Complete Streets Forum 2014 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.

Dr. Jeannette Montufar

Dr. Jeannette Montufar is professor in Civil Engineering and founding partner of MORR Transportation Consulting Ltd. Her engineering work focuses on pedestrian accommodation in urban and rural infrastructure, freight transport, road safety, and traffic information systems. She has worked in Canada, the U.S., and Latin America conducting work in these areas. She is a member of various professional organizations, including the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), where she was President of the Canadian District, and the Transportation Research Board (TRB), where she was Chair of the Truck Size and Weight Committee and is current member of the Pedestrian Committee. Jeannette is also a philanthropist. She is the founder of the Hummingbird Education Fund and President of the Friends of the Hummingbird Education Fund, which are intended to provide financial support to underprivileged Canadian women who wish to pursue post-secondary education. Jeannette has received over 20 national and international awards for her contribution to the transportation engineering profession as well as to the community. In 2004 she received the Engineers Canada Young Engineer Achievement Award and in 2012 she was recognized by the Winnipeg YMCA/YWCA as a Woman of Distinction. Jeannette believes that we can have a positive impact in the lives of people if we so desire and act on it.

Dr. John Pucher

John Pucher has been a professor at Rutgers University since 1978, conducting research on transportation economics and finance, urban travel behavior, transportation systems, and government policies in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe.  Over the past 15 years, John’s research has focused on walking and bicycling, and how to improve their safety and convenience for all age groups, for women as well as men, and for all levels of physical ability. He encourages walking and cycling for recreation as well as for practical trips to work, school, and shopping to increase physical activity and to help people toward healthier lifestyles. His four decades of research throughout the world show that the full integration of walking and cycling with public transit is key to providing a feasible alternative to the car. John has published three books and over 100 articles in academic and professional journals.  His most recent book is entitled “City Cycling,” published by MIT Press in 2012. John has spent several years as a visiting professor at universities in Germany, Canada, and Australia.

Angela van der Kloof

Angela is a Sustainable Mobility Consultant who understands that user experiences and needs always depend on the social, economical and cultural context. She is focused on stimulating behavior change in mobility patterns. Which interventions in the mobility sector work and why? And how can a similar intervention be transferred to another context?

As a project leader Angela focuses on the areas of cycling, traffic safety, communications and marketing. She advises clients in the Netherlands, Europe and North America in developing policy and programming, together with stakeholders, keeping all users in mind. She develops and delivers trainings and workshops and master classes in bicycle policy and planning for planners, engineers and others interested in liveable communities. She has training experience in Canada, the UK, Ireland, Israel and Ecuador. Since her student time she is an active citizen in promoting cycling and neighborhoods that are accessible for all. Angela earned a master’s degree in the human geography of developing countries from the University of Nijmegen and a bachelor’s degree in education, with a speciality in geography and economics from Tilburg Catholic College.

Like many people in The Netherlands, Angela uses her bike to move through her day. She enjoys the easy pace that cycling affords her and the chance to look in shop windows, meet her neighbours and observe the seasonal changes in the parks and gardens of her city.

Remo Agostino

Remo Agostino joined Daniels Corporation in 2003 after 7 years with a private planning consulting firm, specializing in land use development. Remo is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Masters in Planning program, a Registered Professional Planner and is LEED accredited.

Remo analyzes land acquisition opportunities, manages developments through the development approvals process, manages the municipal permits process and condominium registration. Remo has managed the development approvals for a number of Daniels developments including all phases of Kilgour Estate, First Home Markham, WRP Neighbourhood Housing (an affordable housing development constructed for a charitable organization), The Woodlands etc. In addition, Remo Agostino oversees all development related matters and the Regent Park Employment Initiative as part of the Regent Park Revitalization development.

Daniel Arancibia

Daniel works as an active transportation researcher at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr. Beth Savan. His research interests include transportation, public health, and sustainable urban planning and design. Over the past year Daniel has become involved in various efforts to bridge the gap between academic research in the field of urban transportation and commonly-held concerns among stakeholders in urban districts. Daniel holds an H.B.Sc. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Toronto, and is currently completing a M.Sc. in Planning at the same institution.

