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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  • Taylor Balint (she/her)

    Taylor Balint (she/her)

    Events & Facilities Coordinator

    Taylor is an arts lover and administrator, who aims to support accessible programming initiatives through her administrative work. As the Partnerships Assistant, she supports the ongoing operations, initiatives and expansion of The Bentway’s community of supporters.

    Read moreTaylor holds an undergraduate degree in theatre and Film and Media studies, as well as a post-graduate certificate in Arts Administration. She has worked in event/festival production and volunteer operations at various not-for-profit organizations including Harbourfront Centre, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival and SummerWorks.

    When not at The Bentway, Taylor enjoys experiencing the Toronto arts and culture scene, escape rooms and trying new recipes.

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  • Sam Carter-Shamai (he/him)

    Sam Carter-Shamai (he/him)

    Corridor Plan Lead

    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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  • 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 Supervisor

    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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  • Vicki Clough (she/her)

    Vicki Clough (she/her)

    Programming Coordinator

    Vicki Clough is a passionate arts administrator, curator, craftsperson and researcher with an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University. She has particular enthusiasm for socially engaged, educational and participatory creative practices that foster community building and sustainable positive social change.

    Read moreVicki comes to the team with a range of abilities obtained through an eclectic history of freelance cultural consulting work that includes the Estate of Sorel Etrog, Myseum of Toronto, PI Fine Art, OCAD University’s Impact Lab, The Reconstructing Resilience Project and Figment Toronto, as well as independent projects. In her role at The Bentway, Vicki employs her accumulated skills and interests to enthusiastically support programming goals and facilitate artist communications.

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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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  • Allie Fenwick (she/her)

    Allie Fenwick (she/her)

    Marketing & Community 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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  • 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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  • Margaret Goodfellow (she/her)

    Margaret Goodfellow (she/her)

    Manager, Planning and Design

    Margaret Goodfellow is a designer, writer, city-builder, public space and transit advocate who has always had a passion forand felt inspired bythe vibrancy of this culturally diverse city.

    Read moreMargaret began her career with several award-winning architectural offices, working on projects such as Dundas Square, Evergreen Brickworks and the Distillery District Master Plans. She continued her city-building work with Waterfront Toronto where she led the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal Design Competition and managed several park and public realm projects including Trillium Park and Trail at Ontario Place.

    Margaret joined The Bentway most recently from Metrolinx where she developed design standards, business cases and requirements for Rapid Transit (LRT) and GO Expansion Projects, balancing the needs of the commuter with the needs of local residents to deliver meaningful public infrastructure.

    In 2010 Margaret co-authored “A Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Toronto”, with her husband Phil Goodfellow. As a parent now, she experiences the city on a whole new level, and spends lots of time in the city’s amazing parks, skating at The Bentway, exploring laneways, swimming, cycling and sailing around the Toronto Islands.

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  • Dawn Kay (she/her)

    Dawn Kay (she/her)

    Manager, Marketing and Communications

    Dawn Kay is an arts advocate, multimedia storyteller and proponent for creative collaboration, with a passion for placemaking and design.

    As the Manager of Marketing and Communications at The Bentway, she brings over ten years of experience in communications strategies, brand identity, and social media management from a wide range of industries, including sports and entertainment and technology and innovation.

    Read moreDawn holds a Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) in Literary Journalism from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX, a Bachelor of Arts and Contemporary Studies (Culture & Entertainment) from Ryerson University here in Toronto and most recently studied Cultural Planning via the University of British Columbia. Dawn has volunteered with a variety of public art organizations across North America and currently sits on the Public Art Advisory Committee for the City of Markham.

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  • Stephan Lamoureux (he/him)

    Stephan Lamoureux (he/him)

    Junior 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)

    Special Projects Lead, Programming and Design

    Robert McKaye is an interdisciplinary designer, educator and maker with a background in interactive art and architecture. As Special Projects Lead 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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  • Gelila Mekonnen (she/her)

    Gelila Mekonnen (she/her)

    Planning Coordinator

    Gelila Mekonnen (she/her) is a planner with a diverse background in research, policy, community engagement, and active transportation. She is a graduate of the Master of Planning in Urban Development Program at Ryerson University, where her research focused on cycling equity and micromobility.

    Read moreGelila has worked in active transportation with the Bike Share Toronto program, and has a keen interest in placemaking. Using an intersectional approach, Gelila is interested in how community co-creation and intercultural collaboration can enhance public space and city building practices.

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  • Sarah Munro (she/her/they/them)

    Sarah Munro (she/her/they/them)

    Senior Manager, Programming

    Sarah Munro is a curator, archivist, and arts and cultural administrator with a passion for promoting the artworks and artifacts of diverse and often marginalized communities. She believes in the power of creativity, collaboration, and conversation to change and unite minds.

