Design Exchange (DX) is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Committees are established within the Board to advise, maintain and oversee the different sectors of DX. Committees include Nominating, Gala, Facility, Executive, Finance/Audit, Nominating, Permanent Collection, Government Relations, Gala, and Friends of Design, and Development.
Christopher is currently the President of Lanterra Construction Management Services and Chief Operating Officer of Lanterra Developments. He is also Chair of Prostate Cancer Canada and Governor of North York General Hospital Foundation. Professionally, Christopher has had a long and impressive career in the real estate development field, including his previous position as President of Great Gulf Residential.
Date Elected – July 30, 2014
Krystal Koo is currently the Director of Sales and Marketing for Dream Unlimited Corp., formally known as Dundee Realty Corp. One of Canada’s largest residential and commercial real estate organizations. She has been responsible for the revitalization, design, and marketing of the Pan Am/Parapan Athletes’ Village - Canary District site which is an awarding winning master plan community that will transform the downtown east. She has also worked on other notable projects such as The King Edward Hotel Private Residences and the historic Distillery District. Koo has also been active in the philanthropic community, she is currently the honorary chair for the YMCA Strong Start, Great Future Campaign their $250 million capital campaign dedicated to build 10 new YMCA centres over 10 years and chairs the Ronald McDonald House Annual Gala. She is also actively involved in the arts, design, and fashion community and participates on various charities and committees. Koo holds a BBA from University of Toronto.
Date Elected – October 2, 2013
Over 30 years of practice, Peter Clewes has developed a body of work shaped by the clarity and functionality of modern architecture, and by a commitment to urbanism and city-building. Clewes began his career as a design architect in the Toronto studio of Arthur Erickson Architects, working Napp Laboratories in Cambridge, UK. He established his first practice in 1986, and was a founding partner in the creation of architectsAlliance in 1999. Clewes’ practice covers a broad range of academic, residential and urban design projects, including the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex at Brock University, the Bloor Street Transformation, and the Pond Road Residence at York University – the first ‘green’ student housing designed for the extremes of central Canada. Believing in the strength of ideas developed through collaboration, Clewes actively pursues relationships with compatible firms. The results of such collaborations have included the Donnelly Centre at the University of Toronto (with Behnisch Architekten) and the Kaiser Computer Science and Engineering Building at the University of British Columbia (with Omicron AEC). Clewes is also a strong proponent of multi-unit residential and mixed-use development as a direct solution to the urgent need for North American cities to grow sustainably. He served for five years on the Waterfront Toronto Design Review Panel, and speaks extensively to professional, academic and civic groups across Canada and the US on topics related to design, density and urban renewal.
Date Elected – October 2, 2013
J. URBAN JOSEPH
Urban Joseph’s distinguished career in the Toronto Dominion Bank began in 1952 in Quebec and culminated in his appointment as Vice-Chairman in 1992. He holds an Associate in Arts from the University of Saskatchewan, an Honours degree in Business and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario. Although retired from TD Bank in 1996, Joseph is extremely active as a Corporate Director. Joseph was made an Officer of the Order of the Canada in 2001 for his extensive contributions to the aboriginal people and youth of Canada.
Date Elected – June 18, 1996
LINDA R. LEWIS
Board Emeritus, Founding President, Ex-Officio
Linda Lewis is the Founding President of Design Exchange and has served on the Board of Directors since 1985. She has a solid reputation for her advocacy of design and is currently working on a Canadian National Design Policy. Lewis is former Chair of the School of Fashion at Ryerson University and has an extensive career in design practice and education.
Date Elected – Feb 6, 1997
MORTON H. RAPP
Morton Rapp has a Bachelor of Engineering from McGill University, a Masters of Commerce from University of Toronto and has completed an Advanced Management Program (AMP) from Harvard University. Rapp serves on a number of Boards in the community including YMHA, Jewish Community Planning Council, Weizmann Institute of Science and serves as a Committee Member at Mount Sinai Hospital. His many interests include contemporary and modern art, science, literature and contemporary consumer and industrial design.
Date Elected – February 14, 1990
George Georghiades is the managing principal of Lexington Park Real Estate Capital Inc., a private real estate investment and asset management firm. The firm owns and manages a geographically concentrated portfolio of retail, office, and multi-residential assets. Beyond creating value for its stakeholders, the firm strives to reinvigorate and re-purpose existing sub-optimal assets and create sustainable new assets that serve the long-term interests of the communities in which it operates. Prior to co-founding Lexington Park, Georghiades held progressively senior roles at McKinsey & Company, serving both its Private Equity and Institutional Investor Practice. He provided guidance on a wide range of issues related to alternative asset class investing, specifically Real Estate and Private Equity. Georghiades is a Loran Scholar from the class of 1995. He has earned a BA in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, an MSc. in Real Estate Economics and Finance at the London School of Economics, and an MPA at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Georghiades was also the first alumnus to serve on the board of the Canadian Merit Scholar- ship Foundation from 2002 to 2006 and continues to be a strong supporter and significant fundraiser for the Foundation.
Date Elected – May 6, 2013
Partner, Hariri Pontarini Architects
Hariri, founding Partner of Hariri Pontarini, holds deep respect for the transformative potential of architecture. He specializes in creating works of enduring value, for clients seeking to lever change through design. His portfolio of nationally and internationally recognized buildings has won over 50 awards, including the Governor General’s Medal in Architecture, and with his Partner David Pontarini, the 2013 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Architectural Firm Award. One of Hariri’s earliest HPA projects, the Canadian headquarters of McKinsey & Company, is the youngest building to receive City of Toronto heritage landmark designation. More recent public and private projects include the Schulich School of Business at York University, the Ivey School of Business at Western University, and the Kitchener Integrated Health Sciences campus, with the University of Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy and the McMaster University Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. Hariri’s work embodies abiding commitment to architecture’s essentials and he brings to every creative project a profound interest in light, form, site, material, and craft.
Date Elected – April 28, 2015
President & CEO, Global Edge Investments
Cohen is President and CEO of Global Edge Investments (GEI), a vertically integrated hospitality and management based investment company he founded in 1998. GEI’s investments and managed portfolio range from hotels and restaurants to online hospitality companies. GEI’s business (directly and through affiliates) includes the ownership of a handful of hotels (including Thompson Toronto and formerly Le Germain Toronto) as well as management of approximately 90 hotels across North America. GEI was an angel investor in Guest Driven based in Montreal as well as Wahanda.com which recently sold for in excess of 100M GBP’s.
Cohen currently serves on the Foundation Board of Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and was formerly on the board of trustees for the Ontario Science Centre. In partnership with his wife, he created the Tora Foundation whose focus is strengthening Jewish identity, Canadian based initiatives and values and education. Tora is or has been involved in organizations and programs such as Birthright Israel, Tennis Canada, the Bell Lightbox, the Ontario Science Centre, AIDA (Association of Israeli Decorative Artists), to name a few.
Cohen is the 2012 recipient of the Ontario Hostelry Institute Gold Award for Hotelier of the Year.
Date Elected – September 10, 2015