Item - 2015.CC7.8

Tracking Status

CC7.8 - Appointment of Members to the Committee of Adjustment

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on June 10, 11 and 12, 2015, adopted the following:

 

1.  City Council waive the two-term limit provision of the Public Appointments Policy and appoint the following candidate to the Committee of Adjustment, South Panel, Panel A, for a term of office starting on September 1, 2015 and ending on November 30, 2018, and until a successor is appointed:

 

- Robert Brown

 

2.  City Council appoint the following candidates to the Committee of Adjustment, for a term of office starting on September 1, 2015 and ending on November 30, 2018 and until successors are appointed:

 

North (North York)

 

- Denise Graham

- Derek Lett

- Beth Levy

- Wayne McEachern

- Bruce Mullock

- Rick Ross

- Nadini Sankar

- Giacomo Tonon

 

South (Toronto and East York)

 

Panel A

 

- Edmund Carlson

- Ewa Modlinska

- Nancy Oomen

- Worrick Russell

 

Panel B

 

- Alex Bednar

- Michael Clark

- Donald Granatstein

- Wendy Smith

- Lisa Valentini

 

East (Scarborough)

 

- Alexandra Flynn

- Eden Gajraj

- Hena Kabir

- Sean Karmali

- David Peacock

 

West (Etobicoke York)

 

- Dominic Gulli

- Megan McIver

- Nathan Muscat

- Edwin (Ted) Shepherd

- Allan Smithies

 

3.  City Council direct that the confidential information contained in Confidential Attachments 1, 2, 3 and 4 to the report (May 4, 2015) from the City Clerk remain confidential in their entirety as they relate to personal matters about identifiable individuals being considered for appointment to the Committee of Adjustment.

 

Confidential Attachments 1, 2, 3 and 4 to the report (May 4, 2015) from the City Clerk remain confidential in their entirety in accordance with the provisions of the City of Toronto Act, 2006, as they relate to personal matters about identifiable individuals being considered for appointment to the Committee of Adjustment.

City Council Decision Advice and Other Information

Appointees' biographies:

 

Committee of Adjustment – North Panel:

 

Denise Graham

 

Denise Graham is a Registered Professional Planner who retired from the City of Toronto in 2011. She was a Senior Planner in the City Planning Division and holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Applied Geography) from Ryerson. She is a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and Ontario Professional Planners Institute. Denise continues to serve her community as a member of the Board of Directors of the Fairlawn Neighbourhood Centre and co-coordinates a lunch program for seniors.

 

Derek Lett

 

Derek Lett is senior executive with the Government of Ontario where he has worked for the past 23 years. He is currently the Executive Director in the Office of the Conflict of Interest Commissioner. He holds a specialized honours B.A. in Public Policy and Administration from York University, a Master's in Public Administration from Queen's University, a Certificate in Change Management from University of Toronto and a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the University of Windsor.

 

Beth Levy

 

Beth Levy has a degree in Urban Planning from McGill University and Columbia University. She worked at a private consulting firm after graduating. Beth has volunteered at Meals on Wheels, Jessie's Center for Teens and Out of the Cold and has participated in a fundraising initiative for The Hospital for Sick Children. Beth served two terms as the chair of the Parent Association at a local school.

 

Wayne McEachern

 

Wayne McEachern is a land-use planner with 40 years of experience. He was born in Toronto and is a life-long resident. He has professional experience at the local, regional and provincial government levels and has taught courses at the community college, and at university levels. Wayne also has served on two TTC citizen volunteer panels. Wayne and his wife have lived in various Toronto locations, currently residing in the North York community.

 

Bruce Mullock

 

Bruce Mullock built a lifetime career with The Ian Martin Group in Toronto, providing engineering staffing to government and industry clients. During his time as Senior Vice-President, Bruce served on two industry boards of directors. Born in Toronto, Bruce gave 13 years of service to Scouts Canada and his church council, and currently volunteers as a tutor to trades apprentices at Frontier College.

 

Rick Ross

 

Rick Ross is a professional engineer with an MBA (York University) and a MASc (University of Toronto) and finished first in his engineering graduating class. After retiring from a Fortune 100 company, Rick now delivers science workshops in North York, volunteers with the Distress Centre, chairs ratepayers groups, participates in the Neighbourhood Watch, and serves on his community's Police Liaison Committee.

 

Nadini Sankar

 

Nadini has previously worked within the federal government in a bilingual capacity, and has worked for the Province for the past thirteen years. As a Senior Policy Development Advisor with the Ministry of Community and Social Services, Nadini is also an experienced and accredited mediator in good standing with the ADR Institute of Ontario and the Ontario Association of Family Mediation.

 

Giacomo Tonon

 

Giacomo Tonon is a seasoned IT professional with more than 20 years of experience in a variety of roles including project management (software development), business analysis, major infrastructure rollouts, and recruiting/hiring IT staff at many levels. Giacomo works well in teams, is a passionate and enthusiastic trainer and is skilled at building/conducting presentations and training sessions.

