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Toronto City Council has appointed a three-member external advisory panel to
provide advice and support to the City’s review of its system of governance.
The panel will be chaired by Ann Buller, President of Centennial College. The
other two member are Sujit Choudhry, an associate professor of Law at the
University of Toronto, and Martin Connell, a business and community leader and
the co-owner of ACE Bakery Limited.
"I am pleased to recommend Ms. Buller, Professor Choudhry and Mr. Connell for
this important panel," said Mayor David Miller. "They bring a capacity for
fresh thinking and innovative ideas, a passion for Toronto, and an extensive
history of community service and city building."
The governance review panel will advise the City on how it might structure its
governmental powers to be more flexible, accountable, and effective. While City
staff will assist the panel, members will be expected to bring external
objectivity to their analysis.
Terms of reference established for the governance review include providing
information, findings and options to Council so as to enable Councillors to
have a meaningful debate and make informed decisions about their governance
Please see biographies for members of the panel below.
Governing Toronto – External Advisory Panel
Ann Buller is the President of Centennial College. Her career spans twenty
years in the college system, where her work demonstrates her belief that
colleges must meet the economic and social inclusion imperatives facing our
country. Leadership approaches that enable major transformational change have
become her hallmark, while her commitment to the values of the Learning
Centered College movement is evidenced in her ability to refocus institutions
Ms Buller recently served as the Vice President Academic and Chief Learning
Officer at the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), where she established a
new vision for academic and student services – an integrated approach to
learning founded on a portfolio education model.
Prior to joining NSCC, Ms Buller spent eleven years with Centennial College in
a variety of positions, all of them focusing on students and student success.
As Director of Student Services she partnered with academic colleagues to
address retention issues – earning the College a Noel Levitz Retention
Excellence Award. As Vice President Student Advocacy and Services, Ms Buller
established a blueprint for renewed student services that entrenched the
College's commitment to human rights and diversity. Her own values are
congruent with the key strategic directions of Centennial, supporting her work
in leading the institution in the pursuit of academic and service excellence.
Significantly, Ms Buller is a community college graduate herself, having
studied public relations at Humber College (1985). She went on to complete a BA
in Sociology at York University in 1995, and a Master of Arts in Education from
Central Michigan University in 1999. She has earned numerous college marketing
awards and awards of excellence for student retention, organizational
development and leadership.
Sujit Choudhry is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law at the
University of Toronto. He is cross-appointed to the Department of Political
Science, and the Department of Health Management, Policy and Evaluation. He is
a Senior Fellow of Massey College, and a Member of the University of Toronto
Joint Centre for Bioethics. Prior to joining the Faculty of Law, he served as
law clerk to Chief Justice Antonio Lamer of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Professor Choudhry’s principal research and teaching interests are
Constitutional Law and Theory, and Health Law and Policy, although he has also
written on the law's response to ethnocultural difference. His articles have
appeared in a variety of journals, including the International Journal of
Constitutional Law, the Journal of Political Philosophy, the New England
Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs, Social Science and Medicine, and the
Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence. He is a contributor to Canadian
Constitutional Law (3rd ed., 2002). Professor Choudhry is currently working on
a book, Multinational Federations and Constitutional Failure: The
Constitutional Politics of Quebec Secession, and is editing two volumes, The
Migration of Constitutional Ideas (Cambridge University Press) and
Redistribution in the Canadian Federation.
Professor Choudhry was a consultant to the Royal Commission on the Future of
Health Care in Canada (the Romanow Commission) and the National Advisory
Committee on SARS and Public Health (the Naylor Committee), the World Bank
Institute at the World Bank, and is part of a team of foreign constitutional
experts working with the Forum of Federations and the Centre for Policy
Alternatives in support of the Sri Lankan peace negotiations. He was recently
appointed to the Province of Ontario's Academic Advisory Committee on
Democratic Renewal. He currently serves as Chair of the Advisory Board of the
South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario.
Martin Connell is a well-respected business and community leader. He is the
co-owner and co-founder of ACE Bakery Limited. He is also Chair of the Toronto
Mr. Connell is also Chair of ProFund Internacional, S.A., President of AfriCap
MicroVentures Ltd., two regional investment funds with interests in local
financial institutions providing credit and financial services to low-income
self-employed people in Latin America and Africa.
Mr. Connell holds honorary doctorate degrees from five Canadian universities.
His other honors and awards include: CESO Award for International Development
(1997), Ontario Entrepreneur of the Year Award (1995), the Order of Ontario
(1994), The Pearson Peace Medal from the United Nations Association in Canada
(1994) and Officer of the Order of Canada in 1998.
Mr. Connell co-founded Calmeadow, an organization that supports provision of
credit and financial services to micro-entrepreneurs in developing countries
who are unable to access traditional sources. Since ACE began in 1993, ACE has
given a portion of its pre-tax profits to Calmeadow. Calmeadow has attained
self-sufficiency and ACE now focuses on donating to food and nutrition programs
that assist low-income members of the community, financing culinary
scholarships and supporting organic farming initiatives.