BIA Annual General Meeting 2022

Annual General Meeting Notice

UPDATE: Click Here for the meeting minutes and here for the final presentation. 


As a member of The Junction BIA, you are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting on Thursday, December 1, 2022, at 9:30 AM. Registration Link:


  1. Call to Order, Introductions, Opening Remarks and Land Acknowledgement 
  2. Declaration of Conflict of Interest
  3. Approval of 2021 Annual General Meeting Minutes
  4. Auditor’s 2021 Report 
  5. Appointment of Auditor for 2022
  6. Board Election (2023-2026 Term)
  7. 2022 Reports: Marketing and Streetscaping
  8. Proposed Program for 2023
  9. Approval of Budget for 2023
  10. New Business 
  11. Adjournment

The purpose of this meeting is to approve the BIA’s budget and proposed activities for 2023 (see over) and elect a Board of Management for the 2023-2026 term.   This program is paid for by a special levy charged to you and other commercial and industrial property owners and non-residential tenants of such properties. As a BIA member, the best way to participate in your BIA’s decisions on your behalf is to get involved. A copy of the complete proposed budget and audited financial statement will be available upon pre-registration.

Voting and Pre-Registration: The BIA Annual General Meeting will take place virtually. Voting members must join the meeting through the desktop or mobile app to vote. Voting is not available to attendees that call into the meeting. Pre-registration will be required. Deadline to Pre-register: Thursday, November 24, 2022. Pre-registration link: go to or email Melanie Neves, Operations Manager, at

NEW! You could WIN a $500 cash prize for attending and staying until the end of the presentation! The winner will be randomly drawn from the list of participants that were present at the end of the meeting. We will contact the winner through email and announce the winner on our private JBIA Members FB Group HERE. (BIA and City staff are not eligible.)

Annual General Meeting Procedures: Pre-registration is required to attend. If you are a voting member, we will contact you for proof of BIA membership (photo ID and a business card, utility bill with business name/tenant name and address, or City of Toronto property tax bill). Per The City of Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 19, Business Improvement Area, only members of the proposed BIA and their legal representatives (proof required) are eligible to vote at the AGM. A “person” is defined by Chapter 19 to include “a corporation and the heirs, executors, administrators or other legal representatives of a person to whom the context can apply according to the law.” No person in attendance shall have more than one vote. 

Board of Management Nomination: Persons interested in being considered for nomination at an Annual General Meeting (AGM) must have completed and submitted a Nomination Form six months before the AGM date. Nominees must sit in on a minimum of three (3) out of four (4) consecutive board meetings before the official election to the board. The board must advertise the election two (2) months before the Nomination Form deadline. 

At the AGM, the BIA membership will elect a new board from the pool of nominees that have come forward. The BIA Membership has the right to accept or reject any nominees. The names of the elected directors will then be shared with the City of Toronto’s BIA office for approval and appointment by City Council. The new board will take office the following year. This year, we held the Call for Board Members months in advance. From April to June, a Call for Board Members was sent via Mailchimp, and we created a webpage to accept nominations. 

Outside of an election year, the board will accept nomination forms on a rolling basis for review at a meeting within three (3) months. Nominees must attend a minimum of three (3) out of four (4) consecutive board meetings before the official election to the board. The existing Board of Management has the right to accept or reject nominees.

Please forward a copy of this notice to your commercial/industrial tenants. For more information, contact Carol Jolly, Executive Director, at

Expressions of Interest Summary for The Junction BIA Board of Management, Term 2023-2026

Dan Yurchuk – MEDS Junction Pharmacy: Dan has been on the board for the last three years and is currently the treasurer. As the owner of MEDS Pharmacy Group, Dan has over 25 years of experience operating community-based retail pharmacies, including 12 years in the Junction neighbourhood. Dan looks forward to continuing to bring his expertise to the JBIA and playing a role in building on the great successes and initiatives that the staff and board have achieved to date.

Heather Phillips – ARTiculations Art Supply: Heather co-founded ARTiculations in 2011 out of a desire to create meaningful connections between artists, their materials and the creative process. In the 10+ years since opening, she has coordinated over 500 art classes and workshops, curated over 70 exhibitions, and coordinated or participated in close to 50 community events. Heather has been an active member of the board of directors for the Junction BIA since 2012, first sitting on the events and marketing committees and then as a board member. She has served as previous Vice Chair and Chair for the board and has lived and worked in the Junction since 2007. Heather loves our neighbourhood and is working collaboratively to make it great!

Janet Di Bernardo – Latitude 44 Gallery Framing Decor: Janet has been a long-term board member and would like to continue. Since relocating their business to the Junction in 2003, Janet and her sister have participated in nearly every Junction event. The current board and staff are progressive, active and inclusive in making the Junction a healthy, thriving community. Janet is interested in seeing this continue with all current and future projects, making the Junction the most desirable neighbourhood to visit, work and live in. Janet is very community driven. In addition to sitting on the JBIA board, she has sat on other committees, such as chair of PAC at Centennial College, founding member of the Junction Arts Festival committee and part of the Function in the Junction (residents fundraising events for needy causes that are not government funded).

Jyhling Lee – East of Keele: Jhyling brings experience as a two-term board member and has served as the previous chair of the Streetscape Committee. With her background in architecture and public space design, she tries to contribute her insights to beautifying our Junction public realm. In addition, Jhyling would like to continue guiding and supporting the outstanding initiatives of the BIA to promote and draw the public to our neighbourhood’s businesses.

Kiyo Elliot-Armstrong – Full Stop Cafe: As current chair, Kiyo has had direct insight into the fantastic progress made by the JBIA’s relatively new staff. Kiyo hopes to maintain the strong working relationship between board members and staff that has led to so much recent success in promoting the Junction through very trying times; this is a crucial moment to capitalize on our momentum. In addition, Kiyo hopes to continue to foster the JBIA staff’s excellent marketing ideas and maintain healthy cooperative communication between staff and the board to continue efficiently supporting and promoting the members of the JBIA.

Manny Solnik – Solnik and Solnik PC: Manny has been a board member for over 20 years and wants to continue providing volunteer work for the community. He serves as a lawyer and has been practicing in the Junction for about 30 years. He is pleased to provide the board’s pro bono (free) legal services. Manny has many clients in the Junction and tries to bring up issues that are important to them. Manny looks forward to continuing the success the board has achieved to date.

2023 Budget Summary

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