Board of Directors

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Daryl Sage

Chief Executive Officer (effective January 6, 2014)

Daryl’s extensive career of 34 years in the education sector culminated in his appointment as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Toronto Lands Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary corporation of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). On the way, Daryl served in various senior level operational roles at the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) for 29 years; leading functions such as transportation, risk management, accounting/budget and property management. While in Hamilton, Daryl was elected to the Board of the Teachers Credit Union where he served for 10 years, with the last 7 years, as Chairman of the Board.

In 2009, Daryl accepted the role of Director of Strategy and Planning, TDSB, where he provided ongoing strategic and tactical accommodation and planning advice to the Board. During this time, Daryl undertook a number of critical projects in a concerted effort to advance TDSB capital and program needs including: the development and implementation of the TDSB Long Term Program and Pupil Accommodation Plan, a long-term Capital Plan, a system wide Identification and undertaking of Pupil Accommodation Reviews (PARC’s), Program Area Reviews (PART’s) and Local Feasibility Teams.

In January 2014, Daryl assumed his current role. With his experience in education, skills and knowledge in planning, legislative requirements, land acquisition and disposition, and capital plan development, Daryl now provides strategic insight and direction in TLC’s asset management portfolio and has been instrumental in actioning the expectations identified in the TDSB Capital Plan.  With Daryl’s strategic leadership and vision, Daryl continues to work vigilantly with the TLC team to achieve the goals and objectives outlined in its mandate.

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David Crombie

Chair

The Honourable David Crombie was the President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Urban Institute (CUI). David was Mayor of Toronto from 1972 to 1978 and a Member of the Parliament of Canada from 1978 to 1988, during which time he served in three different federal Cabinet posts — Minister of Health and Welfare, Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs, and Secretary of State.

He is the founding Chair of Toronto’s Waterfront Regeneration Trust and served as Chancellor of Ryerson University in Toronto. He is the past Chair, Ontario Place Corporation, Chair, Advisory Council of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO), and President, David Crombie & Associates Inc. He became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2005.

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Harold Brathwaite

Citizen Director

Harold Brathwaite’s extensive career culminated in his promotion to Director of Education for the Peel District School Board in 1994. On the way, Harold served as department head, vice-principal, principal, and Associate Director for the Toronto Board of Education. In 2002 he retired from his position as Director of the Peel Board. He came out of retirement in January 2003 to take up the position of Senior Advisor to the President of Seneca College. In September 2004 he assumed his current position of Executive Director of the Retired Teachers of Ontario.

Harold has received numerous awards for his contribution to the community and to education, including the Peel Boards’ Education Champion Award, Distinguished Alumnus Scholar Award – McMaster University, the 1995 Black Achievement Award for Education, the Harry Jerome Award, UNICEF Volunteer Award, the Urban Alliance on Race Relations Award, the Arbor Award from the University of Toronto, the first Egerton Ryerson Award from People for Education, and in 2006, the Order of Ontario.

He has been a vocal champion for public education, issues of equity, and building capacity in communities. He continues his community involvement as a Trustee of the Art Gallery of Toronto, a member of the Board of the United Way of Peel Region, and a Chair of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (Canada).

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Alexander Brown

Trustee

Alexander Brown was elected as a TDSB trustee in 2014. He represents students, families and public education supporters in Willowdale.

He earned a degree in Biology from McMaster University before gaining credentials as an ESL instructor (English as a Second a Language). Alexander started his teaching career at the Board of Education in Osaka, Japan where he lived for more than a decade. As a career councillor, social justice advocate, and environmental activist he understands the important role that well-funded, public education plays in bringing about positive change and in creating a healthy, inclusive, and equitable society.

At the TDSB, Alexander is vice-chair of the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) and a member of the Aboriginal Community Advisory Committee where he advocates for our most vulnerable students. He is pleased to be a director at the Toronto Lands Corporation, helping to ensure that we take a balanced approach to keep our public schools accessible to all communities and students of all ages.

Alexander speaks Japanese, is learning Mandarin and is an enthusiastic supporter of the arts.

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Jerry Chadwick

Trustee

Jerry Chadwick, Trustee for Ward 22, is dedicated to improving student achievement, practising fiscal responsibility and re-establishing the community aspects of the trustee role.

