Patron’s Council

Chair
Duncan N.R. Jackman
In 2003 Duncan became Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of E-L Financial Corporation, an investment and insurance holding company. At the same time he was also elected Chairman of the Board of The Empire Life Insurance Company. Duncan is also Chairman of Algoma Central Corporation, the largest Great Lakes bulk shipper as well as Chairman and President of Economic Investment Trust Limited and United Corporations Limited, two Canadian listed closed-end funds, and a member of the Boards of Directors of several other public and private companies.

 

Founding Chair
The Hon. Barbara McDougall
Lawyer Barbara McDougall is a former politician who served as a Member of the Parliament for nine year and held several cabinet posts, including Secretary of State for External Affairs, Minister of Employment and Immigration, Minister of State for Privatization and Regulatory Affairs, and Minister of State for Finance. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada. Mrs. McDougall was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs and she is currently an Advisor at Aird and Berlis LLP.

Vice-Chair
Andrea Alexander
Bio coming soon

Zanana Akande
Zanana L. Akande is a former Canadian politician who was the first black woman elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, and the first black woman to serve as a cabinet minister in Canada. Akande was also the co-founder of Tiger Lily, a newspaper for visible minority women, and once co-hosted a Toronto Arts Against Apartheid Festival. She is now the president of Toronto’s Urban Alliance on Race Relations, and was an investor and member of the founding board of directors of Milestone Radio, owners of Canada’s first urban music radio station, Flow 93.5 in Toronto. She has also served on the board of directors of the Harbourfront Centre.

Patsy Anderson
Patsy Anderson serves as Chair of the Board of The Aldeburgh Connection. She is also a Trustee of Rosedale United Church, an advisor on the Faculty of Arts and Science Dean’s Circle at Queen’s University, a member of the Patron’s Council of Community Living Toronto and a past Chair of Roy Thomson Hall and Massey Hall. Ms. Anderson served as the Chairman of SickKids Foundation and as a Trustee of Hospital for Sick Children. Ms. Anderson joined the Board of Directors at SickKids Foundation in June 2001.

Mary Pat Armstrong
Mary Pat is a founding director of Toronto’s Ronald McDonald House and of Camp Oochigeas, a camp for kids with cancer. As the founder of LIGHTS, she has helped her daughter, Jenny, set up her own home, and wants to now create opportunities for other families to do the same.

Brad Badeau
Brad is past President and Chief Operating Officer of Trimark, where he was identified as one of the prestigious Top 40 Under 40. Brad was also Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Burgundy. He advanced standards in the investment management business which have become the de facto standard for the Canadian mutual fund industry’s order entry, clearing and settlement activities. Philanthropy and volunteering are central to Brad’s well-rounded approach to life. In addition to Community Living Toronto, he has been involved for many years at the management level with L’Arche Canada, and he is the Chairman of the KiBo Foundation.

William Blair
William Blair is the former Chief of the Toronto Police Service, having been appointed on April 26, 2005. William Blair lectures at the University of Toronto and at the Rotman School of Management. He has also taught courses at Seneca College on Drug Investigation Techniques, Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management. He is a member of the Patron’s Council for Community Living Toronto, a member of the Honorary Advisory Committee for the Scadding Court Community Centre and an Honorary Member of Scouts Canada. He is Vice-Patron of the Good Neighbours’ Club, Honorary Governor of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires and recipient of the 2011 Beth Sholom Humanitarian Award. In March 2012, he was presented with the Canadian Diversity Leadership Award by the Diversity Business Network. In recognition of his many contributions to the policing profession Chief Blair was named an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces in 2007. In May 2012, he was appointed Commander of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces. He is also a member of the Most Venerable Order of St. John and has been awarded the Police Exemplary Service Medal with Thirty Year Bar.

The Hon. William G. Davis
The Honourable William G. Davis was the Premier of Ontario from 1971 until 1985. In 1986, he was invested as a Companion of the Order of Canada; in 1987, Mr. Davis was invested with the Order of Ontario. Mr. Davis is a director of several companies, including First American Financial, First American Title Insurance Company, BPO Properties, Home Capital Group and Magellan Aerospace. Mr. Davis is a Member of the Advisory Board of The Trudeau Foundation. As well as the First Canadian Title Insurance and exp Global Inc. On February 23, 2001, Mr. Davis was inducted as a Knight in l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur at a ceremony conducted in Toronto by His Excellency Mr. Denis Bauchard, Ambassador of France in Canada, acting on behalf of the President of the French Republic.

