Proven Leadership

On Saturday morning I joined the PEO Scarborough Chapter for their AGM which included an opportunity for all candidates in the Council election to speak for two minutes. After all the speeches we were invited on stage to answer questions. This was a great engagement session with the chapter.

Scarborough Chapter AGM – February 1, 2020
Speaker: Keivan Torabi, PhD, P.Eng., East Central Region Councillor

I told a story about my leadership role with the Canadian National Exhibition Association (CNEA). You may have heard about the CNE, one of the largest fairs in North America, held annually in Toronto. I was elected to the Board at the time of great change for the organization. In fact, that was why I was running for the position. The organization was moving from being part of the City of Toronto to being a not-for-profit, completely independent of the City. I felt that my governance experience would prove to be an asset to the organization.

I found that there were many opportunities to contribute to important decisions of the organization. Seeing it through the lens of an engineer, I was able to identify risks and opportunities that my colleagues hadn’t noticed. I served on the Governance Committee and as chair of the Policy, Strategy and Innovation Committee. Together we delivered a very innovative and thoughtful strategic plan for the next five years and identified the necessary changes to governance to ensure long term sustainability of the organization.

It is this proven leadership experience that I bring to PEO Council. The challenges are different, of course, but taking a collaborative approach to moving forward with the best interest of the overall organization in mind, I’m bringing experience that will support PEO in its modernization initiative.

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