Message from the Executives

Office of the Chief Executive

I want to begin by thanking our Deputy CEO Kirsten Watson for her service. Today (October 7) is Kirsten’s last day at the TTC. She has been an important part of this organization for over 20 years. She has been a great role model and mentor for many at the TTC, and she will be missed. Please join me in wishing her luck as she begins the next exciting chapter of her career.

Latin American Heritage Month
The TTC continues its commitment to promoting inclusion in the workplace by celebrating Latin American Heritage Month in October. Latin American Heritage Month provides us an opportunity to learn and celebrate the tremendous contributions and achievements made by our employees of Latin American descent.

A Commission-wide poster campaign began rolling out this week. Thank you to the following employees for participating in the campaign and for sharing your personal reflections: Bus Operator Daniel Campos, Rail Transportation Instructor Johnni Zamora, Carhouse Helper Jose Falcones, Streetcar Operator Marcela Garcia and Mobile Supervisor Stacy Garcia.

The TTC is proud to support our workforce as we continue to promote the hiring of women and more diverse individuals through various recruitment events and other hiring initiatives. We’re working to have a workforce that reflects the diverse city we serve.

This month, we will also be recognizing Women’s History Month and Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Bus Roadeo champions
I’d like to congratulate the winners of the Bus Roadeo Challenge that was held at Arrow Road Division last Sunday (October 2).

From Bus Transportation: second runner up, Edib Hoxha – Arrow Road Division; first runner up, Rob Kempers – Queensway Division; and Grand Champion, Mark Ramsay from Wilson Division. From Bus Maintenance (Operating): second runner up, Robert Amos – Eglinton Garage; William Lawrence – Malvern Garage; and Grand Champion Kelvin Gomez – Queensway Garage.

I’d also like to thank all those who helped organize the event and congratulate all the competitors who participated in both the transportation and maintenance driving skills competition. Congratulations!

October Service Board Period
Lastly, the October Board Period service changes take effect this coming Sunday (October 9) to improve service resiliency and delivery. Seasonal service will be ending and there are also adjustments for construction projects around the city.

Have a wonderful and safe long weekend; if you’re working on Thanksgiving Day Monday, thank you for your service. And good luck to the Toronto Blue Jays who begin their post-season run this afternoon against the Seattle Mariners. We’ve been getting Jays fans to games all season long and hope to continue welcoming them deep into October. Go Jays!

Richard J. Leary
Chief Executive Officer
October 7, 2022 

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