Claire Basinski

Claire Basinski, B.ES, MCIP, RPP is a Project Planner with MMM Group specializing in active transportation and trail master planning. She is a full member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and has been involved in a number of AT and trail planning and implementation studies as well as large-scale transportation master planning studies which include active transportation and / or trail components. Her goal is to develop realistic and feasible master plans based on public demand while providing practitioners with tools to facilitate implementation moving forward. She has been involved in over 30 trail and active transportation related planning and design projects.

Mikey Bennington

Mikey Bennington is an active transportation researcher with a background in psychology and human health. At TCAT, he works as Research Lead on the participatory planning project: Active Neighbourhoods Canada, while also managing the It’s Your Move video initiative which highlights the benefits of active transportation using local champions. Along with his work as research manager at the Toronto Cycling Think and Do Tank at the University of Toronto, he brings several years experience consulting on the city cycling market within the bicycle retail industry. When he’s not at U of T or TCAT, you’ll usually find him exploring the city on his bike.

Colin Berman

Colin Berman is an Associate with Brook McIlroy and is a licensed Landscape Architect with over 12 years of professional experience. Colin has acted as Project Manager for a range of landscape architectural, urban design and streetscape projects throughout Canada. His experience includes downtown revitalization studies, municipal and federal parks, streetscape and public realm plans, institutional, commercial and multi-unit residential landscapes, installation designs, residential gardens and LEED-certified projects that utilize cutting edge sustainable landscape technologies.

Colin has planned public consultation strategies and facilitated events for a range of public realm projects, focusing on a collaborative, task based approach to public participation.

Colin has considerable experience in design and the preparation of construction documents, as well as undertaking contract administration duties. His involvement from the conception of a design through to implementation has given him the capabilities and knowledge to manage a project from start to finish.

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.

Jim Chapman

Jim Chapman is a Principal at Urban Design 4 Health. UD4H specializes in applied research on the interactions between land use, transportation, air quality, climate change, and public health. UD4H provides evidence-based, policy-relevant advice to its clients to realize health promotion, environmental, economic, and quality of life goals. Jim has been involved in walking and bicycling related educational, research and policy efforts for over 20 years. He has a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and currently lives in Rochester, New York.

Pauline Craig

Pauline is an Active Transportation Consultant with nine years experience in municipal transportation planning in Ontario, focusing on the design and implementation of pedestrian and cycling-related policies, programs and infrastructure. Pauline brings a user needs perspective and best practices planning approach to bicycle and pedestrian route planning and the identification of suitable facility design. Pauline’s policy and program development experience includes transportation demand management, bicycle parking including bicycle stations and lockers, and public bicycles. Pauline is also experienced in designing and leading public consultation studies, including public information centres, focus group workshops and walking and cycling audits.

Rick Craven

Councillor Rick Craven has championed Burlington’s effort to convert the old Provincial Highway in his ward to a more attractive and interesting “main street”. Known as “Plains Road” the street had 11 used car lots and seven abandoned gas stations when Craven was first elected. Today, it is going through a renaissance with new developments, attractive street features and more pedestrian activity. Craven works with a Citizens group known as the Plains Road Village Vision. Together they have made a real difference along Aldershot’s main street. Craven is a full time Burlington and Halton Councillor. He is a member of the boards of the Regional Police Service, the Childrens Aid Society, the Burlington Performing Arts Centre and is Chair of Halton’s Health and Social Services Committee.

Gavin Davidson

Gavin brings 17 years of experience as a professional planner focused on planning and implementation of active transportation projects within the context of multi-modal transportation systems.  Gavin is currently a Principal with Alta and manages their Canadian operations. A respected leader with a collaborative approach, Gavin has had a lead role in over a number of important projects including development of bicycle and pedestrian design guidance for Transportation Association of Canada, TransLink’s Regional Cycling Strategy, Edmonton’s Complete Street Design Guide, and design of over 80 active transportation projects within Canada including a network of cycle tracks in downtown Calgary, parts of Vancouver’s Seawall, portions of the Trans Canada Trail, and pedestrian and bicycle interface with the Canada line SkyTrain in Metro Vancouver.

