Board of Directors

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Our Board of Directors for Build Toronto represent a diverse group of public and private sector partners who provide experienced insight and support.

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Councillor David Shiner
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Chair
Councillor Shiner serves as Chair of the Planning and Growth Management Committee, and as a member of the Executive Committee and Striking Committee.

From 1991-1997, Councillor Shiner served on the North York City Council, and since 1998 has continued to represent the constituents of Ward 24 on Toronto City Council and North York Community Council.

Throughout the course of his political career, Councillor Shiner has served on numerous Boards, Agencies and Commissions, including Chair of the City of Toronto's Budget Committee, Chair of the Government Management Committee, Commissioner on the Toronto Transit Committee, Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission Budget Committee, and Vice Chair of the Executive Committee.

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Wayne Fraser
Wayne Fraser
Vice Chair
Wayne Fraser is the President and Principal of Hudson Realty Advisors Limited, with 40 years of experience in Canadian and international property markets.

Hudson Realty Advisors was established in 2006 and provides property advisory services and investment support to international investors working in Canada, and to domestic investors seeking capital or opportunities internationally.  Prior to founding Hudson, Wayne was Senior Vice President, Acquisitions and Senior Vice President, Corporate Development at Oxford Properties Group. During his 17 years at Oxford, he was responsible for acquisitions and dispositions, new business development and partner relationships.

Hudson Realty Advisors is a Keystone Member of The Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE) and Wayne has served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of that organization, as well as the Board of Directors of The Cadillac Fairview Corporation.

Wayne Fraser received an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York.

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Michael Bernstein
Michael Bernstein
Director
Michael Bernstein is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Capstone Infrastructure Corporation. He is responsible for the company’s overall portfolio management of power infrastructure and utilities businesses in Canada and internationally.

As an executive with extensive experience in the Canadian infrastructure and utilities sector, Michael was formerly the President of Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Canada Ltd. and a Senior Managing Director of Macquarie Group Limited. Prior to this, Michael served as the Senior Managing Director of Infrastructure and Utilities Advisory for Macquarie Capital Markets Canada, as well as a senior executive with CIBC World Markets’ Power & Utilities investment banking group. Michael has been involved in a wide range of significant projects and transactions, such as advising on Autoroute A-25, Quebec’s first public-private partnership project, and working with the Province of Ontario on the $40 billion restructuring of Ontario Hydro.

Currently, Michael is the Vice Chairman of the Association of Power Producers of Ontario (APPrO), and the Vice Chairman of the Ivey Alumni Association (IAA). He is also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).

Michael Bernstein holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Philosophy from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst and ICD.D designations.

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Nancy Cohen
Nancy Cohen
Director
Nancy Cohen is a Managing Director with Cushman & Wakefield’s Corporate Occupier and Investor Services. Nancy leads the Strategic Planning Group, whose focus is occupancy analysis, strategy development, workplace transformation, facilitating engagement and change management strategies, as well as the integration of sustainability to support an organization’s performance goals and objectives. Nancy’s clients include many of the largest occupiers of space in the GTA.

Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Nancy held executive positions at two other real estate service provider firms and was Chief Architect for a mid-size residential developer. Nancy began her career as an architect with an international design firm. Previous community involvement includes board memberships, where Nancy played a key role for MTHA, a ratepayers’ association and the Ontario Association of Architects.

Nancy Cohen holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the Faculty of Architecture and Engineering at Technical University of Nova Scotia, a Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies from the Faculty of Environmental Design Studies at Nova Scotia Technical College and a Bachelor of Science from the Faculty of Sciences, Math and Physics at Acadia University. Nancy is also a LEED Accredited Professional.

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Councillor Justin Di Ciano
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Director
Councillor Justin Di Ciano servers on the Budget Committee, Civic Appointments Committee and is the Vice Chair of Planning and Growth Management Committee, among others.

