Park People Board of Directors
John has worked as an educator, community activist and artist to support and strengthen communities. From founding award winning recreation programs for urban youth to redefining street photography in public art installations on the streets of Toronto, John has sought creative opportunities to engage people.
Judy was the Executive Director of Bravo!FACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) from 1997 -2011. Prior to that she worked in Israel at the Canadian Embassy and as coordinator of a fund providing grants enabling Israelis and Palestinians, Jordanians and Egyptians, to work together on environmental, community-building and other projects. She has been honoured with Women on Film and Television’s Outstanding Achievement on Leadership Award, and with Canadian Women on Communication’s Excellence in Leadership Award.
Eti is a therapist and Tai Chi instructor. She also worked for Toronto city councillor Adam Vaughan for four years. One of her major projects was the mapping of all the parks in Ward 20 in preparation for the establishment of Parks Improvement Associations (PIA’s) that will enable local communities to be involved in the design and ongoing management of their parks. She also played a critical role in the restoration of Victoria Memorial Square where she lives.
Ken Greenberg is an architect, urban designer, teacher, writer, former Director of Urban Design and Architecture for the City of Toronto and Principal of Greenberg Consultants. For over three decades he has played a pivotal role on public and private assignments in urban settings throughout North America and Europe, focusing on the rejuvenation of downtowns, waterfronts, neighbourhoods and on campus master planning, regional growth management, and new community planning. Parks have been a key component of all his projects.
Najib Hayat is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). As the founder and CEO of Olympus Consultants Inc., he provides accounting, financial and IT audit, controls, risk management and consulting expertise to clients throughout North America. Najib has a strong passion for, and recognizes the importance of good parks to the social, health, environmental and economic well-being of all residents of Toronto. Najib is applying his several years of knowledge and experience, having worked with several other Boards, to ensure that Park People continues to be the preeminent organization responsible for building stronger and healthier communities through facilitating neighborhood engagement in local parks.
Julia Howell is a communications consultant working to enhance the impact of philanthropy. She chooses to live and work by one of the largest and most well-utilized lakeside parks in the world where she enjoys an abundance of recreational activities both on land and water.
Judy Matthews is an urban planner with a particular interest in the public realm and urban greenspace. She has worked for Metropolitan Toronto, the City of Toronto, and the University of Toronto. Also, as an engaged citizen, Judy has participated in a wide range of cultural artistic and social endeavours. She has worked with Harbourfront Centre, United Way, Creative Trust, Parks and Trees Foundation, People Plan Toronto, The Canadian Opera Company and Artscape.
Janet Rosenberg is a landscape architect and Founding Principal of the Toronto based landscape architecture and urban design firm, Janet Rosenberg & Studio. For over thirty years Janet has been involved in the design and implementation of parks and public open spaces throughout Ontario and across Canada. Janet is a founding member of the Toronto Tree Foundation and has been recognized as a Fellow of both the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA). Janet is a dedicated advocate of the public realm and is passionate about Toronto’s natural and cultural landscapes.
Carolyn Taylor launched ArtsWeek in 1986, followed by The Word On the Street Festival in 1990, which grew to 5 cities across Canada during her tenure. She project managed Toronto’s 2008 Olympic Bid Arts & Culture Committee, which lead to her next start-up – a pilot project for an ’08 Bid legacy called World Youth Centre. She has produced concerts, galas and festivals for the culture and heritage sector, national recognition programs for emerging entrepreneurs, and large-scale youth gatherings. She is currently Executive Director of Cape Farewell Foundation, and Co-Producer of McLuhan100.
Dennis Woo is an experienced strategist and operations leader in financial services at Capital One Canada. After completing his MBA, Dennis worked over 5 years as a strategy consultant for both Deloitte Consulting and Accenture Management Consulting leading large business transformation initiatives within the financial services industry. Prior to consulting, he worked in numerous industries from retail merchandising and non-profit to oil and gas and education. As an avid outdoor enthusiast and a relatively new parent, he is now re-experiencing green spaces and parks in Toronto and recognizes their importance to the local community as places to enjoy, socialize with friends in, and escape the buzz of everyday life.