Michael Enright
Michael Enright has been the host of CBC Radio One’s The Sunday Edition since September 2000. Prior to joining The Sunday Edition, he hosted This Morning for three years, and he spent 10 years hosting CBC Radio’s As It Happens. Among his many accomplishments, he has written for Time magazine, was the editor of Quest, and assistant managing editor of Maclean’s. He has also worked for The Toronto Star as a political writer and was Washington correspondent for the Globe and Mail. He received a Southam Fellowship for Journalism in 1979, and studied Chinese history.

W. Robert Farquharson
W. Robert Farquharson is Director and Vice-Chairman of AGF Management Limited and Chairman of AGF Asset Management Asia Ltd. He is a Past Chair of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC) and a Former Director of the Toronto Stock Exchange. Bob earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Jane Gavan
Jane Gavan is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Dundee International REIT. She is also President, Asset Management of DREAM and has more than 26 years of experience in the real estate industry. Ms. Gavan is primarily responsible for international real estate investments. Prior to joining Dundee, Ms. Gavan served as legal counsel for numerous companies including Oxford Properties Group, and Denison Mines Corp., and began her career in private law practice with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, specializing in real estate and corporate finance.

Paul Godfrey
Prior to Postmedia Network, Mr. Godfrey served as President and CEO of the National Post, President and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club, and spent 16 years with Sun Media Corporation, eventually taking the role of President and CEO. Mr. Godfrey has a proud record of public service including a record four terms (11 years) as the Chairman of the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto. He is the Chairman of the Board of RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust. He also serves on the board of Cargojet Income Fund and is Vice Chair of Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care. Mr. Godfrey has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto.

Pooja Handa
Pooja Handa has been a CP24 Anchor since 2008 and in April 2011 she became the Co-Host of CP24 BREAKFAST weekends. Handa is passionate about charity work and helping others. Born and raised in the GTA, Handa makes it a priority to give back to the community, and continues to be active in the South Asian Community. She also works closely with Halton Industry Education Council mentoring young girls in their career paths.

Bob Hepburn
Bob Hepburn is an award-winning journalist who has worked as the Star’s bureau chief in Ottawa, Washington and the Middle East. He has reported from more than 30 countries for the Star and has also served as the Star’s editorial page editor, assistant managing editor, national editor and foreign editor

Mark G. Johnson
Mark Johnson is the Managing Director & Co-Head, Real Estate Investment Banking at CIBC World Markets Inc. Prior to that, he worked in the Equity Capital Markets Group. His responsibilities included origination support and execution of a variety of equity, and equity related products for a cross-section of Corporate Issuers. Prior to joining the Patron’s Council, Mark Johnson was the Treasurer and a Board Member of Community Living Toronto

Dr. K. Kellie Leitch
Kellie Leitch is the Member of Parliament for Simcoe-Grey. Dr. Leitch is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon and an associate professor of surgery. She is the former Chair of the Ivey Centre for Health Innovation and Leadership and has served on various councils and boards, including the YMCA and Community Living Toronto. As a volunteer, Dr. Leitch served as council member on the National Research Council of Canada, was a board member of Genome Canada, a director on the YMCA of Greater Toronto board of directors, Vice-President of the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research and founder of The Sandbox Project. Dr. Leitch has been recognized with the Order of Ontario for her advocacy work on behalf of Canadian children, and in 2005, she was selected as one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40″ for her work in both medicine and business.

Glenn McConnell
Glen became involved with Community Living Toronto as President of Pattison Outdoor Group, where he was responsible for the overall management of the company, Glenn launched a partnership with Community Livings across Ontario as part of the Public Awareness strategy. Glenn was also the Chair of a tri-level fundraising event entitled “Day at the Races”.  For many years, this event saw proceeds given to Community Living Toronto, Community Living Ontario, the Canadian Association for Community Living and Community Living Mississauga.

Charles Pachter
One of Canada’s leading contemporary artists,Charles Pachter is a painter, printmaker, sculptor, designer, historian, and lecturer. His work has been exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the McMichael Gallery. He is represented in public and private collections throughout Canada, and internationally. He has held solo exhibitions in France, Germany, Japan, the UK, and India. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier of France’s Order of Arts and Letters, holds honorary doctorates from Brock University, OCAD University, and the University of Toronto where he is a Senior Fellow at Massey College.  He is a recipient of the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals. His images of the queen, moose, and maple leaf flag are icons of Canadian contemporary art.

