Biographies of Metrolinx Transition Advisory Board
Rob MacIsaac (Chair)
From 1997 until 2006, Robert MacIsaac, of Burlington, was the City of Burlington Mayor. Prior to this, Mr. MacIsaac was Councillor for the City of Burlington and the Region of Halton, Managing Partner at MacIsaac and MacIsaac Law Office and Associate Lawyer at Goodman and Goodman. He has been Chair of both the Greenbelt Taskforce and the Strategic Planning Sub-panel of the Central Ontario Smart Growth Panel. He is currently the Chair of Metrolinx, the provincial transit agency and President of Mohawk College. Mr. MacIsaac holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Ontario.
Peter Smith (Vice-Chair)
Peter R Smith is President and Co-Founder of Andrin Limited a real estate development company. He has served on the Board of GO Transit since 2004 and for the past 4 years has been Chairman of GO. Mr Smith was previously Chairman of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation for 8 years. He is a past member of the Boards of Credit Valley Hospital, The Ontario Homebuilders' Association and Waterfront Toronto.
In addition to GO Transit, Mr. Smith currently sits on the Boards of Metrolinx (Vice-Chair), TARION Warranty Corporation, Brampton Brick Limited (TSX) and Geo-Global Resources (AMEX).
He holds a Masters Degree from the State University of New York and a Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University.
Peter R Smith is a Member of the Order of Canada (appointed in 2000). He lives in Mississauga, Ontario
Paul Bedford is the former Chief City Planner for the City of Toronto. He is currently an Urban Mentor with Paul Bedford & Associates in Toronto, which includes proactive involvement in a wide variety of public planning issues in numerous capacities primarily within the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. He is currently a member of the Metrolinx Board of Directors, an Adjunct Professor of City Planning at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University, a member of the Waterfront Toronto Urban Design Review Panel, a member of the National Capital Commission Planning Advisory Committee in Ottawa, a futures columnist in the Ontario Planning Journal and a Senior Associate of the Canadian Urban Institute. He is a passionate advocate of transit and city building throughout the GTHA.
Stephen Smith, of Toronto, is the Co-Founder, Chairman and President of First National Financial LP, Canada's largest non-bank mortgage lender with over $40 billion of mortgage assets under administration. With over 500 employees across the country, FNFLP lends $12 billion of commercial and single family residential mortgages to Canadians annually.
In addition, Mr. Smith is a member of the Board of Directors of The Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company and The Empire Life Insurance Company. Mr. Smith is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Royal Conservatory of Music and a Governor of the Dominion Institute.
Mr. Smith is currently the Vice-Chair of the GO Transit Board of Directors and chair of the Audit Committee.
Born in Ottawa, Mr. Smith holds a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from Queen's University and a Masters Degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Jennifer E. Babe, of Toronto, is a partner at Miller Thomson LLP where she practises corporate and commercial law. Ms. Babe was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 1982 and has been practising corporate and commercial law since then. Ms. Babe lectures and writes regularly for the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada and Osgoode Hall. She is the author of Sale of Business, now in its seventh edition and co-author of Creditors' Remedies in Ontario, now in its second edition. Ms. Babe is an active member of her community. She volunteers for the YMCA and the United Way of the Greater Toronto Area. Ms. Babe is currently on the GO Transit Board of Directors and Chair of the Governance Committee.
Lee Parsons, of Toronto, is a founding Partner of the planning and economic consulting firm, Malone Given Parsons Ltd. He is President of MGP Information Systems Ltd. and a director of Sabourin Kimble & Associates. Over the past 25 years, he has managed many urban and regional planning, and economic development projects in Canada and internationally. Mr. Parsons is a graduate of Dalhousie University (Engineering, 1970) and York University (Environment Studies, 1974). He is a professional engineer and a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario. Mr. Parsons is also a professional planner and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, the Ontario Professional Planners Institute, the Association of the Ontario Land Economists and the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association. Currently he is a member of the GO Transit Board of Directors and Chair of the Risk Management Committee.
Mr. Bhardwaj is the President and CEO of the Toronto Community Foundation. He was formerly a corporate lawyer with a leading Canadian law firm, Vice President of the Toronto 2008 Olympic Bid and then CEO of United Way of York Region.
He has a long history of community service, including serving currently as a Board Member of the Stratford Festival of Canada, George Brown College and Community Foundations of Canada, and previously, the Art Gallery of Ontario Foundation, United Way of Toronto and past Chair of the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival, among others.
