Waterfront Toronto’s Board of Directors is composed of 12 Board members (4 each appointed by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto) and a Chair, jointly appointed by the three levels of government. Our Directors are highly committed to their stewardship responsibilities and are very engaged in the corporation’s activities. A self-evaluation of the board’s performance and that of its five committees is conducted annually.
Our board members include:
Appointed to the Board of Directors by the City of Toronto in January 2002. Appointed Chair of the Board of Director in January 2007
Mark Wilson brings a strong grounding in environmental issues to the Board of Directors, having served with the Task Force to Bring Back the Don, the Toronto Region Conservation Authority's Don Watershed Regeneration Council and the Toronto 2008 Olympic Bid Environment Committee. Mr. Wilson has significant experience developing complex business strategies and leading strategic partnerships, as well as hands-on knowledge of waterfront issues honed as a member of the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Task Force. He is a former IBM executive.
Appointed by the government of Canada in October 2006
Jack Cockwell, the Group Chair and Director of Brookfield Asset Management Inc., is one of Canada’s most highly regarded and respected business leaders.
As a business strategist, he has played a leading role over the past 35 years in the development of numerous prestigious office properties, hydroelectric power dams, base metal mines and forest product mills in North and South America. In the process, Mr. Cockwell helped build one of Canada’s largest industrial groups. More recently, he participated in a sweeping consolidation of these operations into a streamlined asset management company focused on real estate and power generation, with direct investments of $20 billion and a further $30 billion of assets under management.
Mr. Cockwell joined Touche, Ross & Co. in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1959, prior to moving to their Montreal office as a manager. He joined Edper Enterprises Ltd. in 1968 and served as Executive Vice-President until 1979, when he became Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Brookfield. In 1991, he was named President and CEO of Brookfield. Since March 2002, he has served as Group Chair of Brookfield.
A strong believer in continuing education, Mr. Cockwell has played an active role at Ryerson University for a number of years. He has served as a member of its Board of Governors and as Campaign Chair for the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education.
As Chair of the Royal Ontario Museum, he helped initiate, launch and finance a major rebuilding project. He continues to serve on the museum’s Boards of Trustees and Governors.
Mr. Cockwell is also a Director of the C.D. Howe Institute, Astral Media and various Brookfield associated companies. He is also a founder and Director of the Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve, a developer of accessible wilderness trails, nature guides and related environmental publications.
Appointed by the government of Canada in August 2010
Michael Copeland is an experienced professional with an extensive international business development, management and legal background. He has been the Chief Operating Officer for the Canadian Football League since 2006. In this role, Copeland has responsibility for the League’s strategic planning, finance, legal, football operations, and administrative functions. During his tenure, he has managed several key initiatives for the CFL, including the establishment of a new Salary Management System, the completion of a comprehensive new Broadcast and Digital Rights Agreement, the launch of Instant Replay, and the return of CFL football to Ottawa.
Previously, Copeland held strategic business development and marketing roles within Molson Coors Brewing Company. Prior to Molson, Copeland spent three years with The Boston Consulting Group as a Senior Consultant with a focus on corporate strategy development. Copeland also worked with Deloitte Consulting in Sydney, Australia as a Senior Consultant and practiced corporate and commercial law with Blake, Cassels & Graydon in Toronto and Harrison, Elwood in London, Ontario.
Copeland has a law degree from the University of Western Ontario (1993) and an MBA from Western’s Ivey School of Business (1999).
Michael is a recipient of the prestigious Caldwell Partners/Globe & Mail “Canada’s Top 40 Under 40” award.
Michael is a proud supporter of Special Olympics Canada, and has served as a Director for the annual Special Olympics Festival since 2007. Michael is also a member of the Board of directors of Triathlon Canada.
Copeland is married with two daughters and lives in Toronto, Ontario. In his free time, he avidly participates in running and triathlon. He has completed the Ironman USA (Lake Placid) Triathlon (2006), and the Chicago (2005), Ottawa (2007) and Toronto (2008) marathons.
Appointed by the province of Ontario in May 2012.
