Rocco Rossi Campaign for Mayor

Rocco Rossi Campaign for Mayor

September 16, 2010 19:02 ET

CORRECTION FROM SOURCE: Rocco Rossi Campaign Adds Major Cultural and Business Leaders to Its Roster

Rossi's Big Ideas Continue to Attract Broad Coalition of Enthusiastic Support

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 16, 2010) - The following corrects and replaces the release sent at 16:26 pm ET on Sept. 16, 2010. In the original version, the surname Clarke was incorrectly spelled. The complete and corrected release follows.

As surging mayoral candidate Rocco Rossi continued to present a package of bold policy ideas for Toronto on transportation, governance and innovation, more prominent voices from across the political and community spectrum have declared their support for his candidacy.

The escalating enthusiasm for a Rossi mayoralty was reflected in the Toronto Board of Trade's Vote Toronto website. On it, the Board of Trade declared "everything's coming up Rossi," when commenting on the extraordinary amount of news coverage that Rossi's fresh concepts have generated. Rossi's focus on policy ideas, accountability at City Hall and innovation in solving the issues Toronto faces continues to attract support from all quarters.

This week, the team welcomed support from community, business and cultural leaders, including a triumvirate of Canadian literary legends. Rossi, a candidate from outside of politics who seeks to bring real-world vigour to City Hall, is a favorite among those who want change.

Joining the Rossi mayoral bid are distinguished writers Peter C. Newman, C.C., Austin Clarke and Allan Fotheringham. Newman has been an astute chronicler of the Canadian political scene through books, newspapers and magazines since the 1960s. A former editor-in-chief of the Toronto Star and a former editor of Maclean's magazine, he is the author of more than 20 popular histories and biographies. Clarke is a highly regarded novelist, short-story writer and journalist, and notable for his depiction of the black experience in North America. He has won numerous top literary awards for his work including the Commonwealth Writers Award for The Polished Hoe. Fotheringham is perhaps best known as the "back page" in Maclean's magazine, where readers could find superb political writing. His 48-year career in journalism included a remarkable 34 years as a newspaper and magazine columnist for which he received top journalism awards and distinctions, earned him a reputation as a critic of complacency and "cob-web blower" in Canadian politics.

"I'm voting for Rocco Rossi because I'm impressed," said Fotheringham. "I think people with brains are what we need running the biggest city in the country. The thought of any other of the candidates running Canada's biggest and richest city appalls me. I cannot believe it and that why I'm voting for him."

Other prominent Toronto figures proud to be joining Rocco Rossi in his quest to lead the city are:

  • Canadian business leader Anthony S. Fell, OC, who is the former deputy chairman of Royal Bank of Canada. One of Bay Street's pre-eminent figures, Fell was with RBC Capital Markets and predecessor companies for 48 years, including 18 years as CEO and a further 8 years as chairman until his retirement in 2007. A past governor of the Toronto Stock Exchange, Fell is also past chairman of the University Health Network, a Local Integrated Health Network. Fell sits on the board of directors of multiple corporations, including Bell Canada Enterprises, CAE, and Loblaw Companies Ltd. 
  • Charles Coffey, O.C., the former executive vice president, government affairs and business development, for RBC Financial Group. During his 44-year career with RBC, Coffey also led three regional headquarters: Manitoba, Metro Toronto, and Ontario. Coffey is a tireless advocate for children, human rights and First Nations. He has been active as co-chair of the Aboriginal Human Resource Development Council of Canada; chair of the Council for Early Child Development; chair, national advisory council, Canadian Museum for Human Rights; executive committee member, National Aboriginal Economic Development Board; past co-chair, Commission on Early Learning and Child Care for the City of Toronto; governor, The Canadian Council of Christians and Jews and a director of the Arctic Children and Youth Foundation.
  • Noted arts philanthropist Richard Rooney, who is president and chief investment officer of Burgundy Asset Management. Rooney is president and a trustee of the Art Gallery of Ontario Foundation, a director of Empire Life Insurance, a director of the Historica-Dominion Institute and past chair of the Stratford Festival of Canada.
  • Mary Aitken, prominent Toronto businesswoman and the founder and owner of the highly successful Verity women's club. Aitken was a YWCA 2008 Woman of Distinction for Entrepreneurship.
  • Brian L. French, managing partner of Realciprocity Advisors Inc. and a globally known and respected corporate real estate strategist and advisor. In 2008, he co-founded a web-based commercial real estate community (CREOPoint) and has also been managing director Canada for NAI Global, a major corporate real estate services provider.
  • Peter Vecchiarelli has joined the campaign team as a co-director of outreach. A highly regarded constituency advisor, he has worked at both the provincial and federal levels and was an executive assistant for former Liberal M.P., Toronto riding of York West, Sergio Marchi.

Further biographical information for each of these individuals can be found on the Campaign website at

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