Janet Dawson

Janet Dawson is a Health Promoter in the Healthy Public Policy Program at the Peterborough County-City Health Unit. She has a Bachelor degree, specializing in Health Education, from Dalhousie University and a Master of Science degree, specializing in Health Promotion, from the University of Alberta. Over the past 10 years, Janet has worked on various public health and community development projects with a focus on the built environment, the social determinants of health, access to recreation and healthy communities.

Monique Drepaul

A small business advocate, Monique combined her Business and Marketing education to raise the profile of two Business Improvement Areas (BIA) based on Eglinton Avenue in the City of Toronto. Initially, she worked as a Coordinator for Fairbank Village BIA.  However, 2 years ago, she simultaneously worked for both Fairbank Village BIA and The Eglinton Way BIA and represented both BIAs at many of the early Eglinton Avenue consultations during the street planning and LRT process. Currently, she is Executive Director for The Eglinton Way BIA and demonstrated support for the Eglinton Connects project by presenting a deputation at both Council Committees earlier this year.

Monique’s prior experience includes working for the Supply Chain Management Division for the Ministry of Government Services and volunteering on the Community Police Liaison Committees for both 13 and 53 Divisions.

As a resident and non-car owner, Monique has a vested interest in the complete streets vision for Eglinton Avenue. She has lived and/or worked on and around Eglinton Avenue in Wards 15, 16, 17, 21 and 22 for almost ten years.

Kelly Drew

Kelly is a health policy specialist with Toronto Public Health’s Healthy Public Policy Team. She has extensive experience in social and environmental determinants of health, spatial modeling and healthy public policy. Her work has explored various methods for examining spatial relationships between multiple factors. She has worked on a variety of topics in Canada and abroad, including the planning and legacy of the London 2012 Olympics, urban regeneration, the natural and built environment, sustainability, and urban health.

Arlene Etchen

Arlene Etchen is a Senior Research Consultant for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) responsible for the promotion of sustainable communities through workshops, presentations and community outreach. In her current role, she works with a wide range of stakeholder groups to advance the development of sustainable, affordable and accessible housing and communities.

Arlene has been working in the urban planning and energy sectors for more than 15 years in a communications and stakeholder relations capacity, with a specialty in sustainability initiatives. She completed her undergraduate degree at Ryerson University and post-graduate studies at both Ryerson and York Universities. Arlene has also been involved in volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity, the Track 3 Ski Association and Earth Day Canada.

Geordie Gibbon

Geordie Gibbon is a Program Advisor at the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario, working in the Public Education and Partnerships Unit. The Public Education and Partnerships Unit is responsible for increasing awareness and understanding of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, (AODA), 2005. Through the EnAbling Change Program, the unit develops educational tools and special projects to help our province reach its goal of an accessible Ontario by 2025.

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.

Alex Heath

Alex specializes in the design and implementation of engagement processes that facilitate stable and defensible outcomes. Since joining Swerhun Facilitation in 2011, he has worked with a broad range of public sector and not-for-profit clients on the design and implementation of many complex multi-stakeholder engagement processes for design, planning, and policy projects. Through all of his work, Alex promotes linking stakeholders and decision-makers to produce multi-way learning processes that achieve stabl9e and broadly supported outcomes.

Dr. Paul Hess

Dr. Hess’s teaching and research focus is on pedestrian environments and design, and streets as public space, urban morphology, and planning history. His current research work is focused on: institutional and policy relationships to changes in urban and suburban development patterns; local mobility as a social justice issue for households with limited auto-access; and relationships between built environments, children’s transportation, and health. His work is published in journals including Journal of Planning Education and Research, Journal of the American Planning Association, Journal of Urban Design, Transportation Research Record,The Annals of the Association of American Geographers, and Health and Place.

Justin Jones

Justin Jones is a project manager, sustainability professional and rabble rouser with nearly a decade of experience in the sustainability field. His work with student groups, municipal governments and NGOs has taken him all over the country, and he is currently the Manager of the Bicycle Friendly Communities Program with the Share the Road Cycling Coalition. He is passionate about civic engagement, with a special focus on active transportation issues and the creation of liveable cities through better infrastructure and education. While not working, volunteering or out on his bike, he enjoys spending time with his partner and his 2 Golden Retrievers.