Sheldon Levy is President and Vice Chancellor of Ryerson University. He previously served as Vice President, Finance and Strategy, University of Ontario Institute of Technology; Vice President, Government and Institutional Relations, University of Toronto; President, Sheridan College of Applied Arts and Technology; and Vice President, Institutional Affairs, York University. Current appointments include: Council of Ontario Universities Executive Committee and Government & Community Relations Committee; Board of Directors, The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences; Board of Directors, Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation; Founding Steering Committee, Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance; Board of Governors, Trails Youth Initiatives; and Honorary Board of Directors, Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance. Sheldon is recognized for championing an entrepreneurial academic model with the international success of both Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone and Centre for Urban Energy, and is dedicated to student success, distinctive academic programs and research, and advancing the university role as city-builder. He was awarded a BSc, MA, and Doctor of Laws honoris causa by York University, and lectured in computer science and mathematics.
Appointed by the government of Canada in October 2006
Sue Dabarno joined Richardson Partners Financial in 2003. As President and Chief Executive Officer, she is responsible for leading the firm’s growth strategy, elevating the client experience and overseeing day-to-day operations.
Ms. Dabarno brings over 30 years of experience in the financial-services sector to her role, including senior postings in the investment and asset management businesses in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. She began her career at Canada Trust where she worked for 20 years before joining Midland Walwyn Capital Inc. in 1996 as President of Atlas Asset Management. In 1997, Ms. Dabarno was named Executive Vice-President of the Wealth Management Group.
Following the acquisition of Midland Walwyn Capital Inc. by Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc., she was appointed to the role of Senior Vice-President of the International Private Client Group. In September 2000, Ms. Dabarno returned to Canada where she was later named President and Chief Operating Officer of Merrill Lynch Canada Inc.
A native of Montreal, Ms. Dabarno is an education graduate from McGill University and has earned her Certified General Accountant designation.
Ms. Dabarno is married and has two daughters.
Appointed by the province of Ontario in March 2004
Kevin Garland draws on wide-ranging management experiences in the corporate and cultural sectors, and has a business background in urban planning, project management and corporate real estate. Most recently, in the fall of 2002, Ms. Garland became Executive Director of the National Ballet of Canada.
Ms. Garland has sat on numerous boards of directors, including the Board of the United Way of Greater Toronto, the Canada Lands Corporation and the Canadian Opera House Corporation. She is also a member of the Advisory Board for Habitat for Humanity.
Appointed by the City of Toronto in June 2006
Since March 1996, Janet Graham has had her own independent Toronto-based advisory services/consulting business. Her business has operated under the name of IQ Alliance Incorporated since August 2002, and has undertaken a wide variety of engagements on behalf of major corporate clients, including the delivery of real estate related financial advisory services. Ms. Graham recently began to work as a life and executive coach. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of IPC US REIT, a publicly traded Canadian real estate investment trust, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Urban Institute, a Canadian non-profit organization. Prior to March 1996, Ms. Graham held senior positions at CIBC and CIBC Wood Gundy Securities Inc. for 15 years, specializing in corporate finance and corporate lending to real estate and other companies. She holds a bachelor of applied science degree from the University of Guelph and a master’s of business administration degree from York University, and is a chartered accountant, a Canadian designation.
Appointed by the government of Canada in June 2008
David Johnson was a member of the provincial Parliament for six years; four years as a Cabinet Minister with portfolios encompassing Chair of Management Board of Cabinet, Government House Leader, Minister of Health and Minister of Education and Training. Prior to these activities, Mr. Johnson was Opposition Critic for Municipal Affairs & Finance for two years.
He sat as an Alderman for East York for 10 years, as a Commissioner for East York Hydro for 10 years, as a member of Toronto Council for 12 years and as Mayor of East York for 10 years. Mr. Johnson sat as President and CEO for the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation for 1.5 years and as Chair of the Ontario Municipal Board for three years.
He holds a bachelor of science degree from McMaster University and a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Waterloo. Employed by Imperial Oil for 14 years, he held portfolios in systems, computer services and public affairs.
Appointed by the City of Toronto in November 2012.
