In the lead up to July 1st, we’re profiling five Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area city builders, past and present, who have not only made significant positive impact in our communities, but have challenged us to be better civic-minded, inclusive, and collaborative individuals. Today we take a brief look at John Christie Holland, Hamilton, Ont., […]
Everyone has a story to tell...
Stories help us to connect, to inspire, to understand. On this page, we share the stories of people in our network who have taught us, entertained us, been a champion for diverse civic leadership, and who have galvanized us to think differently. Be prepared to be inspired.
Why leadership matters
For over 10 years, we’ve brought together senior executives and rising leaders from all sectors to tackle big challenges in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Region, let them tell you why leadership really matters, and what we can do when we open doors and minds for the young, emerging and under-represented leaders in our communities.
Our communities are becoming increasingly diverse and complex. Great leaders can see the issues facing their communities from many sides and encourage people to work collaboratively on solutions that are in the best interest of the entire community.
Ron McKerliePresident, Mohawk College and Mohawk College Foundation
Leaders engage people and build inclusive solutions. They foster innovative ideas and open doors to possibility. To be a civic leader is to be on the cutting edge of transformational change that creates a better future.
Susan McIsaacFormer President and CEO, United Way of Toronto
In challenging times, great leaders turn issues into opportunities. As the GTHA grows up and grows out, we need unprecedented collaboration among our regional leaders. I applaud CivicAction for leading that charge!
Keanin LoomisPresident and Chief Executive Officer, Hamilton Chamber of Commerce
I strongly believe we must build the infrastructure – social programs, green space, transit – that we’ll need to support future inclusion, growth and sustainability. The leaders who bring these programs to life are critical to helping shape and drive this important agenda.
Cam FowlerCivicAction Board of Directors, Group Head, Canadian Personal and Commercial Banking, BMO Financial Group
Being a DiverseCity Fellow has been a tremendous privilege. I have experienced first-hand how the combination of diverse perspectives and a shared vision produces a creative tension that leads to innovative and better solutions.
Jenn Miller2011 CivicAction DiverseCity Fellow; Director, Social Investment, Atkinson Foundation
Spotlight on our Members
The Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) brings together diverse, energetic and motivated city-builders from across our region, each with a unique story to tell about where they came from, what they’re passionate about, and where they want to go next. Check back often – new profiles are added regularly.
This month, the ELN spotlight lands on Jay Pariseau–2015/16 DiverseCity Fellow and a Senior Diversity Recruitment Consultant at CIBC. Jay’s dedication to the Indigenous community has been a key part of his leadership journey–something that also influences his day job at CIBC where he led the design and launch of a national Indigenous mentorship program […]
Richard Wiltshire and Elisha Muskat, are the 2015-2017 Co-Chairs of our Emerging Leaders Network. Previously, at Ashoka Canada – an international association of leading social entrepreneurs who develop solutions to pressing social problems – Elisha has shared her expertise on stages, inside classrooms and in the pages of top publications. She is an established leader […]
This month we are shining a spotlight on new ELN executive committee members Nima Ranawana and Abhishek Sarathy! Nima and Abhishek come to the ELN executive committee as communications leads and will be helping us find better and more effective ways to get our word out to the ELN. With a passionate (Scorpio) personality and […]
From someone who works to organize an event within their community, someone who sits on a board of an organization they’re passionate about, to those who bring lost cats to the animal shelter, volunteering comes in many different forms. Canada alone has over 12.7 million volunteers devoting their time to causes that directly impact the […]
This month we are shining a spotlight on ELN member Harvey Lam – a management consultant at Accenture Strategy, and a former corporate lawyer. When he’s not navigating the corporate world, he uses his skills in the community. Most recently, he’s been responsible for Fundraising & Partnerships at The Rumie Initiative, an initiative that won the recent Google […]
This month we are shining a spotlight on Hibaq Gelle– community connector, youth advocate and civic rockstar! Hibaq is currently leading Community Benefits work in Rexdale, is a member of the Premiers Council on Youth Opportunities, the Toronto Youth Equity Strategy Expert Panel and the recipient of CivicAction’s 2017 Emerging Leader Award for Civic Leadership. Full name…Hibaq […]
To celebrate International Women’s Day 2017, CivicAction will be highlighting some of the incredible, dynamic, and diverse women who are shaping communities all across our city-region. Over the next 24 hours, we’re taking to Twitter to showcase 24 incredible women city-builders who are shaping the GTHA region with their passion. Follow #24inGTHA on Twitter and get to know these inspiring women. […]
