TCHC appoints Jag Sharma as President and CEO


Toronto, June 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – TORONTO, June 23, 2021 — Jag Sharma will be the next President and CEO of Toronto Community Housing.

The Board of Directors of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) today announced the appointment of Mr. Sharma following an extensive board-led executive search process. He will join the company on August 3, 2021.

In his new role, Mr. Sharma brings exceptional private and public sector experience to leading organizations such as Ford Motor Company, Maple Leaf Foods and Canada Post Corporation. He served eight years with the City of Oshawa as Commissioner of the Department of Community Services and then as City Manager. He joins TCHC from the Town of Newmarket, where he is currently the Executive Director reporting to the Mayor and Council and leading a team of nearly 700 employees.

At the Town of Newmarket, Mr. Sharma has led the organization’s success in key areas such as customer service excellence; establishing the Council’s strategic priorities and related public reports; deliver the city’s first financial strategy; oversee its response to the pandemic; defend Newmarket’s digital transformation strategy; and the establishment of an emerging leaders development program. He was instrumental in founding the Newmarket Task Force to Combat Anti-Black Racism, supported by the Staff Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The task force works to foster positive race relations by focusing on racial equity opportunities in Newmarket and on issues or activities that impact the black community.

Interim CEO Sheila Penny will resume her role as Chief Operating Officer of TCHC when Mr. Sharma joins TCHC on August 3, 2021.

The board began the search process in June 2020 after former chief executive Kevin Marshman announced his decision to retire on March 31, 2021. The board established a search committee chaired by the vice president Brian Smith and selected LHH Knightsbridge Executive Search to assist the committee.


“Jag Sharma is a passionate and strategic leader with a proven track record of customer service excellence. The board is confident that Jag’s unwavering commitment to service excellence and exemplary leadership skills, experience and genuine interest and empathy for the tenants we support will enable TCHC to build on our strengths and give employees the means to make a difference in the lives of our tenants. His leadership experience in equity, diversity and inclusion, and in the fight against anti-black racism, will be invaluable as we implement the TCHC anti-black racism strategy as the board of directors approved earlier this year.

“I would like to thank the Search Committee chaired by Vice Chairman of the Board, Brian Smith, for their dedication to the search process and tireless efforts to meet with a strong pool of candidates to select an exceptional new leader for the company. I would also like to express the Board of Directors’ gratitude and appreciation to Sheila Penny for her contribution as Interim President and CEO and her continued contributions as Chief Operating Officer.

—Tim Murphy, Chair, TCHC Board of Directors

“I congratulate the Board of Directors of TCHC for selecting Jag Sharma as the company’s next President and CEO. Toronto Community Housing is responsible for providing the quality housing and services that TCHC tenants want and need. I believe Mr. Sharma is an exceptional choice to continue to advance TCHC.

—Mayor of Toronto, John Tory

“Joining TCHC right now is an incredible honor. As I discovered TCHC and its tenure over the past few months, I have been inspired by the passion and commitment of its employees to provide service and support tenants through one of the most difficult times of the year. company history. A key priority for me will be to connect with tenants to understand their needs and how we can continue to support them.

—Jag Sharma


About Toronto Community Housing

Toronto Community Housing ( is the largest provider of social housing in Canada. Toronto Community Housing provides housing to 58,500 low and moderate income households in neighborhoods across the city. Toronto Community Housing is wholly owned by the City of Toronto and its 2,100 buildings represent $ 10 billion in public assets.

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