Announcing the 2011 DiverseCity Fellows for GTA

January 26, 2015

January 20, Toronto – Today, the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance and Maytree introduce the 2011 DiverseCity Fellows, twenty-five rising leaders poised to take action on issues critical to the health and prosperity of the Toronto region.

The 2011 DiverseCity Fellows, who have been selected through a competitive process, will participate in a one-year leadership program that aims to broaden their civic networks, deepen their awareness of issues facing the region and strengthen their capacity to lead change. Over the course of the program, the Fellows will meet with emerging and established leaders, assess their own leadership skills, get matched with a mentor, and work in a multi-sectoral team to address city-building challenges.

“DiverseCity Fellows is about tapping into the leadership that exists in all areas of the region. It’s all hands on deck! Solutions and new partnerships to move this region forward require a diversity of people and opinions,” said John Tory, Chair of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance and Co-Chair of DiverseCity: The Greater Toronto Leadership Project. The 2011 Fellows are a thoroughly diverse group representing a mix of public, private and non­profit sectors, from ethnically and racially diverse backgrounds, each bringing his/her own perspective. The group is enriched by this diversity and brought together by a shared a passion for the greater Toronto region and a strong desire to collaborate with leaders who are different from themselves. “In my work, I have always been a part of city building, particularly through providing employment, but I now want to dedicate myself to it even more,” said 2011 Fellow Nan Oldroyd, Senior Director, Talent at Loblaw Companies Limited. “City building cannot happen effectively without a diverse group of committed people.” The DiverseCity Fellows program is an initiative of DiverseCity: The Greater Toronto Leadership Project, which aims to change the face of leadership in the region. The 2011 group forms the third cohort of DiverseCity Fellows.

About DiverseCity Fellows: Launched in January 2009, Fellows is part of DiverseCity: The Greater Toronto Leadership Project (DiverseCity) and is one of eight initiatives designed to diversify the Toronto region’s leadership landscape. DiverseCity is a joint initiative of two organizations, the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance (formerly the Toronto City Summit Alliance) and Maytree. DiverseCity is funded in part by the Government of Ontario.

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To read about what 2010 and 2009 Fellows have to say about the program visit: and­fellows/

Media Contact: Cindy Tan, Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance T: (416) 309-4480 x501 E: [email protected]