Jamaican named CEO of CivicAction



CivicAction, formerly the Toronto City Summit Alliance, has a new chief executive officer. She is Jamaican-born Mitzie Hunter.

Hunter, who will take up her appointment on January 9, says she is very excited about the new challenges ahead.

“For me, it’s about doing something that I am very passionate about, which is city building and bringing together leaders to address urgent issues that we face.

“It’s also about looking at economic opportunities and ways in which we can support immigration and newcomer integration into the labour force and also provide access to income and jobs for individuals. It combines a lot of my strengths and the things I am very much interested in, in terms of working with our city.”

The multi-sectoral coalition is made up of thousands of civic leaders committed to tackling tough issues facing city residents.

Hunter has been very active as a volunteer for the last nine years, serving as co-chair of the Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) since 2006. Her appointment was announced to over 150 rising and established leaders at a recent ELN event.

CivicAction’s chair, John Tory, said the organization’s success comes from cultivating and leveraging strong and diverse leadership that will benefit the city.

“With Mitzie’s involvement in CivicAction and her tremendous experience working in and across sectors, she’s the ideal person to lead and represent our organization as it develops new responses to issues, including transportation, regional economic development, jobs and income, and immigration,” Tory said.

Hunter spent the last two years as Toronto Community Housing’s first chief administrative officer where she led the organization’s strategic and business support functions, including corporate communications, strategic planning, human resources and information technology. Prior to that, she was Vice-President, External Relations and Corporate Secretary of Goodwill Industries of Toronto.

“In my seven years at Goodwill, I did my MBA and that allowed me to learn and acquire new skills,” she said. “Moving to Toronto Housing was a natural progression for my career. I am proud of the work I did there because I see social housing as being very critical to our city and to the quality of life we have here. The opportunity at CivicAction is something that comes up rarely.”

A graduate of Winston Churchill Collegiate Institute and the University of Toronto with a political science degree, Hunter worked at Bell Canada as a regional director for five years before becoming president of SMART Toronto, an information community and technology industry firm.

She has served on the board of directors of Housing Services Inc., TVOntario and The Yonge St. Mission, and on the board of trustees of United Way of Greater Toronto.

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