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Summer Conference 2002

2002 Conference
Summer Conference 2002
Mark Baumgartner 
Rima Berns McGown 
Lucien Bradet 
Brock Carlton 
The Honourable David Collenette, PC, MP 
Yves Ducharme 
Dr. Frances Frisken 
Dr. Anne Golden 
Barbara Hall 
Shirley Hoy 
Doug Hull 
James Knight 
René Lavoie 
Margaret Lefebvre 
Linda Leith 
Councillor Christine May 
David McGown 
Max Ng'andwe 
Roger Obonsawin 
John O'leary 
Dr. James Orbinski 
Adam Ostry 
Lorraine Segato 
F. Leslie Seidle 
Enid Slack 
David Lewis Stein 
Mark Surman 
Deanne Taylor 

MARK BAUMGARTNER

Senior medical student, Founder progressivethought.com

Mr. Baumgartner's passion for medicine is complemented by a longstanding interest in the impact of communication technology on the ways people interact and learn from each other - or more importantly, how they could. Mr. Baumgartner completed his undergraduate work at Queen's University. His interest in information theory developed through a variety of summer projects, leadership, and volunteer positions, finally evolving into a thesis on the potential of information technology in health care. Progressivethought.com was founded in 1999 as an ideological platform to expand on, discuss, and refine these ideas. Medpulse.ca became the first of these theories to be developed into a public prototype: A national discussion forum dedicated to bringing together and cataloguing different points of view on issues central to health care in Canada. Currently a senior medical student at the University of Western Ontario, Mr. Baumgartner spends most of his time working and learning in hospitals and clinics around London, examining how new information management strategies and supporting technologies can be used to improve education, collaboration, and patient care.

RIMA BERNS McGOWN

Writer/Independent Scholar

Dr. Berns McGown is a writer and independent scholar. She is the author of Muslims in the Diaspora: The Somali Communities of London and Toronto (University of Toronto Press, 1999), as well as a forthcoming novel. She has written a number of articles, most recently "Weaving Literature on the Loom of Authenticity" for inclusion in an edited volume on the literature of the Horn of Africa. Her research interests include the interrelationships between culture, religion, and politics, and political culture as it concerns the integration of immigrants and minorities. Born in South Africa, Dr. Berns McGown completed her PhD in International Politics at the University of Wales at Aberystwyth and her MA at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC.

LUCIEN BRADET

Director General, Service Industry Branch, Industry Canada

The Service Industries Branch helps Canadian service industries increase their competitiveness both at home and abroad. Among the many service industries, Mr. Bradet is responsible for the Language industries. Mr. Bradet is also the Functional Advisor for Connectedness, which is one of the five major strategic objectives of Industry Canada. Mr. Bradet has held senior management positions at Industry Canada and other federal departments including External Affairs, Information Canada, the Unemployment Insurance Commission and Communications. Mr. Bradet received, in March 1997, L'Ordre de la Pléiade (Grade de Chevalier), a distinction awarded by l'Assemblée internationale des parlementaires de la langue française for his efforts as a result of his tireless campaign to ensure French language services are available to his fellow members of the franco-ontarian community. Mr. Bradet received a Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences from the University of Rwanda (Africa) a Master's degree in Sociology from the University of Ottawa and an Advanced Business Management diploma from the Harvard Business School in Boston.

BROCK CARLTON

Director, International Centre for Municipal Development, Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)t

Mr. Carlton has worked at FCM since 1991, first as Director of the China Open Cities Project, then as Deputy Director and Manager of Training and Research for the International Office. In 1999, Mr. Carlton was appointed Director of FCM's International Office and oversaw the transition of the International Office to the International Centre for Municipal Development, which manages domestic and international municipal capacity development projects. In addition, Mr. Carlton sits on the Board of Directors of Watercan's Monitoring and Evaluation Committee. Mr. Carlton holds a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario (1978), Bachelor of Education from Queen's University (1981), and a Masters degree in International Affairs, Development Studies from Carleton University (1986).

THE HONOURABLE DAVID COLLENETTE, PC, MP

Minister of Transport

Mr. Collenette was first elected to the House of Commons in 1974. He was appointed Minister of Transport on June 11, 1997 and was the Minister responsible for the Greater Toronto Area. During his 16 years in Parliament, he has held the portfolios of National Defense, Veterans Affairs, and Ministry of State (Multiculturalism). In the private sector, Mr. Collenette has worked in the life insurance and plastics industries and was Executive Vice-President of a leading executive search firm.

