education and medical programs, arts and cultural organizations and city-building initiatives. Passionate Torontonians, they are deeply committed to enriching the City and the lives of its citizens.

    Read moreWil Matthews worked as an investment banker, serving in various positions with Nesbitt Burns Inc. and its predecessor companies from 1964 until his retirement in 1996. As a prominent business leader, he has served as a director on a wide variety of corporate boards, as well as on the boards of many community and social organizations, including Renaissance Energy, Husky Energy, WestJet Airlines, SQI Diagnostics, and is presently on an advisory committee to Imperial Capital. In addition, Wil has dedicated his expertise to the boards of many community and social organizations including Dellcrest Children’s Centre, the Canadian Institute of International Affairs, Trinity College, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and The Toronto Symphony Foundation. 

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  • Krystal Koo

    Krystal Koo

    Krystal is the Head of Sales & Marketing at Dream Unlimited and is very active in enhancing the communities in which she works. She sits on the board of the Woodgreen Foundation, one of the largest social service agencies in Toronto, servicing over 37,000 people per year. Together they help people find safe, a.ordable housing. She also currently sits on the Mayor’s External Advisory Committee for Toronto’s Year of Public Art called ArtworxTO, which is to kick o. the City’s new 10-year Public Art Strategy.

    Read moreArtworxTO will provide new opportunities for Toronto and international artists to play a leading role in developing public art projects within the city while working closely with key art institutions to deliver major public art commissions. She also sat on the board of Design Exchange where she worked with the board to change the organization’s mandate to become EDIT, an Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology that partnered with the United Nations for its inaugural event in 2017. The focus was to bring disciplines together to solve the planet’s grand challenges and forge new paths to make the world a better place. She was the honorary chair of the YMCA Strong Start Campaign, their $250-million capital campaign dedicated to building 10 new YMCA centres over the next 10 years. She also sits on the board of The Shoebox Project, a not-for-profit that provides gifts to homeless and at-risk women across Canada, the United States, and Europe. Krystal is actively involved in the arts, design, and cultural community and participates and chairs many charities and committees.

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  • Drew Sinclair

    Drew Sinclair

    Partner, SVN Architects + Planners

    Drew Sinclair is the Founding Principal of SvN Architects + Planners, a dynamic cultural practice dedicated to resolving critical urban planning and design issues. A graduate from the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, he continues to teach design studios, lecture and mentor students.

    Read more His foundational education in international development studies underscores his dedication to resolving social and environmental challenges. This commitment is reinforced by early research into alternative planning models initially supported by a Canada Council for the Arts’ Prix de Rome in Architecture for Emerging Practitioners.
    Besides serving as an advisor to urban-design-related initiatives, Drew continues to volunteer on various boards. Recent involvement includes the City of Vaughan Design Review Panel, where he was its inaugural member. Drew continues to serve as a Director for the Centre for Urban Growth + Renewal. His board involvement with Canadian Stage, includes chairing its City Builders program, a philanthropic initiative leading the development and curation of creative opportunities.

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  • Jane Pepino

    Jane Pepino

    Partner, Aird & Berlis LLP

    Jane Pepino is a Partner of Aird & Berlis LLP and founder of the firm’s Municipal and Land Use Planning group. In her long career, Jane  carries 50 years worth of experience in public policy, government relations, municipal and land use planning (1982 to present), and is one of Canada’s leading lawyers in property development and real estate.

    Read moreHer practice includes providing advice on all things planning, zoning, and land development throughout Ontario, as well as on a range of municipal and provincial licensing and other regulatory matters to maximize value and utility of land. Jane’s clients range from provincial, regional, and local governments or agencies, to large development corporations, small landowners, and citizen/special interest groups. Her line of work includes appearing before local planning committees and councils, conservation authorities, the Ontario Land Tribunal, and the courts.

    Aside from her work, Jane has been actively involved in volunteering with or leading various organizations and advocating for equity, diversity, community safety, and women’s health.

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  • Raja Khanna

    Raja Khanna

    Executive Chair and Co-Founder, Dark Slope

    Raja Khanna is Co-Founder and General Partner at FortyTwo Communities, a purpose-driven real estate company supporting community development through art, culture, affordability, and sustainability.  A Toronto-native with a successful 25-year track record as a technology and media entrepreneur, Raja is also Co-Founder of Dark Slope and Lumeto, companies developing entertainment content and educational simulation software using immersive technologies.


