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About the LRA

The Leaside Residents Association (LRA), formerly the Leaside Property Owners’ Association, takes an active role in reviewing development proposals, traffic studies , public safety and crime issues, and other municipal affairs which may affect our neighbourhood. If you have an issue which concerns you, please contact us or attend one of our monthly meetings to speak about the issue.

Board Members

Carol Burtin Fripp (Co-President) has served as Chair of the East York Planning Board, Co-Chair of the Ontario Task Force on property tax reform, and Chair of the Leaside Industrial Area Revitalization Study. She was a member of the Metroplan Advisory Committee and President of the Rolph Road Home & School Association. Professionally, Carol was Senior Producer at TVO (Speaking Out; All Being Well; On-Air Membership), Producer at the CBC (For Kids By Kids), and independently, Tales from a Toyshop, with Peter Ustinov. She was the founder/President of the TVO branch of the Canadian Media Guild.

Geoff Kettel (Co-President) is a community connector and advocate for “making places better”, involved in land-use planning, heritage preservation, active transportation, and community development. He is Co-President of the Leaside Residents Association, Co-Chair of the Federation of North Toronto Residents‘ Associations (FoNTRA), Vice-Chair of the Confederation of Residents and Ratepayers Associations (CORRA), member of the Toronto Preservation Board, board member of Don Valley Community Legal Services, and member of the steering committees of Walk Toronto and Cycle Don Valley Midtown. He writes a monthly column on community planning issues in Leaside Life magazine. He is also the founder (2006) and co-chair of Neighbours’ Night Out in Thorncliffe Park. Geoff had a 33-year career in the Ontario Public Service in various ministries, and was previously a Land Use Planner in private practice. Geoff graduated with B.Sc. and Masters degrees in Geography from the University of Wales and the University of Western Ontario respectively, and a MBA from the Schulich School, York University.

Robin Rix (Vice-President) is a lawyer and serves on a federal adjudicative tribunal. He previously worked in strategy and policy roles in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Ontario Public Service, with thematic experience in intergovernmental negotiations, sustainability, and organizational strategy. He holds a BA and JD from the University of Toronto and a MPhil from the University of Oxford.

Frank Schimpl (Treasurer)

Lori Vaudry (Secretary) has over 30 years of financial and technology experience. She is Senior Vice-President of Strategic Planning & Operational Effectiveness at Morneau Shepell. Previously, she held executive positions at CIBC, where she was accountable for strategy, governance, project management, change management, human resources, operations, and technology, and held roles at TD and BMO. Lori serves on the Board of Directors for Runnymede Healthcare Centre and was Vice-President of the Toronto Ronald McDonald House Board of Directors. She holds a BA in Industrial Relations from McGill University and an MBA from McMaster University.

Jonathan Colombo is a partner with Bereskin & Parr LLP and a co-leader of its Trademarks practice group. His practice covers all areas of trademark and copyright law including the acquisition, exploitation and enforcement of these rights. He has extensive litigation experience representing many national and international brands, and has represented clients in advertising disputes. He is a member of the Advocates’ Society, American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, International Bar Association, Law Society of Ontario, and Licensing Executives Society. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Toronto and a law degree from McGill University. Official bio.

Paul Green

Helen Koyama

John Lea

Doug Obright

Alex Pino

Andrea Villiers

Agnes Vermes

Brian Athey (Past President, ex officio)