YVES DUCHARME

Mayor, City of Gatineau and First Vice-President, Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Mr. Ducharme served as a municipal councillor for the City of Hull for 12 years and was first elected mayor in 1992. In the course of his career, he has held several positions including Chairman of the Union of Quebec Municipalities. To his credit are important initiatives such as the 911 Emergency Line, the choice of Lac Leamy for the development of the Hilton and Casino tourism complex, the positioning of the centretown area as home for many high-tech firms, and the identification of the tourism sector as key component of economic development. He presently serves as First Vice-President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and as Chairman of the Joint Commission on Planning and Development in the Outaouais. He has been appointed Special Advisor on Urban Habitat for the United Nations Organization. He also serves on the Board of Directors of a number of organizations including the National Arts Centre. His commitment to serve his entire community has led to the award of the Confederation of Canada Medal.

DR. FRANCES FRISKEN

Professor Emerita/Senior Scholar, York University

Dr. Frisken was a member of the York University faculty for 25 years, serving principally as a core member of the Division Social Science's Undergraduate Urban Studies Program. She continues to participate in the university's graduate programs in Environmental Studies and Political Science. An active member of the Urban Affairs Association for many years, Dr. Frisken served as a member of its governing Board from 1992-1998 and its chair for the last two years of her term. She is also the Coordinator of the GTA Forum, which she initiated in 1978 to provide a meeting ground for academics and professionals with an interest in exploring issues related to the physical, social, economic, political and cultural development of the GTA and other urban regions in Canada. Dr. Frisken received a bachelor's degree in English and Psychology from Queen's University in 1956 and a Ph.D. in Science, Technology and Public Policy from Case Western Reserve University in 1971.

DR. ANNE GOLDEN

President and Chief Executive Officer, The Conference Board of Canada

Anne Golden became President and Chief Executive Officer of The Conference Board of Canada, Canada's premier applied research organization, in October 2001. Before joining the Conference Board, Dr. Golden served as President of The United Way of Greater Toronto for 14 years. Under her stewardship, the United Way was the country's largest annual local fundraiser and the largest non-governmental distributor of funds to the social services. Dr. Golden has received national recognition for her role in the public policy arena, especially for her work on homelessness. In 1998, Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman appointed her to chair the Homelessness Action Task Force. The honorary degree of Doctor of Laws was conferred upon Dr. Golden by the University of Toronto in June 2002, by York University in 2000 and by Ryerson Polytechnic University in 1997. Holder of a doctorate in history, Dr. Golden undertook her postgraduate studies at Columbia University in New York and the University of Toronto. She has taught at Newark College of Engineering, the University of Toronto and York University.

BARBARA HALL

Former Mayor of Toronto; Former Chair, National Strategy on Community Safety & Crime Prevention

Ms. Hall is a long time advocate for safe and healthy cities. She has just completed a four-year appointment as Chair of the National Strategy on Community Safety and Crime Prevention. As Mayor of Toronto from 1994 to 1997, Barbara worked hard to build a stronger city. During her time as mayor, Toronto was recognized by Forbes magazine as the best place in North America to live, do business, work, and raise a family. Barbara has a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1980. She has a B.A. from the University of Victoria. Currently Barbara serves as Chair of the Board of Harbourfront and as a Director of both the United Way of Greater Toronto and the Laidlaw Foundation. Her long history of community involvement was recently recognized with a Women of Distinction Award from the Y.W.C.A. She has also received an honorary doctorate from Ryerson University, an Arbor Award from the University of Toronto, a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Victoria, the Alexander the Great Award from the government of Greece, the Bob Marley Day Award and in 2002 a HAROLD for support of the Arts in Toronto.