This month, we also introduce you to Zakaria Hassan Abdulle– Member of the Premiers’ Council for Youth Opportunities, community connector and an advocate for youth across our region. Learn more about his leadership accomplishments, what he believes an inclusive GTHA looks like, and how reading helps him continue to grow as a leader! Full name… […]
This month, we also introduce you to Idil Burale, Senior Associate at MaRS Solutions Lab. Learn more about her leadership accomplishments, what she feels are pressing issues in our region, and what she believes an inclusive GTHA looks like! I was born in … Somalia And I currently live in … Toronto, a vibrant […]
This month, we also introduce you to Alicia Rose– Manager of Community Investment Programs at Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) and DiverseCity Fellows Alumni. Learn more about her leadership accomplishments, what she feels are pressing issues in our region, and what she believes an inclusive GTHA looks like! I was born in …Toronto And […]
This month, we also introduce you to Rudayna Bahubeshi– Communications manager at Inspirit Foundation and current DiverseCity Fellow! Learn more about her leadership accomplishments, what she feels are pressing issues in our region, and why she loves her city so much! I was born and raised in…..Ottawa. And I currently live in …Toronto- I moved here […]
This month, we also introduce you to Adaoma Chinyere Patterson – President of the Jamaican Canadian Association and Alumni DiverseCity Fellow. Learn more about her leadership accomplishments, what he feels are pressing issues in our region, and why inclusive leadership matters. I was born in … Winnipeg And I currently live in …Brampton Diverse leadership […]
This month, we introduce you to Christopher Matthews– Business Project Manager at RBC Wealth Management.Learn more about his leadership journey, what he feels are pressing issues in our region, and why inclusive leadership matters. I was born in…Toronto, Ontario, Canada And I currently live in….Toronto and I love living here because the city is very […]
For our first spotlight of 2017, we introduce you to Lana Majid- current ELN Executive Committee Member and Senior Public Health Advisor at the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Keep reading to learn more about her leadership journey, her simple (yet vital) advice on community engagement and her three favourite things! 1. What motivated you to join […]
This month, we introduce you to two ELN rock-stars, Eva Wong Scanlan and Andrew Graham. Learn more about their leadership journey, how the ELN supported their journey and about their exciting organization, Borrowell! 1. What motivated you to join the ELN and/or apply to the DiverseCity Fellows Program? Eva: The ELN was highly recommended to me […]
This month, we introduce you to Letecia Rose: 2014-2015 CivicAction DiverseCity Fellow, Public Engagement Manager for Plan International Canada, and an avid community advocate. Learn more about Letecia’s Leadership journey, what she feels every leader should possess, and who she’d love to have dinner with… Q: What motivated you to join the ELN and/or apply […]
This month we introduce you to Anowa (Irene) Quarcoo, 2015-2016 CivicAction DiverseCity Fellow, former ELNstudio Committee member, active community builder, and Senior Manager of Transformation at the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General. Learn why Irene applied to be a DiverseCity Fellow and how it shaped her leadership journey. Q: What motivated you to join the ELN […]
This month we introduce you to Imanzi Kayitare, current ELN Executive Committee Member, active community builder, and Senior Advisor at Employment and Social Development Canada. Below Imanzi shares his thoughts on leadership and why he got engaged with the ELN. Q: What motivated you to join the ELN and/or apply to the DiverseCity Fellows Program? I joined […]
For our August Spotlight, we introduce you to Eleni Han. An ELNshowcase winner for the NU project and long-time ELN member. Read about how Eleni got involved with the ELN, why she believes diverse leadership is so important, and more about her leadership journey. Q: What motivated you to join the ELN and/or apply to the DiverseCity Fellows Program? I was […]
This month we introduce you to DiverseCity Fellow Alumnus Todd Minerson, a proud ELN Member and currently the CEO at Parker P. Consulting. We asked Todd to share his leadership journey & insights below! Q: What motivated you to join the ELN and/or apply to the DiverseCity Fellows Program? I was a part of the very first DiverseCity Fellows cohort. […]
Meet Saad Minhas, former ELN Executive Committee Member and currently the Manager of Global Professional Services for Telus. We asked Saad to share his leadership journey & insights below! Q: What motivated you to join the ELN and/or apply to the DiverseCity Fellows Program? After spending a few years in the UK, I returned to Toronto to […]
Helen Tewolde is currently the Manager of Program and Partnership Development at George Brown College, a 2011 DiverseCity Fellow and a proud ELNer. We asked Helen to share her leadership journey & insights below! Q: What motivated you to join the ELN and/or apply to the DiverseCity Fellows Program? I joined the DiverseCity Fellows and […]
As Executive Director of Ryerson’s Global Diversity Exchange, the home of DiverseCity onBoard, Ratna Omidvar is an important champion for representative leadership in our region. Governance is the top tier of leadership, and DiverseCity onBoard has facilitated the appointment of over 750 individuals from visible minority and immigrant communities to the governance bodies of the GTA’s […]