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September 15, 2009
Invest Toronto begins search for new Chief Executive Officer Appointments to Governance and Strategic Planning Committees
Toronto Mayor David Miller today confirmed that the search for a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Invest Toronto will be undertaken by the Governance Committee of the Invest Toronto Board of Directors. The search for a new CEO follows the unfortunate resignation of Invest Toronto's first CEO, Michael Bryant. The Governance Committee will be assisted in their recruitment by Knightsbridge Executive Search.

The Invest Toronto Board of Directors has approved the appointment of Mayor Miller as the Interim CEO of the corporation until a new CEO is in place. Support in the operation of Invest Toronto will be provided to the Mayor through the senior staff of Invest Toronto, including Terrie O'Leary, the Executive Vice-President of Operations at Invest Toronto. Ms. O'Leary was previously the Canadian Executive Director at the World Bank and the former Chief of Staff to Finance Minister Paul Martin.

Responsibility for overseeing day-to-day business operations will be managed by Nick Lewis, Senior Economic Development Advisor to Mayor Miller and Michael Williams, the General Manager of Economic Development, Culture and Tourism of the City of Toronto. Mr. Lewis was formerly a Managing Director with the Royal Bank of Canada and Mr. Williams joined the City of Toronto from the Toronto Region Research Alliance (TRRA), where he served as Senior Vice President, Investment Attraction.

The Invest Toronto Board of Directors also approved the creation of a Strategic Planning Committee that will provide ongoing strategic oversight and direction for the corporation. The Committee will continue building on the plans initiated by the previous CEO.

The members appointed to the two committees are listed below. Biographical information on the members of the Invest Toronto Board and the members appointed to the two Committees confirmed today can be viewed at:

Inquiries and submissions regarding the position of CEO of Invest Toronto may be directed in confidence to: Chris Sawyer, Senior Consultant, Knightsbridge Executive Search, - 416-640-4312
In October 2008, Council approved a new model to enhance Toronto's economic competitiveness and established two new corporations, Invest Toronto and Build Toronto. Invest Toronto's mandate is to engage the private sector in promoting Toronto as an investment opportunity through marketing, conducting trade missions, and coordinating with other governments and business. Build Toronto's mandate is to engage private and public sector partners in the development of under-utilized City real estate to unlock the value of those lands, stimulate the creation of desirable jobs, and regenerate neighbourhoods, in a manner consistent with the City's broader economic, social and environmental goals.

The Board of Invest Toronto was approved by Toronto City Council in February of this year. Invest Toronto will promote Toronto as a destination for businesses to invest, grow and prosper.

Media contacts:

Stuart Green (
Deputy Director of Communications
Office of Toronto Mayor David Miller


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The Invest Toronto Governance/CEO Search Committee will be comprised of the following members of the Invest Toronto Board of Directors:

Mayor (Chair),
Ann Buller
Alan Broadbent
Craig Brown
Peggy Nash

The Invest Toronto Strategic Planning Committee will be comprised of the following members of the Invest Toronto Board of Directors:

Mayor (Chair)
Aleem Kanji
Corrado Paina
Councillor Kyle Rae
Geoffrey Reeves
Mark Surman
Mike Williams

The Board of Invest Toronto includes the following citizen 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, Diverse City Steering Committee
Member, Helping Youth Pursue
Education Member, Advisory Council, Intelligent Community Initiatives, Waterfront Revitalization Corporation

Alan Broadbent, Director
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

Craig Brown, Director
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

Alexandra Dagg, Director
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, Director
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

Aleem Kanji, Director
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

Peggy Nash, Director
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, Director
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

Corrado Paina, Director
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

Hari Panday, Director
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

Geoffrey Reeves, Director
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

Mark Surman, Director
Executive Director, Mozilla Foundation
Former Open Philanthropy Fellow, Shuttleworth Foundation
Former Managing Director,
Former President, The Commons Group



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