Province Announces Greater Toronto Transportation Authority Board Of Directors

    Authority To Plan A Seamless Transportation Network

    QUEEN'S PARK, March 23 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government has reached
another milestone in developing a sustainable transportation system with the
appointment of eight members to the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority
(GTTA) board of directors, Minister of Transportation Donna Cansfield
announced today.
    "We created GTTA so people in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton
region will spend less time commuting," said Cansfield. "We are pleased and
honoured that our board members have agreed to serve. They understand the
issues facing our region and have the experience and determination needed to
help plan a transportation system for close to six million people across the
    Board members were recommended by regional and municipal councils in the
Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton, and will serve for terms of up to three
years. They are:

    -   Roger Anderson: Durham Region
    -   Brian Ashton: City of Toronto
    -   Paul Bedford: City of Toronto
    -   Fred Eisenberger: City of Hamilton
    -   William Fisch: York Region
    -   Adam Giambrone: City of Toronto
    -   Hazel McCallion: Peel Region
    -   David Miller: City of Toronto

    On the recommendation of Halton Regional Council, the Government has also
nominated Gary Carr for appointment to the board. Carr's appointment is
pending review by the Standing Committee on Government Agencies.
    On November 29, 2006, the province appointed Rob MacIsaac as chair and
Peter Smith as vice-chair of GTTA.
    "It is a clear indication of the commitment of the participating
municipalities that they have chosen to nominate the heads of their councils
to GTTA," said MacIsaac. "We are eager to begin working together to ensure
that public transit is an appealing option for commuters and to build a
transportation system that will contribute to our quality of life, our robust
economy and promote a clean, safe environment."
    GTTA's mandate is to ensure that all levels of government work together
to develop a long-range transportation plan in consultation with a broad range
of stakeholders, including students, seniors, people with disabilities,
businesses and industry.
    With nine transit systems handling over 518 million annual passenger
trips and more than two million vehicles on GTA and Hamilton roads, GTTA will
play a vital role in developing a plan to tackle congestion and coordinate and
improve transit systems across the region.
    The agency is responsible for regional transit and transportation
planning, purchasing transit vehicles on behalf of municipalities, and
ultimately the operation of the GTA Fare Card System for GTA and Hamilton, and
future management of GO Transit.
    GTTA is just one of the ways the Ontario government is creating a strong,
sustainable transportation system. Since 2003, the McGuinty government has
invested more than $3.6 billion to tackle congestion and increase transit use.
These investments mean that more people are choosing public transit and we are
all breathing cleaner air, burning less fuel and getting to our destinations
more quickly and conveniently.

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                             BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    Robert MacIsaac, Chair, Greater Toronto Transportation Authority

    First elected to Burlington municipal council in November 1991,
Mr. MacIsaac served two terms representing Ward 1 at city and regional
councils. In 1997, he was elected Mayor of Burlington and acclaimed for two
more terms. In March 2006, he did not seek re-election.
    During his term as Mayor of the City of Burlington, Mr. MacIsaac became
well-known for his regional approach and progressive growth management ideas
for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
    As a member of the Ontario Smart Growth Panel, he led the effort to
develop a vision and recommendations for a Smart Growth Strategy for Central
Ontario. These elements remain fundamental tenets in the Province's Places to
Grow Plan.
    Subsequent to this work, Mr. MacIsaac chaired a provincial task force
that established the founding principles for a permanent Greenbelt for the
Greater Golden Horseshoe.
    Mr. MacIsaac hosted the first ever GTA Smart Growth Summit that brought
together community leaders from across the GTA to begin thinking about new
ways to manage growth. He founded a Transit Caucus inviting the mayors of four
other GTA municipalities to create a more coordinated and integrated approach
in service, fare collection and financing of local transit systems. He also
chaired a GTA Transit Summit that brought together leaders from all three
levels of government.
    Mr. MacIsaac completed his undergraduate degree in Economics at the
University of Waterloo in 1984 and received a Law degree at the University of
Western Ontario in 1987. He was called to the Bar in 1989. Mr. MacIsaac is
Honorary Chair, Carpenter Hospice, and on the Board of Directors of the
Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) and Canadian Urban Transportation Association
    Born in 1962, Rob is a lifetime resident of Burlington. He is married to
Anne and has two children, Sarah and Catherine.

