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Toronto Zoo Board of Management
The vision of the Toronto Zoo is to be a dynamic and exciting action centre that inspires people to love, respect and protect wildlife and wild spaces.
The Toronto Zoo has over 5,000 animals and 1.2 million visitors per year. At 287 hectares (710 acres) the Toronto Zoo is one of the largest zoos in the world. There are four major indoor pavilions, several smaller indoor viewing areas and numerous outdoor exhibits. The Toronto Zoo is a leader in conservation, education and research with innovative programs to save endangered species and conserve natural habitat.
The Toronto Zoo is owned by the City of Toronto and operated on behalf of the City by a board of management. The board is responsible for oversight of the Toronto Zoo and approval of certain financial and contractual obligations.
The board is responsible for the following specific matters:
- works with the Toronto Zoo staff to develop strategic plans, goals and policies for the Toronto Zoo and ensures that these plans are efficiently and effectively implemented
- approves the annual operating and capital budgets for recommendation to Council
- hires and evaluates the Chief Executive Officer, who is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the Toronto Zoo and its staff
- considers matters relevant to the management and delivery of quality programs and services
- is accountable for the Toronto Zoo's activities and for ensuring that it complies with all applicable legislation
Board Size and Composition
The Toronto Zoo Board of Management consists of 12 members composed of:
- the Mayor or designate appointed by the Mayor;
- 3 Council Members; and
- 8 citizen members.
Chair and Vice-Chair
City Council elects the chair of the Board of Management upon the recommendation of the Civic Appointments Committee. The Board elects a vice-chair from amongst its members.
Term of Office
The term of office for citizen members of the Board is four years from the date of appointment, generally coincident with the term of Council.
The term of office for Council Members of the Board is two years.
The board meets approximately 10 times per year or more frequently at the call of the Chair.