Who we are

When the Downtown Yonge neighbourhood thrives, all of Toronto benefits.

On behalf of the Downtown Yonge community, the B.I.A. is a non-profit organization that is committed to improving the daily experience of our members, residents, customers and all stakeholders with an end goal of strengthening the culture and economy of Downtown Yonge.

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What We Do

Clean, Safe & Welcoming, Economically Strong, Liveable and Vibrant, Cohesive Identity

  • Events

    From Play the Parks, our annual summer concert series in the parks to our spectacular holiday tree lighting ceremony Illuminite, we host events all year to further animate our streets and parks!

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  • Arts & Culture

    Neon Museum… Friar’s Music Museum… Walking tours… we’ve got many different types of initiatives aimed at preserving the culture and showcasing the history of this incredible neighbourhood.

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  • Construction and Development

    Our Development Map (updated quarterly) shows just how much growth there in this area! We strive to be involved in all conversations to ensure the growth is sustainable and can integrate into the fabric of the neighbourhood.

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  • Operations

    Our full-time Clean Streets Team is always out in the neighbourhood ensuring the area is clean and welcoming. If you spot them, make sure you say hi!    

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  • Economic Development

    Our in-house economic development team enhances the work we do through research and metrics, as well as providing fee-for-service work to other BIAs and organizations. Our Safe and Inclusive portfolio is also under our economic development team.  

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We Envision

A world leading downtown neighbourhood renowned for its culture, commerce, opportunity and liveability. 

To Enable This Vision

We strengthen the culture and economy of the Downtown Yonge neighbourhood through collaborative leadership, and transformative experiences and investments.

We Are 

Strategic Plan- 2017-2022

In 2016, we embarked on a six month long community conversation, talking to members, stakeholders and neighbours about their vision for Downtown Yonge and the reality of the neighbourhood’s complexity. Living Yonge is the result of this extensive review to guarantee a consistent approach to the future of this vibrant neighbourhood.

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Staff

Office + Governance

Mark Garner

Chief Operating Officer & Executive Director

(416) 597-0255 x225

Rebecca Stubbs

Office Operation and Arts & Culture Liaison

(416) 597-0255 x230

Phillip Chisholm-DeVeau

Accounts Manager

(416) 597-0255 x228

Economic Development

Pauline Larsen

Senior Economic Development Manager

(416) 597-0255 x231

Susie Barbosa

Economic & Community Coordinator

(416) 597-0255 x233

Events + Partnerships + Operations

Cheryll Diego

Sponsorship and Events Manager

(416) 597-0255 x226

Estuardo Ibarra

Street Operations Supervisor

(416) 597-0255 x227

Communications + Marketing

Jessica Hoang

Community Relations Manager & Executive Assistant to COO/Executive Director

(416) 597-0255 x215

Planning + Construction

Steven Ziegler

Development & Construction Facilitator

(416) 597-0255 x221

Clean Streets Team

Armando Rivera

Dennis White

Board

Executive Committee

Chair

Martin Wray

Vice President, Operations, Ontario Portfolio, Toronto Eaton Centre, Cadillac Fairview

Vice-Chair

Alan Liu

Owner, Salad King and Linda Modern Thai

Treasurer

Secretary

Bill Logar

Vice President of Development, KingSett Capital

Secretary

Mark Garner

Chief Operating Officer & Executive Director, Downtown Yonge B.I.A.

Board of Directors

Dan McAllister

Senior Manager, Security and Life Safety, Toronto Eaton Centre, Cadillac Fairview

Sheila Jennings

General Manager, Toronto Eaton Centre, Cadillac Fairview

Najib Rahma

Chief Operations Officer, HNR Properties ltd, Director, HNR Dundas Square Tower ltd

Stephen McGrath

Media and Artist Development Manager,   Massey Hall/RTH

Robert (Rob) Housez

General Manager, Chelsea Hotel

Jennifer Grass

Assistant Vice-President, University Relations, Ryerson University

Bob Emond

General Manager of Retail Services, 10 Dundas East

Aimee Gangadin

Senior Property Manager at GWL Realty Advisors Inc.

Al Jr Lalani

Managing Partner of the Lalani Group

City Appointed Councillors

Councillor

Kristyn Wong Tam

Ward 13

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