Rosemarie Powell

Rosemarie Powell is a passionate advocate for social, economic and environmental justice. She has led for over 20 years from the grassroots up, managing and developing several innovative and impactful community programs and services to support under-represented group’s access to the labour market. Her community engagement work in Jane Finch earned several awards for leadership and imagination. Rosemarie is currently the Executive Director of the Toronto Community Benefits Network (TCBN). The Toronto Community Benefits Network, is a community/labour coalition of over 120 member organizations which initiated successful Community Benefits Agreements for the Eglinton Crosstown and Finch West LRT transit projects, West Park Healthcare Centre and Woodbine Casino expansion.

  • Strategic Planning Session

    January 22, 2022 at 9:30am

  • published Strategic Planning Sessions 2022-01-17 10:46:56 -0500

  • published Strategic Planning 2022 2022-01-12 16:56:56 -0500

    Strategic Planning 2022

    TCBN has come to the end of its first 5-year Strategic Plan. With hundreds of billions of dollars dedicated to infrastructure and as we rebuild the economy from Covid-19, the story of the TCBN points in the direction of more and deeper work being required to ensure that the opportunities and benefits of upcoming economic growth projected for Toronto are shared more broadly. We invite you to contribute to our strategic planning process and help determine our path forward over the next five years, 2022 to 2027. Attend one of our upcoming strategic planning sessions - see link below, and complete the Strategic Planning Guide & Workbook and return it to [email protected].

    • Strategic Planning Guide

      Download and use the Strategic Plan Guide & Workbook to comment about TCBN's vision, mission and values, the social/political/economic landscape, our governance and operations and growth and sustainability.

    • Strategic Planning Sessions

      We have organized group strategic planning sessions in January and February, facilitated by our Strategic Planning Consultant, Joe Mihevc to provide context and walk us through the Strategic Plan Guide & Workbook.     

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    • Strategic Planning Process

      Over the next six months, we are reaching out to our key stakeholders - TCBN's membership, Board, funders, staff and beneficiaries - to identify successes and plan for the future. Get an overview of our process and timelines.

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    • 2021 Progress Report

      As you respond to the questions in the Strategic Planning Guide & Workbook, refresh your mind about the full scope our our work. See link to our accomplishments in 2021 to help provide some context about our work.

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  • published Staff Daily Health and Safety Check In 2022-01-05 12:55:05 -0500

  • published Strategic Planning Survey 2022 2022-01-03 09:55:40 -0500

  • published January 2022 Newsletter 2022-01-03 07:13:40 -0500

    January 2022 Newsletter

    January Webinar: Jan. 13, 6PM: Community Benefits: Setting Minimum Targets and Other Mechanism to Ensure Compliance

    This webinar series will feature municipal and industry representatives from Toronto, Vancouver and Portland who will share more about their experiences in developing and implementing community benefits policies including setting minimum requirements for local and/or equity hires as part of urban infrastructure and development projects. 


    Read more about the adoption of a community benefits policy in two Toronto neighborhoods and new ideas to respond to Climate change.



    Etobicoke Civic Centre will include a Community Benefits Agreement  


    TransformTO - City Council approves new 2040 target recommendations including the Creation of a Climate Advisory Group and the feasibility of a "Climate Change Corps" program

    TCBN supports the initiative and recommendations that:

    • It is resident led
    • Centre the equity-deserving
    • Include the equity-deserving
    • Monitor and report progress

    Read more about the plans to create a Climate Change Corps to support the goals and objectives of the Transform TO Net Zero Strategy here.



    Mentorship is about knowledge sharing. Knowledge sharing helps foster a sense of purpose. NexGen Builders is changing the face of construction by connecting mentors to apprentices like you.

    Join the movement. Connect with new apprentices in skilled trades, giving them on-the-job training to gain the skills needed to succeed. Become a mentor, & together we can build up our communities.


    The Building Diversity Awards 2022 have officially launched and we'd love you to be part of it. We're looking for sponsors and nominations please click here for more details. Interested in sponsoring the Awards? Email [email protected] to schedule a consultation to learn how your construction organization can find qualified workers and build equity on your team.