 

Committee of Adjustment – South Panel:

 

Alex Bednar

 

Alexander Bednar has a degree in history and the classics from Queen's University and has a Master’s degree from the University of Toronto School of Public Policy and Governance. Having previously worked for the City of Toronto’s Tower Renewal initiative, Alex is currently a consultant with the Executive Compensation and Governance team at RBC.

 

Robert Brown

 

Robert Brown is a senior executive with 30 plus years of experience in both domestic and international business. Robert has extensive experience in community activity including leadership in residents' associations, presenting before both municipal and provincial government committees, and years of experience leading community meetings and forum-style settings.

 

Edmund Carlson

 

Edmund Carlson is an urban and regional planning graduate with a background in minor-variance work. Edmund has a long history of community activism, and his planning practice has included advising multiple Toronto Councillors on planning matters. Edmund hopes to combine his strong sense of good city building with his familiarity with the minor-variance process to make a valuable contribution to the City.

 

Michael Clark

 

Michael Clark has resided in the City of Toronto for 35 years. He graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1983 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1985. As an executive and in-house lawyer, Michael has over 25 years of experience in real estate development and property management. He was first appointed to the Committee of Adjustment for the former City of York in 1994 and subsequently served on the Midtown and Toronto/East York panels following amalgamation from 1998 to 2006.

 

Donald Granatstein

 

Donald L. Granatstein is an investigator with ADR Chambers Banking Ombudsman, a mediator with ADR Chambers, and practices law full-time. Don has a LLB and BA from University of Toronto, an LL.M. from Osgoode Hall and certificates in Dispute Resolution from Harvard Law, University of Toronto, the LSUC and the University of Windsor. Don has appeared before courts at all levels and before many tribunals.

 

Ewa Modlinska

 

Ewa is a PhD student in the Planning Program at the University of Toronto and is a student member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute. Her research focuses on urban sustainability, community engagement, and the Tower Renewal Program. Ewa has worked as a research assistant on a number of planning projects for research institutes and the private sector. She holds a Master's in Environmental Studies from York University and an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto.

 

Nancy Oomen

 

Nancy is an accomplished government and community-relations professional who spent almost two decades with the City of Toronto where she worked with diverse stakeholders to achieve objectives using solid judgement and effective mediation. Nancy has been involved with her local ratepayers' association for about 30 years and she has served several terms as president. She is a highly effective project coordinator and chair of the "Blossom" fundraising event which raises funds for local charities.

 

Worrick Russell

 

Worrick Russell is a mandatory mediator, paralegal, consultant and lecturer. His qualifications include degrees and training from several universities. Russell's various forms of community work build upon his prior experience to provide him with the necessary tools for this position. Worrick served on the Committee of Adjustment from 2010 to 2014.

 

Wendy Smith

 

Wendy Smith is a retired journalist and realtor. For several years Wendy served on the board of the Harbord Village Residents' Association and is deeply involved in community improvement projects. Wendy is the creator of The Toronto Park Lot Project, an online mapping project which explores the founding history of Toronto. Wendy received Heritage Toronto's Award of Excellence (media) for this project in November 2014. Wendy is presently working on two books about Toronto's earliest years.

 

Lisa Valentini

 

Lisa Valentini is a lawyer and long-time resident of the City of Toronto. She received her undergraduate and law degrees from Queen's University before articling in Toronto and being called to the bar in 2000. Her professional career has been exclusively with provincial and municipal governments, including significant experience advising municipal councils, departments and committees during her nine years as an in-house lawyer for municipalities in and around the Greater Toronto area.

 

Committee of Adjustment – East Panel:

 

Alexandra Flynn

 

Alexandra Flynn is a doctoral candidate and adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School specializing in property law and urban governance. She has over fifteen years of experience as a lawyer and senior policy official. Alexandra has received numerous academic and service awards and has a long history of volunteer work on access to justice matters, including as a member of the Community Legal Education Ontario and the Ontario Justice Education Network boards of directors.

 

Eden Gajraj

 

Eden Gajraj is a community minded professional who works on behalf of his community and at large. Eden has received numerous awards in recognition of his contributions and is currently the Managing Partner of Strategy People, a group of professionals providing enterprise planning, event management, government relations, project financing, international relations and information technology services.

 

Hena Kabir

 

Hena Kabir is an architectural graduate and planner with 16 years of professional experience in urban planning, urban design and urban revitalization. She is a strong advocate of citizen participation in city and community building and believes people have the right to contribute in making and creating places that they live in. Hena believes it is now her turn to give back to the City.

 

Sean Karmali

 

Sean Karmali holds two Master's degrees, one in Political Science from the University of Toronto and the other in Public Policy from York University. Sean works in the public service and has held a variety of progressive positions within various departments. Sean's skills include statutory interpretation, judicial administration, and public policy analysis.

 

David Peacock

 

David Peacock is a retired Professional Engineer with an MBA from York University. He spent seven years on the Committee of Adjustment for the Toronto North District, followed by four years on the Toronto Licencing Tribunal. David has been an active community volunteer for the past 20 years in Scouts Canada, ratepayer groups, election poll supervision, the TRCA, local community gardens and other organizations.

