BIA Leaders 2018
Tony Bolla has been involved in the BIA movement for over 15 years and is currently a Director with Toronto Association of BIAs (TABIA) and Regal Heights Village BIA. His background includes both corporate and entrepreneurial experience in marketing and technology combined with a professional interest in Community Engagement. Tony recognizes the important role that BIAs play in the quality of life of community stakeholders –from the business operators and property holders to the residents and tourists they serve. Tony is a long-standing advocate for the interests of independent businesses and small-to medium-sized BIAs.
“I recently relocated to Toronto after 6 years managing projects and developing products in the Brazilian telecommunication market. As I arrived here, I had the opportunity to work for the Riverside BIA and what caught my attention was not only the commitment of the office, the board and marketing committee but also the engagement of the businesses. I am really excited to be part of the Leadership Fund where I will be able to extend my knowledge in Local Economy Development and to help the community that I work with.”
Oliver Hierlihy is Manager of the Danforth Mosaic Business Improvement Area, which is located in Toronto’s East End. Following his graduation from McMaster University’s Communication Studies program in 2013, Oliver Hierlihy quickly found a passion for local economic development through the volunteer work he did with BIAs in Hamilton. Prior to joining the Danforth Mosaic BIA, Oliver Hierlihy worked in coordination roles with the Downtown Hamilton BIA and Bronte Village BIA in Oakville. He now also sits as a board member for the Toronto Association of BIA’s (TABIA).
Andrea is the acting Executive Director and a sitting board member of CityPlace Fort York BIA and works full time as the Manager of Commercial Leasing with Concord Adex Inc., a major landlord in the area.
She holds a salesperson’s license with the Real Estate Council of Ontario and is interested in promoting local economic development.
Andrea attended the University of Guelph, where she worked on community development for three years, and was involved in several large-scale programming efforts.
“I loved Toronto from the moment I encountered those massive crowds during morning rush hour at the Go station at Union so many years ago, when I moved from my hometown of Sarnia. Soon after, I married, had 2 kids, bought a house in Leslieville, and enjoyed a lengthy career as Advertising Media Manager on the most amazing accounts: Disney, Proctor & Gamble, Kraft, home Depot, to name a few. The skillset and learned principles prepared me well to work locally in my own neighbourhood - to collaborate, and help advocate and promote our area and our individual business owners.”
After graduating from Brock University with a BA in Tourism and Environmental Studies, Anna moved to Calgary and began working for the Calgary Downtown Association. She quickly worked her way from Admin Assistant to the Operations Manager of Calgary’s only outdoor pedestrian mall, Stephen Avenue. It was there that she realised her passion for place making, small business, and the public realm.
After moving to Toronto in 2017 she worked as the first full time employee for the Little Italy BIA, prior to accepting her current position as the Executive Director for the Beach Village BIA.