Vibrant cities are those where residents are engaged and feel that they belong, where civic institutions fully reflect the diversity of the population, and where strong social connections unite people to each another and to their neighbourhoods. – Toronto Vital Signs 2014 Report, Toronto Foundation
In his role as the President & CEO of the Toronto Foundation, Rahul has been working to engage philanthropy to improve the quality of life in Toronto. Formerly a corporate lawyer with a leading Canadian law firm, he was also Vice President of the Toronto 2008 Olympic Bid.
As part of the Mayor's Blue Ribbon Fiscal review panel in 2008, Rahul was involved in identifying efficiencies for the City of Toronto. A year later the Province of Ontario appointed him to the Board of Metrolinx, an organization developing and implementing an overall transit strategy for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. More recently, Rahul was Chair of the 2012 Ontario Summer Games, the first multi-sport games to be held in Toronto and he is currently Chair of Community Foundations of Canada as well as Co-Chair of TO2015 IGNITE, a program of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am & Parapan Am Games. He is the past Chair of the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival and his board commitments, past and present, include Upper Canada College, George Brown College, Stratford Festival of Canada and United Way Toronto, among others. Rahul obtained his ICD.D designation from the Rotman School of Business.
In 2012, Rahul's commitment to city building was recognized as he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He has twice been named one of "The 50 Most Influential" people in the city by Toronto Life magazine and was recently named to The Ultimate List of Social CEOs on Twitter. His vision for Toronto has made him a popular presenter and speaker, particularly on issues relating to the city, community, and leadership as well as Toronto's Vital Signs®.
Moderator: 2015 Roundtable: Diversity is Our Strength
Rahul Bhardwaj is well aware the city faces big problems. "If we don't come to terms with the issues," warns the president and CEO of the Toronto Foundation, "we are at real risk of falling behind."