Michael King

Michael King, RA, Principal, NelsonNygaard, NYC, designs complete streets. He works at the intersection of transportation and urban design, with a particular emphasis on pedestrians, bicycles, and traffic calming. For 20 years Michael has been at the forefront of mobility, accessibility and sustainability, working in such locales as varied as Galveston, Guadalajara and Guangzhou. He was NYC’s 1st director of traffic calming, helped with America’s 1st Safe Routes to School (Bronx), designed the US’s 2nd shared space street (Santa Monica), helped bring “flexible design” to New Jersey’s main streets, and developed the Real Intersection Design workshop.

Jared Kolb

Jared joined Cycle Toronto in 2010 and serves as Executive Director. He has worked on advocacy campaigns to build protected bike lanes on Eglinton, Richmond and Adelaide and a network of priority snow routes for cyclists in Toronto. Prior to joining Cycle Toronto, Jared worked for 8-80 Cities and helped to establish the College of Sustainability at Dalhousie University. Jared holds an MA in International Development from Dalhousie University and has biked across Canada.

Paul Kulig

Paul is a planningAlliance Principal with over fifteen years of experience in the design and construction of public streets, urban landscapes and transportation hubs across Ontario. He leads the firm’s public space and public housing projects group, bringing a particular focus to the space between architecture, landscape architecture and urban design. He approaches the design of streets and public spaces through an integrated basis, one that combines design with the joint consideration of physical, economic and social contexts. Paul is a licensed Architect and urban designer with experience working for a broad range of institutional, municipal and non-profit clients. His most recent work includes the detailed design of the streetscape for the Six Points Reconfiguration in Etobicoke, development of the streetscape and public realm plan for the Eglinton Avenue corridor and urban design guidelines for the Allen District. Other relevant experience includes: the Bloor Street and St. George Street revitalization projects, the Dundas West Streetscape, and numerous transit projects which integrate with the street and public realm, including the Eglinton West LRT Station and Yonge-Eglinton LRT Station. Paul presents his work on streetscape and active transportation projects regularly, most recently for the 2012 Complete Streets Forum organized by the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation, the 2014 Open Streets Summit in Toronto, the Ontario Traffic Council in Markham, and the 2014 Canadian Institute of Planners Conference.

Neluka Leanage

Neluka Leanage is a planner, researcher and designer with over 15 years of experience across Canada and internationally. She specializes in improving environments to support healthy, connected and viable communities for all ages and abilities: active transportation, trails, parks, wayfinding, recreation and sustainable tourism. Her work includes policy, research and evaluation at all levels of government, master plans, environmental and user experience audits, participatory design and community engagement. Neluka’s PhD research reveals the obstacles to and successes in implementing walking and cycling interventions in Ontario. Based on her findings, she developed a policy-to-behaviour shift matrix and a policy implementation monitoring tool in use by Ontario municipalities since 2008.

Neluka has recently been awarded a Fellowship with CivicAction for rising city-builders.  Between 2008 and 2012, she was on the Steering Committee for the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT). She earned a Master of Urban Design Studies at the University of Toronto and studied environmental science and community development at the University of Guelph.

Trudy Ledsham

Trudy Ledsham is a project manager and researcher at the Toronto Cycling Think & Do Tank. She was a member of the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s 2013 Working Group on Ontario’s Cycling Strategy and cycles or walks daily in her small town north of Toronto. Trudy is excited by the multi-sector and multi-disciplinary aspect of the Toronto Cycling Think & Do Tank’s work and the extraordinary potential cycling offers to transition urban areas to more sustainable communities. Trudy holds a M.A. from the University of Toronto.

Vivien Leong

Vivien Leong is a communications specialist focusing on sustainable and active transportation planning, outreach and community engagement. Vivien Leong has assisted with workshops, conferences, newsletters and reports for a range of organizations. She works with Public Space Workshop, a small consulting office specializing in participatory planning and design.

