The Toronto Lands Corporation is governed by an independent 10 member Board of Directors, consisting of 6 Citizens and 4 appointed TDSB Trustees. Through TLC’s Board Renewal Policy, the 6 Citizen positions are nominated by a TLC Committee and approved by the TLC Board, then ratified by the TDSB.

The Board of Directors represents a wide range of seasoned professionals in the field of real estate, municipal law, City Planning, urban development, and financial and public accounting. Others have a impressive records of community involvement and support across the City of Toronto and beyond. The Trustee-Directors provide important community context in relation to TLC’s properties and the associated policy issues which impact on these properties. This combination of expertise and knowledge on the TLC Board provides an informed and credible perspective, a commitment to market analysis and a strong commitment to community building.

Brenda Patterson

Chair and Citizen Director

Brenda Patterson joined the former Regional Municipality of Metro Toronto in 1986. Prior to joining the City she worked in a series of progressive positions with Family Day Care Services, a United Way Agency providing child care and parental support. After amalgamation, she has held a series of progressively responsible positions with the City of Toronto. In 2004, Brenda was appointed General Manager, Children’s Services, and then in 2008, she held the position of General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation.

During her time as General Manager of Children’s Services and then as General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation, Brenda Patterson has led a number of major initiatives at the City including the Toronto’s First Duty Project and the City’s Best Start Plan, the Recreation Service Plan, the Management of the City’s Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games facility plan. Throughout her time in both Divisions Brenda focussed on collaborative partnership within the City and with key business partners such as the school boards. Through her work with OMSSA she played a key role on a number of provincial/municipal policy tables.

In August, 2011, Brenda Patterson was appointed Deputy City Manager of Cluster A, – the Citizen Centred Services, a position she held until her retirement in November of 2014.
As Deputy City Manager, Brenda is responsible for promoting collaboration and innovation both inside her cluster, across the organization and with key partners and stakeholders. This enhanced cooperation provided citizens with better service and helped Council achieve its priorities.

Her portfolio included the following divisions: Economic Development & Culture, Children’s Services, Toronto Employment & Social Services, Toronto Long-Term Care Homes and Services, Shelter, Support & Housing, the Affordable Housing Office, Parks, Forestry & Recreation, Emergency Medical Services, Toronto Public Health, Social Development, Finance and Administration, Court Services, and Toronto Office of Partnerships. During her tenure as Deputy City Manager the City adopted key policy frameworks that balanced economic competitiveness and workforce development with strengthening neighbourhoods and communities.

Prior to her retirement Brenda was one of the Co-Chair of the Provincial-Municipal Social and Employment Committee (PMSAEC) and the City’s Executive Lead on the following initiatives: 2015 Pan Am Games; Ontario Place Revitalization; eServices; Web Revitalization; Customer Service Strategy. She is most proud of her work leading the City’s integrated service delivery efforts for vulnerable individuals.
Brenda’s passion for equity and making life better for those in need is matched by a commitment to service excellence and finding fiscally sustainable solutions.

Brenda Patterson holds a Honours Bachelor of Applied Science, Child Studies degree from the University of Guelph and was awarded a Honourary Bachelor of Applied Science from Humber College.

Sheerin Sheikh


Sheerin A. Sheikh has extensive private and public sector experience in real estate assembly, planning and development; large, complex and strategic capital projects delivery; and financial and operational restructuring. She has been a long-time volunteer with public objectives organizations in the areas of social justice and entitlement.

Currently she is also a director on the board of the not for profit Friends of Ruby (founded by Egale Canada) which provides support services for LGBTQI2S youth in Toronto and is just completing its first transitional housing project. She is a member of the Finance Committee.

Ms. Sheikh has been a director on the board of Women’s College Hospital, was appointed as the Treasurer of the hospital and was a member of its Capital Redevelopment ($485M) Committee; she chaired the board’s Resources and Equity Committees. Also represented Women’s College Hospital, one of three signatories, on the Alternative Funding Plan Board of Management with the University of Toronto.

She was a director on the board of Toronto Community Housing, chairing its City Building Committee ($787M) and was a member of its Corporate and Audit Committees.
She chaired the Board of the Inter Faith Homes Corporate Group, a leading Ontario social housing provider with nine projects in south western Ontario.

She has also served on private boards and additional public boards.