Councillor Justin Di Ciano was elected City Councillor for Ward 5 on October 27th, 2014.  Just has lived in the Etobicoke-Lakeshore community his entire adult life.  Justin lives with his wife Kristen and their three young children Makayla, Julien and Anthony.

Prior to being elected to office, Justin owned and operated businesses in the financial, medical and commercial real estate industries.  In 2009, Justin was recognized as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Italian-Canadians in Canada by the Italian Canadian Chamber of Commerce for this efforts in business and leadership in his community.

Justin's extensive philanthropic initiatives include support for many of Canada's most established charities and educational institutions.  Mr. Di Ciano is a Social Entrepreneur with the PACT Urban Peace Program, an award winning charity that in Partnership with the TDSB works with inner city youth across Toronto.

As a long standing member of the Rotary Club of Etobicoke, Justin was Co-Chair of Toronto Ribfest Food and Music Festival, one of Canada's largest annual fundraisers.  Justin is also one of the co-founders of the Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women's Empowerment, a privately funded community space dedicated to empowering girls and young women between the ages of 7-17 years by offering programs focused on arts, life skills, academic success and leadership.

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Dennis Fotinos
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Director
Dennis Fotinos is the President and CEO of Enwave Energy Corporation where he is responsible for the strategic direction and daily oversight of the company’s overall operations, including sales, business development and major construction projects.

Prior to joining Enwave, Dennis was a Metro and City Councillor from 1991 to 1999. Over his three terms of office, Dennis played a leading role in establishing Toronto’s first Public-Private Partnership, chaired numerous Standing Committees and served on the Executive and Policy and Finance Committees of Council.

Known as a results-oriented executive with proven turnaround management credentials, Dennis initiated and led the corporate reorganization that created Enwave and repositioned it in the energy industry as a viable environmentally friendly energy company with a focus on sustainability.

Dennis has served on the Boards of the Greater Toronto Services Board, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and the 2008 Olympic Bid Committee. He has also been a director of the International District Energy Association and Canadian District Energy Association, as well as serving on the Boards of Harbourfront Centre, Ontario Lung Association, Tourism Toronto and Exhibition Place among others.

Dennis holds MBA degrees from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Schulich School of Business at York University, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Political Science from the University of Toronto.

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Peter Sharpe
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Director
A high profile well networked senior executive, Peter has more than 25 years of experience in guiding organizations through the ebb and flow of economic conditions in both a domestic and global commercial environment. He has deep expertise in operations with strong capabilities in areas of strategy, communication and leadership.

Thoughtful, deliberate and collaborative with a natural leadership presence, Peter brings direct board and corporate experience in strategic planning, operations, governance and financial management.

From 2000 to 2010, Peter was President and Chief Executive Officer of Cadillac Fairview Corporation. Cadillac Fairview is owner, developer and manager of retail and office properties in Canada and has an international portfolio in USA, London and Brazil. Prior to this role he held a number of other senior leadership positions at Cadillac Fairview. Other career highlights include serving as Vice President Operations at Fidinam Realty Ltd. from 1980 to 1984, as well as working for the Office of the Prime Minister from 1979 to 1980.

Peter currently sits on the Boards and Committees of several organizations including Postmedia Network Inc., First Industrial Real Estate Trust, Morguard Corporation, Graham Construction and Allied Properties Real Estate Investment Trust. He graduated from Waterloo Lutheran University with an Honours degree in Economics and Business Administration.

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Walied Soliman
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Director
Walied Soliman is a Partner at Norton Rose Canada LLP in Toronto, where he is Co-Chair of the Special Situations Team focusing on Canada’s leading hostile M&A, shareholder activism and complex reorganization transactions. In addition, his practice focuses on public and private mergers and acquisitions and financings, corporate governance, and structured products.