Ryan Martinson

Ryan is a sustainable transportation specialist with Stantec in their Calgary office. He has been involved with various transportation engineering projects and takes a multi-modal approach to the work he completes. Most recently, Ryan has been involved with the planning and design of a network of cycle track facilities in Calgary’s downtown area and has been providing technical recommendations to Alberta Health Services for walkability workshops they have been coordinating in municipalities around Alberta. Other past projects include the City of Edmonton’s Complete Streets Guidelines, Complete Street Concept Plans, Active Modes and Transit Assessments, Transportation Demand Management programs, Site Planning Studies, and numerous research projects.

Stephanie McCabe

Stephanie McCabe is a General Supervisor in Transportation Planning Branch with 9 years experience at the City of Edmonton where she leads the team who is implementing The Way We Move, the City’s Transportation Master Plan. Stephanie has experience in transportation modeling, strategic planning and operating and capital budget processes. She completed her undergraduate at the University of Alberta in Civil Engineering and her Masters of Applied Science in Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto.

Jennifer McGowan

Jennifer holds Bachelor Degrees in Environmental Studies, Geography from the University of Waterloo, and Education from the University of Toronto, as well as a Masters Degree in Development Studies from Dalhousie University. Prior to her current role as the School Travel Advisor at Metrolinx, she has worked for various Ministries of the Ontario Government in communications, environment, and cultural heritage planning, as well as an educator and facilitator in various non-profit and educational settings.  She first became excited about active and sustainable school travel while working as the Youth Active Transportation Coordinator at the Ecology Action Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Jennifer is passionate about getting children and youth active and outside, which includes working with adults to ensure that communities are planned and built to support active and sustainable travel for all ages.

Anne McIlroy

Anne McIlroy is a Principal of Brook McIlroy, and has over twenty-five years of experience as an urban designer and project manager for numerous master plans and urban design projects in Canada and the United States. Anne has particular expertise in public consultation and the development of design standards and guidelines for a
variety of community, waterfront, university and other institutional projects.

Anne is the founding Chair of the Urban Design Working Group, a committee of the Ontario Provincial Planning Institute of urban design practitioners. She is an inaugural member of the Toronto Waterfront Design Review Panel, a member of the Advisory Committee on Planning, Design and Realty for the National Capital Commission, and writes and speaks regularly on topics of consultation engagement, transit mobility, urban and environmental design.

Bob Meehan

Bob Meehan has been the general manager of the Aldershot BIA for the last eighteen months. His background is in retailing and accounting

Prior to his present position, he owned four Jumbo Videos and managed a staff of about twenty five. However, most of his experience was in the grocery industry. He owned and operated up to seven grocery stores with a staff of four hundred and fifty.

Bob has extensive experience serving on boards. He has served on the board of the Niagara Children’s Development Center, the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers, the Ontario Service Safety Alliance and Lighthouse Festival Theatre.

Asher Mercer

Asher Mercer is a passionate advocate for sustainable mobility with a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from Queen’s. He spent 5 years as TDM Coordinator for York Region, helping the Region pioneer sustainable mobility initiatives, including partnering with the local Public Health unit to implement active transportation measures for all age groups. Asher recently moved into the private sector, starting Urban ID consulting, with a focus on sustainable mobility and place-making.

Tegan Moss

Tegan Moss is the Executive Director of B!KE: The Peterborough Community Cycling Hub. In her three years with the organization she has more than doubled B!KE’s capacity for delivery of existing programs and developed a host of new bicycle education and access programs. She works at a grassroots level to build community and facilitates educational spaces which are accessible and inviting. Through her years of work in delivering programming, Moss has gained keen insight into utilizing community resources effectively and maximizing program impact. As Peterborough becomes an increasingly cyclist friendly city Moss is pleased to be leading the way, both on and off her bicycle.

Tünde Paczai

Tünde Paczai is a planningAlliance Intern Architect and Urban Designer with over ten years of experience as an urban designer and architect, focusing on community design, site planning and large-scale infrastructure projects. Tünde has been responsible for the implementation of streetscape and public realm plans across Ontario. Her most recent work includes the detailed design of the streetscape for the Six Points Reconfiguration in Etobicoke. Other relevant experience includes the Eglinton West LRT Station streetscape design, the Dundas West Streetscape Study, the Riverfront Master Plan in Fort MacMurray and the Kingston Psychiatric Hospital Master Plan. Tünde brings her extensive knowledge of building, landscape and urban design with a commitment to sustainable design, to some of pA’s most innovative public space projects.