    Peter R. Smith, C.M., Vice-chair, Greater Toronto Transportation

    On February 14, 2001 the Governor General of Canada announced the
appointment of Peter R. Smith as a Member of the Order of Canada, effective
November 15, 2000.
    Since 1989, Peter R. Smith has been President and Co-owner of Andrin
Limited, a large developer/builder of housing in Canada, building under the
label Andrin Homes. He previously held many positions with the Regional
Municipality of Peel including Senior Planner, Director of Housing and from
1983 to 1989, Commissioner of Housing for the Regional Municipality of Peel
and General Manager of Peel Non-Profit Housing Corporation, one of the largest
municipal housing corporations in Canada.
    Mr. Smith was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors, Canada
Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), September 6, 1995 and re-appointed
September 6, 2002. Mr. Smith is currently Chairman of the Board of GO Transit;
a member of the Board of Directors of TARION Warranty Corporation; member of
the Board of the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation; Chairman of
the Board of GeoGlobal Resources Inc; and serves as Director of Brampton Brick
Limited and the Social Housing Services Corporation. He is a member of the
Greater Toronto Home Builders' Association and the Urban Development Institute
    Mr. Smith holds a Master's Degree in Political Science (Public Policy)
from the State University of New York, and an Honours B.A. History and
Political Science, Dean's Honour List, McMaster University. Mr. Smith and his
family live in Mississauga, Ontario.

    Roger Anderson, Chair, Durham Region

    Roger Anderson was born in Scarborough and has been a resident of Ajax
since the age of 14. He worked in his father's real estate office after
completing school, and joined the Durham Regional Police in 1978, where he
served as a police constable until 1988. In 1992, he formed his own real
estate company, Re/Max Quality One, in Ajax, which now employs 40 people.
    Anderson was first elected as a Councillor in Ajax from 1985 to 1988. He
sat on the Hydro Commission from 1988 to 1991. From 1991 to 1997, he served as
Regional Councillor and Deputy Mayor for the Town of Ajax. He has been
Chairman of the Region of Durham since December 1997 and Chair of Durham
Region Transit Commission since its inception on January 1, 2006.
    Anderson served as President of the Association of Municipalities of
Ontario from 2004 to 2006 and continues on the board in the role of Immediate
Past President. He sits on the Provincial/Municipal Fiscal and Service
Delivery Review Committee and is a member of the board of directors of the
Federation of Canadian Municipalities. He was also a director on the GO
Transit Board from 1997 to 2006. He co-chairs, with Mayor David Miller, the
Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton Mayors and Chairs Group.
    Anderson is on the board of Junior Achievement of Durham Region. As
chairman of Durham Region, he is also a member of all regional standing
committees and of the Durham Regional Police Services Board.

    Brian Ashton, Toronto City Councillor

    First elected as an Alderman with the City of Scarborough in 1984,
Councillor Brian Ashton has represented the Scarborough waterfront area
continuously at the municipal level for 20 years.
    Ashton had varying responsibilities in municipal government, from serving
as chair of the Toronto Transit Commission and the newly amalgamated City of
Toronto's Economic Development and Parks Committee, to vice-chair of the
Police Service Board, to serving on all major standing committees.
    Ashton is involved in a number of economic development initiatives across
the city, including acting as chair of the city's Toronto 2015 World Expo
Steering Committee. He is also a member of the Economic Development and Parks
Committee, the Toronto Transit Commission and the Toronto Zoo Board of
    In addition to his policy interests, Ashton has also been instrumental in
a number of community based initiatives, including chairing the Metro Youth
Task Force, the Special Committee on Firearms Control and the Social
Development Strategy Task Force.
    Ashton is married and has a young daughter. He holds a degree in
Political Science and Economics from the University of Toronto.

