FAST Public Advisory Board
Dr. Alvin Curling, Chair, Public Advisory Board
Alvin Curling has been serving Toronto and Canada with distinction for more than 3 decades.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica he was elected as a Scarborough MPP in 1985 and was appointed Minister of Housing—the first Caribbean Canadian to serve in an Ontario Cabinet.
In his 20 years at Queen’s Park he was also Minister of Skills Development and culminated his career in public office by being elected Speaker of the Legislature in 2003, also the first Caribbean-Canadian to hold the post.
Upon his retirement from elected office, Dr. Curling was appointed Canada’s Ambassador to the Dominican Republic.
In 2006 the Premier asked him to co-chair with former Chief Justice of Ontario, Roy McMurtry, the Commission to Review the Roots of Youth Violence, producing a landmark study of the issue.
Between 2007 and 2010 he was a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Waterloo.
Dr. Curling has received several honours in recognition of his public service, including honourary doctorates from York University and the University of Technology in Jamaica.
He is a member of the Order of Ontario and a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal.
He even has a school named after him: Alvin Curling Public School which is in Scarborough.
ANDREA GEDDES POOLE
Whether as a Wall Street lawyer or a Toronto arts administrator, Andrea Geddes Poole thrives in working on ambitious projects and seeing them through to success.
She is the Executive Director of the Bhutan Canada Foundation, nurturing the new democracy in an ancient land through the development of a vibrant and inclusive education system.
Her eclectic career has seen her teaching Modern European History as an Assistant Professor of History at Trent University, and also acting as Executive Director at the Toronto’s Theatre Passe Muraille.
As Director of Corporate Development for the Canadian Opera Company, Andrea was responsible for securing corporate sponsorships and donations.
She was also a Litigation Associate at a Wall Street law firm.
Andrea has written books about the arts and philanthropy and seen her work shortlisted for a major award.
She holds law degrees from Oxford and NYU as well as a Ph.D. in Modern European History from the University of Toronto.
Michael Brooks is a leading expert in real estate law, with a keen interest in supporting green building practices both nationally and internationally.
He is the CEO of the Real Property Association of Canada (“REALpac”), a national trade association of Canada’s largest institutional, public and private real estate investment and development companies.
Michael leads the real estate practice at the Toronto law firm, Aird & Berlis. He has acted on some of the largest purchase, sale, financing and leasing transactions in the GTA and has particular expertise in mixed use projects, leasing and transactions.
He has served on the board of the Canada Green Building Council and was honoured with its Industry Leadership Award.
He was one of 20 global participants in the Global Reporting Initiative’s new Construction and Real Estate Sector Study group and is currently a Special Advisor to the United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative – Property Working Group.
Michael is a former Adjunct Professor – Real Estate at Ryerson University.
He currently serves on the board of the Toronto Foundation.
Michael holds law degrees from the University of Western Ontario and Osgoode Hall, as well as a PhD in Urban Planning from the University of Waterloo.
Kyle was on the Toronto City Council from 1991 until 2010 when he retired from elected office. During those 19 years he was a member of Council’s Executive Committee for 17 years, member of Budget Committee for 7 years, and Chair of Economic Development and Culture for 4 years.
He was the political lead for the establishment of Build Toronto and Invest Toronto. Since 2010 he has worked as a consultant and lecturer at Ryerson University.
David S. Young
David S. Young (1983) obtained his Bachelor of Laws at Osgoode Hall Law School in 1981 and was called to the bar in Ontario in 1983. He articled at Benson Percival Brown, and was later admitted into the partnership. As a partner, David appeared at all levels of court in Ontario, almost exclusively in the field of civil litigation.
David has served as counsel to the Toronto Police, Hamilton Regional Police and at various public inquiries including The Royal Commission into Deaths at the Hospital for Sick Children (Grange Commission), The Toronto External Leasing Inquiry (Bellamy Inquiry) as well as numerous inquests and tribunals.
From February 2001 to February 2003, David served as Attorney General of Ontario and Minister Responsible for Native Affairs. On April 15, 2002, David was given the additional responsibility of Gaming. In 2003, he became the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
As Attorney General, David introduced a comprehensive Case Management Program, expanded the monetary limit for Simplified Procedure cases and introduced legislation reforming the Limitations Act. In his capacity as Minister of Native Affairs, David resolved numerous longstanding land claims and various other claims through mediation and negotiation.
He has appeared as a speaker and participant at continuing legal education programs and law conferences across Canada and the United States as well as the 2001 University of Cambridge Lectures in Cambridge England.
David also served on the North York (1991 to 1997) and Metropolitan Toronto School Boards (1994 to 1997) as a Trustee.
In 2002 David was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal to mark his significant contribution to the community.
In 2014 David served as a Senior Advisor, Executive Committee member and Legal Counsel to the successful John Tory campaign for Mayor of Toronto.
He is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Advocates’ Society, and has been certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada.
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