Board of Directors

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Daryl Sage

Executive Officer

Daryl’s extensive career of 38 years in the education sector culminated in his appointment as Executive Officer (EO) 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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Jennifer Story

Trustee

Jennifer was elected as a public school board Trustee for Ward 15, Toronto Danforth in November 2014.  Prior to her term as an elected official, Jennifer worked for over 25 years in the non-profit sector as a communications specialist and consultant. Specializing in “cause communications”, Jennifer has worked with a wide range of environmental, humanitarian, and social justice organizations and trade unions, providing expertise and advice to help craft winning campaigns and communications tools. These organizations include: MasterCard Foundation, World Animal Protection, AMAPCEO, Greenbelt Foundation, UNICEF, CUPE, Greenpeace, ACTRA and more.

Jennifer lives in Leslieville with her husband Rick and her two teenage sons. She became immersed in the issues facing her community when she first moved to Toronto in 2003 and began working for her former Member of Parliament Jack Layton. She then developed a passion for municipal politics while working for Toronto City Councilor Mike Layton when he began his first term in 2010.

When her kids started school, Jennifer became active in their school councils, and later served as a representative for her ward on the Parent Involvement Advisory Committee and the French as a Second Language Advisory Committee. This is where her interest in running for trustee began.

At the TDSB, Jennifer has served on the Program and School Services Committee (Chair for 2016-2017 and 2018-2019), and was the Board’s representative to the City’s School Boards Advisory Committee for 2014-2018. She has also served on the following advisory committees: Early Years; Aboriginal Community; Alternative Schools; Environmental Sustainability.

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Alexander Brown

Trustee

Alexander Brown was elected as a TDSB trustee in 2014 and re-elected in 2018. 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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Michael Fenn

Citizen Director

Over the course of an extensive career in public service, Michael Fenn has been an Ontario Deputy Minister under three Premiers, municipal chief administrator of Hamilton and Burlington, and the founding CEO of both regional transportation authority Metrolinx and earlier, regional health authority Mississauga Halton LHIN. In January 2019, he was appointed by the Ontario Government to be Special Advisor on the Regional Government Review.

In 2018, Michael was appointed Visiting Fellow (Infrastructure) at the Western University / Ivey Business School’s Lawrence National Centre, complementing his work as a management consultant with StrategyCorp. A former member of the McMaster University Board of Governors, he is a third-term Board Director with the C$100 billion OMERS AC pension fund and the Toronto District School Board’s realty and property redevelopment arm, the Toronto Lands Corporation. He is a certified board director, having attained the C.Dir. designation in 2014. For several years, Michael has served as Facilitator on policing negotiations, jointly appointed by the Grand Chief of the Mushkegowuk Cree First Nations and the Ontario Solicitor General.

Michael’s recent major research publications, for “think tanks”, academic institutions, and industry organizations, have addressed: evaluating the use of public-private partnerships in Ontario infrastructure; taking a risk-based approach to infrastructure investment; reducing regulatory burdens facing small business; ‘megatrends’ and the future of Canada’s infrastructure; creative approaches to infrastructure finance; municipal asset management; the future of rural infrastructure in Ontario; the role of the city manager in Ontario; municipal government “at an inflection point”; and, water, wastewater and stormwater policy in Ontario.

Michael’s career achievements have been acknowledged by a number of professional awards, including the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal of Distinction in Public Administration for Ontario, and the highest award for career achievement from Ontario’s two largest municipal administrators’ associations, the AMCTO’s Prestige Award and the OMAA’s Robert Baldwin Award. In 2010, he was one of two Ontarians added to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s Honour Roll. Michael’s municipal management career was recently profiled with a chapter in the book: Leaders in the Shadows: The Leadership Qualities of Municipal Chief Administrative Officers, by Professor David Siegel of Brock University. Michael has an MA in Political Science and the Diploma in Public Administration (Urban/Regional), both from Western University. He has also completed the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

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Chris Moise

Trustee

Chris Moise is the Vice Chair and Ward 10 Trustee of the Toronto District School Board. Since first being elected in 2016, Chris has led initiatives designed to promote fairness and enhance equity for the thousands of students. Chris has championed initiatives such as the Enhancing Equity Task Force, and is an active member of the TDSB Black Student Achievement Community Advisory Committee. He has been a vocal advocate for the elimination of streaming, and was successful in the peaceful removal of School Resource Officers from “at-risk” schools in his ward. Chris recently worked with local City Councilors to allocate millions of dollars in resources towards the refurbishment of both Jesse Ketchum Public School and the revitalization of Jesse Ketchum Park.

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Trustee

Bio to come

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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.