Board Members


Alan Broadbent

Alan Broadbent is Chairman and Founder of Maytree, and Chairman and CEO of Avana Capital Corporation. He co-founded and chairs the Caledon Institute of Social Policy, Tamarack – An Institute for Community Engagement, and the Institute for Municipal Finance and Governance at the Munk Centre, University of Toronto. In addition, Alan is a Director of Sustainalytics Holdings B.V., Chair of the Toronto Inner-City Rugby Foundation, Senior Fellow and Chair of the Governing Board of Massey College, Member of the Governors’ Council of the Toronto Public Library Foundation, Board member at Jazz.FM, and Member of the Order of Canada and recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.  Alan is the author of Urban Nation:  Why We Need to Give Power Back to the Cities to Make Canada Strong, You’re It (with Franca Gucciardi), and co-editor of Five Good Ideas:  Practical Strategies for Non-Profit Success.  Alan was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Ryerson University in 2009, and from Queen’s University in 2015.

Colin Robertson

Colin is the Chief Financial Officer of Avana Capital Corporation and Treasurer of The Maytree Foundation. He is also the Treasurer and a Director of Caledon Institute of Social Policy, Tamarack Institute and Diaspora Dialogues Charitable Society. Previously, Colin held senior financial positions in both the high-tech and financial services sectors. After obtaining his Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Toronto, Colin trained with Coopers & Lybrand, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1983.

Daniel Burns

Daniel Burns, a longtime senior public servant, retired from the position of Deputy Minister at the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care at the end of January, 2002. He is a director or trustee of several corporations, teaches and consults in public policy and public administration.

He is a member of the Board of the Maytree Foundation, the Caledon Institute of Social Policy and of the Ireland Park Foundation.  He is a member of the National Advisory Board of the Salvation Army. From 2002 until 2012 he was a member of the Board of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), serving the last three years as Chair. From 2004 until 2012 he was a member of the Advisory Board of Specialty Care, a company in the long term care and retirement home businesses. From 1991 until 2003 and again from 2009 to 2011 he was a member of the Board of Trustees of Queens University. In the past he has been a director of the United Way of Greater Toronto, The Institute of Public Administration of Canada and the Metro Toronto Community Foundation.

In 2012 and 2013 he served as the interim CEO of the Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres and also as Chair of Ontario’s panel reviewing their strategy for immunization and vaccination.

Over the past few years he has taught at Queens University, the University of Toronto, and at the University of Waterloo, where he was the ‘Planner in Residence”. As a consultant he has provided advice and support to all three levels of Government, to industry associations, and to private companies.

He was appointed Deputy Minister of Health and Long Term Care in February, 2000, and was responsible for the largest health organization in Canada, with a budget of $22billion. During this period Mr. Burns was a member of the Boards of Directors of the Canadian Institute for Health Information and Canada Health Infoway.

From June 1999 to February 2000, Mr. Burns was the Deputy Minster at the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade and from June 1998 until June 1999 he was the Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade, and Tourism. During this period Mr. Burns was a member of the Boards of the Canadian Tourism Commission, Ontario Place, and the Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund. He was the Chair of the Board of the Immigrant Investor Corporation. In addition, from 1998 until 2001 he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Realty Corporation.

From June 1995 until June 1998 Mr. Burns was Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. It was a period of enormous change in the organization, responsibilities, and financing of local government in Ontario. From September 1991 until June 1995 he was the Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Housing. During this period the Ministry financed the biggest growth in publicly financed housing in the history of the province. Between 1991 and 1998, Mr. Burns served terms as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Mortgage Corporation and of the North Pickering Development Corporation. He also served terms as a member of the Boards of Directors of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust and of the Ontario Clean Water Agency.

Born in Ottawa in 1948, Mr. Burns received his B.A. (Hon.) in geography and economics from Queen’s University in 1970 and his M.Sc. in urban and regional planning from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1971. He was a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners.

In 1971 he worked for the Federal Government’s Low Income Housing Task Force and then worked for three years for the Ontario Welfare Council. In 1975 he joined the staff of the City of Toronto Planning Board as a community planner. In 1978 he was appointed Director of the Board’s Neighbourhood Planning Division. In addition to responsibility for developing community plans, this Division had responsibilities in areas such as development control, social planning, and neighbourhood improvement. In 1984 he became Director of the City’s Central Core and Waterfront Planning Division. This Division was responsible for planning and development control in the City’s downtown as well as planning work on urban design, heritage preservation, and the development of the railway lands area including Skydome. In 1988 Mr. Burns was appointed Commissioner of Housing for the City of Toronto. He was responsible for the City’s non-profit housing company, Cityhome, and for its residential land development program.


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Why core housing need is a poor metric to measure outcomes of Canada's national housing strategy

Steve Pomeroy, June 27, 2017

This essay examines the overlap of welfare assistance and core housing need in the context of proposed targets for

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