    Paul Bedford, Urban Mentor and Chief Planner Emeritus, City of Toronto

    Since his appointment as Chief City Planner in 1996, Paul Bedford has
focused his energy on the development of new planning values, policies and
processes to guide the next generation of city building in Canada's largest
city. As the architect of "the Kings" renaissance, the driving force behind
Toronto's groundbreaking new Official Plan and unanimous City Council approval
of the Central Waterfront Principles Plan, he challenged everyone to embrace
new ways to think, act and plan.
    In April 2004, Bedford retired from the City of Toronto after 31 years of
public service to the people of Toronto and eight mayors. He is very active in
shaping the new urban policy agenda at all levels of government.
    Since his retirement he was appointed an Adjunct Professor at the
University of Toronto, and Ryerson University Planning Schools and to the
Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation's first Urban Design Review
    He has also been appointed to the National Capital Commission Planning
Advisory Committee in Ottawa and is a Senior Associate of the Canadian Urban
Institute in Toronto.
    Bedford continues to mentor young planners, writing a regular column for
the Ontario Planning Journal and participating in international urban events.

    Gary Carr, Halton Regional Chair

    Gary Carr received an advanced graduate diploma in management from
Athabasca University in 1999. He also has received his Master of Business
Administration from Athabasca in 2002.
    He was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in 1990 as the Member of
the Provincial Parliament for the riding of Oakville South. He was re-elected
in 1995 and again in 1999 to represent the new riding of Oakville. He served
as Deputy House Leader, Parliamentary Assistant to the Solicitor General as
well as serving on the Finance and Economic, Justice, and Public Accounts
Committees. In October 1999 Mr. Carr was elected Speaker of the Legislative
Assembly of Ontario by his peers and held that position until November 2003.
    Carr was elected to the House of Commons as the Member of Parliament for
Halton. He served as a member of the Special Caucus Committee on Immigration
and the Standing Committee on Public Accounts.
    Most recently, Carr was elected to the position of Regional Chair at the
Regional Municipality of Halton. Gary sits on the standing committees of
Health and Social Services, Administration and Finance, and Planning and
Public Works, in addition to a number of advisory committees and the Police
Services Board.
    Before politics, Carr was a professional hockey player. He played at
Michigan State on a hockey scholarship and then returned to play for the
Toronto Marlboros. He was the all star goalie on the Memorial Cup Champion
Marlboros in 1975. He was drafted by the Boston Bruins and played for the
Quebec Nordiques.

    Fred Eisenberger, Mayor, City of Hamilton

    Mayor Fred Eisenberger was first elected to Hamilton City Council as the
representative for Ward 5 in 1991. He was re-elected in 1994 and again in
1997. After nine years on council, he ran for mayor in 2000. He placed third,
but launched a successful bid for mayor in 2006 and was sworn in as the third
mayor of the new City of Hamilton on December 6, 2006.
    Recognized for his vision and decisive leadership, Eisenberger was
appointed by the federal government as the inaugural chairman of the new
Hamilton Port Authority in 2001. In his role as chairman, he led the
development of the first-ever strategic plan and operational review. His
appointment to the Port ended in 2004.
    In addition to local and regional council boards and commissions,
Eisenberger has also served on several charitable and corporate boards in
recent years. As chairman of the board of the Giant's Rib Discovery Centre, he
worked to develop an understanding of the Niagara Escarpment, and to secure a
site and funding for a new tourist learning centre.
    He and his wife Diane live in Hamilton with their two children Brett and

    Bill Fisch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Regional Municipality of
    York Region

    Bill Fisch graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School, 1974 and shortly
thereafter practiced law in the community of Thornhill, Ontario.
    In 1988, Fisch was elected Markham city councillor for Ward 7 and in 1994
he became a York regional councillor. In 1997, he was appointed as chair and
CEO of the Regional Municipality of York.
    Fisch currently sits as chair of the rapid transit public-private
partnership steering committee and is a member of the provincial Smart Growth
Panel sub committee and was a member of GO Transit board of directors from
2002 to 2006.
    Fisch is known for his ability to develop partnerships. He is a driving
force behind an innovative public-private partnership for a York Region rapid
transit system. His visionary plans in the area of municipal service delivery
and his ability to establish clear and concise policies have resulted in the
introduction of new, innovative programs for the citizens of York Region.
    He is married to Tova Fisch and has two children, David and Karen.

