Started in 2015, MetroNext is an annual celebration of civic leaders, where CivicAction rolls out the red carpet for the boldest and brightest leaders in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). The event shines a spotlight on extraordinary rising and established leaders in our community who share a passion for city-building and a common desire to see our region reach its full potential.
It was the last stop of awards season, but the year’s biggest celebration of civic leadership! On March 22, 2018 at the 4th annual #MetroNext, over 200 of our region’s best and brightest gathered to celebrate those who make this region a world class place to live.
Hosted by the CBC’s Matt Galloway, CivicAction shone the spotlight on Karen Restoule, a convener and rising Indigenous champion, and Pat Capponi, author and community champion. Karen was given the 2018 Emerging Leader Award for her work in sparking discussion and action on truth and reconciliation, while Pat was awarded the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award for her tireless work as an advocate for improved mental health care as well as poverty issues.
Hibaq Gelle, a committed community and youth advocate, was presented with the Emerging Leader Award. Dr. Joseph Wong took home the Lifetime Achievement Award for Civic Leadership and was praised for his ability to mobilize local, national, and international communities to take action on social justice issues. Making this year’s event extra special, we also announced the new CivicAction Leadership Foundation to harness the power of diverse leaders to build strong, dynamic and inclusive cities, and inspire and activate all voices to influence and shape our region. The event was hosted by CBC’s Matt Galloway and attended by over 250 guests including Premier Kathleen Wynne, Mayor John Tory, Mayor Bonnie Crombie, and Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell.
At the second annual MetroNext Senator Ratna Omidvar took home the Lifetime Achievement Award for Civic Leadership and was praised for her longstanding commitment to making our region more inclusive, diverse and welcoming. Salima Rawji was presented with the Emerging Leader Award for her community involvement and dedication to supporting rising leaders. Thank you to all who attended for making the evening a success!
Award winners Senator Ratna Omidvar and Salima Rawji:
At the first annual MetroNext in 2015, over 200 established and rising leaders from across the Greater Toronto came together to celebrate civic leadership in our region. Taking home the first ever CivicAction Lifetime Achievement Award for Civic Leadership was former Mayor of Toronto and long serving board member the Hon. David Crombie. CivicAction also presented its inaugural Emerging Leader Award to Andrew Graham, co-founder of Toronto Homecoming and Borrowell who has been part of CivicAction’s Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) since 2008.
Award Winners Mayor John Tory, Hon.David Crombie, and Andrew Graham: