Complete Streets Forum 2013 Speakers

Dr. David McKeown

Dr. David McKeown is Medical Officer of Health for the City of Toronto and Executive Officer of the Toronto Board of Health.  He leads Toronto Public Health, Canada’s largest local public health agency, which provide public health programs and services for 2.7 million residents.  He has worked in the public health field for more than 25 years and has served as Medical Officer of Health for East York, the City of Toronto prior to amalgamation, and the Region of Peel.  He is an Assistant Professor (Status Only) in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Jennifer Keesmaat

As the newly engaged Chief Planner for the City of Toronto, Jennifer is committed to creating places where people flourish. Over the past decade Jennifer has been repeatedly recognized by the Canadian Institute of Planners, OPPI, the Design Exchange, + EDRA for her innovative work in Canadian municipalities.

Her planning practice is characterized by an emphasis on collaborations across sectors, and broad engagement with municipal staff, councils, developers, business leaders, NGO’s and residents associations. Jennifer is the founder of Project Walk, which premiered its first short film in 2011, as an official selection at the TIFF. In 2012 Jennifer debuted her first TED talk, Walk to School. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (combined honours English and Philosophy) and has a Master in Environmental Studies (Politics and Planning) from York University.

Stephen Buckley

Stephen Buckley serves as the General Manager for Transportation Services for the City of Toronto. In his role, Steve oversees approximately 1,080 staff, a $330 million dollar operating budget, a $220 million dollar capital budget, and roughly $10 billion in transportation infrastructure assets. Prior to joining the City of Toronto, Steve was the Director of Policy and Planning for the Deputy Mayor for Transportation and Utilities in Philadelphia. From 2008 through 2012, Steve served as Deputy Commissioner for Transportation in the Philadelphia Streets Department. Prior to working with the City, Steve was the Planning Manager for Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Philadelphia office. His professional experience has spanned numerous aspects of the field of surface transportation – from engineering and design to planning, policy and funding.

Steve received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Syracuse University. He obtained Masters degrees in Transportation and in City Planning from the University of California – Berkeley. Steve is an active member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), where he sits on the TRB’s Committee on Transportation Issues in Major Cities.

Jerry Dobrovolny

Jerry Dobrovolny is Director of Transportation for the City of Vancouver. He is responsible for the 300 staff who look after all aspects of transportation at the city including strategic planning, neighbourhood traffic calming, greenways and bikeways, parking enforcement, parking meters, street activities and festivals, traffic management, and blueways. He received his civil engineering degree from UBC, a Masters of Business Administration from SFU, and has worked at the city for 25 years.

Jerry also served at a City Councilor for the City of New Westminster for nine years and played football in the CFL for five years.

Timothy Papandreou

Timothy Papandreou has worked for public and private agencies in the transportation and land-use planning field for over 15 years both in the US and Australia. Timothy is currently Deputy Director of Sustainable Streets, Strategic Planning & Policy for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. The SFMTA is responsible for managing the modes of transportation (including parking and street enforcement) in the City.

Timothy oversees a team of 30 staff to develop and implement the agency’s economically competitive, sustainable mobility goals through integrated, multi-modal (bicycle, walking, transit, car-sharing, parking and taxi) transportation plans, street design projects, and policies and programs to reduce private auto trips. As a sustainable mobility expert, Timothy represents the agency on several bodies including the California Transit Association, National Association of City Transportation Officials, American Public Transportation Association, and Transportation Research Board, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation and several international city and transport organizations. Timothy has an undergraduate degree in urban and regional planning from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and master’s in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Timothy leads by example and bikes the talk. He lived in Los Angeles car-free for nearly 9 years using transit, his bicycle and occasional car rentals, and is car free in San Francisco

Gabe Klein

Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) Commissioner Gabe Klein was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in May 2011.

Under Klein, CDOT is a customer-focused agency that is a national leader in technology, multi-modal innovation and sustainable design that consistently makes a positive impact on quality of life for Chicago’s 2.6 million residents.

Klein has previously worked in a number of leadership roles in transportation, technology, consumer services and consulting.  Prior to Mayor Emanuel’s administration, he was Director of the Washington D.C. Department of Transportation.

He also co-founded On The Fly, an electric vehicle vending company that was one of the first multi-unit and multi-channel street vending companies in the U.S.  As Regional Vice President for Zipcar, Klein oversaw the carsharing system in the D.C. region.

Klein also held Director-level roles at ProfessionaLink, a national technology-consultancy, where he led marketing and business development efforts into Fortune 1000 Companies.  At the bicycle retailer Bikes USA, he was responsible for daily operations in all locations, spanning seven states.

Klein grew up in the cycling industry, and avidly rode and worked in cycling-related ventures since childhood.  He holds a degree in Marketing Management from Virginia Tech.

Alyssa Bird

Alyssa is an advisor, mentor, and cheerleader for all things Open Streets in her position at 8-80 Cities. She works with local governments, agencies, and organizations on the development and implementation of Open Streets programs based on best practices from Central and South America. She has facilitated Open Streets training sessions for diverse stakeholders as well as study tours to Guadalajara. Mexico for delegations from Canada, the United States and South Africa, to explore their high-calibre Open Streets program. Alyssa is a strong advocate for Open Streets programs as a multidisciplinary tool to promote healthy active lifestyles, encourage civic pride and engagement, build support for infrastructure improvements and make people of all ages, abilities and economic status feel welcome in their city.

Fiona Chapman

Fiona Chapman is the Manager of Pedestrian Projects, Transportation Services with the City of Toronto. She is primarily responsible for the implementation of the City’s Walking Strategy – a set of 52 actions designed to create high quality pedestrian environments and foster a culture of walking in all of Toronto’s neighbourhoods. Since 2003, Fiona has spent a significant amount of time involved in key city-building issues and has worked on a broad range of policy and operational issues related to parks, licensing, planning, housing, social research and active transportation issues. Prior to joining the city, she served as the Executive Director of a national charitable foundation, where she helped launch a nation-wide public education campaign to reduce infant mortality. She has served as a School Trustee in downtown Toronto, has a degree in political science, is an active volunteer, and also trained as a midwife.

Loy Cheah

Loy is the Director of Transportation Planning for the Transportation and Community Planning Department for the Regional Municipality of York. Loy has 25 years of experience, most of which is in transportation planning covering master plans, TDM and demand forecasting and modelling. He has worked for York Region, City of Toronto, University of Toronto and also as a freelance consultant. He is one of the founders and a key player in the development and implementation of the Smart Commute Initiative, a TDM project covering the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area.

Emma Cohlmeyer

Emma is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto with a Master of Science in Urban Planning. With a socio-spatial background, she fosters a strong interest in active transportation, city building at the strategic and local level, and the importance of community engagement in the planning process. She has both academic and professional experience in projects related to cycling for transportation, open streets (ciclovía) programs, the creative and temporary use of vacant city space, and participatory design workshops. Most recently, as a Researcher with the Toronto Cycling Think & Do Tank, Emma completed an extensive literature review compiling key methods, experiences and studies, with a focus on identifying barriers and fostering cycle-friendly behaviour change. From here, Emma developed a framework for an integrated suite of tools to increase cycle use in daily transport.

Daniel Egan

Daniel Egan, Manager of Cycling Infrastructure and Programs for Toronto Transportation Services, is responsible for planning and implementing cycling infrastructure and programs, including the bicycle lanes and trails, bicycle racks and bike stations, Bike Week, and other cycling promotion activities.  When Daniel was also responsible for the City’s pedestrian program, he managed the development of Toronto’s first Walking Strategy, which recently won the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Award of Excellence for leadership and innovation in the transportation category.

Jayne Engle-Warnick

Jayne Engle-Warnick is an urban planner with an international background working in public, private, and not-for-profit sector settings in the fields of urban revitalization policy and programs, community and economic development, and sustainability planning. She has lived and worked in Canada, the United States, and Eastern and Western Europe. After 20 years in practice, Jayne has recently returned to PhD studies at the McGill University School of Urban Planning in order to focus research on planning resilient communities with fieldwork in post-earthquake Haiti. Jayne holds master’s degrees in urban and regional planning and an MBA in real estate and urban land studies. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the Canadian Institute of Planners, and the Ordre des urbanistes du Québec. She works at the Montréal Urban Ecology Centre as Senior Planner & Project Lead for the project “Active Neighbourhoods Canada / vers un réseau de Quartiers verts, actifs et en santé”.

Trevor Haché

Trevor Haché is the Policy Coordinator at Ecology Ottawa, and was amongst the founding Board Members of this grassroots, non-profit, municipally-focused environmental organization, which is working to make Ottawa the green capital of Canada. He and his family live in the suburban community of Kanata and he is working to bring Complete Streets to the nation’s capital.

Kate Hall

Kate has a M.Sc. in planning with 20 years experience working in community development as both a professional and a leadership volunteer. Her work focuses on creating healthy, active communities through active transportation planning. As a consultant with the Canada Walks department of Green Communities Canada, Kate is leading the WALK Friendly Ontario project, a province-wide designation to recognize municipalities for their efforts to create and improve the conditions for walking.

