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Mark Garner

Executive Director & CSO,
Downtown Yonge BIA
Toronto,
Mark Garner is the Executive Director and Chief of Staff for the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area in downtown Toronto.

Mark has over 30 years experience as a senior executive in corporate development, customer management and operations, with a focus on economics and company profitability –for many of North America’s Top 50 companies.
Over the past decade he has increasingly focused on the revitalization and development of urban downtowns, playing an integral role in catalyzing on economics, neighbourhoods, social innovation and incubators.

His goal is always to build inclusive and healthy communities.

Mark is a city-builder, an advocate for change and a key influencer in the evolution of downtown environments. He believes that collaboration and partnership are pivotal to change, as are consensus-building and a shared vision.
As an advocate and implementer of Asset Based Community Development (ABCD), Mark’s vision for Toronto is that of a city that is: inclusive; focused on public realm uses; founded on healthy and vibrant communities; engaged in arts and culture; and committed to active lifestyle projects.

A passion for music, arts and culture through proactive programming of parks, laneways and other unique assets has driven Mark to play a key role in activating urban neighbourhoods. His ideas and approach have been acknowledged by numerous awards and by being emulated in other communities.