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April 26, 2006
Toronto appoints three citizens to Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation Board
At its meeting today, Toronto City Council approved the appointment of three citizen members to the Board of Directors of the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation (TWRC) for a three-year term. On June 16, Janet Graham, Renato Discenza and incumbent Mark Wilson will officially join Mayor David Miller as the City’s representatives on the TWRC Board, who took his seat on the Board in December 2005.

“Waterfront plans are being put into action, and Toronto is committed to provide strong leadership to the TWRC Board,” commented Mayor David Miller. “The outstanding candidates appointed today are passionate about the waterfront. Together we have important work to do, and their knowledge, leadership and special expertise will help ensure that revitalization initiatives contribute both to quality of life and international competitiveness.”

The City of Toronto’s Corporations Nominating Panel, chaired by Deputy Mayor Sandra Bussin, interviewed several candidates following an open and public recruitment process that garnered interest from 108 individuals city-wide. “The Panel felt strongly that Ms. Graham, Mr. Discenza and Mr. Wilson bring energy and expertise at a critical period in the evolution of the waterfront,” said Deputy Mayor Sandra Bussin. “They are all leaders in their fields who bring expertise in such areas as the environment, finance, business and community leadership.”

Janet Graham is the former Managing Director/Vice President Investment Banking with CIBC Wood Gundy Securities. She had previously served as Vice President of the CIBC’s Real Estate Division. When informed of her appointment, Janet said, “I am excited about the opportunity to give back to the City in this capacity and utilize my knowledge as the waterfront moves into implementation.”

Renato Discenza is a senior vice president with Bell Canada, and is also their chief liaison for provincial and municipal issues. He has a deep understanding of large-scale projects and long-term investment strategies. Renato has an extensive background as a community volunteer and leader, and brings strong leadership skills to the Board. He said being appointed was wonderful news. “I have worked in and on behalf of the City for two decades and look forward to contributing my expertise to the Board.”

Mark Wilson, an executive with IBM Global Services, was re-appointed to a second term. Mark will provide continuity to the board, being one of the board’s first appointments. He has been an active participant in community environmental issues for more than 15 years particularly with the Task Force to Bring Back the Don, the Don Watershed Council and numerous other community based initiatives.

The governments of Toronto, Ontario and Canada established the TWRC in 2000 to lead the renewal of Toronto’s central waterfront, and jointly committed $1.5 billion in funding. Revitalization of the Toronto waterfront is one of City Council’s stated nine priorities.

“Together with these appointments, the City’s interests will be well represented on the TWRC board. I look forward to working with Janet, Renato and Mark in the continued creation of a revitalized, clean and green, and liveable waterfront where people can live, work and play,” stated Mayor Miller.

Media contact:

Anne McLaughlin
Corporate Communications



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