Amy has always had a fascination with cities and urban structure. Coupled with a passion for the arts, she has been working at the interstices of Urban Planning and Art for the better part of a decade and has been involved in projects with NXNE, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, and the Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture, to name a few. A delightful mix of dry humour and organizational precision, Amy is a leader in Project Management and Coordination and thrives on unique challenges and bringing art in to accessible spaces and the public realm.
Amy Peebles, Project Developer
Brent Chamberlain, Chair of the Board
A passionate supporter of inclusive city-building, Brent Chamberlain serves as the Chair of the Friends of the Pan Am Path, a role he has held since the organization’s founding in 2013. He has held a number of progressive leadership positions in both the non-profit and private sectors and has been appointed to the Toronto region grant review team for the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the largest granting foundation in Canada. Brent is a graduate of McGill University and the London School of Economics.
Caitlin McClung, Board Secretary
Caitlin McClung is a Manager in KPMG’s Public Sector Advisory Practice with a focus on provincial, municipal and community-based sectors. Prior to joining KPMG, Caitlin was the Chief of Staff to Ontario’s Minister of Children and Youth Services. Caitlin spent over seven years serving the Ontario Government in various policy roles. Caitlin has experience in government transformation and stakeholder engagement. Caitlin holds a BA from McGill University and a Masters of Public Policy and Administration from Ryerson University. In her spare time Caitlin loves to cook and explore the Toronto one meal at a time.
Christine Mangosing, Designer
Christine Mangosing is a Manila-born, Toronto-based designer and art director. She is the founder of CMANGO Design visual communications studio, art director for national music publication, Exclaim! Magazine, and a founding member of the Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture. http://www.
Devon Ostrom, Curator
Devon is a curator, artist and advocate with a history of creating projects that connect sectors, cities and neighbourhoods. Typically involving assemblages of organizations — greatest hits include collabos such as: the Pan Am Path, Arrivals Canada, Streetscape, Housepaint at the ROM, Hype at the AGO, t.h.e.m., Ignite the Americas and mural and research project in Kingston Penitentiary. A co-founder of Manifesto Festival, Devon was also a founder of Beautifulcity.ca. (A successful campaign that put a levy on billboards to fund art in Toronto.) Devon co-taught Arts Advocacy at UofT and graduated from Nonprofit Management and HR Management CE programs at Ryerson. Devon also holds an MA in Curating from Goldsmiths, UK and 19 years experience in the challenges of outdoor arts management. See: ostrom.ca. for more.
Photo credit: Nick Kozac
Glenn Parkinson, Board Treasurer
Glenn has spent the past 10 years as a management consultant, focusing mainly on financial services & telecommunications. In addition to his core clients in greater Toronto, he has worked extensively in the US and Latin America. Glenn holds a BASc. in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. In his off hours, Glenn likes to run, cook, and learn about local history.
Jade Lee Hoy, Executive Director
For nearly a decade, Jade has worked in arts and culture with organizations such as OCAD University, Manifesto Community Projects, Pan Am Path, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, and the City of Toronto’s Economic Development and Culture Division. Her passion for social change and learning from diverse cultures has taken her to over a dozen countries, calling four her home. These experiences lead to the creation of her practice in experience design which focuses on Creative Placemaking and Community Building. Jade is currently a candidate in the MDES Strategic Foresight and Innovation program at OCAD University. (Complete March 2017).
James Gen Meers, Board Member
James has a track record in building and leading organizations in the public and private sectors. James currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce. He has demonstrated success in progressive city-building roles. James was the Executive Director of Friends of the Pan Am Path from 2012 to 2016. James is a graduate of York University and holds a Masters of Arts from the University of Amsterdam.
Kayla Greenberg, Community Program Assistant
Kayla Greenberg is student at the University of Toronto majoring in human and environmental geography. She has an ardent passion for urban planning, community development and civic engagement and brings her experience as a Leading to Reading Volunteer at the Toronto Public Library, Captain of the Varsity Blues Track and Field Team and an executive member of the Toronto Undergraduate Geography Society. Her favourite nature escape is cycling down the Lower Don portion of the Pan Am Path and being immersed in nature while in the heart of the city.
Salim Rachid, Board Member
Salim Rachid is a Communications Advisor with the City of Toronto. Since 2011, he has organized conversations in major Canadian cities on a wide array of public affair issues, as a Board Member and volunteer with the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs. Salim has a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Oxford. He considers himself a global nomad, having lived and worked in five countries across three continents. You can follow Salim on Twitter @salim_rachid.
Tanzeel Merchant, Board Member
Tanzeel Merchant is Executive Director of the Ryerson City Building Institute, a non-partisan centre focused on urban issues relevant to city regions nationally and globally. Prior to this role, as a Manager at the Province’s Ontario Growth Secretariat, Tanzeel led the development and implementation of the award-winning Places to Grow initiative. He has also worked with government and the energy industry in Alberta in leading the development of a long-term framework for a more sustainable and coordinated response to the rapid growth in Canada’s Oil Sands. In July 2014, Tanzeel was featured in the Toronto Star as one of 24 Canadians nationally with ideas that would shape the future of the country. He also sits on the board of Heritage Toronto and the Canadian Urban Institute. Tanzeel is a graduate of the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology and the University of Toronto. He brings to the board experience in architecture, urban design, journalism, growth management and planning, with several awards to his credit.