Don Roger
Don is a partner in the commercial real estate group at Torys LLP. Don’s practice focuses on real estate and infrastructure with an emphasis on commercial real estate, energy related projects and secured financing. He was recognized as a leading lawyer in energy and real estate law in 2013 and 2014 by Best Lawyers in Canada and they named him 2014 Toronto Energy Lawyer of the Year. Torys LLP and Community Living Toronto have had a close relationship for over 50 years. Don has worked with, and provided legal advice to, Community Living Toronto his entire career. Don has been a member or chair of the sponsorship committee for all four Community Rocks and he was involved with Community Living’s Night of Stars on many occasions prior to that.

Mark Saunders
Mark Saunders was appointed the 10th Chief of the Toronto Police Service on May 20, 2015. During his 32-plus year policing career, Chief Saunders has had extensive investigative experience in Professional Standards, Urban Street Gang Unit, Intelligence Services, Drug Squad, Community Safety Command, and the Emergency Task Force and served as the Unit Commander of the largest Homicide Squad in Canada. Chief Saunders is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and is a member of the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA).  He is also a member of the Police Executive Research Foundation (PERF).  Chief Saunders is a member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP).  He is also member of the National Coordinating Committee on Organized Crime (NCC) and a member of the Executive Committee for Criminal Intelligence Service Canada (CISC).  Chief Saunders is a member of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP).  He is also a member of the Criminal Intelligence Service of Ontario (CISO) Governing Body Executive and a member of the Executive Committee for the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU). Chief Saunders is committed to continuous education and has recently completed a Justice Studies Bachelor of Arts degree at Guelph Humber University.  He has also completed the Leadership in Counter Terrorism Course (LinCT). In recognition of his many contributions to the policing and service to the community, Chief Saunders has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for Outstanding Community Contributions.  He was also awarded the Police Exemplary Service Medal with Thirty Year Bar.  He has received the Black Canadians Award for Public Service and has twice received the Black History Month Award.  In October 2015, he was named an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.

Meredith Saunderson
Meredith Saunderson is an active volunteer based in Toronto. She is founding member and former Chair of the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts, former Chair of the University of Toronto Art Centre, and she spent thirty years volunteering at the Art Gallery of Ontario as an education docent, and as a travel coordinator. During this time, she spent four years as a member of the Ontario Liquor License Board and ten years on the National Board of Parkinson Society Canada culminating in a two-year term as Chair. This latter role provided her with an insight into health care for neurological diseases. In 1988, the Saundersons’ youngest daughter was struck by a car and underwent intensive brain surgery. This lead to the founding of The Saunderson Chair in Acquired Brain Injury at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. Meredith is a recipient of both the Queen’s Gold and Jubilee medals and the University of Toronto’s Arbor Award.

Mayor John H. Tory
John Tory is the 65th Mayor of Toronto. He is also a former lawyer, business leader, community activist and broadcaster. He was formerly an elected representative serving as Member of Provincial Parliament, as Leader of the Ontario PC Party and as Leader of the Official Opposition in the Ontario Parliament. The early years of Mr. Tory’s career were spent practicing law in Toronto, and he was later elected as a managing partner of one of Canada’s biggest law firms. In the 1980’s he served as Principal Secretary to Ontario Premier Bill Davis and as Associate Secretary of the Ontario Cabinet. In 1995, John Tory joined the Rogers Group of Companies, first as President and CEO of Rogers Media Inc. and then as President and CEO of Rogers Cable, Canada’s largest cable and internet service provider. He presently serves on the Board of Directors of Rogers Communications Inc. and a number of other companies. Mr. Tory has an extensive background in volunteer community service. He served as volunteer Chairman and Commissioner of the Canadian Football League and has chaired fundraising campaigns for St. Michael’s Hospital and the United Way. He maintains an active involvement in those two organizations, as well as chairing the current fundraising campaign for the Toronto International Film Festival. He also holds leadership positions in a wide range of charitable organizations ranging from autism to kids at risk, Canadian authors and children with physical disabilities. John Tory was a founding Board Member and is the voluntary Chair of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance (formerly the Toronto City Summit Alliance), a highly respected city-building organization.John Tory’s community work has been widely recognized. He is a recipient of both the Paul Harris and Mel Osborne Awards from the Rotary and Kiwanis organizations respectively and was named a Life Member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board. He is also the recipient of an African Canadian Achievement Award.