Frances Lankin, P.C., C.M.

Frances Lankin

Frances Lankin was appointed on January 29, 2009, as a Member of the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC), an agency which provides Parliament and the Canadian public with an external review of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). SIRC also investigates complaints by individuals concerning CSIS and examines reports by Ministers relating to the national security of Canada.

The Hon. Frances Lankin was recently named by the Province of Ontario to co-lead a review of Ontario’s Social Assistance system as part of the province’s Poverty Reduction Strategy.

From 2001 to February 2011, Ms. Lankin held the position of President and CEO of United Way Toronto. Under her leadership, United Way has become a leading community builder that works to meet urgent needs and address the root causes of Toronto’s social problems.

Ms. Lankin has spent a lifetime in service to the community and is a recognized leader in the non-profit sector. In 2006, she chaired a federal government-commissioned Blue Ribbon Panel, which made recommendations for improving how Ottawa distributes grants and contributions to charities, business, research institutions and other organizations. 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. Recently Ms. Lankin was appointed a 2012 Trudeau Mentor by the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation.

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 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 Cabinet. Ms. Lankin served as MPP for 11 years until she joined the United Way in 2001.

Ms. Lankin has been widely recognized for her community work. In 2003, she was awarded the Queen's Jubilee Medal. In 2004, she was presented with United Way of Canada’s Award of Excellence for her community building work in Toronto. In 2007, she was named the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) CEO of the Year for Excellence in Public Relations and received the Toronto Star’s 2007 Laurel Award. In 2008, she was named one of More Magazine’s Top 40 over 40 in the Fighting-for-equality category. That same year, she received the Equal Voice EVE Award for her achievements in political life and her efforts to advance the cause of electing more women in Canada as well as the Consumers’ Choice Woman of the Year Award. In 2009, Ms. Lankin was honoured with the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Toronto's Community Builder Award. In 2010 and 2011 she received honorary Doctorate of Laws degrees from Queen’s University, and Ryerson University, and an honorary Bachelor of Applied Arts from Seneca College. In 2012, Ms. Lankin was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and was named a 2012 Trudeau Mentor by the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation.

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