Toronto Community Housing announces Keiko Nakamura as Acting CEO

Toronto Community Housing announces Keiko Nakamura as Acting CEO

May 19, 2009

Toronto Community Housing announced today that Keiko Nakamura is the Acting Chief Executive Officer as ratified by the Board of Directors. Ms. Nakamura is Toronto Community Housing's current Chief Operating Officer and has been with the organization since June 2005.

Before joining Toronto Community Housing, Ms. Nakamura was Director of Facilities Services at the City of Toronto and held the posts of Administrative Director, Addiction Medicine and Concurrent Disorders and Director of Clinical Services at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health prior to that.

Ms. Nakamura has demonstrated a strong commitment to making Toronto a good place to live and work for all residents and has been integral in leading Toronto Community Housings' efforts in this respect.

"I am confident in Keiko's ability to continue the great work we are doing to build great neighbourhoods," said Board Chair David Mitchell. "She has the experience, and determination to continue the great work that staff, tenants and the community are doing to build healthy neighbourhoods across the city."

Derek Ballantyne, outgoing CEO, will continue in an advisory role until the end of May to ensure a smooth and seamless transition. Mr. Ballantyne has accepted the position of Chief Operating Officer of Build Toronto where he will continue the work of building a great city. The Toronto Community Housing Board of Directors is in the process of setting the search criteria for selecting the next Chief Executive Officer.

Toronto Community Housing provides quality housing for low and moderate income households and creates conditions to enable healthy communities. The work of the 1,400 committed Toronto Community Housing employees is guided by the Community Management Plan - the business plan developed by working with tenants, staff and community partners.


About Toronto Community Housing

Toronto Community Housing is Canada's largest social housing provider and home to more than 164,000 tenants with low and moderate incomes - about six per cent of the City of Toronto's population. Toronto Community Housing employs 1,400 staff in a broad range of jobs who deliver Toronto Community Housing's mandate to provide quality housing and build great neighbourhoods. Toronto Community Housing is one of Canada's 2009 Top 100 Employers.

For more information, please contact:
Jeffrey Ferrier
Media Relations, Toronto Community Housing
(416) 981-4252 or