Michael Bryant appointed Invest Toronto CEO
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See biography and backgrounder below.
Mayor David Miller today announced the appointment of Michael Bryant as chief executive officer of Invest Toronto.
"Michael Bryant is exactly the person Invest Toronto needs in this important leadership role at this time of challenge and opportunity," Mayor David Miller said of Ontario's former economic development minister and MPP for St. Paul's.
"Michael has incredible qualifications and a longstanding record of dedication to the residents of Toronto," the Mayor added. "He will be a tremendous asset in advancing our City's position in the global economy while attracting investment and high quality jobs."
Invest Toronto was created in response to recommendations in both the Blueprint for Fiscal Stability and Economic Prosperity and the Agenda for Prosperity. It will engage the private sector in promoting Toronto as an opportunity for investment through marketing, trade missions and by coordinating activities with other governments and business.
"It's a huge honour to receive this appointment from Invest Toronto's board of directors and its chair, my mayor, David Miller," Mr. Bryant said." I am ready for this exciting opportunity to lead Invest Toronto and to help steer Toronto's economy through the current recession in order to increase the City's economic competitiveness and ensure its future prosperity."
Invest Toronto's board of directors approved Mr. Bryant's appointment unanimously on May 22. He assumes his new responsibilities in early June.
Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.
Don Wanagas, Office of the Mayor, 416-338-7134
Biography - Michael Bryant
Michael Bryant has a background in politics, law, industry, public policy and management of billion-dollar budgets and investment funds. He was educated at Harvard University as a Fulbright Fellow, Osgoode Hall Law School, as Silver Medalist, and the University of British Columbia, holding an LL.M., J.D., B.A. and M.A.
As industry minister for Ontario, Bryant commenced his duties at the cusp of an unprecedented recession. During that time, his Ministry secured over $1.5 billion of investments in manufacturing, information technology, clean tech, life science and aerospace. He worked closely with global business leaders, large and small investors, entrepreneurs, all levels of government, and industry experts.
Bryant was given the lead for Ontario during the management of the auto industry crisis, working closely with the federal government, U.S. officials, and senior global managers at Chrysler, GM, Ford, Toyota and Honda. As Minister of Economic Development, Bryant launched Ontario’s “Open for Business” program to streamline and simplify regulation development and compliance.
Bryant served for 10 years as Member of Provincial Parliament for a mid-town Toronto constituency, winning elections in 1999, 2003 and 2007. He was awarded Now Magazine's “Best Toronto MPP” for 2008.
Previously, Bryant was Ontario's Attorney General, serving throughout the McGuinty Government's first four-year term as its Chief Legal Officer. During that time, Bryant legalized paralegals, fixed election dates, banned pit bulls, resurrected the Law Reform Commission, called three public inquiries, established Canada's first-ever Organized Justice prosecutor-police operations center; and overhauled the human rights system, civilian oversight of police and the Justice of the Peace bench.
As Aboriginal Affair's Minister in 2007-08, Bryant personally negotiated a multi-billion dollar revenue sharing agreement with Ontario First Nations; he returned Ipperwash Provincial Park to its First Nation; and established the $25 million New Relationship Fund. As House Leader in 2007-08, Bryant reformed the legislature rules to establish morning Question Periods and full-day legislative sessions.
He practiced law as a commercial litigator in Toronto at McCarthy Tetrault, clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada, and taught law and politics at the University of Toronto, Osgoode Hall, and King's College (London). Bryant has published articles and books on public affairs and law.
Backgrounder: Invest Toronto Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of Invest Toronto is composed of 15 members:
Mayor David Miller, Chair
Councillor Kyle Rae, Chair of Council’s Economic Development Committee
Mike Williams, General Manager of Economic Development, Culture and Tourism
Citizen Board Members:
Ann Buller (Vice-Chair)
President and CEO, Centennial College
Director, Toronto Board of Trade
Director, Ontario College Application Services
Director, Association of Canadian Community Colleges
Member, DiverseCity Steering Committee
Committee Member, Helping Youth Pursue Education
Member, Advisory Council, Intelligent Community Initiatives, Waterfront Revitalization Corporation
Chairman and CEO, Avana Capital Corporation
Chairman and CEO, The Maytree Foundation
Chairman, Ideas That Matter
Chairman, Diaspora Dialogues Society
Chairman and Co-Founder, Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance
Member, Governors’ Council, Toronto Public Library Foundation
Partner and Chair, Emerging Global Business Group (Private Equity), Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
Co-leader, Fasken Martineau’s India team and Ontario Regional Representative on China Team
Board Member, Outward Bound Canada 2002 – 2006
Founding Member, Street Kids International, and Board member 1989 – 1994
Executive Vice-President and Canadian Co-Director on UNITE HERE
Former Member, Advisory Committee, Scadding Court Community Centre Investing in Diversity Award
Nick Di Donato
President and CEO, Liberty Entertainment Group
Member, Board of Champions, Toronto Museum Project
Member, Mayor’s Economic Competitiveness Advisory Committee
Director, Children’s Charity Board of Variety Village
Director, Tourism Toronto
Member, Development Council, Hospital for Sick Children Foundation
Manager, Public Affairs, Greater Toronto Airports Authority
Former Policy and Public Affairs Lead, Toronto Board of Trade
Former Senior Economist, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade
Senior Negotiator and Assistant to the President, Canadian Auto Workers Union
Member, Canadian Labour Congress Executive Committee and Council
Former Member, United Way Campaign Cabinet
Founding Board Member, Equal Voice
Former Member of Parliament
International Election Observer, South Africa (1994) and Ukraine (2004 and 2007)
C. David Naylor
President, University of Toronto
Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
Member, Commission on Education for Global Health Leadership
Member, Mayor’s Economic Advisory Committee
Former Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Former Ex Officio Member, Expert Panel on Infectious Disease Control, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Executive Director, Italian Chamber of Commerce of Toronto
Vice-President, European Union Chamber of Commerce in Toronto
Member, Steering Committee, Toronto Forum for Global Cities
Member, Working Committee, Partnership to Advance Youth Employment
Member, Working Committee, Toronto’s EXPO 2015 Bid
President, Wealth Management, North America, and President and CEO, ICICI Wealth Management Inc.
Former President and CEO, ICICI Bank Canada
Member, Board, Harbourfront Centre
Trustee, Royal Ontario Museum
Governor, Roy Thomson Hall/Massey Hall
Vice Chair, Board Member, and Managing Director, Fixed Income and Currencies, CIBC World Markets
Member, Investment Banking and Fixed Income and Currency Management Committees, CIBC World Markets
Former Chair and Board Member, Canissue Inc.
Former Head, Debt Capital Markets, CIBC
Fundraising Co-Chair, Greenwood College School
Executive Director, Mozilla Foundation
Former Open Philanthropy Fellow, Shuttleworth Foundation
Former Managing Director, telecentre.org
Former President, The Commons Group
Don Wanagas, Office of Mayor Miller, Office of the Mayor, 416-338-7134