Chair, Ryerson City Building Institute

Current commitments include:  Chair of the Ryerson City Building Institute; membership on the Metrolinx Board, the regional transit agency for the Greater Toronto Area; a Fellow appointment to Evergreen’s Future Cities program;  and membership on the Advisory Board of Challenge Factory, a new organization focused on the future of work.


Dr. Golden served as President and CEO of The Conference Board of Canada, the country’s foremost independent not-for-profit applied research organization, from 2001 to 2012. Previously, she was President of the United Way of Greater Toronto for 14 years. She earned national profile for her work as Chair of the Homelessness Action Task Force (1999), the Greater Toronto Area Task Force (1996), and most recently, the Premier of Ontario’s Transit Investment Strategy Advisory Panel (2013).

Dr. Golden was appointed as a member of the Order of Canada in 2003 and as a member of the Order of Ontario in 2013. She has received eight honorary doctorates.  Most recent awards include the Canadian Urban Institute’s Jane Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award, The Conference Board of Canada’s 2012 Honorary Associate Award, and Alumni of Influence Award of the Top 100 People to Graduate from University College, University of Toronto.

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