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Rick Leary, Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) in conversation with Leslie Woo, Chief Executive Officer, CivicAction

Thursday, January 14, 2021

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Rick Leary, Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) in conversation with Leslie Woo, Chief Executive Officer, CivicAction

One Year Later: Making the TTC a Diverse and Inclusive Organization

Over the past year, the TTC has taken a hard look at many of its existing anti-racism practices - both in how it deals with its customers as well as the treatment of its own employees from underrepresented groups. Diversity and inclusion have become top priorities for the CEO and the TTC is moving to become a leader in the industry on confronting existing issues and making meaningful changes to address them.

In December, the TTC launched a 10 Point Action Plan to begin attracting a more diverse workforce – starting with women and then moving to attract others from underrepresented groups. As the TTC creates a more diverse and inclusive workforce, this 10 Point Action Plan will also serve to benefit the TTC’s diverse customer base.

Hear from Mr. Leary about his thoughts on the TTC’s past, the 10 Point Action Plan and about his vision for the TTC going forward.

Key Note Speaker:

Rick Leary

Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)

Prior to becoming the CEO of the TTC in July 2018, Rick Leary was Chief Service Officer/Deputy CEO for four years. Leary is an award-winning Transit Executive with a long and tenured history in public transit.

Prior to his arrival at the TTC in 2014, he was General Manager for York Region Transit/VIVA. Leary began his career working for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority out of Boston as a train attendant in 1984 rising through the ranks and eventually serving as Chief Operating Officer until he retired in 2009.

Leary has degrees from Northeastern University including a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration as well as a Certificate of Special Studies from Harvard University in Administration and Management.


Leslie Woo

Chief Executive Officer, CivicAction

Leslie Woo is a respected leader with over 25 years of experience building sustainable communities and shaping urban growth in Canada’s fastest-growing urban region, greater Toronto. Leslie assumed the role of CEO at CivicAction in September 2020. A premier civic engagement organization that convenes established and rising leaders from all sectors, backgrounds, and experiences, CivicAction catalyzes actions and impactful solutions to address pressing challenges in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area and beyond.

Before joining CivicAction, Leslie was at Metrolinx for over a decade including her time as Metrolinx’s Chief Planning and Development Officer. Leslie is a tri-sector athlete with experience in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors as well as her experience as a planner, architect, and community activator. An accomplished leader, Leslie was named One of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2017 by WXN, Spacing Toronto’s Transit Changemaker in 2016, and Canada’s Women’s Infrastructure Network’s 2015 Outstanding Leader. Founder of shebuildscities.org, Leslie uses her voice and platform to amplify and celebrate other women city builders.