Board of Directors

As of November 2016 the TCBN has a registered general membership of 80 organizations. See updated listing of our membership and our membership form. We are guided by an incorporated Board of Directors, formerly known as its Steering Committee. Meetings are open to participation of members and supporters and decision-making strives for consensus.

The 2017 Annual General Meeting elected the following representatives to the Board:

Community: Lekan Olawoye, The 12 Community Alliance

Community: Tam Goossen, Good Jobs for All

Community:Sultana Jahangir, South Asian Women’s Rights Organization (SAWRO)

Social Enterprise: Mona ElSayehACCESS Community Capital Fund

Labour: Jeff Irons, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 353

Labour: Guled Warsame, Unite Here Local 75

Labour: Colleen Dignam, Carpenters Union Local 27/College of Carpenters and Allied Trades

Labour: Merissa Preston, Labourers International Local 506

Labour Education: John Cartwright, Labour Education Centre/Toronto and York Region Labour Council (TCBN Co-Chair)

TCBN Executive Director (ex officio): Rosemarie Powell

Planning and development functions of the TCBN happen at the level of Working Groups, which work closely with TCBN staff and report to the General Members through the Board. There are four main functions of the working groups:

Workforce Planning:

  • Convening representatives of the building trades, apprenticeship training centres and workforce development groups
  • Conducting a systems analysis to support strategic planning and negotiations on jobs and opportunities for historically disadvantaged communities and equity seeking groups
  • Resourcing the resident engagement process
  • Working through TCBN with Metrolinx, ProjectCo, Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development and Toronto Employment and Social Services to provide opportunities

Social Enterprise:

  • Developing strategies for social procurement through Metrolinx and for building capacity within the sector to enhance potential for successful involvement in tendering processes
  • Working through TCBN to build relationship with Metrolinx and ProjectCo 

Neighbourhood and Environment:

  • Maintain focus on mobility hubs and maintenance and storage facilities priority neighbourhoods that are impacted by construction activities and the pressures for gentrification created by transit infrastructure
  • An exchange for community learning, leadership development and sustainable community planning 

Clear Commitments and Accountability:

  • Develop the TCBN Model of Community Benefits Agreements
  • Working on performance tracking system to support implementing the Community Benefits Framework