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May 09

On the Move: The Future of Public Transportation in the GTHA

Roundtable Luncheon with Jaye Robinson, Chair, the Toronto Transit Commission; and Phil Verster, President and Chief Executive Officer, Metrolinx.

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 12:00 to 13:30
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Jaye Robinson, Chair, Toronto Transit Commission; City Councillor for Ward 15, City of Toronto

 Jaye Robinson is the new Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and City Councillor for Ward 15—Don Valley West. In the 2014-2018 City Council term, she served on the Mayor's Executive Committee and chaired the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee—a $2.7 billion dollar portfolio.

 Before running for municipal office, Jaye was a senior manager in economic development at the City of Toronto for over 20 years. With an entrepreneurial approach, she successfully merged arts and community building initiatives with economic development strategies to create a vibrant roster of annual events including Nuit Blanche, Summerlicious and Winterlicious.

 As TTC Chair, Jaye is focused on delivering innovative, fiscally-sound solutions to achieve Toronto's long-term transit goals.

Phil Verster, President and Chief Executive Officer, Metrolinx

 Phil Verster is the President and Chief Executive Office at Metrolinx. He oversees a team committed to transforming transportation in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Prior to joining Metrolinx, Phil managed train operations, infrastructure builds and infrastructure management for passenger rail systems in England, Scotland and Ireland.

Phil began his career in his native South Africa in the electricity sector. He then spent several years in the UK at Bombardier Rail and at Irish Rail. In 2011, Phil joined Britain’s Network Rail where he managed the second largest route in the system. He then ran Scotland’s ScotRail passenger rail service, and served as Managing Director of Network Rail’s East West Railway.

Phil joined Metrolinx in October 2017. His comprehensive knowledge and extensive transit background has equipped him with the necessary tools Metrolinx requires to continue working towards delivering an integrated, regional transportation system that will serve the needs of residents and businesses for years to come.

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