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NEWS: Canada Economic Forum Welcomes Toronto Economic and Culture Recovery Advisory Group Co-Chairs

The Canada Economic Forum is proud to present a special event featuring the co-chairs of the City of Toronto Economic and Culture Recovery Advisory Group: Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson (Chair, Economic and Community Development Committee, and Councillor, Ward 21, Scarborough Centre) and Blake Goldring (Executive Chairman, AGF Management Limited).

Like all members of the Advisory Group, Deputy Mayor Thompson and Mr. Goldring are participating in a personal capacity – and like all members, they are motivated by the belief that Toronto can build back from the COVID-19 pandemic stronger than ever before.

In this special presentation, Deputy Mayor Thompson and Mr. Goldring present the recommendations of the Advisory Group at a high level. Viewers interested in further information can read the report in its entirety, or the five pieces contributed to the Toronto Star by Advisory Group members (links can be found below).

Should any viewers have questions, comments or ideas to contribute, the Advisory

Group would like to hear from you. Please contact the Deputy Mayor at, and know that your voice will be heard and shared with the larger group.

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City of Toronto Economic and Culture Recovery Advisory Group


  • Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson, Chair, Economic and Community Development Committee, and Councillor, Ward 21, Scarborough Centre

  • Blake Goldring, Executive Chairman, AGF Management Limited


  • Agapi Gessesse, Executive Director, CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals

  • Andrea Elliott, Executive Vice President, Moose Knuckles Canada

  • Camille Usher, Executive Director, Aboriginal Curatorial Collective

  • Dori Tunstall, Dean, Faculty of Design, OCAD University

  • Eliza Chandler, Assistant Professor, School of Disability Studies, Ryerson University

  • James Dodds, Senior Vice President, Stakeholder Relations, TD Canada Trust

  • Joe Manget, Chairman and CEO, Edgewood Health Network

  • Julien Lutz (Director X), Film and Music Video Director and Producer

  • Lekan Olawoye, Founder, Black Professionals in Tech Network

  • Mark Bennett, Managing Partner, Cassels

  • Mark Grimes, Toronto City Councillor, Ward 3, Etobicoke-Lakeshore

  • Mike Yorke, President, Carpenters District Council of Ontario

  • Nadine Spencer, President, Black Business and Professional Association

  • Rafael Gomez, Professor and Director, Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources, University of Toronto

  • Rusul Alrubail, Executive Director, Parkdale Centre for Innovation

  • Steve Gupta, Chairman, The Gupta Group

  • William Robson, Chief Executive Officer, C.D. Howe Institute

  • Zabeen Hirji, Executive Advisor - Future of Work, Deloitte

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