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Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership

Sevaun Palvetzian

Sevaun Palvetzian

Sevaun Palvetzian has been CEO at CivicAction since January of 2014. Before CivicAction, Palvetzian held several senior executive roles within the Ontario Government including leading the Ontario Place Revitalization project and launching the Youth and New Professional Secretariat – a government-wide strategy to attract and retain future generations of leaders.

Prior to her work in government, Palvetzian held positions at the University of Toronto, the World Bank Group, and Presidential Classroom, a Washington D.C. - based civic education organization.

Palvetzian frequently contributes to city-building efforts serving as a member of the Premier’s Community Hubs Advisory Group and the City of Toronto’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Advisory Committee. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for both Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council and NPower Canada – an employer-driven technology program for youth facing barriers to employment.

Sevaun completed the Ivey Executive Program at the Richard Ivey School of Business and has an M.A. in history from the University of Western Ontario.