  • Mark Keil

    Mark Keil

    Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Burgundy Asset Management

    Mark Keil is Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at Burgundy Asset Management, a global investment manager for private clients, foundations, endowments, pensions, and family offices. Mark is responsible for overseeing the financial activities of the organization while supporting the long-term strategic priorities of Burgundy. Mark began his career as an auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Toronto. Read more Having lived in the area for many years, Mark sees and experiences firsthand how the creative projects and unique designs of the Bentway have had a positive impact shaping the neighbourhood. Mark previously sat on the Board of Youth Without Shelter, a youth shelter in Etobicoke for those facing homelessness in the GTA. Outside of work Mark enjoys playing softball, working out, and cheering on the Blue Jays!

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  • Dori Tunstall

    Dori Tunstall

    Dean of Design, Ontario College of Art and Design University

    Dr. Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall is a design anthropologist, public intellectual, and design advocate who works at the intersections of critical theory, culture, and design. As Dean of Design at Ontario College of Art and Design University, she is the first black and black female dean of a faculty of design. She is a recognized leader in the decolonization of art and design education.

  • Ken Greenberg (Emeritus)

    Ken Greenberg (Emeritus)

    Principal, Greenberg Consultants

    Ken Greenberg is an urban designer, teacher, writer, former Director of Urban Design and Architecture for the City of Toronto and Principal of Greenberg Consultants. For over four decades he has played a pivotal role on public and private assignments in urban settings throughout North America and Europe.

    Read moreHis work focuses on the rejuvenation of downtowns, waterfronts, neighborhoods and on campus master planning, regional growth management, and new community planning. Ken is involved in many grass roots and community initiatives in addition to The Bentway, and has served as a Board Member of Park People, a non-profit dedicated to the improvement of Toronto’s parks, is on the Advisory Board of Waterfront for All, and is President of the Wellington Place Neighbourhood Association. He is a co-founder and Vice Chair of the new City Building Institute at Ryerson University in Toronto. A frequent writer for periodicals, he is the author of Walking Home: the Life and Lessons of a City Builder published by Random House. He is currently serving as an advisor to Sidewalk Labs for Quayside on the Toronto waterfront.

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  • Judy Matthews (Emeritus)

    Judy Matthews (Emeritus)

    Judy and Wilmot Matthews Foundation

    Judy and Wil Matthews have a history of leadership and philanthropic giving to a wide variety of the City of Toronto’s programs, arts and cultural organizations, and city-building initiatives. Passionate Torontonians, they are deeply committed to enriching the City and the lives of its citizens.

    Read moreJudy Matthews holds a long-standing interest in urban renewal projects that emphasize creativity, beauty and greener more inviting spaces. She first became interested in civic initiatives in her early twenties while working on the anti-Spadina Expressway campaign. After her four children were settled in school, she completed an M.A. in Urban Planning from York University and began honing her professional expertise in the Planning Departments at Metro Toronto, the City of Toronto and the University of Toronto. Judy has directed her energy to realizing an impressive array of projects that improve Toronto’s livability and creativity including the award-winning St. George Street revitalization and the development of the $30-million Open Space Master Plan for the University of Toronto, as well as the creation of the Music Garden at Harbourfront. A seasoned expert in creative public and private partnership solutions and an invaluable resource, Judy strongly believes in the role not-for profit organizations organizations play in civic life. A few of the organizations that have benefitted from her guidance include Creative Trust, The National Arts Centre, Toronto Community Foundation, The United Way and more recently, Artscape, the Canadian Opera Company, Evergreen, and Park People.

    Judy has received many honours for her work including being nominated one of Toronto Life’s 50 most influential people of the year in 2016; a 2016 Canadian Urban Institute Award; and a 2014 Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

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Our Committees

Arts Advisory Committee
Capital Projects Committee and Neighbourhood Development Committee
Finance and Audit Committee
Barbara Macdonald Mazyar Mortazavi Wil Matthews
Judy Matthews Ken Greenberg Mazyar Mortazavi
Robin Young Judy Mathews Mark Keil
Rui Pimenta John Livey Luisa Gale
Julia Sutherland Chet Shah Tom MacMillan
Asad Raza Barbara Macdonald Preety Patel
Krystal Koo Steven Trumper Rita Said
Quentin VerCetty
Eleanor Shen