Complete Streets Forum 2012 Speakers

Gary Toth

Gary Toth, Senior Director, Transportation Initiatives, Project for Public Spaceshas helped communities, environmental interests and transportation agencies collaborate during his 38 year career as a transportation engineer.  He helped the New Jersey Department of Transportation establish a sustainable and community orientation, highlighted by the establishment of Context Sensitive Solutions and NJ Future in Transportation programs.  The latter fostered healthy living and sustainable communities via integration of transportation and land use.

Since 2007, Gary has advanced place and community based transportation as Senior Director of Transportation Initiatives for the Project for Public Spaces (PPS).   He also is cofounder of the multi NGO coalition called Livability Solutions.   He has done extensive work in Community Based Street and Network Planning and Design and has helped communities such as New York City, Abu Dhabi,  Los Angeles, San Antonio and Brunswick Maine rethink their approach to transportation.   He is the architect of the PPS Streets as Places initiative, which uses Placemaking to fully Complete Streets.  He remains involved with several national initiatives, such as the Strategic Highway Research Program, the American Public Transit Associationand the Congress for New Urbanism.  He is one of seven instructors certified to lead theNational Highway Institute’s Transportation and Land Use Course.  He is one of the leading experts in the country on what “makes DOTs tick”, and how to engage the transportation planning, funding, project development and design processes to achieve sustainable and livable outcomes.

John LaPlante

John N. LaPlante, P.E., PTOE, Vice President and Director of Traffic Engineering, T.Y. Lin International, Chicago. Prior to joining the firm in 1992, Mr. LaPlante had been with the City of Chicago for 30 years in various transportation engineering positions, including Chief City Traffic Engineer and Acting Commissioner of the new Department of Transportation. He has been involved in several national committees (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Green Book Technical Committee and upcoming Bike Guide, National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices; Bicycle Technical Committee and Pedestrian Task Force, and the Transportation Research Board Pedestrian and Bicycle Committees) and was principal author of the AASHTO Pedestrian Guide. He has taught many courses as part of the Federal Highway Administration Pedestrian Safety Action Plan and theAssociation of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals/US Access Board Designing for Pedestrian Accessibility training. His education includes a BSCE degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology and an MSCE degree at Northwestern University. He is a Fellow of both Institute of Transportation Engineers and American Society of Civil Engineers.

Monica Campbell

Monica Campbell is the Director of Healthy Public Policy with Toronto Public Health and as such overseas the development of a wide range of policy, research, and advocacy activities on environmental and social determinants of health.  Monica was previously the Manager forToronto Public Health‘s Environmental Protection Office where she led a team of researchers, policy experts and health promotion specialists in promoting enhanced environmental quality and prevention of adverse health effects from a degraded urban environment.  Monica has specific expertise on air pollution, climate change and built environment issues.  She holds a doctorate in Toxicology from the University of Toronto and an appointment as Assistant Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

David Mowat

Dr. David L. MowatMedical Officer of Health, Region of PeelIn this role, Dr. Mowat is responsible for protecting and promoting the health of the residents of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.

During his career, Dr. Mowat has held positions in public health at local, provincial and national levels. Prior to joining The Region of Peel in February of 2007, Dr. Mowat was Deputy Chief Public Health Officer at the Public Health Agency of Canada, where he had responsibilities forstrengthening public health practice, including knowledge translation and the development of the public health workforce. In this role he has participated in many federal/provincial/territorial committees and national initiatives.

Previous appointments include Consultant in Maternal and Child Health in the Ministry of Health of Newfoundland, Medical Officer of Health for Kingston and area, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario, and senior positions at Health Canada.

Dr. Mowat received his medical training at the University of Edinburgh, and a master’s degree in public health from the University of California at Berkeley. He is also a fellow in public health and preventive medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a Fellow (by distinction) of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal Colleges of Medicine (UK). He is an adjunct faculty member at McMaster, Queen’s and the University of Toronto.

Dan Burden

Dan Burden, Executive Director and co-founder of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, has spent more than 35 years helping the world get “back on its feet” and his efforts have not only earned him the first-ever lifetime-achievement awards issued by the New Partners for Smart Growth and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, but in 2001, Dan was named by TIME Magazine as “one of the six most important civic innovators in the world.”  Also that year, the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences honored Dan by making him their Distinguished Lecturer.  In 2009, a user’s poll byPlanetizen named Dan as one of the Top 100 Urban Thinkers of all time.

Early in his career, starting in 1980, Dan served for 16 years as the country’s first statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for the Florida Department of Transportation and that program became a model for other statewide programs in the United States.  In 1996, Dan sought to expand his reach and ability to really change the world, so he and his wife Lys co-founded a non-profit organization called Walkable Communities.  Since then, Dan has personally helped 3,500 communities throughout the world become more livable and walkable.  In 2009, Dan co-founded the WALC Institute with Director of Education Sarah Bowman to create a focus on education, capacity-building and training to support communities in becoming more engaged and healthier through active living.  In 2010, the Institute donated $130,000 in services to communities and raised $135,000 for communities through grants. Dan serves on Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s Livable Communities Task Force, the board of advisors for Walkscore and Transportation for America.