 

Committee of Adjustment – West Panel:

 

Dominic Gulli

 

Dominic Gulli is an academically trained urban planner, with over 35 years of experience in city and transportation planning. As a former Director for the City of Toronto in the Transportation Services Division, Dominic was responsible for the delivery of transportation services in accordance with the City's Strategic Plans.

 

Megan McIver

 

Megan McIver received a BA in Environmental Policy and Business Administration from Trent University. Megan began her career at Queen's Park where she served as Issues Manager to two of Ontario's Cabinet Ministers, and Senior Advisor to Ontario's Minister of Finance. In 2015, Megan joined Scotiabank's Small Business Banking team as a Business Analyst where her focus is on regulatory compliance. Megan is an environmentalist, women's and children's advocate, and volunteer.

 

Nathan Muscat

 

Nathan is a life-long Toronto resident, passionate about cities and development. He is a trained planner and practices municipal, real estate and development law at the Region of Peel. Nathan attended planning school at Ryerson University and studied law at the Universities of Windsor and Detroit. He worked on revitalization initiatives in Detroit and volunteers with the OBA Municipal Law Executive. He has experience acting for private owners and municipalities on various planning matters.

 

Edwin (Ted) Shepherd

 

Edwin (Ted) Shepherd has practiced architecture in Canada, England and South Africa, and was Vice President of the Ontario Association of Architects, Director of Pro-Demnity Insurance Company and is on the board of the Foundation for Architectural Research. Ted also was Director of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, and President of the Markham Board of Trade.  Ted has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Toronto and is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

 

Allan Smithies

 

Allan Smithies graduated from Sheridan College's Transportation Planning program in 1978, and was employed by the former City of Etobicoke in a number of positions including Transportation Planner and Manager of Transportation Planning. Most recently, Allan served as Manager of Traffic Planning/Right of Way Management for the City of Toronto from 1999 until his retirement in March 2014.

Confidential Attachment - Personal matters about identifiable individuals who are being considered for appointment to the Committee of Adjustment

Background Information (City Council)

(May 19, 2015) Decision Letter from the Committee of Adjustment Nominating Panel (CC7.8)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-80820.pdf
(May 4, 2015) Report from the City Clerk on Appointment of Members to the Committee of Adjustment
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-80821.pdf
Confidential Attachment 1 - List of Candidates and Qualifications Summary, and Applications for Appointment to the Committee of Adjustment (previously distributed with item NA1.3)
Confidential Attachment 2 - Confidential Voluntary Diversity Information Summary (previously distributed with item NA1.3)
Confidential Attachment 3 - Interview Schedule for Committee of Adjustment - May 11, 2015 (previously distributed with item NA2.1)
Confidential Attachment 4 - Interview Schedule for Committee of Adjustment - May 19, 2015 (previously distributed with item NA2.1)

Communications (City Council)

(June 9, 2015) Letter from Toon Dreessen, President, Ontario Association of Architects (CC.New.CC7.8.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/cc/comm/communicationfile-53152.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor David Shiner (Withdrawn)

That City Council permit Committee of Adjustment members to serve on one or more Panel or District as may be required, at the discretion of the Secretary-Treasurer of the Committee of Adjustment.


Motion to Withdraw a Motion moved by Councillor David Shiner (Carried)

That Councillor David Shiner be permitted to withdraw his motion 1.


2 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Mary Fragedakis (Carried)

That City Council amend Committee of Adjustment Nominating Panel Recommendation 2 by deleting the name "Tony D'Aversa" and replacing the name with "Edwin (Ted) Shepherd".

Vote (Amend Item) Jun-12-2015 3:17 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CC7.8 - Fragedakis - motion 2
Total members that voted Yes: 34 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Joe Mihevc
Total members that were Absent: 10 Members that were absent are Michelle Berardinetti, Gary Crawford, Janet Davis, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Giorgio Mammoliti, Denzil Minnan-Wong, James Pasternak, Michael Thompson, John Tory

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Jun-12-2015 3:39 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CC7.8 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 32 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Stephen Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 13 Members that were absent are Michelle Berardinetti, Gary Crawford, Janet Davis, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Jim Karygiannis, Giorgio Mammoliti, Denzil Minnan-Wong, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam

Point of Order by Councillor John Filion

Councillor Filion, rising on a Point of Order, stated that he needed clarification on why the motion placed by Councillor Shiner was in order when he had been advised that placing a motion to increase the composition of a Committee of Adjustment Panel was not in order.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and asked the Director, Secretariat to respond.

The Director, Secretariat, advised that the motion by Councillor Shiner is about the conditions of the appointment of the candidates and how they are assigned to the Panels which is different from the composition of the committee itself.


Point of Order by Councillor John Filion

Councillor Filion, rising on a Point of Order, stated that Members of Council should be permitted to ask questions of Councillor Shiner on his motion.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and ruled that Members could ask questions of Councillor Shiner at this time.

Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council