Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors for CreateTO represent a diverse group of public and private sector partners who provide experienced insight and support to carry out the vision for this new organization.
Dino Chiesa is the current Chair of CreateTO. His work experiences include CEO of both the Ontario Housing Corporation and the Ontario Mortgage Corporation, and Assistant Deputy Minister of the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
Dino is a current member of the Board of Trustees of Morguard North American Residential REIT. He served as Trustee and Vice‑Chair of Canadian Apartment Properties Real Estate Investment Trust (CAP REIT), from 2004 to 2010. And from 1999 to 2004, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Residential Equities Real Estate Investment Trust, prior to its merger with CAP REIT.
Board memberships have included the Chair of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), Vice Chair of the Toronto Lands Corporation, and – currently – Chair of the Sienna Senior Living Board.
Ron CarinciVice Chair
Ron Carinci is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Urbacon Data Centre Solutions Inc., a provider of data centre infrastructure to global cloud computing operators. Prior to being named CEO, Ron served as Chief Operating Officer of the Urbacon Group of Companies which constructs and develops major commercial, industrial, infrastructure and public sector projects. Ron was the former chair of the board of the Toronto Public Library, former board member of Ontario Lottery & Gaming and board member of the Jays Care Foundation which creates lasting social change for children and youth in marginalized communities across Canada. Ron has a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.
Councillor Paula FletcherDirector
First elected to Toronto City Council in 2003, Paula Fletcher now represents the newly created Ward 14, Toronto-Danforth. On city-wide issues, Councillor Fletcher has focused on creating a healthy city through her involvement in health, housing, recreation, environment and community development issues. A widely recognized champion for Toronto’s highly successful film and digital media sector, she helped lead the campaign to defend employment lands in east Toronto’s studio district. She has also played a significant role in the revitalization of Toronto’s Port Lands with a focus on building a shared, accessible waterfront for all Torontonians.
Councillor Fletcher has worked with the real estate development industry, Toronto Community Housing and with local community organizations to provide a range of housing solutions in Toronto-Danforth including Toronto Community Housing’s first revitalization at Don Mount Court (now Rivertowne), WoodGreen’s First Steps to Home on Queen East and the establishment of the Red Door Shelter as part of the Harhay Condo Development on Booth Avenue – a first in Canada.
She also spearheaded the inclusion of Crow’s Theatre within Streetcar’s condo development, The Carlaw, another Toronto first.
As Mayor Tory’s designate, Councillor Fletcher looks forward to bringing her real estate and city-building experience to the Board of CreateTO as the City of Toronto looks to maximize the use of its real estate assets.
Councillor Ana BailãoDirector
First elected in 2010, Deputy Mayor Ana Bailão is the Toronto City Councillor for Ward 18, Davenport and Toronto’s Housing Advocate. When asked to Chair the Affordable Housing Committee in her first term, it was at a time when external housing funding was shrinking. Ana has since created new opportunities by reducing obstacles and providing new City incentives for the private and non-profit sectors to build affordable housing. A dynamic and energetic voice for women, low-income families, and new Canadians, Deputy Mayor Bailão has used her years of experience to deliver results and create communities where people can live, work, and play.
As Executive Vice President & General Counsel at Live Work Learn Play Inc., Marni leads the organization’s corporate and organizational growth, major infrastructure projects and anchor deal making on large scale real estate projects across Ontario and North America.
A seasoned infrastructure expert, Marni is involved in all facets of mixed-use community development and the structuring of unique and innovative partnerships on mega projects. Marni was the first in Ontario to structure a private GO station at Woodbine Racetrack, under the new Transit Oriented Development model.
In her former role as Chief Commercial Officer and General Counsel at Infrastructure Ontario (IO) Marni was responsible for leading the Legal Services, Procurement, Transaction Finance, Commercial Projects, Business Strategy & Communications, Records Management, Insurance, Policy and Freedom of Information teams.
Marni has also served as Senior Vice President, Business & Government Affairs and Corporate Counsel for SNC-Lavalin Inc. and prior to that, was a commercial litigation lawyer with two well-known Bay Street law firms.
Marni is currently a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Ryerson University and a member of the steering committee for The Ryerson Law Practice Program (LPP). Additionally, Marni is a member of the Board of Directors at Habitat for Humanity GTA, Tarion Corporation, and the Technical Standards and Safety Association. Marni is also a member of the Sinai Health Systems Operational Effectiveness Committee of the Board.
Dennis Fotinos is a performance driven thought leader with notable turnaround management achievements and leadership success in engaging and developing talent to drive strategy and profitable growth. He initiated and led the corporate reorganization that created Enwave and then led the transformation of the company into an industry leader. Notably, he developed the Deep Lake Water Cooling system and established the commercial strategy that brought the company’s capabilities to market.
Sandra Levy is Vice President, Human Resources with RioCan. RioCan is Canada’s largest real estate investment trust. Ms. Levy was previously a senior executive with First Capital Realty and Magna International. Ms. Levy has sat on a number of corporate and volunteer boards. She has over 18 years of experience in legal and human resources roles. She holds an LL.B from Osgoode Hall Law School.
Marcie Zajdeman has an LL.B. and J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1993. She practiced in national and international law firms, before joining the energy industry in the late 1990s. At Ontario Hydro and then Hydro One, Marcie specialized in real estate and secondary land use, Aboriginal law, and large project siting. In 2008, she moved to Brookfield, as VP, Legal and Regulatory, providing advice, strategy and direction for the utility platform’s sustainment and development. Marcie was also Brookfield’s representative on the APPrO and OEA boards. Marcie now works as an Energy Lawyer, Consultant, and Adjunct Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School. She sits on the Advisory Board of Virelec Ltd. and is a 2017 Diversity 50 Cohort recipient.