SHIRLEY HOY

Chief Administrative Officer, City of Toronto

Ms. Hoy was appointed Acting Chief Administrative Officer and Acting Chief Financial Officer for the City of Toronto on June 27, 2001. She was appointed Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Toronto on November 6, 2001. Ms. Hoy has been Commissioner of the Community and Neighbourhood Services department of the City since January of 1996. Between 1991 and the end of 1995 she worked for the provincial government and held positions as Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM), Ontario Women's Directorate; ADM for Social Assistance Reform, Ministry of Community and Social Services; ADM of Operations, Ministry of Housing; and CEO of the Ontario Housing Corporation. Prior to that, Ms. Hoy worked for 11 years in Metro Toronto government in various capacities, including: Director of Policy and Planning for the Community Services department; General Manager of Administration for Exhibition Place; and Executive Director for the Metro Chairman's Office. Ms. Hoy has a Master's Degree in Public Administration (Queen's) and a Master's Degree in Social Work (Social Policy) from the University of Toronto.

DOUG HULL

Senior Director, Public Access/ Learning Networks, Canada's Advanced Internet Organization (CANARIE)

As Senior Director, CANARIE Mr. Hull is involved in promoting the development of broadband access for Canada's education and health systems and community networks. From 1992 to 2001 Mr. Hull, working as Director General of the Information Highways Branch of Industry Canada, successfully envisioned, designed and executed major elements of the Government of Canada's Connectedness Strategy, which aimed to place Canada at the forefront of Internet access and usage. On completion of his work Canada had indeed moved from 7th to 1st place in terms of Internet penetration levels. A significant part this was due to innovative Internet programs including SchoolNet, LibraryNet, Computers for Schools, NetCorps, VolNet, the Community Access Program, the National Graduate Register, Digital Collections, Web4All, Campus Connections and the Smart Communities Initiative. These programs have won scores of awards in Canada and internationally and have been adopted in various countries. He has also played a formative role in guiding Canadian policies regarding e-commerce, multimedia content development and information technology skills training, particularly for youth. His efforts have helped all Canadians get connected through 20,000 schools and libraries, 9,000 public access points and 10,000 voluntary organizations. Mr. Hull holds a B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario. In 1996, he received an Honourary Doctor of Science from Ryerson Polytechnic University. Open University granted him an Honourary Doctor of Laws in 2000

JAMES KNIGHT

Chief Executive Officer, Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Mr. Knight attended the University of Western Ontario where he graduated with a gold medal and an Honours Degree in History and Philosophy. Having completed his Masters Degree in Canadian history and politics at the University of Toronto, he began his employment in Ottawa with the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. In 1976 he became Director of Programs and then Associate Director of the Heritage Canada Foundation, a voluntary, national organization dedicated to the protection of heritage and historic buildings and environments. In 1981 Jim rejoined the federal government being appointed Policy Advisor to the Department of the Environment. After the completion of an assignment there, he was named Executive Director of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) in April 1982. In 2000 he became its Chief Executive Officer. Since 1982, FCM's membership has grown from 190 municipalities representing 50% of the Canadian population to 1,000 representing more than 80%. FCM is the municipal voice in Canada's capital, respected for its advocacy and program delivery roles.

RENÉ LAVOIE

Co-ordinator of Le Reseau Sida du fonds du recherche en santé du Québec

M. Lavoie became a community worker after university studies in fine art. He worked with both Canada World Youth and Katimavik before taking a special interest in marginalized youth in Montréal. His volunteer activities in the Montréal gay community included: forming discussion groups and information services for gay men, membership in the Androgyny Collective, which was the city's first and only gay/lesbian bookstore, and serving as one of the editors of Berdache, a gay community newspaper. His continuing interest in the arts included the co-founding of Image & Nation Gaie et Lesbienne in 1987 , the Montreal Gay Film Festival, as well as an international festival of films on HIV/AIDS in 1995. He organized SIDART in 1989 during the 5th International Conference on AIDS in Montreal, Revoir le Sida (Revisiting AIDS) in 1991, and Sida Souvenir in 1995, a retrospective of local artists who had died from AIDS. He was the Montréal co-ordinator of the first Canadian research carried out on HIV and gay men , followed by being the liaison for access to services for AIDS patients in a pilot project (Projet Accès). During his tenure as Director General of Action Séro-Zero (1994-2002), the Montréal Gay AIDS/HIV prevention organization, he was involved in major research activities including the Cohort Oméga, and community research papers delivered at conferences both in Canada and internationally. He has been a member of several public advisory committees and is currently a member of the National Ministerial Council on HIV/AIDS.

