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.
Councillor David ShinerVice Chair
Councillor David Shiner was first elected in 1991 and has served consistently as a representative of Ward 24 – Willowdale. He is currently Chair of the Planning and Growth Management Committee, a member of the Mayor’s Executive Committee, a member of the Striking Committee, and Vice Chair of CreateTO.
Councillor Shiner is a Member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and has served on numerous Boards, Agencies and Commissions, including Chair of Build Toronto, Chair of the City of Toronto’s Budget Committee, Commissioner on the Toronto Transit Committee, Chair of the Government Management Committee, Board member of Eva’s Initiatives, Board Member of Enwave District Energy, Chair of the TTC Budget Committee, and as Vice Chair of the Executive Committee.
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.
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.
A retired corporate lawyer, Jane brings extensive and varied work experience with boards as General Counsel and Secretary to HOOPP, CPP Investment Board, and MCAP; and as legal counsel for investments with Ontario Teachers’; and in private legal practice at Osler. Jane has also served on several non-profit boards. She holds a Master of Laws in Securities Law and has completed the Directors Education Program offered by the Institute of Corporate Directors at the Rotman School of Business.
Councillor Justin Di CianoDirector
Justin Di Ciano was elected City Councillor for Ward 5 on October 27th 2014. 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 his efforts in business and leadership in his community.
Justin’s extensive philanthropic initiatives include support for many 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 Chair of Toronto Ribfest Food & Music Festival and was also the co-founder of the Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment.
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.
Ron Carinci is Chief Operating Officer of the Urbacon Group of Companies which constructs and develops major commercial, industrial, infrastructure, and public sector projects, data centres and critical facilities. He has a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and previously practiced real estate, corporate and commercial law for 15 years. 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.
Sandra Levy joined First Capital Realty Inc. as Vice President, People and Corporate Affairs in 2015. First Capital Realty is one of Canada’s leading real estate owners and developers of urban shopping centres. Ms. Levy was previously a senior executive with Ply Gem Canada 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.