Ms. Sheikh has an M.B.A. from the Schulich School of Business of York University.

Shelly Laskin


Doug Annand


Doug entered economic and real estate advisory consulting in 1974 with Larry Smith & Associates, the premier retail and shopping centre consulting firm in North America. In 1975, the Canadian practices of Larry Smith were acquired by Coopers & Lybrand and became their Real Estate Advisory Services practice. He continued in this capacity through the merger with PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1988. From 1989 onward Doug served as the partner in charge of the Canadian Real Estate Advisory practice. In 2004, he founded UrbanMetrics, a real estate consulting firm providing market, economic and strategic advice to a broad range of clients.

Throughout his career Doug has undertaken and directed a wide range of real estate assignments on behalf of public and private sector clients in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean. He is also a qualified Res Estate Market Expert at the Ontario Municipal Board.

Laurie McPherson


Laurie has over 30 years experience as a professional planner in both the public and private sectors. She began her career with the City of Etobicoke Planning Department in 1982, and was the Director of Policy and Research from 1990-1998. During the transition to the newly amalgamated City of Toronto she served on two transition teams tasked with setting planning priorities and initiating an amalgamated Official Plan. In 1999, Laurie joined Bousfields Inc., a pre-eminent community planning firm based in Toronto, and became a partner in 2004. In her role she provided strategic planning advice to a broad range of clients across Ontario in various sectors and provided expert planning opinion at the Ontario Municipal Board.

From December 2016 to December 2018, Laurie was an inaugural member of the Toronto Local Appeal Body (TLAB), a quasi-judicial tribunal which assumed the powers of the Ontario Municipal Board (now LPAT) for Committee of Adjustment appeals. In addition to her role as a member presiding over hearings and rendering written decisions, Laurie participated in the formulation and approval of the TLAB Rules of Practice and Procedure. She helped develop a Public Guide and participated in a series of public hearings to consider changes to the Rules.

Laurie’s professional career has focused in the areas of land use planning and policy, development approval processes, and public consultation. She is a Registered Professional Planner with the Ontario Institute of Planners.

Zakir Patel


Peter Gross

Citizen Director

Peter is a Partner with Gowling WLG in Toronto and recognized by the Law Society of Ontario as a Certified Specialist in Municipal Law: Planning and Development and by Best Lawyers in Canada as a leading lawyer in Municipal Law, 2021. He has represented a range of municipalities and developers across Ontario and provides strategic and practical advice helping clients navigate complex development approval processes. He routinely works with teams of planning and technical experts to ensure that development applications satisfy the requirements of the Province’s policy-led planning regime, regulatory requirements, and all applicable legislation. He also liaises with municipal staff to proactively resolve issues and facilitate submission and processing of development applications. Peter frequently appears before various land use tribunals and courts representing clients on a wide range of land use planning appeals and defense of regulatory prosecutions.

Peter has a B.Sc from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and earned his law degree at the Seattle University School of Law. He was called to the Bar in Washington State in 1995 and to the Ontario Bar in 2011

Kumi Somaskandan

Citizen Director

Kumi is a financial services professional with an exemplary career leading several lines of business at the largest independent and organically grown Alternatives Asset Administrator, Citco (Canada) Inc. Citco is a full service Administrator, servicing some of the largest Hedge Funds, Fund of Hedge and Private Equity Managers, with offices across 18 countries.   Over her fifteen years at Citco, she was a key member of the Canadian Leadership team overseeing the expansion of the Canadian office from 50 to 900+ staff, resulting in a full service office for several of the largest Asset Managers, Pensions and Endowments.

Kumi joined RBC Investor and Treasury Services in 2018, where she was responsible for all aspects of operations in Canada. She subsequently formed and lead the Client Experience Team for Canada, with a focus on digital client experiences that would drive process automation, from onboarding to data delivery. RBC Investor and Treasury Services, is a specialist provider of asset services, custody, payments and treasury and market services for financial and other institutional investors worldwide.

As of September 2021, Kumi joined Manulife Global Wealth & Asset Management Operations Retirement, as Global Head of Sponsor Processing.

Kumi graduated from the University of Toronto, with a Bachelor of Commerce, and received her CPA, CMA designation in 1997. She currently serves as a board member for the Educators Financial Group and Aravanai, and is Member of North Toronto Collegiate’ s Parent Council.

Manna Wong


Dennis Hastings