As a former Scarborough student himself, Jerry attended Knob Hill P.S., Peter Secor P.S., Heron Park and Birchmount Park Collegiate.  Jerry retired on January 30, 2009- celebrating a 33 year career which included; Principal of Highcastle P.S., Principal of St. Margaret’s P.S., Principal of Blantyre P.S., Vice Principal of Silver Springs P.S. and a teacher at; Bellmere P.S., Cornell P.S., Tecumseh P.S., Ellesmere Statton P.S., Buchanan P.S., Bliss Carman P.S. and Courcelette P.S.

In 1993, Jerry was honoured to be chosen as the recipient of the Anson S. Taylor Award for outstanding contributions to public education in Scarborough.  In 1993 and 1994 Jerry was chosen to participate in Project Overseas.  This rewarding and life altering opportunity flew him to Lesotho in Southern Africa to run workshops and professional development for teachers of this third world country.

During his career, Jerry was very involved in the local teachers’ federation, was a founding member of the Toronto Schools Administrators’ Association and the Ontario Principals’ Council.  Jerry is a life member of the Scarborough Music Theatre, where he pursues his passion for theatre.

Jerry and his wife Sandy have lived in Scarborough their entire lives. Their children, Stephanie and Tim, graduated from Wexford C.I. and SATEC@W.A.Porter, respectively.

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Michael Fenn

Citizen Director

Michael Fenn is a Senior Advisor at StrategyCorp with extensive experience in leadership positions at the municipal and provincial levels of government, as well as in healthcare. At StrategyCorp, Michael provides advice to clients on a variety of issues and projects. He also operates a consulting firm, Fenn Advisory Services Inc.

Michael’s career experience includes seven years as an Ontario Deputy Minister and eleven years as chief municipal administrator in Burlington and Hamilton-Wentworth Region. More recently, he held a succession of CEO positions, providing executive leadership to new or transitioning organizations, including the regional health authority Mississauga-Halton LHIN, regional transportation authority Metrolinx, eHealth Ontario, Canadian Urban Institute, and Institute of Public Administration of Canada.

Michael serves on the Boards of the $60+ billion OMERS AC pension fund and McMaster University (Hamilton).

He has been recognized as a public-sector champion of “customer focus,” productivity improvement and strategic management. His career achievements have been acknowledged by a number of professional awards, including the 1997 Lieutenant Governor’s Medal of Distinction in Public Administration for Ontario, the top career award from both of Ontario’s largest municipal professional associations, and the “Canada 125 Medal” for community service to Burlington. In 2010, he was one of two Ontarians added to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s Honour Roll.

His articles and presentations on public policy and public administration have appeared in a number of books, journals and conferences. He has travelled extensively, visiting over 40 countries, including development missions to South Africa, Cuba and the Philippines.

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Gerry Gershon

Trustee

Gerri Gershon, a former psychiatric nurse, was first elected as a public school trustee to the North York Board of Education in 1985.  Along with her regular trustee responsibilities, she chaired many Board and Community Committees including; the Budget Sub Committee and the Strategy Team for Negotiations.

Gerri became involved with broader citywide issues when her peers elected her to be Vice Chair of the Metropolitan Toronto School Board, an umbrella Board for all seven Boards of Education in Toronto.

In 1996, Gerri became Chair of the North York Board of Education.

When the provincial government amalgamated the seven Boards of Education in Toronto, Gerri was selected by her peers on the previous Boards of Education to chair the transition team, the Local Education Implementation Committee (LEIC) to prepare for the united Toronto District School Board.

Since 1997, Gerri continues to act on behalf of her constituents as a Trustee on the Toronto District School Board.  She has served on numerous external education-related committees such as the Toronto Board of Health, the Learning Partnership of Canada, the Ontario Studies in Education/University of Toronto Advisory Board and the EQAO Advisory Committee.

In 2002, trustees from across the province of Ontario elected Gerri as President of the Ontario Public School Board Association (OPSBA). She served as President during the Rozanski’s Hearings and Report, the supervision of school boards and the change from a Conservative to a Liberal Government.

Adding to her achievements and responsibilities, she was then elected by school boards across Canada to be president of the Canadian School Board’s Association for the year 2005.

In 2009, Gerri Gershon was appointed by the Provincial Government to Chair the Citizen’s Forum which will make recommendations to the government on pharmacological and other health related issues.

Throughout her 22 years as a trustee, Gerri has met bi-monthly with community educational leaders including; parents, teachers and principals, to discuss and keep updated on local concerns and to share information about central educational issues.

