The Pan Am Path is an 87 kilometre legacy trail that links diverse neighbourhoods across 13 wards in the Greater Toronto Area, from Brampton to Scarborough.
The City of Toronto is the sole owner of the physical Pan Am Path infrastructure.
Friends of the Pan Am Path s an independent non-profit with a mandate to bring the path to life and establish a national legacy that continues to grow beyond the 2015 Pan Am/ Para Pan Am Games.
Our mission is to enhance and bring awareness to the public spaces along the Pan Am Path through arts, culture and recreation.
The Pan Am Path was started by a group of Toronto artists and city-builders in collaboration with the City of Toronto. On July 18, 2013, Toronto City Council endorsed the Pan Am Path as a Host City Showcase Program of the Games and committed $1.9 million to accelerate the building of physical connections along the network.
The Pan Am Path and creation of a continuous trail was approved by City Council in 2013 to enhance the experience of the Games for residents and visitors while advancing the City’s economic development and tourism, sport development, healthy living, resident engagement and cultural celebration goals.
Friends of the Pan Am Path was incorporated in 2013, and in 2015 we launch programming along side the Pan Am Games.
Brent Chamberlain, Chair, Co-founder
A passionate city-builder, Brent helped to co-found the Pan Am Path during CivicAction’s 2012 DiverseCity Fellows program. He has held a number of leadership positions in both the private and non-profit sectors and currently leads the team responsible for inclusion and diversity at CIBC. Brent is a graduate of McGill University and the London School of Economics.
Salim Rachid, Co-founder
Salim is a founding board member of the Friends of the Pan Am Path and is passionate about creating a more liveable and walkable city. He currently works at Edelman Canada as a Director in client strategy. Salim moved to Toronto in 2009 and has been an active volunteer with many organizations since. He studied international relations at the University of Oxford.
Caitlin McClung, Co-Founder, Secretary
An advocate for more inclusive and connected communities, Caitlin helped pivot the Pan Am Path from idea to action during CivicAction’s 2012 DiverseCity Fellows program. A graduate from McGill and Ryerson University, Caitlin has held senior positions within government, a top tier management consulting firm and is currently a Director at StrategyCorp, a boutique strategic advisory firm. Caitlin and her growing family live near the path in Toronto's west end.
Matthew MacDonald, Treasurer
Matt is a management consultant at Ernst & Young, specializing in strategy and operations. Growing up near the Don River, he spent many weekends exploring the Don Valley, and is passionate about hiking, camping, and canoeing. Matt holds double Masters degrees in finance and management from HEC Paris and ESADE.
Daniella Etienne, Board Member
Daniella is a Professional Marketing and Public Relations (PR) specialist creating, managing and implementing marketing and PR campaigns for over a decade helping global brands enrich the position of their companies within the public eye.
Daniella lends her marketing and communication expertise to non for profit organization in her spare time, hoping to lend a hand in creating change in communities across Toronto.
Lana Majid, Board Member
Lana is a public health professional, currently working as a Senior Advisor at the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Lana’s recent projects include the new Healthy Smiles Ontario dental program and the Syrian Refugee Resettlement.
Active in the city-building space, Lana is also a current CivicAction DiverseCity fellow and recent executive committee member of the Emerging Leaders Network.
Lana has a Master of Public Health from Queen’s University and an Honours Bachelor of Science Kinesiology degree from McMaster University.
The sacred land on which we stand has been a site of human activity for 15,000 years. This land is the territory of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. The territory was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.
Today, the meeting place of Toronto is still the home to many indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work in the community, on this territory.
We are gratefu of the work put forth by the Civic Action Diversity Fellows, community members, arts, organizations, city builders and artists who brought the vision of the Pan Am Path during the 2015 Pan Am/Para Pan Am Games in Toronto.
We thank the City of Toronto for their continued support in the construction and maintenance of the Pan Am Path trails.