    Adam Giambrone, Toronto City Councillor and Chair, Toronto Transit

    Adam Giambrone is a Toronto City Councillor representing Ward 18,
Davenport. A lifelong resident of Davenport, he was first elected to public
office in 2003, after years of community activism and local involvement. He is
a politician, archaeologist, and the youngest member of Toronto City Council.
    As a TTC commissioner and recently as chair of the TTC, Giambrone has
ambitious goals for increasing TTC ridership and improving service. He served
as chair of the city's working group, the meeting management initiative, whose
task was to design a more open and effective city council. As chair of the
Toronto cycling committee, Adam has fought for new funding, and ensured that
cycling stays on the city agenda. On the city's works committee and as vice-
chair of the public works and infrastructure committee, Giambrone helped
develop solutions to Toronto's garbage problem, and promote recycling and
organic collection. He serves on a number of other committees and boards,
including the e-City Committee, the board of Exhibition Place, and Toronto
French committee.
    Fluent in French and Arabic, Giambrone completed his B.A. in Anthropology
and African Studies from McGill University, and continued on to graduate
studies at the University of Toronto. As a young community activist and
leader, he was vice-president of his OPSEU local at the Royal Ontario Museum.
His work as an archaeologist has taken him to Libya, Sudan, Tunisia, Yemen,
Uganda and Guatemala.

    Hazel McCallion, Mayor, City of Mississauga

    Now in her 11th term, Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion is the longest
serving mayor in the city's history. Born in Port Daniel on the Gaspe Coast of
Québec and educated in Québec City and Montreal, she entered municipal
politics in 1967.
    First elected Mayor of Mississauga in November 1978, McCallion has played
a leading role for women in politics. She has served on virtually every
committee at the Region of Peel and the City of Mississauga, as well as served
on the executive of many federal and provincial committees and associations,
including a term as President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario
from 1978 to 1979.
    In May 2005, McCallion was honoured with an award from the Province of
Ontario in recognition of her more than 30 years of service as a municipal
elected official and in November of the same year she was appointed a Member
of the Order of Canada and received her Insignia of Member of the Order of
Canada at a ceremony held at Rideau Hall.
    McCallion has three children: Peter, Linda and Paul, and one
granddaughter, Erika, and enjoys ice hockey, fishing and gardening.

    David Miller, Mayor, City of Toronto

    Mayor David Miller began his professional career as a partner at the
Toronto law firm Aird & Berlis, where he specialized in employment and
immigration law and shareholder rights. He became a Metro councillor in 1994,
and in 1997 he was elected to the new City of Toronto council where he served
two terms. In November 2003, Miller was elected Toronto's new mayor and in
November 2006 he was re-elected for a four-year second term.
    Miller has enabled Toronto to garner new powers, money, and respect from
provincial and federal governments. Under his leadership Toronto has become
the only city in Canada with a direct agreement with the federal government on
transit funding.
    In addition to advocating for the city of Toronto, Miller has also become
one of the dominant voices for the national urban agenda.
    He and his wife, lawyer Jill Arthur, are the parents of two children.

    Bob Nichols
    Ministry of Transportation

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For further information: Media Contacts: Jamie Rilett, Minister's
Office, (416) 327-9134; Bob Nichols, Communications Branch, (416) 327-1158;
Public Inquiries: (416) 235-4686 (GTA), 1-800-268-4686 toll free,
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