Dr. Sophie Paquin

Sophie Paquin, Ph.D., is an urban planner at Montreal Public Health Department. She leads research, expert advice and knowledge transfer activities on built environment, transportation and public health for institutional, municipal and community stakeholders. She developed a walkability audit method to improve evidence-based decision and community mobilization. She has written many articles in scientific and professional journals. She is a lecturer in urban planning at Université du Québec à Montréal.

Peter Piet

Peter is a Chartered Landscape Architect with extensive Landscape Design, Urban Design and Senior Management experience. He currently leads the Design for Movement team at the International Transport Consultancy firm Steer Davies Gleave, having previously been the Director of Middle East Projects at Martha Schwartz Partners and Director of Urban Design at Project Centre, London. He has worked on a very wide range of projects and is skilled at examining the place and purpose of urban centres and bringing forward creative but technically robust design solutions. Peter’s extensive international experience of developing streetscape solutions in cities as far apart as Abu Dhabi and Oaxaca Mexico is rooted in working on complex public realm projects in London and across the United Kingdom.

Ashley Priem

Ashley is a University of Winnipeg graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Geography. She became a Program Coordinator with EcoSuperior in 2008. For the past five years she has been coordinating programs that promote wise water usage. To help reduce the environmental impacts of vehicles on city roads, she also co-facilitates School Travel Planning in Thunder Bay and is a member of the City’s Walkability Committee. This year she is excited to be organizing Thunder Bay’s first Open Streets event.

Sean Quinn

Mr. Quinn is currently a co-director of the New York City Department of Transportation’s Pedestrian Projects Group.  He has over eight years’ of pedestrian planning, design, and implementation experience in New York and New Jersey.  Over the past seven years at NYC DOT he has successfully implemented projects which redesigned city streets with an eye toward safety, mobility, and economic development.  Sean was the project manager for Green Light for Midtown, which closed portions of Times Square to vehicle traffic, and has authored several reports for the agency.  Sean holds a Master’s Degree of City Planning from Rutgers University.

Molly Ranahan

Molly Ranahan completed her Master Degree in Urban Planning at the University at Buffalo. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Her research focuses on three broad areas: aging, health, and inclusive design.

Brent Raymond

Brent is a landscape architect, planner and partner of DTAH with 15 years of experience in community planning, site and master planning, urban design, and landscape architecture. Brent has a particular interest in the quality of space between buildings especially streets, and is highly adept and making the connection between transportation, land use, built form, and public realm design. He has prepared built form and public realm guidelines for numerous agencies and municipalities in Canada and the United States. Brent’s approach to public engagement is open, honest and transparent, with a talent to describe complex topics and issues in an easily accessible manner.

Brent has directed significant transportation-focused projects with a focus on city building in all parts of the city. Relevant Toronto projects include leading the Queens Quay Revitalization EA, Allen Road Terms of Reference for Individual Environment Assessment, Bathurst Street Built Form and Land Use Study, Scarborough Centre Public Realm Master Plan, McCowan Precinct Plan Street Design and Transportation Network Study, and the Lower Don Trail Master Plan. Brent has served as the urban design lead for the West Don Lands (Cherry Street) Transit EA, York-Bay-Yonge Ramps EA, and is currently serving the same role for the Sherway Area Planning Study.

Clara Romero

Clara Romero is a planningAlliance Intern Architect and Urban Designerwith over five years of experience. Clara brings focused attention to the relationship between built form and the urban environment, and understands the importance of interface and transition in creating cohesive, functional and beautiful places. Clara is currently Urban Designer for the Reconfiguration of the Six Points Interchange. She was an integral member of the design team for the Eglinton Streetscape Plan and the South of Eastern Urban Design Study, which includes long-range plans for extending the bike network to integrate the site with surrounding neighbourhoods, the Waterfront and Downtown core. She recently presented at the Ontario Bike Summit on detailed design of bikeways, and actively leads cycling workshops with the Urban Land Institute, Ciclovia and Open Streets. Clara is also an Adjunct Professor at the School of Architecture at Waterloo University.

