The Government of Canada has appointed three new directors to the Waterfront Toronto Board of Directors.

Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, announced that Sevaun Palvetzian, Janet Rieksts-Alderman, and Mazyar Mortazavi will take positions on the board.

The new directors, from various backgrounds and fields of expertise in Toronto, will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Waterfront Toronto initiative.

The Waterfront Toronto corporation has a 25-year mandate and a $30-billion long-term plan to transform 800 hectares of brownfield lands on Toronto’s waterfront into accessible and sustainable mixed-use communities and dynamic public spaces.

Waterfront Toronto has initiated a number of successful projects, including Corktown Common in the West Don Lands, a park positioned above a flood protection landform that protects 210 hectares of Toronto’s downtown core from flooding. The park contains a large marsh, “which is an integral part of the onsite stormwater management system.”

Sevaun Palvetzian is the CEO of CivicAction, an organization that engages with leaders from all sectors to address urban challenges in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton region. Ms. Palvetzian is an engaged member of the Toronto community and has several years of experience working as a senior executive in the public service.

Janet Rieksts-Alderman is a partner at Examine Construction Consultants Canada, a team of engineers and construction consultants who provide expertise on project execution and construction. Ms. Rieksts-Alderman has more than 18 years of experience, is a Certified Professional Accountant, Certified Management Accountant and is a specialist in project governance and audit.

Mazyar Mortazavi has been in the development business for 16 years and is the CEO and President of TAS, an urban development company that is a leader in design, development and construction, and has twice been awarded the Green Developer of the Year award.

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“I am confident that these talented individuals will serve the organization well as it continues its important work to transform Toronto’s waterfront into beautiful, accessible, and dynamic public spaces. I would also like to thank Mark Wilson for his years of tireless service as a board member of Waterfront Toronto,” said Minister Sohi.

To read the full biographies of the newly appointed directors, visit: http://www.waterfrontoronto.ca/governance/board_of_directors.

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