Mitzie Hunter has been making an impact long before she was elected to the Ontario legislature last August.
Proof of this is her selection to the Women of Influence Top 25 list for her work with CivicAction, formerly the Toronto City Summit Alliance. In the role of chief executive officer, she led the multi-sector coalition as it developed new responses to issues, including transportation, regional economic development, jobs & income and immigration.
Hunter resigned last month to take her seat at Queen’s Park after winning the Scarborough-Guildwood provincial by-election.
“Mitize’s story is proof positive that CivicAction is as much about leadership capacity building as it is about city and region building,” said Toronto Police Service deputy chief Peter Sloly who sits on the board of directors. “One thread that runs through her outstanding professional resume is her continuous participation in CivicAction initiatives. The national recognition for a young, Black and immigrant female is another example of the actualization of the power of Canadian diversity. Mitzie is helping to build Canada into a stronger and more progressive society.”
A graduate of Winston Churchill Collegiate Institute and the University of Toronto Scarborough campus 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 spent seven years at Goodwill Industries of Toronto, rising to the position of vice president, external relations & corporate secretary and 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 joining CivicAction in January 2012.
Hunter is the only Black among this year’s 25 Women of Influence who will be profiled in the winter issue of the magazine. The public selected the five women who will appear on its cover during online voting that ended last week.
The women who made this year’s ranking were selected based on their accomplishments and size of their reach and influence in the last 12 months.
“Women of Influence are driving an important cultural shift in the workplace by celebrating these exceptional 25 women,” said the organization’s chief executive officer, Carolyn Lawrence. “This includes celebrating the accomplishments of this year’s Top 25 who are driving an important culture shift in the workplace by acting as role models for women in every sector and at every stage of their careers.”
The magazine profiling the women will go on sale on November 21 and the event to celebrate the Top 25 takes place at a December 3 luncheon.