Patron’s Council


Duncan-JackmanDuncan 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.








Jane GavinJane Gavin 

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.



photo coming soonAndrea Alexander (Bio coming soon)






Patsy AndersonPatsy 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 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 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 BlairWilliam 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.


Donna CansfieldDonna Cansfield

Donna H. Cansfield is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. She ran in the 2003 election as the Liberal candidate for the Etobicoke Centre riding and won. On October 23, 2003, Cansfield was appointed Parliamentary Assistant (PA) to Energy Minister Dwight Duncan. She became the Minister of Energy on October 11, 2005, and then was later reassigned as Minister of Transportation on May 23, 2006. After the 2007 election, Cansfield became Ontario’s Minister of Natural Resources, where she served until the January 2010 cabinet shuffle when Premier McGuinty appointed her as PA to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Donna Cansfield was appointed as PA to the Minister of Economic Development and Innovation in 2011 and selected as PA to the Minister of Finance in 2012. In February 2013 Cansfield was appointed chief government whip as part of the Wynne government. Cansfield left provincial politics after she declined to seek another term in the 2014 Ontario election.


The Hon. William G. DavisThe 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

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.




Pooja HandaPoojaHanda

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

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 Johnson 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 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.



David LepofskyDavid Lepofsky

David Lepofsky is a part-time visiting professor at the Osgoode Hall Law School. He graduated with honours From Osgoode Hall Law School in 1979 and obtained a Masters of Law from the Harvard Law School in 1982. He served as counsel in the Constitutional Law and Policy Division from 1989 to 1993 and as counsel in the Crown Law Office Criminal from 1993 to the end of 2015. From 1982 to the end of 2015, Lepofsky practised law in Toronto with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, and in 2004 was appointed to the position of General Counsel. Lepofsky has been an adjunct member of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law since 1991 as well as the chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance since late February 2009. He is the co-chair of Barrier-Free Canada and has been the chair of the Toronto District School Board’s Special Education Advisory Committee (a legally-mandatory committee that advises the Toronto District School Board on reforms needed to improve special education services and programs) since January 2016.


photo coming soonGlenn 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 PachterCharles 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.



Brendon PooranBrendon Pooran

Brendon D. Pooran is the principal lawyer at PooranLaw Professional Corporation. He regularly provides advice in the area of wills, trusts and estate planning to individuals with disabilities and their families. Brendon teaches Critical Disability Law at York University, is the past President of Community Living York South, a founding director of PLAN Toronto, and a member of the Ontario Consent and Capacity Board.





Don RogerDon 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.




Chief Mark SaundersChief 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.



photo coming soon 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. ToryMayor 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.