Chris Ronson

Chris Ronson works for the City of Toronto Transportation Services Division and manages the Boulevard Cafe Design Guidelines project. Chris is trained as a landscape architect with a Masters in Environmental Design. Since coming to the City from private practice, he has worked for Parks, Forestry and Recreation and also with the Waterfront Secretariat. Most recently, Chris has led and coordinated large public realm projects such as Sherbourne Park, Queens Quay Revitalization and the TO360 Wayfinding Strategy.

Brianna Salmon

Brianna is the Manager of Transportation and Urban Design Programs at Peterborough GreenUP. Brianna has Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science and a Masters in Sustainability Studies and Transportation Planning. Brianna works closely with the City of Peterborough to support the development of a physical and policy infrastructure that facilitates and prioritizes active modes of transportation for persons of all ages and abilities. Brianna is presently the Vice-Chair of the Active and Safe Routes to School Peterborough Partnership, Vice-Chair of the Peterborough Bicycle Advisory Committee, and Chair of the Peterborough Community Cycling Hub’s Board of Directors.

Susan Sauvé

Sue has worked with the City of Peterborough since 1995. Initially, she developed Peterborough’s 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.

Kristin Schwartz

Kristin Schwartz has coordinated cycling promotion programs at Culturelink since 2010, working collaboratively with the Toronto Cycling Think and Do Tank, Cycle Toronto and other partners. She led the translation and production of the Toronto Cyclists Handbook in 16 bilingual editions (, a publication which has since been replicated in Vancouver and Missisauga. She created the Bike Host program ( which matches newcomers with more established cycling mentors, and developed the Bike to School Project ( which will reach 1600 secondary school students over three years with cycling education activities. Her work was instrumental in the recent adoption, by the Toronto District School Board, of a Charter for Active, Safe and Sustainable Transportation, which commits the school board to investing resources in promoting walking, cycling and other forms of active travel.

Previously, Kristin worked as a tenant organizer and as news director at a community radio station. She holds a certificate in Cooperative Management and Leadership from the Schulich School of Business at York University, and she has been a founding director of two non-profit organizations focused on environmental education: Green Thumbs Growing Kids and the BlackFly Sustainable Living Education Co-operative.

Ali Shaver

Ali Shaver is a Planner with Public Health – Capital Health in Halifax. Her work focuses on building relationships with Municipality Planners and Engineers in order to include a health lens in various built environment policies, plans and initiatives. Prior to joining Capital Health, Ali was a Community Planner with the Cities & Environment Unit at Dalhousie University where she developed a number of First Nations Community-Based Plans, Sustainable Transportation Strategies and urban design projects. After completing her Master Environmental Studies at York University, Ali moved east and now resides with her family on the right side of the harbour in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Heather Sinclair

Heather is a Junior Policy Advisor with the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario, where she is part of the Standards Development Unit, which supports the development of accessibility standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. She has worked on policy guidelines, tools and resources to clarify the policy intent of the Design of Public Spaces Standard and its requirements. Heather holds a Master of Science in Planning degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and City Studies from the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus.

Shawn Smith

Shawn Smith is a professional engineer with eleven years of experience in the transportation sector.  In his current role as Program Manager of Active and Sustainable Transportation at York Region, he is working to change travel behaviour and provide better transportation options.  Shawn has a keen interest in active transportation, Transportation Demand Management, low impact development, sustainability, and innovation, and is a voice for a happier and healthier planet. He is a member of PEO and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.

Nancy Smith Lea

Nancy Smith Lea is the Director of the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT), an award-winning project of the registered charity Clean Air Partnership. Nancy has decades of experience in research and project management and has been actively involved in working toward improving conditions for active transportation in Toronto since 1993. She has published several articles on barriers and incentives to cycling and has been invited to speak on a regular basis at conferences and other public forums about her active transportation work. In 2010, Nancy was awarded the Toronto Community Foundation’s prestigious Vital People grant for “Putting Active Transportation on the map”.