Elected to Toronto City Council in 2010, Councillor Jaye Robinson brings a passion for Toronto's waterfront and strong public sector experience to the Board of Directors.
As a Senior Manager in the City's Economic Development Division, Jaye successfully merged community building initiatives with tourism strategies, creating a vibrant roster of annual events with significant economic impacts, from Nuit Blanche to the Summerlicious and Winterlicious restaurant events.
Over the last two years on City Council, Jaye has focused on finding innovative, fiscally sound ways to achieve Toronto's goals and priorities, improving and strengthening core programs and services, and enhancing the City's parks and green spaces.
On the waterfront file, Jaye was instrumental in the compromise that led to the Port Lands Revitalization Initiative, which ensured that solid city-building remains the focus of Toronto's waterfront revitalization.
Appointed by the province of Ontario in March 2004
Ross McGregor served as the founding President and CEO of the Toronto Region Research Alliance (TRRA) from Otober 2005 to October 2007. Together with Co-Chairs Gord Nixon and Dr. John Evans, they've established TRRA as a moving force in capacity building and investment attraction in the region and around the world. A unique public-private enterprise marshalling the resources of the business sector, universities, colleges, research hospitals and three levels of government, TRRA has helped shape economic development policy in Ontario and assumed a pivotal role in selling the knowledge-based economy of the Toronto region to the international community. Mr. McGregor led TRRA’s strategic planning, branding and marketing, program design, policy and market research, and public advocacy during the formative stage of its development and has been widely credited with its initial success.
Prior to his engagement with TRRA, Mr. McGregor served as founding President and then Chair and CEO of Ketchum Canada Inc., from its inception in 1985 until he sold the firm to the Allied Irish Bank in 2002. Under his leadership, Ketchum evolved into one of the largest and most respected capital fundraising consultancies in North America and the European Community.
In November 2002, his peers honoured him with the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) in recognition of his leadership in the Canadian not-for-profit sector.
A litigation lawyer who practised in Ottawa and Toronto for 10 years before becoming involved in public affairs and capital fundraising, Mr. McGregor has been engaged in a wide range of professional and community activities throughout his career.
He was one of the founding principals of Public Affairs Management Inc. in the early 1980s, and he has served as a policy and organizational adviser to a number of prominent Canadian politicians and corporate leaders since then. He was the Provincial Campaign Chair for the Ontario Liberal Party in 1985 and served on the Hon. Dalton McGuinty’s Campaign Cabinet for the 2003 and 2007 provincial elections.
Mr. McGregor has served on the Board of Governors of York University; on the Board of Directors of Soulpepper Theatre Company, the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation, and the Hospital Development and Education Fund of Canada; and on the Development Committee of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. He is presently a Director of the Tides Canada Foundation.
Appointed by the province of Ontario in April 2011
Joe Pantalone was a former municipal councillor and Deputy Mayor for the City of Toronto. In his 30 years on City Council, Joe Pantalone has served on numerous committees, boards and agencies. He served as the Chair of the Planning and Transportation Committee and a commissioner for the Toronto Transit Commission. He has also been the Chair of the Urban Environment and Development Committee, the Chair of the Metro Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force, the Chair of the National Trade Centre Building Committee and was the founder of the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation.
In 2003, Joe was appointed deputy mayor and retained the position after the 2006 election. Along with his current appointment to Waterfront Toronto Board of Directors, Joe has been deeply engaged at the community grassroots level and has held the position as the Chair of Exhibition Place, member of 11 community based Business Improvement Associations in the City of Toronto and the Chair of the City of Toronto War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration Steering Committee.
Appointed by the City of Toronto in March 2013
Gary Wright was the Chief Planner for the City of Toronto, retiring in March 2012, after a career at the City that started in 1974.
Gary played a leadership role on major projects such as the Yonge- Dundas Redevelopment project as well as the approval of many large scale developments in the City and was responsible for guiding the City's growth and development. He has had a variety of challenging assignments in his 37 years with the City of Toronto. This included the harmonized bylaw, midrise typology, and a review of the structure of the division.