Minister’s Advisory Panel on Ontario Place Revitalization

John Tory (Chair)
John Tory is a lawyer, business leader, community activist and broadcaster. He was formerly an elected representative serving as MPP for Dufferin Peel Wellington Grey, as Leader of the Ontario PC Party and as Leader of the Official Opposition in the Ontario Parliament.

In 1995, Mr. Tory joined the Rogers Group of Companies, first as President and CEO of Rogers Media Inc. and then as President and CEO of Rogers Cable, Canada’s largest cable and internet service provider. He presently serves on the Board of Directors of Rogers Communications Inc. and a number of other companies.

Mr. Tory was a founding Board Member and is the voluntary Chair of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance (formerly the Toronto City Summit Alliance), a highly respected city-building organization. He hosts a daily three-hour talk show on Canada’s leading talk station Newstalk 1010.

Joe Halstead
Joseph Halstead is Chair of the Ontario Place Corporation Board of Directors. He was the former Commissioner responsible for Economic Development, Culture and Tourism in the City of Toronto. In this capacity, he was also responsible for the parks and recreation system, as well as major events.
Previously, Mr. Halstead spent 24 years with the Government of Ontario in five different ministries in a broad range of management positions, rising to the position of Assistant Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Recreation.

Pina Petricone
Pina Petricone is a partner with Giannone Petricone Associates Architects, a multi-disciplinary office best known for projects such as Osteria Ciceri e Tria, Herman Miller Canada, University of Toronto’s Centre for Ethics, PCL Seminar Room, Inn on College and re:TREEtHOUSE – work that has garnered international recognition through numerous awards and publications.

As an associate professor at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, Ms. Petricone teaches design and critical theory at every level of the graduate architecture program. She has enjoyed acting as primary advisor for numerous award-winning thesis students whose proposals tend to question socio-aesthetic practices in architecture as urban constructions.

Ms. Petricone received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Toronto in 1991 and in 1995, with a full fellowship award, received a Master of Architecture (II) from Princeton University.

Robert (Bob) Wong
Bob Wong has an extensive background in business, government and community service. Currently, Mr. Wong serves as Vice-Chair and Senior Portfolio Manager at Leon Frazer & Associates Inc. Previously, he served as Ontario's Minister of Energy and Minister of Citizenship.

Mr. Wong began his business career as a securities analyst and has served as a senior officer and a director of a number of Toronto Stock Exchange member firms including May Mikkila & Co Inc. and Goulding Rose & Turner Ltd.

Mr. Wong holds a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Toronto.

Salima Rawji
Salima Rawji is a Land Development Manager for SmartCentres, one of Canada’s most active commercial real estate developers. Her previous professional experience ranges from structuring venture capital deals for Care Enterprise Partners, to producing some of Toronto’s most successful cultural arts festivals notably the Hot and Spicy Food Festival and Masala! Mehndi! Masti!

Ms. Rawji is an executive member of the Sauder Business Club of Toronto, a mentor for RISE Asset Development, a micro fund dedicated to financing entrepreneurs living with mental illness and addictions.

Ms. Rawji holds a Master of Business Administration from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, as well as a Bachelor of Commerce from the Sauder Business School at University of British Columbia where she was elected Valedictorian of her graduating class.

Steven Davidson
Steven Davidson is the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. The ministry provides leadership in three rapidly expanding sectors of the Ontario economy, and oversight of 21 Ontario attractions and agencies.

Previously, Mr. Davidson was the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Culture Division at the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, and Assistant Deputy Minister of the Policy, Programs and Services Division at the former Ministry of Culture.

Mr. Davidson holds an honours Bachelor of Arts in History from Queen's University, a Master of Archival Studies from the University of British Columbia, and completed the Public Executive Program at Queen's University.

David Livingston
As President and Chief Executive Officer of Infrastructure Ontario, David Livingston leads the crown corporation responsible for both managing the renewal of Ontario’s public infrastructure and managing the Ontario government’s real estate portfolio.

Mr. Livingston obtained his Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Ontario in 1973 and his Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University in 1976.

Mr. Livingston is a Director of Infrastructure Ontario, eHealth Ontario, Ovarian Cancer Canada and the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto.