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CivicAction Celebrates Ten Years, Calls for Stronger Cross-Sectoral, Cross-Regional Collaboration to Accelerate Prosperity

CivicAction Celebrates Ten Years, Calls for Stronger Cross-Sectoral, 
Cross-Regional Collaboration to Accelerate Prosperity 
Recognizes Ten Who Symbolize Leadership in Toronto Region's Past, Present, 
Future 
TORONTO, Nov. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Leaders from across the Toronto region met 
today to mark a decade of driving collaborative solutions that have shaped our 
communities, strengthened our environment, and bolstered our economy. The 
Greater TorontoCivicAction Alliance today commemorated ten years of convening 
city-builders to take action, while kick-starting a new decade of driving 
change. The organization announced 10 Faces of CivicAction to celebrate people 
who have been leaders among leaders, and to symbolize the spirit and 
initiative the region needs to prosper and thrive. 
More than 150 rising and established leaders from the business, public, 
labour, academic, and not-for-profit sector joined CivicAction Chair John Tory 
and CEO Mitzie Hunter at a breakfast event. Also in attendance were the 
DiverseCity Fellows, rising city-builders who were selected to be part of 
CivicAction's leadership accelerator program, one of its hallmark initiatives. 
CBC News Toronto's Dwight Drummond moderated a panel of CivicAction volunteer 
leaders who identified the keys to accelerating our city-region's prosperity: 
regional collaboration; empathy; and the courage to make the tough decisions. 
Panelists included Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director, Toronto International 
Film Festival, Gabrielle Scrimshaw, Co-Founder/President, Aboriginal 
Professional Association of Canada and 2011 DiverseCity Fellow, and Mike 
Pedersen, Group Head, Wealth Management, Insurance, and Corporate Shared 
Services, TD Bank Group, and CivicAction Board member. 
"CivicAction has succeeded as a platform for people who understand in their 
collective DNA how to bring all parts of society around a table to solve 
problems, seize opportunities, and make great things happen," said Mitzie 
Hunter, CEO of CivicAction. "We know governments alone cannot make a 
city-region great, bound as they are by electoral cycles and especially in 
these volatile times. We know that business and civil society care about the 
future of our region, and we want to see more collaboration by our political 
and civic leaders to ensure our region thrives." 
"CivicAction has established a powerful model of city building that comes from 
collective leadership," said John Tory, Chair of CivicAction. "This is an 
important occasion to celebrate a decade of launching some of Toronto's 
highest-impact initiatives - such as SARSFest and Luminato, and now our 'What 
Would You Do With Your 32?' campaign. We are thrilled to applaud the people 
who have helped establish and develop CivicAction and to our emerging leaders 
who are pushing our region to greater heights. Through the Faces of 
CivicAction, we are recognizing leadership and celebrating our past, present, 
and future." 
The 10 Faces of CivicAction were selected from the thousands of volunteers 
that have engaged with CivicAction's work for a decade, helping establish 
shared fact bases, and creating non-partisan, solution-oriented initiatives 
and organizations. These 10 people are rising and established leaders who 
represent a cross-section of these volunteers and reflect the diversity of the 
Toronto region, CivicAction's initiatives, and key moments in its history: 


    --  Orlando Bowen, Executive Director, One Voice, One Team (2012
        DiverseCity Fellow)
    --  Pat Capponi, Facilitator, Voices from the Street
        (CivicAction Steering Committee)
    --  Nan DasGupta, Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting
        Group
        (CivicAction Steering Committee)
    --  Patrick Dillon, Business Manager, The Provincial Building and
        Construction Trades Council of Ontario
        (Regional Transportation Champion)
    --  Tony Gagliano, CEO, St. Joseph Communications (Co-founder
        of Luminato)
    --  Andrew Graham, Senior Director, Insurance at President's Choice
        Financial (Co-chair of
        Emerging Leaders Network and
        Co-Founder and Co-Chair of
        Toronto Homecoming)
    --  Gillian Smith, CEO, Institute for Canadian Citizenship (2009
        DiverseCity Fellow)
    --  Ratna Omidvar, President, Maytree
        (CivicAction Board Member
        and  Co-Chair, DiverseCity, and Chair,
        Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council
        (TRIEC)
    --  Mike Pedersen, Group Head, Wealth Management, Insurance, and
        Corporate Shared Services, TD Bank Group
        (CivicAction Board Member
        and Former Co-Chair,
        Greater Greening Toronto)
    --  Gabrielle Scrimshaw, President and Co-Founder of the Aboriginal
        Professional Association of Canada, and Associate, RBC Graduate
        Leadership Program (2011
        DiverseCity Fellow)

Their stories of leadership have been captured on the CivicAction site and 
Facebook page to inspire others to leverage CivicAction as platform to create 
new possibilities and prosperity in the life of our region.

About CivicAction 
For the past 10 years, the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance (CivicAction) 
has brought together senior and rising leaders from all sectors to tackle some 
of our region's toughest social, economic, and environmental challenges. Led 
by a Board of Directors and a 75-leader Steering Committee, CivicAction sets a 
non-partisan agenda, builds strategic partnerships, and launches campaigns, 
programs and organizations that drive our region's prosperity. For 2012-2013, 
CivicAction is acting on three priorities: accelerating regional 
transportation; enhancing the region's economic performance; and fostering 
inclusion and resilience. For more information visit: civicaction.ca, 
@CivicActionGTA

For more information, including to interview one of theFaces of CivicAction, 
please contact:

Maggie Fairs 416-848-1419 mfairs@national.ca

Image with caption: "CBC News Toronto's Dwight Drummond moderates a panel of 
CivicAction volunteer leaders who identified the keys to accelerating our 
city-region's prosperity: regional collaboration; empathy; and the courage to 
make the tough decisions. From left to right: Mike Pedersen, Group Head, 
Wealth Management, Insurance, and Corporate Shared Services, TD Bank Group, 
and CivicAction Board member; Gabrielle Scrimshaw, Co-Founder/President, 
Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada and 2011 DiverseCity Fellow; 
Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director, Toronto International Film Festival, and 
Dwight Drummond. (CNW Group/CivicAction)". Image available at:  
http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121127_C3961_PHOTO_EN_21287.jpg

Image with caption: "CivicAction's 10th Anniversary: John Tory, Chair of 
CivicAction, and Mitzie Hunter, CEO of CivicAction. (CNW Group/CivicAction)". 
Image available at:  
http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121127_C3961_PHOTO_EN_21286.jpg

Image with caption: "Gabrielle Scrimshaw, President, Aboriginal Professional 
Association of Canada; Nan DasGupta, Partner and Managing Director, Boston 
Consulting Group; Andrew Graham, Senior Director, Insurance, PC Financial; 
Gillian Smith, CEO, Institute for Canadian Citizenship; Mike Pedersen, Group 
Head, Wealth Management, Insurance, and Corporate Shared Services, TD Bank 
Group; Pat Capponi, Facilitator, Voices from the Street; and Orlando Bowen, 
Executive Director, One Voice, One Team. Missing: Patrick Dillon, Tony 
Gagliano, and Ratna Omidvar (CNW Group/CivicAction)". Image available at:  
http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121127_C3961_PHOTO_EN_21285.jpg

SOURCE: CivicAction

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