Members and Structure

The Board of Governors was formed in 1983 for the purpose of operating and managing the grounds of Exhibition Place.

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Mark Grimes was elected as City Councillor for the new Ward 3, Etobicoke-Lakeshore on October 22nd, 2018. He served as City Councillor for the former Ward 6 Etobicoke-Lakeshore since 2003. Mark Grimes is considered Toronto’s official sports Councillor. Over his 17 years on Toronto City Council, Grimes has championed many projects aimed at boosting the profile of sports in the city. Before entering politics, Mark worked as a professional trader for a major financial firm for 13 years on Bay Street. He is also the President and Owner of a logistics business, which he runs with his brothers in South Etobicoke.

Mark sits on other boards and committees such as:

  • Chair, Etobicoke York Community Council
  • Vice Chair, Economic and Community Development Committee
  • Hockey Hall of Fame Board of Directors
  • Chair, World Cup 2026 Toronto Task Force
Councillor Mark Grimes - Chair, Board of Governors of Exhibition Place View a Message from the chair

Members

The Board consists of nine members appointed by City Council including the Mayor or designate, 4 Members of Council, and 4 Public Members.

Chair
Councillor Mark Grimes
Vice Chair
Councillor Michael Ford
Members
Councillor Gary Crawford
Councillor Joe Cressy
Peter Leon
Howard Lichtman
Paula Oliveira
Councillor Anthony Perruzza
Tess Romain

Structure

The Board consists of nine members appointed by City Council including the Mayor or designate, 4 Members of Council, and 4 public members recruited in accordance with the City’s Public Appointments Policy.

The Board of Governors of Exhibition Place (the “Board”) was originally established in 1983 under the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto Act and is continued as a board of the City of Toronto under subsection 407 (1) of the City of Toronto Act, 2006. The Board is a body Corporate and an agent of the City.

Legislation

The Board of Governors meets 6-8 times each calendar year to review the operation and management of Exhibition Place, and to approve or recommend approval to City Council of business and contractual matters that enhance the viability and profitability of Exhibition Place.

The Board’s reports are now accessible for those with disabilities, however, if some reports/presentations are not accessible, please contact ngrieveson@explace.on.ca for a hard copy.

The provisions of the City of Toronto Act, 2006 stipulate that Exhibition Place may be used for:

  • Parks and Exhibition purposes;
  • The purpose of trade centres and trade and agricultural fairs such as, but not limited to, the annual Canadian National Exhibition and the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair;
  • Displays, agricultural activities, sporting events, athletic contests, public entertainment, and meetings;
  • Highway, electrical transmission, or public utility purpose; and
  • Any other purpose that City Council may approve.

By-laws

The Board’s by-laws are now accessible for those with disabilities, however, if some attachments are not accessible, please contact dsanderson@explace.on.ca for a hard copy.

By-law No. 1-2017

Procedures

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By-law No. 2-18

Financial

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By-law No. 3-18

Borrowing & Investing of Money

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