City of Toronto launches recovery advisory group to obtain expert advice for rebuild and recovery from COVID-19

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

Mike Yorke, president of the Carpenters District Council of Ontario will participate on an Economic and Culture Recovery Advisory Group will help plan Toronto’s recovery from COVID-19.

The advisory group will provide objective advice to help establish how the City can best support businesses and culture organizations to recover from the impacts of the pandemic and the resulting recession.

“I look forward to the expert advice from the engaged and informed members of the advisory group as we continue the essential work to recover from COVID-19,” said Mayor John Tory. “Toronto’s economy was diverse, strong and growing before this pandemic and I know we will build on that solid foundation, together.”

Advisory panel members:

  • Mike Yorke, president of the Carpenters District Council of Ontario 
  • Rusul Alrubail, Executive Director, Parkdale Centre for Innovation
  • Mark Bennett, Partner, Blake Cassels
  • Dr. Eliza Chandler, Assistant Professor, Ryerson’s School of Disability Studies
  • Julien Lutz (Director X), Artist
  • Mike Yorke, President, Carpenters District Council of Ontario
  • Rafael Gomez, Associate Professor, University of Toronto and Director, Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources
  • James Dodds, Senior Vice President Stakeholder Relations, TD Bank
  • Zabeen Hirji, Executive Advisor, Future of Work, Deloitte
  • Steve Gupta, Chairman, The Gupta Group
  • Agapi Gessesse, Executive Director, Centre for Young Black Professionals
  • Joe Manget, Operating Partner, Alignvest and Chairman, Edgewood Health Network
  • Bill Robson, CEO, C. D. Howe Institute
  • Nadine Spencer, President, Black Business and Professional Association
  • Dori Tunstall, Dean Faculty of Design, OCAD
  • Camille Usher, Executive Director, Aboriginal Curatorial Collective
  • Andrea Elliott, Executive Vice President, Moose Knuckles Canada
  • Councillor Mark Grimes, Ward 3 Etobicoke-Lakeshore
  • Lekan Olawoye, Founder, Black Professionals in Tech Network

The work of the advisory group is expected to complement and build on the significant input already received from stakeholders through Mayor John Tory’s roundtables as well as the work being undertaken by the Mayor’s Economic Support and Recovery Taskforce, consultation initiatives by other members of Council, the Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild (TORR), the Toronto Region Board of Trade, and others.

Scheduled to meet virtually in July, August and September, the group will produce an interim report in July and a final report for consideration by the Economic and Community Development Committee at the end of the year.

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