MARGARET LEFEBVRE

President, Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs

Ms. Lefebvre has been a City Councillor in Westmount, Quebec and a Director of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. She serves on the Working Group for the creation of a National Science Organization of Canada and is the President of The Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs. She has an extensive background in public policy issues in the areas of finance, health and official languages. She is a resident of the new City of Montreal, Borough of Westmount, Quebec.

LINDA LEITH

President & Artistic Director, Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival

Montreal writer Linda Leith founded the multilingual Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival in Montreal in 1999. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, she is the author of the novels: "Birds of Passage", "The Tragedy Queen" and of the monograph Introducing Hugh MacLennon's Two Solitudes. Ms. Leith is the Editor of Matrix (1989-95) and of Telling Differences: New English Fiction in Quebec. In addition, Ms. Leith published a translation of Louis Gauthier's Travels with a n Umbrella, An Irish Journey.

COUNCILLOR CHRISTINE MAY

Leader, Adminstration of Fife Council and Member, Commission for Constitutional Affairs and European Governance of the EU Committee of the Regions

Elected to local government in 1988, Councillor May was Leader of the District Authority in Kirkcaldy. She became Deputy Leader of the Administration of Fife Council at its inception in 1995, and became Leader of the Administration in May, 1998. She has been involved with local government issues at a national level for many years and is the CoSLA European Affairs spokesperson. She represents local government in Brussels on the European Committee of the Regions, is a board member of Scottish Homes, Scottish Enterprise, Objective 3 (Partnership) Scotland Limited, Rosyth 2000 and the Kingdom of Fife Tourist Board. Prior to her election to Fife Council she spent 28 years as a manager in the catering industry in Ireland and London and as a Further Education Lecturer in Fife. Married with a son and daughter, her interests include theatre, music and motor sports.

DAVID McGOWN

Vice President Program, CIPA Board Member

A director with CIBC's corporate development group, Mr. McGown's focus is the effective implementation of large-scale investments and divestitures with the CIBC group of companies. Mr. McGown has supported the development of new electronic banking ventures in both Canada and the US and has been actively involved in the outsourcing of technology services. His career at CIBC has included several different roles with Corporate Communications including government and regulatory affairs, donations, sponsorships, and community relations and advertising. Previous employers include the Department of Finance in Ottawa where he specialized in international trade relations as well as working as an assistant to the Deputy Minister and to the Minister of Finance on legislation and House of Commons matters. Mr. McGown also worked for a period as a political assistant at Queen's Park in Toronto. Mr. McGown graduated with an honours BA from the University of Western Ontario, and an MA from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in international economics and politics. He continues to hold an active interest in education, instructing for a semester in Canadian Politics at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. David has been a director of the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs since 1993 and in 2002 was Vice President of Program.

MAX NG'ANDWE

Colonel (retired), Immediate Past President, International Union of Local Authorities; President, Local Government Association of Zambia

Born in Zambia, Africa, Max Ng'andwe has been a political activist since pre-independence struggles in Zambia (1960's). Since 1991 he has been involved in Local Government at council, national, regional, and global levels. Mr. Ng'andwe has served as Councillor, Mayor of Kabwe, President of Local Government Association of Zambia, Vice President and then President of African Union of Local Authorities, Board member of Municipal Development Programme – East and Southern Africa, First Vice President and then President of International Union of Local Authorities. He is a member of UN Advisory Committee on Local Authorities.

ROGER OBONSAWIN

President O.I. Group of Companies

Mr. Obonsawin is a member of the Abenaki First Nation of Atlantic Canada and Northeastern United States. For the past 35 years, Mr. Obonsawin has been actively promoting and defending treaty and aboriginal rights for Canada's aboriginal (founding) peoples. He is also a successful business person and owner and President of the OI Group of Companies: Obonsawin-Irwin Consulting Inc., OI Employee Leasing Inc., Native Leasing Services and OI Personnel Services Ltd. Mr. Obonsawin has served on numerous Boards of Directors including: the Addiction Research Foundation, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres. In addition, Mr. Obonsawin was the founding President of Pedahbun Lodge (a substance abuse center) and is a founding member of the Aboriginal Provisionary Council of Toronto. Mr. Obonsawin is the Editor of Anasazi, a bi-monthly newsmagazine that analyzes public and corporate policy initiatives related to aboriginal people in Canada.

