Mandate and Responsibilities

Under the City of Toronto Act, 2006, the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place is a City board and City Council determines its mandate and structure. The Board of Governors oversees Exhibition Place, an urban park vested in the City consisting of 192 acres encompassing Exhibition Park and some adjacent land to the south. Exhibition Place is to be used for parks, exhibitions, trade centres, trade and agricultural fairs, displays, sporting and athletic events, public entertainments and meetings, and any other purpose that the City may approve.

Exhibition Place, Canada’s largest entertainment venue, is home to the Beanfield Centre, Enercare Centre, Better Living Centre, Queen Elizabeth Building, Bandshell Park, the Coca-Cola Coliseum (leased to Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd.) and several heritage buildings. The annual CNE, one of the largest annual fairs in North America, is planned and managed by the Canadian National Exhibition Association, on the grounds of Exhibition Place.

The Board of Governors is responsible for the operation, management and maintenance of the lands and assets of Exhibition Place as a strategic asset on behalf of the City of Toronto, and promotes new business opportunities on the Exhibition Place grounds, including:

  • working with Exhibition Place staff to develop strategic plans, goals and policies for the grounds and ensuring that these plans are efficiently implemented;
  • considering matters relevant to the management and delivery of quality service to the public and clients in a profit-oriented operation; and
  • overseeing the annual operating expenditures and capital budget.

Board Size and Composition

The Board of Governors consists of nine members and is composed of:

  • the Mayor, or a designate recommended by the Mayor and appointed by City Council;
  • Four Council Members; and
  • Four citizen members.

Chair and Vice-Chair

City Council appoints the Chair of the Board of Governors. The Board elects a Vice-Chair from amongst its members.

Eligibility Requirements

Citizens are eligible for appointment to the Board of Governors, and eligible to remain on the Board after being appointed, if they satisfy the eligibility requirements for appointment as set out in the City’s Public Appointments Policy.


Citizen members of the Board of Governors should collectively demonstrate a range of qualifications including:

  • keen interest in and knowledge of trade and consumer show management and/or events management/entertainment industry;
  • specific expertise in one of the following areas: property management and development; finance; marketing; legal; public relations and communications; public/private enterprises; and human resources;
  • ability to devote the time required for Board meetings and for pre-meeting study and review of agenda and supporting material; and
  • reflect the ethnocultural diversity of the city.

In addition, a youthful perspective, defined as an individual in the 18-30 age range, is a desired qualification for at least one citizen member.

Appointments Process – Citizen Members

Citizen members of the Board are recruited through an advertised recruitment process. The appointments process is conducted according to the policies and procedures in the City’s Public Appointments Policy.


The Board meets approximately 10 times a year or at the call of the Chair. Board meetings are open to the public, except for meetings or parts of meetings where a subject matter is being considered that is set out in section 190 of the City of Toronto Act, 2006.


No remuneration is paid to Board members.