Bill Renieris - Chairman
Bill practically grew up in Cabbagetown a his father owned the local Home Hardware, which he eventually took over and continues to operate with the same small town charm. Bill also owns many of the adjacent buildings in the area and values his commercial and residential tenants.
As the Chairman of the BIA Bill is interested in promoting facade improvement, security/safety in the area and Cabbagetown’s overall development and growth. Whether it be anything from streetscape updates to attracting new businesses to the area, Bill is interested in helping to keep Cabbagetown a competitive and desirable area to visit, shop and live in.
Tony Lafazanis - Vice Chairman
Tony has been a Cabbagetown resident since 1986 and is the father of 2 teenage children. In 2013 Tony moved his law office from downtown Toronto right into the heart of Cabbagetown, where he specializes in personal injury. He brings his experience in business and his interest as a resident to the BIA as Vice-Chairman.
Carol T. Culhane - Treasurer
Carol T. Culhane operates the well established International Food Focus in Cabbagetown. As Treasurer of the BIA and a Cabbagetown enthusiast, Carol looks for ways to help the Cabbagetown BIA and the people who use our member’s services flourish.
Patty Junior - Secretary
Patty has been a staple in the Cabbagetown community since the opening of her gourmet food store, The Epicure Shop, in 1980. For over 25 years, she has sat on the BIA board and has watched the Cabbagetown area grow and change into a highly diverse and unique place to live, while sustaining a small town vibe in the big city. Currently sitting on the board as Secretary, she also participates as an active member on the Festival Committee.
Steven Ahn is the branch manager of Cabbagetown’s local Meridian Credit Union. He enjoys engaging with the community and business owners alike.
With her experience in corporate marketing and brand management as well as event planning, Kim sits on the BIA’s festival and AGM committees. As the owner of Spruce on Parliament she understands the retail landscape of the Cabbagetown area and enjoys interacting with the area’s loyal clientele.
Kelly Kyle is a Toronto based Conservation Picture Framer, Gallerist and Photographer. Kelly’s career as a framer began over 25 years ago as she was introduced to the art of picture framing while working at a small camera shop that offered these services. It was during this time that Kelly also pursued her love of art and photography and began the early stages of her career as a visual artist. First receiving a diploma in Art and Design at Niagara College and later a BFA at The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in 1994.
Upon graduation Kelly found employment at some of Toronto’s best photographic labs increasing her knowledge of photography and further developing her skills in customer service and picture framing. . Her knowledge of art and the experience collected during this time soon became the basis from which her vision was realized as Akasha Art Projects Inc.
Daniel is co-owner of Daniel et Daniel, one of Toronto’s most popular event creation and catering companies. Their front of house food shop is popular among Cabbagetowner’s looking for walk-in service for lunch or take home dinner. As a BIA board member, Daniel brings his strong business background to special projects and committees such as the Festival Committee with the goal of making it an event to benefit the entire area and to be accessible to everyone.
Tania owns and operates one of Cabbagetown’s notable restaurants, The House On Parliament, fondly referred to as “The HOP.” Over the years Tania has grown her business with her friendly service, a move in location and a large renovation. As a restaurateur she understands the many challenges faced by Cabbagetown eateries and helps the BIA make decisions taking into account all types of businesses here. Tania sits on the Cabbagetown Festival Committee and hopes the festival will attract new people to our area who will become return customers.
Jaimyis an educator, entreprenerd, and unapologetic Nic Cage fan. She’s the lead strategist and founder of The Social Smiths, a crowdfunding & social media education, management, and consulting company for creatives and cool small businesses. Jaimy has an MSc in social media monetization for filmmakers, a background in science education, and a knack for calculated creativity. She’s an ambassador with the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada, and runs a monthly comedy show that at The Social Smiths Studio, just across the street from Cranberries.