Hamilton Transportation Task Force - Members
The Ontario government is keeping its commitment of $1 billion in capital funding for transportation and transit projects in Hamilton. A new local task force will help determine which projects best fit Hamilton's needs and can be delivered quickly and in a fiscally responsible manner.
The Task Force has four representatives from the Hamilton region, and a representative of the City of Hamilton. The Chair and members are:
Tony Valeri (Chair) - Vice President, Corporate Affairs at ArcelorMittal Dofasco.
Tony joined ArcelorMittal Dofasco in June 2011 from his own firm, Ridge Strategy Group, a public affairs and management consulting company.
He also served as a Member of Parliament for four consecutive terms, beginning in 1993. During his terms in office, Tony served as Minister of Transport and subsequently led the Government's legislative program as Leader of the Government in the House of Commons.
Tony is a graduate of McMaster University and is actively involved in the community. He is a member of the McMaster Board of Governors and a Director on the St. Joseph's Health System Board.
Richard J. Brennan - Award-winning journalist who reported on politics including Queen's Park and Parliament Hill for most of his 40-plus-year career. Now retired, Richard is the only journalist who has been President of both the press galleries at Queen's Park and Parliament Hill.
In addition to working for the Toronto Star, Richard was city editor at The Record in Waterloo Region, served for three years on the Ontario Press Council, and was a director for the Ontario Newspaper Awards. He attended Mohawk College for journalism.
Anthony V. Primerano - Director of Government Relations for the Labourers International Union of North America (LiUNA), the largest trade union in North America with 800,000+ members.
Anthony previously served as Chief of Staff for the federal Ministries of Veteran Affairs, National Defence, Civil Preparedness and Canadian Heritage and advised corporations on corporate affairs, communications and reputation management. He also has extensive volunteer experience with community organizations.
Dr. Saiedeh Razavi - Director of the McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics (MITL), Associate Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, and the Chair in Heavy Construction at McMaster University.
Saiedeh's formal education includes degrees in Computer Engineering (B.Sc.), Artificial Intelligence (M.Sc.) and Civil Engineering (Ph.D.). She has a multidisciplinary background and experience in collaborating and leading research projects for improving safety, mobility, environmental sustainability, and productivity of transportation systems and infrastructure projects.
In her role as Director of MITL, she brings together the private and public sectors with academia for the development of high-quality evidence-based research in mobility, transportation infrastructure, and logistics.
Janette Smith - City Manager at the City of Hamilton.
Janette has extensive public sector experience during her 30-year tenure at the Region of Peel prior to joining the City of Hamilton in May 2019. She served in various senior leadership roles at the Region of Peel including Commissioner of Public Works and Commissioner of Health Services.
Janette has completed leadership programs at the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management and Queen's Executive Development Program, and holds a Master of Health Science, Community Health from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo.