Frances Lankin

For 10 years, former Ontario MPP Frances Lankin was the president and CEO of United Way Toronto. In 2011, the Province of Ontario appointed her to co-lead a review of Ontario's social assistance system as part of the province's poverty reduction strategy.

A member of the Premier’s Advisory Council on Government Assets (Ontario), The Hon. Frances Lankin co-led a review of Ontario's social assistance system as part of the province's poverty reduction strategy in 2011 and 2012.  In 2009, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Ms. Lankin a member of the Security Intelligence Review Committee, an agency which provides Parliament and the Canadian public with an external review of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS).

From 2001 to February 2011, Ms. Lankin held the position of president and CEO of United Way Toronto. Under her leadership, United Way became a leading community builder that works to meet urgent needs and address the root causes of Toronto's social problems.  In 2006, she chaired a federal government-commissioned Blue Ribbon Panel that made recommendations for improving the way that Ottawa distributes grants and contributions to charities, business, research institutions, and other organizations.

In 1990, Ms. Lankin was elected MPP for the Toronto riding of Beaches-East York and served as minister of government services and chair of the Management Board. She was Ontario's minister of health from 1991 to 1993 and was appointed minister of economic development and trade, a position she held until 1995. From 1990 to 1995, Ms. Lankin was a member of the Policies and Priorities Committee of the Ontario Cabinet and served as chair of the Cabinet.  A member of the Order of Canada and the Queen's Privy Council, Ms. Lankin served as a MPP for 11 years before joining the United Way in 2001.

Ms. Lankin has spent a lifetime in service to the community and is a recognized leader in the non-profit sector.  She has been widely recognized for her contributions to community and most recently received Honorary Doctorates of Laws from Queen's University and from Ryerson University.She has served on several not-for-profit boards and is a graduate of the Rotman/ICD Director's Education program.  She is currently Chair of the Telus Toronto Community Board and a member of the Ontario Press Council.

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