In 2007, Rahul was named by the National Post as one of the "Next Generation of Toronto Civic Leaders." In 2008, Rahul was named as a member of Toronto Mayor David Miller's "Blue Ribbon" Fiscal Review Panel.
Rahul is a popular presenter and speaker, particularly on issues relating to the city, community and leadership as well as Toronto's Vital Signs ®. He has been featured in local Toronto media as well as international media including CBC Newsworld, CNN and the national Daily News in China.
Tony Gagliano presently serves as Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph Communications which was founded by his parents in the basement of their home shortly after emigrating from Italy. Under Mr. Gagliano's leadership, St. Joseph Communications has evolved from a small family business with a handful of associates to a national, fully integrated communications/media corporation with more than 2,100 associates from coast to coast.
In 1995, as President and CEO of Canada's fastest growing printing company, Mr. Gagliano became a recipient of the Canada's Top 40 under 40. He also received the Ernst and Young's Ontario Entrepreneur of the Year for "Business to Business, Products and Services" in 2003 and received an Alumni Achievement Award from Ryerson University in 2007. In 2008, the CIJA and
UJA Federation presented Mr. Gagliano with the Words and Deeds Leadership Award for his many contributions towards civil discourse. Also in 2008, the Canadian Club of Toronto chose the cofounders of Luminato, Mr. Gagliano and David Pecaut, as the 2008 Canadians of the Year.
Rose M. Patten is Senior Executive Vice-President, Head of Human Resources and Senior Leadership Advisor, BMO Financial Group, and a member of the Bank's Executive Committee.
Her 35-year career in Financial Services is characterized by senior leadership roles in Business and Organization Strategy, Human Resource Management, Executive Development and Succession, Transformational Change, Communications and Public Affairs.
Prior to joining BMO in 1995, she was Executive Vice-President at Nesbitt Burns (1992-1995), Senior Vice-President at ManuLife Financial (1987-1991) and Vice-President/General Manager at Continental Bank of Canada/Lloyds Bank Canada (1975-1987). In 2008, Ms. Patten was honoured as the YWCA Woman of Distinction for Corporate Leadership and has numerous other recognitions from her community service contributions.
Nicholas Mutton, Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Administration, brings over 40 years of hotel management experience to Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. He has worked at The Ritz Carlton, Chicago (a Four Seasons Hotel) with operating responsibilities for hotels in the U.S. East Coast, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
In 2003, Nick was promoted to Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Administration, with responsibility for all the people and culture issues of 35,000 employees in 34 countries worldwide.
Nick is a director of the Canadian Opera Company and the Canadian Opera House Corporation; is a member of the MIG Cabinet of the Toronto United Way; a member the International Advisory Board of Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne; the Governing Committee of the International Tourism Partnership, International Business Leaders Forum; and a Board Member of the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program. He is also a member of the Patient Safety and Quality Committee of Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto.
Elyse Allan was appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Canada in October 2004, with a mission to grow GE's businesses in Canada, and to advance the company's leadership in technology, media, and financial services. The appointment marked Elyse's return to GE, where she began her career in 1984. She served in corporate marketing in the U.S. where she worked with a number of the industrial businesses, and held senior roles in GE Canada in corporate, lighting and appliances.
Aside from her work at GE, she contributes as a Director of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, the C.D. Howe Institute, and the Public Policy Forum. She has served on the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy. She serves as a Director of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, and the Mississauga International Investment Board. She is the former Chair of Providence Healthcare, a leading Toronto healthcare institution.
Prior to her current position, Elyse was President and CEO of the Toronto Board of Trade and, before that, a senior executive at Ontario Hydro.
Robert Prichard (Transition Advisor)
J. Robert S. Prichard is President and Chief Executive Officer of Torstar Corporation. Mr. Prichard is also President Emeritus of the University of Toronto where he previously served as dean of law and as a professor specializing in law and economics.
Mr. Prichard serves as Chairman of the Visiting Committee of Harvard Law School, Vice-Chair of Canada's Science, Technology and Innovation Council and a director of the Toronto Community Foundation. He was also a member of the Golden Task Force on the future of the GTA. Mr. Prichard is a director of the Bank of Montreal, Onex Corporation and George Weston Ltd. He studied honours economics at Swarthmore College, received his MBA from the University of Chicago and earned law degrees at the University of Toronto and Yale University. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Member of the Order of Ontario and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.