JOHN O'LEARY

President, Frontier College

Since joining Frontier College as a teacher in a prison literacy program in 1976, Mr. O'Leary has successfully established literacy coalitions outside the educational field, with labour, business, non-profit and non-government organizations. In 1991, he was appointed President of Frontier College. Under his direction, the College has launched several innovative and wide-reaching programs, including a national initiative to organize literacy programs with volunteers from every university and college campus in Canada. Mr. O'Leary is the co-founder of several national advocacy groups for literacy including the Peter Gzowski Invitational Golf Tournaments, ABC Canada, and the Business Task Force on Literacy. Mr. O'Leary is Chair of the Board for the National Voluntary Organizations and served on the Premier's Voluntary Roundtable in Ontario. In 1998, he toured colleges and schools in China as a member of an official Canadian educational delegation. In 2002, he was awarded a honourary doctorate from Trent University. In 1999, Mr. O'Leary led Frontier College to a landmark event - its 100th Anniversary. "For the future, the ‘frontiers' may change but our mission remains the same" he has said. "On city streets and farms, in shelters, reserves and prisons we will continue to fight poverty and isolation with the power of knowledge, learning and literacy".

DR. JAMES ORBINSKI

Former President Médecins Sans Frontières International

Humanitarian Advocate and Past President of Doctors Without Borders Dr. James Orbinski is the past president of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). This veteran of many of the world's most disturbing and complex humanitarian emergencies accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of MSF in 1999. Dr. Orbinski is outspoken, passionate and deeply committed to the core principles of volunteerism and impartiality. He believes that access to essential medicine is a critical global health issue today, especially for poor people; this is now a major focus of his work. Dr. Orbinski is also writing on humanitarian and other global health issues while at Massey College and the University of Toronto Munk Centre For International Studies.

ADAM OSTRY

CEO, Ontario Film Development Corporation

On July 3, 2002, Adam Knelman Ostry was appointed Director General of the Privy Council Office's Task Force on Canada's Urban Communities with a mandate to develop a vision of the Government of Canada's role with respect to Canada'a urban centers as well as a coordinated strategy and action plan on urban issues. From 1999-2002, Mr. Ostry was the Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Film Development Corporation (OMDC). Mr. Ostry is a career public servant with extensive experience in public policy development, strategic planning and program management. Mr. Ostry holds an Honours BA in Political Economy from the University of Toronto, an MA in political science from the Université Laval and is a graduate of the École nationale d'administration in France. Mr. Ostry's volunteer activities include serving as Chairman of the Board for the AIDS Committee of Ottawa prior to his move to Toronto and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs. His publications include Politique, culture et forces du Marché: cohérence ou désordre, efficacité ou impuissance, as well as a chapter in Les Cultures de grande consommtion, Nuit Blanche, éditeur, 1993. Mr. Ostry is CIPA Board Member and chair of the CIPA 2002 Summer Conference.

LORRAINE SEGATO

Recording Artist and Filmmaker, Get Off My Dress Productions

Ms. Segato is one of Canada's best known recording artists. As the co-founder and lead singer of The Parachute Club, one of the most critically lauded and commercially successful groups of the eighties, Segato enjoyed a run in the music industry few can match. Ultimately, as Canada's most internationally renowned 'worldbeat' band, The Parachute Club garnered five Juno's, five BMAC, five Casby's, two Platinum and one Gold record and a SOCAN Classic award for Rise Up. To this day, the groups' hits Rise Up, At the Feet of the Moon, and Love and Compassion remain staples on Canadian radio. Most recently Ms. Segato has focused her time on a two-year film and music project this demanded her full attention to directing, writing, narrating and music editing called Queen Street West, The Rebel Zone with Rhombus Media. It is a point of view documentary that explores the cultural history of the artist community that exploded in the mid- seventies to the mid eighties. With that piece, she executive produced an accompanying soundtrack CD that includes music from the film and an additional composition of new music for the film.