    Wondering what sorts of supports are available in the construction industry? Through a partnership between TCBN and Findhelp, you can now call 855-258-7375 to connect with the Community Benefits Directory for community supports


    Join the conversation about #communitybenefits on:

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  • published Quick Start Survey Dec 2021 2021-12-15 14:36:03 -0500

  • published Newsletter December 2021 2021-12-06 07:25:31 -0500

    Newsletter December 2021

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    Dec. 9, 6PM: Community Benefits: Working with Employers, Contractors and Sub-contractors

    Join the webinar for a discussion with industry stakeholders who will be sharing more about the construction sector ecosystem and their role in supporting workforce development pathways for underrepresented groups into good jobs and careers in the construction industry.


    The Building Diversity Awards 2022 have officially launched and we'd love you to be part of it. We're looking for sponsors and nominations please click here for more details. Interested in sponsoring the Awards? Email [email protected] to schedule a consultation to learn how your construction organization can find qualified workers and build equity on your team.


    Thanks also to those of you that attended our session in the program. We had a great time had many great conversations and our booth, built by our own participants, was the hit of the show. We'll be back next year for sure.


    If you missed the webinar in our series please take a moment and watch our highlight reel. We've captured some of the poignant moments from amazing panel of international experts



    Hear how this group of workers disrupted the system. Join the Labour Council in partnership with 

    Myseum of Toronto for "Derailed: The History of Black Railway Porters in Canada." Hear President Andria Babbington, author Cecil Foster, and John Cartwright in conversation as we explore the history and lived experiences of Black Railway Porters and their fight for equality on and off the tracks.

    Get your free virtual ticket now.

    WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 8, 7-8:30 pm

    WHERE: Online (registration required)


    Join the conversation about #communitybenefits on:

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  • published Buildings Show Panel 2021-11-29 08:15:35 -0500

  • published Three Events You Cant Miss 2021-11-22 08:14:47 -0500

    Three Events You Cant Miss




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  • published Employment Services Referral 2021-11-19 18:30:21 -0500

  • published Newsletter November 2021 in News 2021-11-02 14:43:28 -0400

    Newsletter November 2021

    Nov. 16, 6PM: Community Benefits and the Union Movement: Building for the Future

    This webinar event will feature a discussion on the role of labour and unions in meeting labour supply demands while supporting underrepresented groups and the next generation of builders to secure good jobs with benefits and pensions in the construction sector through Community Benefits Agreements.


    A Community Benefits Dialogue on the Downsview Development

    On Wednesday November 10 from 1- 2:30 p.m. Toronto Community Benefits Network and Social Planning Toronto invites you to a Downsview Community Benefits Discussion. 




    Introducing The Community Benefits Directory

    TCBN's groundbreaking mentorship program needs mentors

    Now is your time to lead


    We're restarting Job Finding Club on Saturday, November 13 from 10 am - 3pm.

    Check back with us for more information on:

    Employment counselling, one on one career coaching, resume writing and additional support.

    Join the conversation about #communitybenefits on:

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  • published GrowTO Peoples Choice 2021-09-13 11:01:30 -0400

  • Feb. 10, 6PM: Working with Municipalities, Universities, Schools and Hospitals

    This webinar will feature panelists from anchor institutions in Toronto who will share more on its role in leading and implementing community benefits and social procurement strategies that strengthen local economies

    Welcome: Linda Peake, Director - City Institute at York University

    Linda Peake is a professor in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change and Director of the City Institute at York University, Toronto, Canada. She is currently PI on the SSHRC Partnership Grant, Urbanization, gender and the global south: a transformative knowledge network (GenUrb), a Trustee of the Urban Studies Foundation and a member of the editorial board ofUrban Geography and the International Advisory Board of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. As a feminist geographer her research interests encompass: urban feminist theory; gendered urban insecurities in the global south and specifically in Guyana; and, more recently, mental health. She is co-founder and co-chair of the American Association of Geographers Affinity Group on Mental Health in the Academy. 

    Panel speakers: 

    Shelley Ditty - Vice President, Campus Development & Support Services, West Park Hospital 

    Ms. Ditty currently oversees the design and construction of West Park’s new hospital that will open in 2023. She is also responsible for the non-clinical operations of the hospital including facilities, food services and environmental services. With a master’s degree in Health Science (Health Administration), she has built her planning career in healthcare with extensive leadership experience in Ontario hospital redevelopment projects including Royal Victoria Regional Heath Centre, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, and Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care. She is currently co-chair of the Community Benefits Working Group for the West Park development project.