    Read moreSarah has a background in the fine arts and museum collections management, and has worked with a wide range of arts and cultural heritage organizations, including the Genocide Archive of Rwanda, the UK’s National Holocaust Centre and Museum, the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, the Ontario Jewish Archives, the Koffler Centre of the Arts, the Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, and Ryerson Artspace. Most recently she operated as Director of Public Programs for Myseum of Toronto, a 21st century civic museum whose programs and experiences showcase the history, spaces, cultures, architecture, and people that represent Toronto’s unique place in the world. As Manager of Programming for The Bentway, Sarah facilitates meaningful interactions between the city’s diverse communities, within a gathering space of layered historical significance.

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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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  • Lara Samuel (she/her)

    Lara Samuel (she/her)

    General Manager, Operations

    Since witnessing the birth of The Bentway site in 2017, Lara held different roles in the organization and is now in charge of the day-to-day park operations as well as the Facilities and Visitor Experience strategy.

    Read moreTogether with a wonderful facilities team, Lara ensures that The Bentway is a welcoming and safe space for all visitors. If you see them on site, come say hello!

    Prior to joining The Bentway team, Lara held different jobs in small-scale and large-scale arts institutions in Vienna, Paris and Marseilles before joining the Luxury Hospitality industry with roles in Geneva and Toronto.

    Lara likes people and their stories, as well as precision, chocolate, honesty and baby donkeys.

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  • Pavneet Pal Singh (he/him)

    Pavneet Pal Singh (he/him)

    Seasonal Production Coordinator

    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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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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  • Catherine (Kiki) Delaney

    Catherine (Kiki) Delaney

    President, Delaney Capital Management

    Kiki Delaney is the President of Delaney Capital Management, the investment counselling firm she founded in 1992. Kiki has served on the boards of many not-for-profit organizations across Canada.

    Read moreShe is the Chancellor Emeritus of OCAD University, a director of the Ontario Arts Foundation and of Art Canada Institute. In 2006, she was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada. Kiki has honorary degrees from OCAD University, the University of Manitoba and Mount Saint Vincent University. She was inducted into the Investment Industry Association of Canada Hall of Fame in 2017.

    In recognition of her lifetime support of Canadian arts and culture, Kiki received the Edmund C. Bovey Award from Business for the Arts.

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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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  • Judy Matthews

    Judy 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 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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  • Ken Greenberg

    Ken Greenberg

    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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  • 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, TOrealestategroup

    Munira Ravji is an Award-Winning Realtor and GTA Neighbourhood Expert at TOrealestategroup, 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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  • Councillor Joe Cressy

    Councillor Joe Cressy

    Toronto City Councillor, Ward 10

    Joe Cressy was born and raised in Toronto in a family whose defining values are community building and public service—values that have driven him his whole life.

    Read moreHe has worked on tackling issues aligned with poverty while living in South Africa and Ghana, led literacy programs in fly-in Aboriginal reserves in Northern Ontario, and managed environmental campaigns to protect Canada’s freshwater. Before being elected, he served as a Director of Campaigns and Outreach at the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which supports community-based HIV/AIDS organizations in sub-Saharan Africa.

    Joe understands that strong infrastructure and social services are vital to the quality of life in a big city, and his passion for social justice translates to his work at City Hall. In his various appointments, including to the Board of Health, Toronto Community Housing Corporation Board of Directors, Sub-committee on Climate Change and Adaptation, and in his role as Toronto’s Youth Equity Advocate, he is committed to making life better in Toronto.

    As Councillor for Ward 10, Joe works tirelessly to build better neighbourhoods, expand and improve public green spaces, and make life in downtown Toronto more equitable.

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  • Councillor Mike Layton

    Councillor Mike Layton

    Toronto City Councillor, Ward 11

    Mike Layton is the City Councillor for Ward 11, Trinity-Spadina.

    Read moreAs Councillor, Mike has worked tirelessly to protect and improve City services that people depend on, and to preserve the diverse character of the city’s neighbourhoods. He has been a strong voice on City Council to make Toronto a world leader in the fight against climate change. He has also championed building new affordable housing, investments in arts and culture, aboriginal issues and reconciliation, and better public transit and cycling infrastructure.

    In 2012 and 2013 Mike was voted “Best City Councillor” by NOW Magazine readers.

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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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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
Dori Tunstall Chet Shah Tom MacMillan
Asad Raza Siri Agrell
Krystal Koo Barbara Macdonald
Quentin VerCetty