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Brenda Patterson

Citizen Director

Brenda Patterson joined the former Regional Municipality of Metro Toronto in 1986.  Prior to joining the City she worked in a series of progressive positions with Family Day Care Services, a United Way Agency providing child care and parental support.  After amalgamation, she has held a series of progressively responsible positions with the City of Toronto.  In 2004, Brenda was appointed General Manager, Children’s Services, and then in 2008, she held the position of General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation.

During her time as General Manager of Children’s Services and then as General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation, Brenda Patterson has led a number of major initiatives at the City including the Toronto’s First Duty Project and the City’s Best Start Plan,  the Recreation Service Plan, the Management of the City’s Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games facility plan. Throughout her time in both Divisions Brenda focussed on collaborative partnership within the City and with key business partners such as the school boards.  Through her work with OMSSA she played a key role on a number of provincial/municipal policy tables.

In August, 2011, Brenda Patterson was appointed  Deputy City Manager of Cluster A, –  the Citizen Centred Services, a position she held until her retirement in November of 2014.

 As Deputy City Manager, Brenda is responsible for promoting collaboration and innovation both inside her cluster, across the organization and with key partners and stakeholders. This enhanced cooperation provided citizens with better service and helped Council achieve its priorities.

Her portfolio included the following divisions:   Economic Development & Culture, Children’s Services, Toronto Employment & Social Services, Toronto Long-Term Care Homes and Services, Shelter, Support & Housing, the Affordable Housing Office, Parks, Forestry & Recreation, Emergency Medical Services, Toronto Public Health, Social Development, Finance and Administration, Court Services, and Toronto Office of Partnerships.  During her tenure as Deputy City Manager the City adopted key policy frameworks that balanced economic competitiveness and workforce development with strengthening neighbourhoods and communities.

Prior to her retirement Brenda was one of the Co-Chair of the Provincial-Municipal Social and Employment Committee (PMSAEC) and the City’s Executive Lead on the following initiatives:  2015 Pan Am Games; Ontario Place Revitalization; eServices; Web Revitalization; Customer Service Strategy. She is most proud of her work leading the City’s integrated service delivery efforts for vulnerable individuals.

Brenda’s passion for equity and making life better for those in need is matched by a commitment to service excellence and finding fiscally sustainable solutions.

Brenda Patterson holds a Honours Bachelor of Applied Science, Child Studies degree from the University of Guelph and was awarded a Honourary Bachelor of Applied Science from Humber College.

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Sheerin A. Sheikh

Citizen Director

Sheerin A. Sheikh has extensive private and public sector experience in real estate assembly, planning and development; large, complex and strategic capital projects delivery; and financial and operational restructuring. She is a long-time volunteer with public objectives organizations. She focuses currently on the not-for-profit sector in the areas of social justice and entitlement.

Ms. Sheikh sits on the Board of Women’s College Hospital where she was treasurer of the Hospital, a member of its Capital Redevelopment Committee and chaired the board’s Resources Committee, of which she is now a member. Also represents Women’s College Hospital, one of three signatories, on the Alternative Funding Plan Board of Management.

She is Chair of the Board of the Inter Faith Homes Corporate Group, a leading Ontario social housing provider in south western Ontario.

In addition, Ms. Sheikh is a member of TLC’s Nominating & Governance Committee.

Ms. Sheikh has an M.B.A. from the Schulich School of Business of York University.

 

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Steven Zakem

Citizen Director

Steven Zakem has been practising law since 1991 and has been with the firm of Aird and Berlis since 1993. Steven is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and the Municipal and Land Use Planning Group.

Steve’s municipal practice is primarily devoted to land use planning matters for a broad range of clients (private and public sector) involving residential and industrial properties. He also has extensive experience with respect to retail commercial matters. Steven has appeared before local municipal planning bodies and has extensive experience appearing before the Ontario Municipal Board.

Steven represents many Toronto real estate developers, including Loblaw Properties Limited, Runnymede Development Corporation, First Capital Asset Management and Fieldgate Commercial Properties Ltd.

Steven appears in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, as a leading practitioner in the area of Property Development. Steven is recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada in the field of Real Estate Law (2006-2013).

From 1999 to 2001, Steven was a past sessional lecturer of a Land Use Planning Law Course at Queen’s University Law School.