BIA Leaders 2019
Angie currently works as the Community Liaison at Duke Heights BIA and is instrumental in resolving local business queries in collaboration with the City of Toronto, the Board of Directors and the BIA. Angie has a passion for giving back to the community through her work in social services, volunteer efforts and youth workshops. Her professional experience has strengthened her skillset in community outreach, program planning and financial management. Angie has a diploma in travel and tourism and is currently completing her diploma as a child and youth care. Angie looks forward to the next steps of her educational success in the field of economic development.
Derbe Elias Biolley
Elias is passionate about the practical and theoretical processes of designing complete communities. At Ryerson University he worked for the Downtown Yonge BIA and in a group setting created an audit report to measure urban accessibility. His work promoted him to be hired as a Discovery Ambassador for that summer. In his final year at Ryerson he went on a research trip to Medellin, Columbia; which helped him understand the positive effects of social planning and urban design to create livable spaces. His professional goal is to create urban spaces that enhance social interactions and ultimately improve urban livability.
Laura graduated with an H.B.A. in Canadian Studies, Environment and Resource Management and Political Science from the University of Toronto. She is a versatile professional with a decade of progressive and successful experience working with BIAs and fifteen years of administrative experience. Currently, she works with Fairbank Village BIA and has also worked at Dupont by the Castle BIA and Mirvish Village BIA. Laura is an integral professional, highly experienced in administration, office management, operations, project management, event planning and volunteer management. She enjoys learning through practical experience and contributing to the growth of the community and organizations she works for.
“As a new immigrant to Canada, I am honoured to work for the Chinatown BIA for more than two and a half years. This job has taught me a lot, especially in community development, and opens my eyes to learn about the diversity and history of Toronto.
“I enjoy being the bridge between local business/ property owners and marketing and advocacy services, and I look forward to growing with this beautiful community.”
Riley is Executive Assistant at the Toronto Association of BIA’s (TABIA), the umbrella organization of Toronto’s 83 Business Improvement Areas. Riley was first introduced to the BIA world through a summer student position at the Collingwood Downtown BIA where he helped manage the local Farmers’ Market and various other BIA run initiatives.
After obtaining his Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Guelph and Diploma in Business Management from Humber College in 2016, Riley started at TABIA. In addition to his role at TABIA, Riley sits on the Ontario Association of BIA’s (OBIAA) annual conference planning committee.
After graduating from the University of Toronto with a BA in Criminology (criminal law), Matthew worked at an inner-city London school, supporting students of colour from lower socio-economic backgrounds to gain entry to Oxford and Cambridge. Upon his return to Toronto, he has worked at The Junction BIA as Operations Coordinator, managing the Summer Solstice Festival, driving traffic to local businesses; overseeing public realm improvement projects and beautification; and assisting in the soon-to-be extension of the BIA. He is passionate about promoting local economic development that is sustainable, intersectional, and respectful towards Toronto’s communities and businesses.
Having served in voluntary and paid capacities in different countries, supporting various development interventions, Ikechukwu’s experience and education have enabled him to identify with some of the challenges that the local communities experience.
Ikechukwu is a Fellow of DO School; an Associate Member of Association of Business Executives UK; a returned participant from the World Youth Exchange Program of VSO UK; a Peace Pioneer at Generations for Peace and delegate at the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Leadership Program.