    Lorna Schwartzentruber - Associate Director, Access Programs and Community Engagement, York University 

    Lorna is the Associate Director for Access Programs and Community Engagement in the Office of the Vice Provost Academic at York University.  Working on York’s Anchor Framework since its inception in 2017, she coordinates implementation, community engagement and strategic evolution of this work.

    Chezlie Alexander, Manager, Racial Equity Office, TTC

    Chezlie has worked for almost 25 years alongside marginalized groups to build more inclusive communities. He joins the TTC from the Government of Ontario, where he was a Manager in the Ministry of Children, Community & Social Services, and the Practice Lead for the Ontario Black Youth Action Plan. Previously, he has held positions as the Director of Population Health and Community Initiatives at the Bramalea Community Health Centre, and Community Health Officer at Toronto Public Health.

    Chezlie has made significant impacts over the course of his career, securing large capital investments, implementing cross-agency initiatives and creating action plans to bring about more equitable outcomes for those in marginalized groups. 

    In his new role as the Manager of the TTC’s Racial Equity Office, Chezlie leads strategies to proactively identify, prevent and address racism at the TTC, consult with internal and external stakeholders, and act as the spokesperson for the Racial Equity Unit in public committees and at all levels of government.


    Andrew Arifuzzaman - Chief Administrative Officer, University of Toronto Scarborough Campus 

    Over the past 25 years, Andrew has held progressively senior leadership roles across the academic and health sectors in some of Canada’s most prestigious organizations.

    Throughout his career, Andrew has led teams in a wide range of business disciplines including operations, finance, marketing and communications, information technology, research, partnerships, government relations, capital development and strategy.

    As Chief Administrative Officer at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), Andrew has spearheaded the development of the Campus’s Strategic and Master Plans and  brand strategy. He has also fostered partnerships across the public and private sectors that have brought together diverse groups and built innovative new programs and opportunities including the creation of the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre.

    February 10, 2022 at 6:00pm

  • published Monthly Webinar Series in Events 2021-08-25 14:19:29 -0400

  • published Annual Report 2020 2021-08-11 08:24:58 -0400

    Annual Report 2020

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  • published Change Makers Awards 2021-06-22 06:48:28 -0400

  • published Job Posting Junior Designer in Join our Team 2021-06-02 11:46:43 -0400

    Job Posting Junior Designer



    DEADLINE: June 15, 2021

    The Junior Designer is responsible for producing creative assets for our Campaigns, Membership and Programs Teams. This role will include creating design assets for social media, print and digital, print media, including signage and postcards. Reporting to the Communications Manager, this role plays an integral part in achieving our creative and marketing goals. HERE.




  • published BDA Post Survey 2021-05-21 12:53:18 -0400

    BDA Post Survey

    As we start our preparations for next year's Building Diversity Awards and Recognition Program, please share your impressions of the gala and your suggestions for improving the process by completing this short survey.

  • Declaration of Inclusive Workplaces & Communities

    On March 16th 2021, TCBN's Board endorsed the Declaration of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities. Download Declaration HERE.


    Declaration of Inclusive
    Workplaces & Communities

    The construction industry in greater Toronto is one of the strongest and most dynamic sectors of our economy. It owes its success to the hard work and tenacity of people at every level of the industry – including those born here and those whose families have come from elsewhere to build a better life.

    As developers, contractors, supervisors and skilled workers, we recognize that systemic racism is a reality in today’s world, and that discrimination in any form harms our construction community. Dividing people because of race, religion, colour, ancestry or any other difference which undermines human rights serves only to weaken our industry and our society.

    We commit to standing up for the rights and dignity of all in order to promote inclusive, equitable, safe and respectful workplaces and communities.


    The dignity of every person is essential to a safe, healthy and vibrant workplace, and we will work together to create welcoming and inclusive workplaces and training opportunities.

    Anti-Black racism, bigotry, or discrimination of any kind has no place in our workplaces or communities.

    Our industry will have zero tolerance for discrimination or acts of hate against anyone in our workplaces or enterprises.

    We will develop policies, programs and initiatives at every level of the industry to reduce and eliminate racism, intolerance and bigotry.