Tanzeel Merchant brings to the board experience in architecture, urban design, journalism, growth management and planning, with several awards to his credit in these fields. He is currently the Manager of Growth Planning and Analysis, at the Ministry of Infrastructure’s Ontario Growth Secretariat. He leads his team in the development and implementation of the Ontario government’s award-winning Places to Grow initiative, a program to plan for growth and development in a way that supports economic prosperity, protects the environment and helps communities achieve a high quality of life. In addition to his role on the board of Heritage Toronto, he has been selected as a DiverseCity Fellow for 2012, and is a member of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance’s Emerging Leaders Network. Tanzeel has also worked on the award-winning Regent Park revitalization initiative and was a founding board member and treasurer of the Regent Park Film Festival. Tanzeel holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology and a Master of Urban Design from the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto.