12/14/2015 – Toronto, ON
Waterfront Toronto’s Board of Directors today announced the hiring of William Fleissig as its new President and CEO, after the retirement of John Campbell. Mark Wilson, Chair of Waterfront Toronto’s Board of Directors, announced the hiring after a year-long international search.
William Fleissig (Will) has over thirty years experience in real estate development, urban design and planning, public finance and environmental stewardship. He has successfully managed the planning, financing, and construction of diverse community and real estate development projects in Boston; Washington, DC; Denver; Boulder; San Francisco; San Jose; and Los Angeles.
“On behalf of the entire Board, I am confident in Will’s ability to lead Waterfront Toronto and am delighted that he has chosen Toronto as his new home for himself, his wife, Wendy, and his two daughters,” said Mark Wilson. “We know Will brings deep experience, tremendous energy and fresh ideas to build on John Campbell’s great legacy and take Waterfront Toronto through the second half of its mandate.”
“The Waterfront vision, the continued commitment to that vision by all three government partners, and the significant milestones already achieved by Waterfront Toronto’s staff presented a compelling opportunity,” said Will. “I am honoured to undertake this world-class city-building effort, and am committed to add to this great city rich, diverse, and vital new communities that all Torontonians will be proud to bestow to future generations.”
“Will understands the vision for the waterfront, and I’m totally confident he will continue to put that vision into action,” said outgoing CEO John Campbell. “He has the experience and expertise to lead Waterfront Toronto and to ensure that the waterfront becomes an asset for Toronto, Ontario and Canada.”
As part of the selection process, Will met with Mayor John Tory and Brad Duguid, Ontario Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure.
“I’m pleased that Waterfront Toronto has selected Will Fleissig as the new CEO to lead it into the next phase of the revitalization of Toronto’s waterfront,” said Minister Duguid. “These are critical times for investing in infrastructure across the province, and I look forward to continuing our work with Waterfront Toronto to build the waterfront up, create jobs, and ensure this region remains an economic hub.”
“The future of Toronto’s waterfront is important to everyone in this city, and that’s why the City will ensure we continue to transform our waterfront into great new places to live, work and play,” said Mayor Tory. “And with Will Fleissig leading Waterfront Toronto, I’m confident that the waterfront is in good hands.”
“I offer my congratulations to Will Fleissig as Waterfront Toronto’s new CEO,” said Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “I look forward to working closely with Waterfront Toronto and my provincial and municipal partners to ensure the successful next phase of waterfront revitalization work.”