The Team


James Gen Meers, Executive Director

James Gen Meers, Executive Director

James has a track record in building and leading organizations and projects in the public and private sectors. James is the Co-Founder of Camden Media Productions, and previously served as a Senior Advisor with the Ontario Government. He has also demonstrated success in progressive community-building roles. As Co-Founder of Salon Camden, he helped to produce over 100 citizen talk salons. James is a graduate of York University and holds a Masters of Arts from the University of Amsterdam.

Photo Credit: William Suarez
Devon Ostrom, Lead Curator

Devon Ostrom, Lead Curator

As a curator, artist and arts advocate, Devon is a Co-Founder of Manifesto Festival and BeautifulCity.ca. He also serves on the CARFAC Ontario and Toronto Arts Council Boards. Recent work includes Arrivals.ca which saw a 100m long transparent photo of the eyes of new citizens across the front windows of City Hall allowing City Councillors to ‘look through the eyes of a newcomer’. Past installations and exhibitions have included locations such as the ROM, AGO and Kingston Penitentiary. Devon holds an MA in curating from Goldsmiths, and has graduated from programs in Non-profit as well as HR Management from Ryerson. For more information on Devon, please see ostrom.ca.

Photo credit: Nick Kozac
Christine Mangosing, Designer

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.cmangodesign.com

Kayla Greenberg, Community Program Assistant

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.

Skye Collishaw, Community Program Assistant

Skye Collishaw, Community Program Assistant

Skye Collishaw is student at the University of Toronto majoring in Urban Studies and Human Geography. She has a key interest in how the arts, recreation and civic engagement can collaborate and contribute to more equitable and sustainable urban environments.  She brings her experience as a Youth Training Coordinator with Wordswell Association for Community Learning. In here spare time, Skye likes to walk and explore Toronto, one neighbourhood at a time.

Sally Lee, Fundraising Consultant

Sally Lee, Fundraising Consultant

Sally brings to Friends of the PanAm Path over 25 years of experience in the not-for-profit arts sector, with a focus on fundraising and government relations. Currently serving as Director of Development and Events for Samara, she has worked in management positions with esteemed organizations such as Artists for Peace and Justice Canada, Soulpepper Theatre Company and TIFF. She also has extensive experience working with grassroots community groups such as the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto and the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, where she served as Executive Director.

Sara Malabar, Permit Consultant

Sara Malabar, Permit Consultant

Sara Malabar is an event manager, and cultural producer with 10 years of experience specializing in large-scale outdoor events. Her credits include WorldPride, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Toronto International Film Festival and the Olympic Torch Relay. She has produced concerts with multiple Grammy and Juno award winning artists. In addition to concerts, Sara has produced dance, spectacle theatre, circus, and public art exhibitions.

Ashley McKenzie-Barnes, Designer

Ashley McKenzie-Barnes, Designer

Ashley has a solid background working within the Art & Culture community including working as the Creative Arts Program Leader for The Remix Project, 5 years as the Visual Art Director for the MANIFESTO Festival while currently sitting on the board for CARFAC (Canadian Artists’ Representation). As a designer she has worked with high-profile clients such as Sway, Canadian Immigrant and The Grid magazines, Yahoo! Canada, Alliance Films, The Toronto Star, Scotiabank, Disney, SKYY Vodka, Free The Children and BellMedia. Her work can be seen here.

Brent Chamberlain, Chair of the Board

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, 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.

Glenn Parkinson, Board Treasurer

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.

Salim Rachid, Board Member

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, 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.