Chris Hardwicke

Chris Hardwicke is a senior associate of Sweeny Sterling Finlayson &Co Architects, a Registered Professional Planner and an urban designer with over 14 years of experience. He is a fellow of the Urban Design Institute in New York, a Recognized Practitioner in Urban Design in the UK, a member of the Council for Canadian Urbanism, and a founding member of the Project for Public Spaces Leadership Council.

Chris was the design advisor for the Complete Streets by Design report published by the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation and was the project lead for the award winning City of Saskatoon’s Public Space, Activity & Urban Form Strategic Framework that won the Premier’s Award for Excellence in Community Planning, the Canadian Institute of Planners New and Emerging Planning Initiatives Award and the International Downtown Association’s Award of Merit.

Chris is a member of the TCAT Steering Committee.

Anne Harris

Anne Harris is an epidemiologist and assistant professor at Ryerson University’s School of Occupational and Public Health. She earned her doctorate at the University of British Columbia’s School of Population and Public Health in Vancouver and moved to Toronto in 2011 for a postdoctoral fellowship at the Occupational Cancer Research Centre associated with Cancer Care Ontario. She joined Ryerson University in the fall of 2012. Anne is a co-investigator on the Bicyclists’ Injuries and the Cycling Environment (BICE) study, a large team project designed to assess associations between infrastructural characteristics and risk of injury in Vancouver and Toronto. Anne is particularly interested in questions of study design and analyses for environmental and occupational influences on health. She lives and works in Toronto with cycling as her main mode of transportation.

Jacquelyn Hayward-Gulati

Jacquelyn is the Manager of the Cycling Office at the City of Mississauga, responsible for overseeing the implementation of cycling infrastructure, policy, programs and promotion. Jacquelyn has over ten years of experience in the field of sustainable transportation and Transportation Demand Management and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies from York University. Jacquelyn is a member of the Association for Commuter Transportation Canada and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. She lives in Mississauga with a young family and loves the view from the Confederation Parkway bridge over Hwy 403 on her bike ride to work. Jacquelyn is also a member of the TCAT Steering Committee.

Sean Hertel

Sean Hertel, MES, MCIP, RPP, is a Toronto-based professional planner with his own consulting practice; leading a wide spectrum of projects incorporating transit-oriented development, policy formulation, public engagement and facilitation, and urban design. Sean is currently leading the land use planning for a new transit line in the southwestern suburbs of Chicago, as part of an international consulting team. Sean has a particular expertise and interest in the urbanization of the suburban landscape; formerly managing York Region’s Centres, Corridors + Subways Program, and currently conducting suburban governance research at the City Institute at York University. Sean was the first staff writer for the Toronto urban affairs newsletter Novae Res Urbis and was the founding editor of the Greater Toronto Area edition. He is an occasional contributor to this and other urban-focused publications.

Zlatko Krstulic

As part of the Strategic Transportation Planning unit, Zlatko Krstulic, P. Eng., Transportation Planner, has been involved in the design and implementation of cycling Infrastructure across the City. Zlatko has also developed recommendations for a cycling safety Improvement Plan designed to address problem intersections for Ottawa cyclists, and is currently managing the update of Ottawa’s Cycling Master plan.  He is interested in policy issues related to the promotion of Active Transportation, as well as cycling trends analysis.

Trudy Ledsham

Trudy recently graduated from the University of Toronto with an M.A. in Environmental History. Winner of the Sister St. John Scholarship (2011), as well as a Bronfman Leadership Scholarship (2010), her article “Gore’s Box: Wealth, status and the environment?” was published in VOXII, the Woodsworth College Undergraduate Journal (2010). Committed to working for sustainability, Trudy is currently project co-ordinator and researcher with the Toronto Cycling Think & Do Tank. Trudy has broad experience in project management, sustainability practice, publishing and marketing. She is co-author of the recently released Toronto Cycling Think & Do Tank’s report: Mapping Cycling Behaviour in Toronto.

Kate Mulligan

Kate Mulligan is a Research Consultant for Healthy Public Policy with Toronto Public Health. Kate has a PhD in health geography from McMaster University and experience in research and advocacy for healthy public policies at municipal, provincial and international levels. Kate’s current focus is on bringing together health evidence, community engagement and policy research to support a healthier built environment and more active city.

Emily Munroe

Emily’s experience growing up on a small rural island in Ontario is not an obvious stepping stone to a career in urban issues. However, after completing a Bachelor of Arts in International Development at McGill University in Montreal, and visiting and working in cities around the world such as Bangkok, Tokyo, Delhi and Hamburg, Emily developed a deep interest in community development and urban issues.

After returning to school to complete an acclaimed Graduate program in International Project Management at Humber College in Toronto, Emily joined the 8-80 Cities team. As Director of Programs and Partnerships, Emily is always excited to develop meaningful relationships with partners and to design impactful community-based programs to create more people friendly cities.

