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.

  • 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

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

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

    Annual Report 2021

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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.

  • published Find Skilled Workers in Get Involved 2021-04-21 13:30:28 -0400

  • published Awards Panel Survey 2021-04-20 20:26:18 -0400

  • published Denisa Leiba in Powerful Women in Construction 2021-03-25 14:30:33 -0400

  • published Kimoy Francique in Powerful Women in Construction 2021-03-25 14:28:52 -0400

  • published Patience Adamu in Powerful Women in Construction 2021-03-25 14:26:54 -0400

  • published Judy Brooks in Powerful Women in Construction 2021-03-25 14:25:11 -0400

  • published Paulette Den Elzen in Powerful Women in Construction 2021-03-25 14:19:02 -0400

  • published Powerful Women in Construction 2021-03-25 14:17:33 -0400

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  • Press Release - Dismantling Anti-Black Racism in Construction March 23 2021

    Dismantling Anti-Black Racism in Construction (Download PDF)

    Toronto Community Benefits Network applauds industry for diversity and inclusion initiatives but say more needs to be done.

    TORONTO – The Toronto Community Benefits Network (TCBN) is appalled that yet another noose – an odious symbol of oppression and anti-black racism – was recently found on a jobsite of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT Construction Project, a Project that is subject to a Community Benefits Agreement.

    These types of incidents, which are motivated by hate, serves as a disgraceful reminder that Black, Indigenous and other racialized people are often overlooked for workplace opportunities and discriminated against on jobsites because of their ethnicity and colour. The Ministry of Labour’s Chief Prevention Officer and a recent IHSA bulletin confirmed that racism on the jobsite is a form of workplace harassment and violence.

    Following strong public outcry including from Black leaders and community groups across Toronto, several developers, construction unions, and industry associations denounced the nooses and took steps towards addressing systemic racism in the workplaces. They developed internal policies, hosted townhalls, and mandated anti-racism training for supervisors and/or all members. In February, they collaborated to create and sign onto the City of Toronto Declaration of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities, demonstrating their commitment to fighting racism.

    In line with TCBN's recommendations for Dismantling Systemic and Anti-Black Racism in Construction, our Board of Directors, comprising 50% labour and 50% community, has endorsed the Declaration for Inclusive Workplaces.

    “It is vital that these incidents are strenuously addressed. At the same time, reacting to them must be accompanied by proactive and preventative measures.” said Rosemarie Powell, Executive Director of TCBN. “One of the best deterrents will be for the industry to accelerate actions that will increase the diversity of their workforce.”

    TCBN works with unions, employers, and governments to ensure historically disadvantaged communities and equity seeking groups get access to jobs and economic opportunities created from investment in major infrastructure and urban development projects. NexGen Builders, TCBN’s flagship mentoring program, is now in its fourth year and prepares Black, Indigenous and racialized youth, women, and newcomers to enter and succeed in unionized skilled trades and professional jobs made accessible through Community Benefits Agreements.

    “Systemic and anti-Black racism has no place in our industry.” states Chris Campbell, Labour Co-Chair of the TCBN and Equity and Diversity Representative of the Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario. “The time is now to proactively root out any racist hiring, layoff and advancement practices and create a welcoming environment for current workers and the future generation of skilled workers.”


    The Toronto Community Benefits Network is a community/labour coalition of over 120 member organizations which initiated successful Community Benefit Agreements for the Eglinton Crosstown and Finch West LRT transit project, West Park Healthcare Centre and Woodbine Casino expansion.

    For more information or to arrange an interview with one of our leaders please contact:

    Michelle Francis, TCBN Tel.: 647-955-3873; [email protected]

  • published Curriculum Evaluation - Reviewers 2021-03-16 12:07:19 -0400

  • published Volunteer and Network Administrator in Join our Team 2021-03-10 09:43:33 -0500

    Volunteer and Network Administrator

    Reporting to the Communications Manager, the Volunteer and Network Administrator is responsible for assisting with Volunteer Coordination, Administration and Data Management for all departments; Programs, Capacity Building, Membership and Campaigns. Working closely with the Communications Manager and entire TCBN Team, the Volunteer and Network Administrator will coordinate the administrative functions, ensuring that TCBNl objectives are addressed, planned activities occur, and outcomes are tracked and evaluated against proposed results and timelines. Additionally, the Volunteer and Network Administrator will convene and support staff meetings, working groups or committees, develop systems and procedures for various programs and organization practices, provide training for staff on procedures and data management tools, and assist in other ways to ensure the smooth and efficient running of the organization. Download Job Posting Here.

  • published Construction Industry Liaison in Join our Team 2021-03-10 09:28:14 -0500

    Construction Industry Liaison

    The Construction Industry Liaison is primarily responsible for active liaison with external stakeholders including general contractors, sub-contractors, trade unions, trades training centres, construction sector intermediary, construction and development bodies, developers, builders and site personnel to ensure the successful implementation of the Community Benefits Apprenticeship Plan.

    * Note this position is a secondment contract with your current employer who must be a partnering union, industry association or contractor. In this case, an agreement must be negotiated between TCBN and your current employer for a specified term to be paid by TCBN to your current employer at the same rate and benefits as your current position. Download the job posting here.