August 2, 2012
KPMB Architects co-founder Marianne McKenna appointed to Ontario transit agency Metrolinx board
Metrolinx, the Ontario government’s regional transit agency for the Toronto and Hamilton areas, recently announced that architect Marianne McKenna is one of three new board members.
Along with Thomas Payne, Bruce Kuwabara and Shirley Blumberg, McKenna co-founded Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB) in 1987. The firm’s projects include the $175-million George Brown College Center for Health Sciences, under construction by EllisDon Corp. on the shore of Lake Ontario in Toronto, and the Rotman School of Management.
Metrolinx operates GO Transit, which provides commuter train and bus service in the greater Toronto area and is also owner of several major projects. For example, in Toronto, In 2010, the Women’s Executive Network named McKenna one of Canada’s 100 most powerful women for 2010. She also led the team that produced the master plan for Ryerson University, which received the American Institute of Architects Honour Award in 2009.
The other new Metrolinx board members are Bonnie Patterson and Howard Lincoln Shearer, according to a recent Metrolinx press release. Patterson, president of the Council of Ontario Universities, is a former dean of business at the Ryerson University and a former president of Trent University in Peterborough.
Shearer is the Chairman of Hitachi Power Systems Canada Ltd. and is also on the board of the Independent Electricity System Operator.
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