Walied has years of experience in the not-for-profit sector in Toronto. He has held key management positions in student organizations and has worked for many community-based organizations including the Canadian Arab Federation and the Toronto and York Region Labour Council. Walied also worked briefly for TEA in early 2011 helping engage the public on transit issues. Since July 2016, Walied has supported the campaigns of the United Way of Toronto and York region as a Labour Liaison and is responsible for communications at the Labour Community Services of Toronto.
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John lives in the Roncesvalles area of Toronto. He is the chair of the Parkdale Village BIA and the treasurer of the Parkdale Arts and Cultural Community Board. He is a former chair of the Greenpeace Canada Board and served on the Oxfam Ontario Board. John served as a school trustee in Toronto for 9 years. He has been a donor and supporter of TEA for years.
Emmay Mah has worked in the third sector for over a decade, developing and managing programs in child rights and protection, HIV/AIDS and Indigenous health. She has had the privilege of working with communities in East, West and Southern Africa, and Northern Ontario. Emmay is a co-founder of the People's Climate Movement Canada, and is the Project Director for Enviromentum, a project of Tides Canada. She is passionate about building a diverse and inclusive climate movement, and a more equitable and sustainable society.
Andrea is a national representative for the Canadian Union of Public Employees, and has previously worked in communications for numerous organizations. She was the Communications Director in the office of Mayor David Miller from 2003-2005. She has a particular interest in linking the labour and environmental movements, and in keeping public services public.
Jennifer is an award winning broadcast journalist (CBC, CTV, MuchMusic). A leading digital expert, Jenn uses social media to increase participation and mobilization in politics and social issues. She recently studied public policy at Harvard University, obtaining her MPA, and was a candidate in the NDP nomination race for the 2013 federal by-election in Toronto Centre.
Kofi Hope is a Rhodes Scholar, Doctor of Philosophy in Politics, community activist and youth advocate. He has over 10 years of experience in managing community based programs. In 2005 he founded the Black Youth Coalition Against Violence, a group which advocated for real solutions to the issue of gun violence. This advocacy work included a presentation for then Prime Minister Paul Martin and led to him being named one of the Top Ten People to Watch in Toronto in 2006 by the Toronto Star.
Dan is a staff physician with the Department of Family & Community Medicine of St. Michael’s Hospital, and an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Toronto. His writing, research and teaching focuses on the social determinants of health, in both health care and public policy.
Anne Sabourin is an associate at Donnelly Law. She advises community groups, green developers, farmers and First Nations on issues in environmental, cultural heritage, municipal and land use planning law. While in law school, Anne volunteered with several environmental NGOs and was a member of the City of Toronto’s 3Rs Working Group. With her work taking her all over Ontario’s Greenbelt and beyond, she looks forward to supporting TEA’s work creating a greener and fairer Toronto.
Melissa Bruno is the Public Affairs Specialist for OPTrust, one of the Canada's largest pension funds. Melissa has many years experience advocating for a green, healthy and equitable city. Having worked politically at all levels of government, Melissa has a proven track record of successfully managing strategic issue-based campaigns that shape our public policy across all tiers. Melissa began her career working for the late Jack Layton, former leader of Canada’s NDP. She was also chief of staff to the Deputy Leader of Ontario’s NDP. Melissa brings her political experience to help TEA build a greener city for all.