About the Corktown Residents and Business Association

About the CRBA

We’re a team of passionate volunteers from the local Business and Residential community working to make the community a great place to do business and live.

Our core projects include:

We’re a not-for-profit, volunteer led organization building a better Corktown Toronto.

Corktown Volunteers and Board Members

For years, Corktown has been working with our local businesses and residents to build a sustainable, people-oriented neighbourhood.  Find out about our current work below and how you can volunteer in our quickly changing area.

Corktown Toronto is one of the downtown core's favourite neighbourhoods to shop, live and visit.

We currently have a need for volunteers in the following areas:

  1. Social Media and Digital Communications
  2. Web Development
  3. Community Engagement

If you’d like to explore volunteering with Corktown, please fill out our Expression of Interest form and email it to info@corktown.ca We do our best to respond within 48 hours.  Volunteer and Board Member positions are usually filled at our Annual General Meeting in February but can be filled on an ongoing basis as necessary.

CRBA Mandate

  • Keep the local residents and businesses informed through monthly public meetings, a recurring newsletter and an up-to-date website.
  • Convey community concerns and issue priorities to all relevant public and private institutions.
  • Help realize neighbourhood improvements, using a constructive and collaborative approach.
  • Read our bylaws here.

The Board of Directors

The Corktown Board of Directors is comprised of residents and business owners from the neighbourhood. Board members are elected annually for one-year terms. All members of the CRBA in good standing are eligible to cast a vote and run for a position on the Board.

2020/21 Corktown Volunteer Board of Directors

Aaron Binder – President
Vacant – Vice-President
Sanjay Vakani – Treasurer
Vacant – Secretary

Lisa Bugelli – Marketing and Outreach
Cory Lemos – Heritage Head
Ann Summers-Dossena – Foundry Project Lead
Louis Selmeci – Corktown News Editor

Board Adjacent

Socrates Apallas – Development Group Lead
Will Meneray – Business Success Team Lead

The Corktown News
Team Lead: Louis Selmeci, Editor-in-Chief

The Corktown News is our

Business Success
Team Lead: Will Meneray

Our businesses make Corktown incredible.  From our neighbourhood icons like Fusilli to newer favourites like Odin and Aviary, Corktown is a great place for Small Businesses to work and grow.

Our Business Success Working Group is finding ways to best support our local businesses and make sure they have every opportunity to succeed.

Current Projects
1) King East BIA Exploration
2) Queen East Improvement Working Group
3) Demographic and Information Gathering

Events and Outreach
Team Lead: Aaron Binder

Our Events and Outreach Group is finding new ways to drive Tourism, support our businesses, and maintain communications about our community oriented projects.  We produce multiple events throughout the year of various sizes.

Current Projects
1) Community Cleanup
2) Corktown Egg Hunt
3) Corktown Holiday Party

Development and Construction
Team Lead: Socrates Apallas

Corktown continues to grow and we want to make sure that how it grows makes sense for everyone.  Our Development Group works closely with surrounding neighbourhoods and the Toronto Centre Councillors Office to make sure our any new building projects fit our area.

Heritage Group
Team Lead: Cory Lemos

Our Heritage Working Group is dedicated to keeping the neighbourhood beautiful and memorable.  There’s a lot of history here that residents and visitors love – let’s keep it intact.  We understand that developments need to happen and that they can co-exist when done properly.

Adjacent Working Groups

The Foundry
Team Lead: Ann Summers-Dossena

The Foundry is a building located at St. Lawrence St. and Eastern Avenue.  Corktown Board Member Ann Summers Dossena has struck a Working Group to explore potential uses for this building and begin developing a plan.

Dormant Working Groups

These are groups formed by prior boards for specific reasons but can be re-started if the need and community leadership arises to work with us. If you’d like to re-activate a dormant group, email info@corktown.ca.

Arts and Culture
Membership Committee
King St. Transit Corridor
Queen East Revitalization


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