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Greening Greater Toronto

Greening Greater Toronto

August 25, 2011 15:18 ET

Greening Greater Toronto Launches Next Phase of Environmental Action With Evolution in Volunteer Leadership

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 25, 2011) - CivicAction's Greening Greater Toronto today announced its line-up of dedicated and passionate senior executive volunteers from the private and public sectors who will champion CivicAction's environmental initiative through its next action phase. They are:

  • Cameron Fowler, Executive Vice-President, Personal and Commercial Banking Canada, BMO
  • Eva Ligeti, Executive Director, Clean Air Partnership
  • Linda Mantia, Head, Enterprise Services and Chief Procurement Officer, RBC

Eva Ligeti is a founding Co-Chair of Greening Greater Toronto, and will continue to provide strategic and technical guidance grounded in her substantial experience and leadership in the environmental field. Cam Fowler and Linda Mantia, who are already active on key projects of Greening Greater Toronto, will replace two outgoing Co-Chairs: Mike Pedersen, Group Head, Wealth Management, Insurance, & Corporate Shared Services, TD Bank Group; and Kilian Berz, Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group.

"Since we launched Greening Greater Toronto in 2008, it has played a pivotal role in breaking boundaries and encouraging collaboration among the private, public and not for profit sectors to improve the Greater Toronto region's environmental performance," said outgoing Co-Chair Mike Pedersen. "What's been accomplished to date has been personally and professionally rewarding, and I applaud Eva, Linda, and Cam for the terrific work they've done, and will continue to do, to help Greening Greater Toronto make a very real impact. Their commitment is tremendous. Kilian and I look forward to continuing our involvement with Greening Greater Toronto as members of CivicAction's Board of Directors."

Greening Greater Toronto's 2011-2015 mandate: The new slate of Co-Chairs reinforces Greening Greater Toronto's continued focus on two of its three founding initiatives: the Commercial Building Energy Initiative and its Race to Reduce, an innovative collaboration between office building landlords and tenants to bring about smarter energy use; and the Greening Canada Fund, which helps Canadian corporations invest in local energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that produce carbon offset credits.

On greening purchasing practices, Greening Greater Toronto is moving from a driving role to a more supportive role in encouraging collaboration and action. Since 2009, this work has been led by Cara Clairman (now President and CEO of Plug'n Drive, on leave from Ontario Power Generation). Greening Greater Toronto thanks Cara, who has concluded her role as voluntary Chair of Greening Greater Toronto's procurement group after having effectively led the group's members to develop and sign on to the Commitment to Buy Green and the Green Procurement guide, to be launched this fall.

The leadership evolution also heralds the start of new efforts which Greening Greater Toronto will drive or support others in doing, including: better protecting the region's organizations and people from the risks associated with more extreme weather; reducing and increasing the diversion of commercial waste; and improving the region's biodiversity through increased natural vegetation on corporate green space and vacant lands.

"BMO is very proud of our association with Greening Greater Toronto, particularly as a founding investor in the Greening Canada Fund," said Cam Fowler. "BMO is deeply invested in the success of the Toronto region, and we measure our contribution to it against the triple bottom line of financial, social and environmental performance. Greening Greater Toronto is a tremendous catalyst for that in bringing stakeholders together who are committed to exploring innovative ways to improve the environmental future of the Toronto region. I look forward to working with Linda Mantia and Eva Ligeti to that end."

"Greening Greater Toronto has made great strides in its vision of having Toronto be a region that flourishes economically, socially and environmentally through action and innovation by its leaders and diverse communities. As Co-Chair, I look forward to the challenge of maintaining our focus of making this goal a reality," says Linda Mantia, Head, Enterprise Services and Chief Procurement Officer, RBC. "In my role at RBC, I have led and been involved with numerous projects that have significantly reduced the impact of the bank's operations on the environment. I hope I can use this experience to help inspire Greening Greater Toronto as we tackle the tough issues facing the Toronto region."

Fowler and Mantia will continue in their leadership roles on existing Greening Greater Toronto initiatives: Mantia as a Co-Chair of the Commercial Building Energy Initiative and its Race to Reduce with fellow Co-Chair Michael Thornburrow, SVP Corporate Real Estate and Strategic Sourcing at BMO; and Fowler as the Chair of the Greening Canada Fund's Advisory Council.

About Greening Greater Toronto:

Greening Greater Toronto ( is an initiative of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance (, a coalition of thousands of civic leaders acting collectively to tackle tough issues and big opportunities facing the Toronto region. More than 200 partners from corporations, government, and the non-profit sector have joined the Greening Greater Toronto initiative and support the vision of a flourishing region renowned for its environmental action and innovation.

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