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Our Staff

  • Dave Carey

    Dave Carey

    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

    Ilana Altman

    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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  • Billy Wolf

    Billy Wolf

    Manager, Production

    Billy joins our team after working as the Technical Director at Canadian Stage and Director of Facilities and Production at The Theatre Centre. As a theatre and event production manager, technical director, stage manager, and everything in between, Billy has served a variety of performance artists and theatre venues for over a decade.
    Read moreOriginally from London, UK, he has worked on a wide range of projects with international companies and artists, many of whom specialise in devised, experimental or otherwise unconventional performance practices. This work has taken him around Europe and to China, Australia, North America, and now to our home, The Bentway.

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  • Chasya Dove

    Chasya Dove

    Executive Assistant to Ilana Altman & David Carey, Co-Executive Directors

    Chasya fell in love with community building during her time in university. She now joins us at The Bentway Conservancy as a passionate storyteller with a flair for finding fun opportunities in the details.

    Read more As the Executive Assistant to Ilana Altman and David Carey, Chasya is the team’s support in all business operations, but her schedule never stops her from using her creative eye to sneak in unique insights and opportunities.

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  • Diana Nanushi

    Diana Nanushi

    Manager, Finance

    Diana Nanushi is an innovative and driven finance professional with over 10 years experience within the arts industry, with specific expertise in Budget Management, Financial Reporting, Auditing & Team Building.

    Read morePrior to joining The Bentway team Diana worked for more than 10 years for a number of notable not-for profit arts organizations. She managed the finance department through significant changes such as integration and implementation of new accounting systems, and aligning operations with finance which resulted in cohesion within the organization.

    Diana holds a Bachelor degree in accounting from U of T, and it’s currently a CPA, CGA candidate. She volunteers at the Community Center at Yonge and Eglinton.

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  • Kasia Gladki

    Kasia Gladki

    Senior Manager, Marketing & 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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  • Kris Kinsey

    Kris Kinsey

    Manager, Partnerships

    Kris is a partnership builder and arts administrator who is passionate about city building and community.

    Kris studied sociology at the University of Toronto, and became interested in the design and animation of public spaces after seeing William H. Whyte’s The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces during an urban studies course. Read moreKris joined The Bentway in October 2017, coming most recently from TIFF, where he spent over three years working in the areas of government relations and philanthropy. While at TIFF, Kris played a lead role in starting up a new outreach program for seniors, coordinating outdoor film screenings at local parks, and supporting fundraising efforts for TIFF’s charitable initiatives. On the side, Kris helps coordinate a weekly HIV testing program with Hassle Free Clinic, which provides free testing and counselling services at community centres across the city. Kris also volunteers as an environmental steward with the City of Toronto, and supports Swim Drink Fish in their efforts to monitor water quality in Toronto’s inner harbour.

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  • Lara Samuel

    Lara Samuel

    Manager, Facilities & Visitor Experience

    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 small but mighty team of Urban Rangers, 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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  • Sarah Munro

    Sarah Munro

    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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  • Taylor Balint

    Taylor Balint

    Partnerships Assistant

    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 & 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 & culture scene, escape rooms and trying new recipes.


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  • Wei Shen Qi

    Wei Shen Qi

    Designer and Marketing Coordinator

    Wei is a designer, social media manager, and arts lover. You’ll most likely find her looking at fonts, filming Boomerangs for Instagram, or tweeting away.

    Read moreShe is passionate about helping people understand, appreciate, and engage with the arts in their city.

    Wei holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from OCAD University where she studied painting and art history. When she’s not at The Bentway, Wei enjoys browsing her local bookstore, playing chess, or painting in her studio.

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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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  • Anthony Sargent, CBE

    Anthony Sargent, CBE

    CEO, Luminato

    After studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University Anthony worked 13 years in production and presentation at BBC TV and Radio, then as Artistic Projects Director at London’s Southbank Centre.

    Read moreIn 1990 he moved to Birmingham as City Council Head of Arts, creating Birmingham’s first Arts Strategy and leading all the Council’s major arts projects and festivals, co-leading with Sir Simon Rattle Birmingham’s acclaimed 10-year festival of the 20th Century, Towards the Millennium. After rejoining the BBC in the nationwide management of the uniquely ambitious Millennium Music Live festival, he became founding General Director for 15 years of Sage Gateshead (Norman Foster’s award-winning international centre for music performance and education), achieving what was then the UK’s highest ever single charitable donation to the arts outside London. In 2015 he moved to Canada to lead Toronto’s international Luminato Festival, steering it through its admired 10th anniversary and launching Luminato’s second decade.

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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

    Executive Vice 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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  • Heather L. Kelly

    Heather L. Kelly

    Founder and CEO of HKC Marketing

    Heather L. Kelly is an award-winning marketing professional with a twenty-five year history of creating success for some of Toronto’s most significant cultural organizations.

    Read moreHeather is the founder and director of the Bloor St. Culture Corridor, Toronto’s most diverse arts and culture district, comprised of 20 arts and culture organizations working collectively in partnership. She has launched critically-acclaimed arts destinations including Koerner Hall at The Royal Conservatory of Music, where she continues to develop and direct all marketing and engagement strategies for Koerner Hall and The Conservatory’s 100-concert performance seasons in three venues, and the Ryerson Image Centre, for which she continues to provide marketing strategy development and implementation support. She is also a consultant and marketing professor, and the Founder and CEO of HKC Marketing, an arts and culture marketing agency established in 2002 to provide consulting and strategy development. Heather is a 2015 Fellow of the Toronto Arts Council’s Cultural Leaders Lab, and she serves the arts sector on many committees and Boards of Directors.

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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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  • 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 (http://www.evergreen.ca) and Future Cities Canada (www.futurecitiescanada.ca), and as Lead Faciltator for the National Urban Project (http://www.theurbanproject.ca). She is also Senior Fellow with Shorefast (http://www.shorefast.org) a charity and social enterprise focused on building place-based economic development strategies that strengthen local communities and foster resilience.

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  • Maxine Granovsky Gluskin

    Maxine Granovsky Gluskin

    President of Maxine Gran Investments

    Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, President of Maxine Gran Investments, a privately run family investment company and former executive of Atlantic Packaging Products Ltd., a manufacturer of recycled paper products, has spent the last 20 years focusing her time in the not for profit sector.

    Read moreMaxine is the former President of the Board of Trustees of the Art Gallery of Ontario, and is currently the gallery’s Honourary Chairperson. As well she chairs their Nominating and Governance committee and a member of the Philanthropy and Building committees. Most recently Maxine has joined the boards of The National Ballet of Canada and Sinai Health Systems Foundation.

    A passion for the arts, culture and the city has driven most of Maxine’s philanthropy and advocacy over the years and she continues to support many other organizations in Canada.

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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 19, 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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Our Committees

Arts Advisory Committee
Community Advisory Committee
Brandy Leary Jennifer Chan
Barbara Macdonald Sarah Colley
Judy Matthews Philip Cote
Rui Pimenta Gracia Dyer Jalea
Asad Raza Sam Egan
Ginger Sorbara Brian Green
Dori Tunstall Roger Jabaly
Robin Young Jennifer Poon
Jake Tobin Garrett
Karen Warner