F. LESLIE SEIDLE

Research Associate, Family Network, Canadian Policy Research Networks

Dr. Seidle is a Research Associate at the Canadian Policy Research Networks. He was previously Director General of Strategic Policy and Research, Intergovernmental Affairs, in the Privy Council Office, Government of Canada (1996-2002). He has also served as Research Director (Governance) at the Institute for Research on Public Policy in Montréal (1992-96). Senior Research Coordinator for the Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing (1990-91) and senior policy adviser in the Federal-Provincial Relations Office, Government of Canada. Dr. Seidle is author of Rethinking the Delivery of Public Services to Citizens (1995) and numerous articles and papers on public management, electoral systems, citizen participation, constitutional reform and political finance. He is the editor (with Louis Massicotte) of Taking Stock of 150 Years of Responsible Government in Canada (1999) and of the forthcoming comparative volume (with David Docherty) Reforming Parliamentary Democracy (McGill-Queen's University Press).

ENID SLACK

President, Enid Slack Consulting Inc.

Ms. Slack is an economic consultant specializing in municipal, education, and intergovernmental finance. She has been president of Enid Slack Consulting Inc. since 1981 and teaches a graduate course in urban public finance at the University of Toronto. Ms. Slack received a B.A. from Glendon College, York University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Toronto. Ms. Slack was appointed Special Advisor to the Greater Toronto Area Task Force in 1995, was a member of the Who Does What Panel in Ontario in 1996, was Co-Chair of the Learning Opportunities Grant Panel for the Ontario Minister of Education and Training in 1997, and Special Advisor to the Mayor's Task Force on Homelessness in 1998. She was a member of the City of Toronto's Business Reference Group on tax policy in 1999 and currently chairs the Intergovernmental Committee on Economic and Labour Force Development in Toronto (ICE Committee). Her clients in Canada and abroad include municipal, provincial, territorial and federal governments, government commissions, school boards, and private companies. Ms. Slack has co-authored three books on property taxes and urban public finance in Canada and has published numerous articles on local government finance.

DAVID LEWIS STEIN

Adjunct Professor, Innis College, University of Toronto

Mr. Stein started as an assistant editor at Maclean's magazine in 1960. Since then, he has written for the London Sunday Times and worked for the International Herald Tribune in Paris and for 30 years covered the city for The Toronto Star as a feature writer, editorial writer and columnist. Mr. Stein recently retired but he is not leaving the urban scene. He is currently working on a book, Greater Toronto: The Making of a Civic Society Inside a Global City and is preparing to teach in the urban studies department of Innis College at the University of Toronto. Mr. Stein hols an Honour Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Toronto (1960) and later went back to his alma mater for one year as a Southam Fellow (an award given to journalists). He spent a further two years at UofT on a Canada Mortgage and Housing Fellowship acquiring a Master of Science in Regional and Urban planning. Mr. Stein has written four novels, four books about politics, a book of short stories, a play and several radio plays. His most recent novel is Taking Power (Lester Books, 1992), a saga about life and politics in Toronto in the 70s. Stein is currently at work on a novel about the religious journey of a professor of urban studies.

MARK SURMAN

President, The Commons Group

As the president of The Commons Group, Mr. Surman's projects span organizational boundaries and build on the collaborative power of the internet. Recent projects include leading an open source software project for the Association for Progressive Communications, writing the business plan for Rabble.ca and developing the business and technical strategy for a new Government of Ontario portal site focused on disability issues. Before founding The Commons Group in 1998, Mr. Surman was the Director of Community and lead business strategist for Canada's first national Internet provider, Web Networks. He has recently published Commonspace: Beyond Virtual Community with the financialtimes.com press.

DEANNE TAYLOR

Playwright and Director, Co-Director of the theatre company VidoeCabaret

Ms. Taylor is a playwright, co-founder of the theatre company VideoCabaret, and former Toronto mayoralty candidate. She has written and directed many political cabarets, dramatizing elections and leadership conventions with high-tech video-theatrics. Ms. Taylor has written and directed award-winning musicals, and produced Michael Hollingsworth's twelve part play cycle on the history of Canada: The History of the Village of the Small Huts. With a distinguished troupe of actors, musicians, and designers, VideoCabaret has created more than forty productions over the past 25 years, winning more than 60 nominations and awards. Ms. Taylor's next musical play is Northern Lights, premiering next spring in VideoCabaret's luxurious new theatre space at the Cameron House on Queen Street West.