The Division of People Strategy, Equity & Culture at the University of Toronto has announced the 2023 recipients of the Pinnacle Awards and we are delighted to announce that Ron Saporta, Chief Operating Officer, Property Services & Sustainability, Operations & Real Estate Partnerships, has been named the winner of the Chancellor’s Award 2023, Influential Leader category.
The citation states: Ron has led and collaborated on a broad range of initiatives since he joined U of T that have had a significant and lasting impact on the institution.
Lauded by his colleagues and staff as “incredibly collaborative”, “supportive”, “unflappable”, “inspirational”, “innovative, energetic, and [with] a prodigious capacity to work in a manner that is engaging, enthusiastic and joyful”, Saporta is also recognized for his creative and outside-the-box thinking that has resulted in innovative problem solving throughout his portfolio. Saporta has made a monumental impact across U of T with his clear vision for the tri-campus in his role as Chief Operating Officer. He centres the impacts on student experience in every project he manages while looking for opportunities to improve how our campus facilities can support student learning. Saporta’s leadership and influence can be found on numerous initiatives at the University, including essential sustainability initiatives, the University’s response to COVID-19, and in the operationalization of experiential learning opportunities for our students. Despite his relatively brief tenure at U of T, he has demonstrated incredible leadership in our community.