Widely regarded as one of the country’s leading special situations practitioners, Walied was named to Canadian Lawyer magazine’s “25 most influential lawyers in Canada” in 2014. He has also been ranked by Best Lawyers in Canada since 2013, and was named to Lexpert Magazine's “Top 40 under 40” in Canada in 2009. Among his various philanthropic endeavours, Walied currently sits on the Board of the Toronto SickKids Hospital Foundation. He is also actively involved in provincial and federal politics in Canada.

Walied holds an LL.B from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Bar in 2002.

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Councillor Michael Thompson
Councillor Michael Thompson
Director
Michael Thompson is a Toronto City Councillor, Chair of Toronto’s Economic Development and Culture Committee and Chair of Invest Toronto’s Board of Directors. Councillor Thompson is a strong, active and influential leader in Toronto’s efforts to build economic development relationships with partner countries around the world.

Over his twelve years at City Hall, Councillor Thompson has earned a reputation as a community focused consensus builder and one of Toronto’s hardest working Councillors.

Councillor Thompson’s strong advocacy for public safety resulted in a City-wide Community Safety Plan, a police task force on guns and gangs and positive programs for young offenders. As Chair of Scarborough Community Council, he led the campaign to create the first ever TTC transit strategy for Scarborough to enhance public transit for residents. He also spearheaded the Taste of Lawrence Festival, which has attracted tens of thousands of people celebrating cultural diversity.

Prior to entering politics, Councillor Thompson earned his business credentials as an entrepreneur in the business and financial services sector. He is the recipient of the African Achievement Award for Excellence in Politics, the York University International Award, the Jain Society of Toronto Community Award, the Bob Marley Award, the Bob Marley Lifetime Achievement Award and continues to work with a number of charitable organizations including participation in the LIUNA Local 506 Scholarship Fund. He is a graduate of Concordia University in Montreal.

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Moshe Wertheim
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Director
Moshe Wertheim is a real estate consultant who leads his own practice at Wertheim Consulting Inc. The company provides services to the real estate industry advising and supporting owners/developers in activities related to life of real estate projects. As a real estate executive with over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry, Moshe is accomplished in all facets of development, including design, contracting, construction and operations, with a specialization in sustainability.

Prior to starting Wertheim Consulting, Moshe was a Senior Project Director at Waterfront Toronto, responsible for the design, contracting and construction of the District Energy Centre, supporting the East Bayfront. Moshe was also a Senior Vice President at Brookfield Properties, with direct responsibility for the management of First Canadian Place and the technical and operational management of the new Bay Adelaide Centre. Before the acquisition of O&Y Properties/O&Y REIT by Brookfield Properties Corporation, Moshe held a Senior Vice President role at O&Y Enterprise Real Estate Services, in the Innovations and Engineering Services. He initiated and supervised various milliondollar retrofit projects.

As Senior Vice President with Olympia and York Developments, Moshe was involved in development, design, construction and operation of premier projects in Canada, the United States and Europe.

Moshe Wertheim is a Professional Engineer and earned his Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto.

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Audrey Wubbenhorst
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Director
Audrey Wubbenhorst is currently a Business Professor at both Humber College and George Brown College in Toronto, where she teaches Banking, Marketing and Communications. She also writes and consults on a number of topics including governance and today’s workplaces.

Audrey was formerly Vice President of the Canadian Board Diversity Council, leading a portfolio which included research, governance education and advocacy. Prior to this role she spent over a dozen years at a major financial institution holding a variety of roles in real estate, corporate finance, human resources and communications.

In addition to Build Toronto, Audrey currently also serves on the board of the Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). Audrey previously sat on the board of Toronto Community Housing Corporation, where she chaired a number of committees, as well as on the board of Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter for five years including two as Chair. She has completed board education with the Institute of Corporate Directors as well as the Get on Board governance education program.

Audrey holds an MBA in Financial Services from Dalhousie University and an MA in Communications from Ryerson and York. She earned her BA (Hons) from McGill University and has also completed a number of professional programs including a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers (FICB), a Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility from St. Mike’s College, a corporate leadership program from the Aspen Institute and a program in adult learning from Humber College.

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