Kendall Tisdale

Kendall is an Analyst on the Prevention team at the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and is responsible for managing and maintaining the Prevention Policies Directory as well as the active transportation policy maps. She has recently completed her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Waterloo and a four-month practicum placement in the area of active transportation on the School Health team at the Region of Peel this past spring.

Erin Toop

Erin is currently wrapping up a research project with the Neptis Foundation, which involves a thorough descriptive analysis of the Transportation Tomorrow Survey dataset. She is a Professional Engineer with a MASc in transportation planning from the University of Toronto and a BSc in civil engineering from the University of Alberta. She has over seven years of experience working on transportation plans and research projects in various jurisdictions across British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario.

Robert Voigt

Robert Voigt is a Registered Professional Planner (MCIP, RPP), artist and writer and has been practicing for over 17 years in Canada and the US.  His perspective is focused on asset based community development and design thinking; problem solving methodologies founded in observation, storytelling, and experimentation.  Robert is recognized as a leader, specializing in healthy community design, active transportation, and citizen engagement and his projects have broken new ground provincially and nationally.  He is the Chair of the Community Design Working Group for the Ontario Professional Planners Institute; Contributing Editor for the Ontario Planning Journal; writer for Urban Times; and is currently Senior Project Manager for Cambium Inc.  @robvoigt

Jody Wellings

Jody Wellings has been a practicing planner for over 30 years.  Her planning career has spanned both the public and private sector and she has experience in both policy and land development.  For the past ten years Jody has been employed by the City of Burlington working on the development of strategic plans and projects focused on revitalization of the two areas of the City experiencing significant change: the downtown and the Plains Road corridor.  Community engagement and building stakeholder partnerships have been central to the success of these initiatives – including the Plains Road Functional Design Study.

Nathan Westendorp

Nathan Westendorp, Manager of Development Planning, County of Simcoe. Over the last 12 years of planning in Ontario, Nathan Westendorp has had a diverse blend of experiences ranging from land development to major policy initiatives and project management.  Having worked in both the public and private sectors, Nathan understands the opportunities and challenges that we face planning for a sustainable and prosperous future.  An accomplished professional, Nathan is passionate about helping others understand the importance of land use and transportation working together to build communities and to create places.  Now working as the Manager of Development for the County of Simcoe, Nathan will continue to embrace innovation and craft achievable plans as he helps the County balance progress, sustainability and stewardship.

Kendra Willard

Kendra Willard has been promoting walkable communities as Health Promoter in the Chronic Disease Prevention program at the Halton Region Health Department for over seven years. She has two degrees from Brock University: a Bachelor of Arts in Community Health (2004) and a Master of Arts in Applied Health Science (2007). In her free time she enjoys connecting with her son whether they are walking to the park, riding bikes to soccer practice, taking the bus to the library, or staying home to “play cars.”

Katie Wittmann

As a Research Fellow with the Smart Commute team at Metrolinx, Katie explores existing patterns of active and sustainable school transportation and its opportunities for growth across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. She recently graduated from the Master of Science in Planning program at the University of Toronto where she worked with the Toronto Cycling Think and Do Tank to map patterns and locations associated with cycling intensity in Toronto and pilot a behaviour change toolkit for cycling uptake. Katie is an enthusiastic commuter cyclist and trains for triathlons in her spare time.

Heidi Wolf

Heidi Wolf has over seven years of experience in pedestrian planning in New York City, where she is currently a Senior Project Manager in the Office of Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs at NYC DOT. She has implemented dozens of projects of various sizes, including the large scale improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn.

In her role as Photography Coordinator, she developed the standards for Official Project Imagery (OPI), which documents with before and after photos the benefit of safety improvement projects. She has a Master of Planning from Hunter College.

Paul Young

Paul Young is a registered landscape architect and urban designer working in Ontario. He has over 20 years experience in urban design, strategic planning, trails planning, planning for active transportation, streetscape and park design. He heads up Public Space Workshop, a small consulting office specializing in participatory planning and design. Paul’s planning and design experience is complemented by 14 years of promoting healthy communities at the South Riverdale Community Health Centre in Toronto.