Trained in facilitation and participatory community assessments, Emily is passionate about authentically engaging people in the process of community development and urban design.

Emily will be one of the Workshop Leaders of the People Making Places: The 8-80 ToolboxHands-on Workshop at the Complete Streets Forum.

Susan Sauvé

Sue has worked with the City of Peterborough since 1995. Initially, she worked in developed our waste diversion programs and now she works in the Transportation Division. Her job title is Transportation Demand Management Planner, and the essence of her work is to reduce the number of vehicle trips taken within the city. Reducing vehicle trips improves our quality of life by reducing traffic, road congestion, noise, air pollution while introducing ways to be physically active by walking and cycling. One of Sue’s projects is the improvement and expansion of the city’s trail system.

Brett Sears

Brett Sears is a Senior Project Planner in the Transportation Planning Department of MMM Group’s headquarters office in the Toronto area.  He has 13 years of experience in transportation planning and traffic analysis in Canada, the United States and the Middle East. Brett has prepared transportation master plans for jurisdictions in Ontario, the country of Qatar and the Los Angeles metropolitan region.  He recently was part of the team that completed the Town of Ajax Transportation Master Plan Update and presently is working on the City of Greater Sudbury TMP and the County of Simcoe TMP Update.  Brett is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and is a Registered Professional Planner in Ontario.

Justin Swan

Over the past 9 years, Justin has had the opportunity to engage in a variety of transportation and urban planning works both as a consultant and as a public servant. Environmental assessments, master planning, accessibility audits, transportation studies, traffic modelling, development charges, pop-up projects, transportation impact assessment, and neighbourhood traffic calming are some examples of his historical involvements. Justin is a professional engineer currently working as a senior project manager with the City of Ottawa’s Planning and Growth Management department focusing on transportation related projects.

Jonathan Tong

Jonathan Tong is a transportation consultant with more than 10 years’ experience in the transportation planning industry. He is an expert in project evaluation, including economic appraisal, multiple account evaluation and business case development. Project evaluation is an important part of the project development cycle as it helps decision makers to identify the optimal solution from a range of options in a systematic, robust and transparent way. It also sets out the rationale for the project so that the benefits can be measured against objectives, and this can support discussions with potential funders and investors. His work spans across a range of modes from walking and cycling to urban transit and commuter rail.

In addition to the City of Toronto Wayfinding Strategy project, Jonathan has lead the project evaluation workstream on a number of high-profile transit projects in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, including the GO Rail Electrification Study, Hamilton Rapid Transit and the Hurontario-Main Street Rapid Transit, for which “complete streets” is a key part of the project vision.

Ryan Whitney

Ryan is TCAT’s Complete Streets Project Manager and CLASP Facilitator. He is responsible for providing support to Canadian municipalities interested in adopting Complete Streets policies and working in collaboration with Toronto Public Health to develop and implement a community engagement strategy around active transportation in two Toronto neighbourhoods: The Annex and Black Creek.

Ryan has extensive experience related to active transportation policy, planning, and community engagement in a variety of cultural contexts. He has spoken at a number of conferences and events in Canada and around the world including the 2012 Walk 21 Conference in Mexico City, the 2012 Conference of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute, and the upcoming 2013 Velo-City Conference in Vienna. Ryan has also written for a variety of blogs, magazines, and journals about sustainability planning and active transportation, including Spacing, Ground Magazine, and the Ontario Planning Journal.

Ryan has a M.Sc. in Geography, Urban, and Environmental Studies from Concordia University in Montreal.

Katie Wittmann

Katie is a current graduate student at the University of Toronto, completing the Master of Science in Planning program. Her current research interests include active and public transportation, as well as cultural norms and barriers that affect environmental sustainability. Within the area of active transportation, she is particularly interested in connections to land use and public health. She has been working with the Toronto Cycling Think & Do Tank in the social and civic infrastructure stream, with a focus on mapping components. She joined the research team in December 2012 and will continue to participate in the project this summer. Katie also works part-time at the Sustainability Office at the University of Toronto, and enjoys cycling for both recreation and transportation.

Leslie Woo

Leslie Woo leads transportation planning for Canada’s largest urban region. The key author of The BIG Move, a 25 year transportation plan, resulting in over $16B in transit expansion and 430,000 new jobs, Leslie champions transit-oriented development, design excellence and the women’s network at Metrolinx.

Educated in architecture, environmental studies and urban planning, Trinidad-born Leslie is a Fellow of the International Women’s Forum, has membership with: Scientific Strategy Council of the Institut pour la ville en mouvement; Urban Land Institute Toronto Advisory Board; TAC’s Urban Transportation Council Executive; and a retired member of the OAA.