Complete Streets Forum 2015 Speakers

Dr. Monica Campbell

Dr. Monica Campbell is the Director of Healthy Public Policy with Toronto Public Health (TPH). She has city-wide responsibility for ensuring the development of evidence-informed public policies that best protect the health of Toronto residents. As such, she has developed the directorate into a leading research, policy and advocacy unit that addresses a broad array of social and environmental determinants of health to make Toronto a healthy city for all. Major areas of investigation and advocacy include addressing health impacts associated with land use and transportation planning decisions including Complete Streets, removing zoning barriers in apartment neighbourhoods, examining climate change and air quality issues, and addressing limited access and affordability of transit. Monica holds a status appointment as Assistant Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

Charles Marohn

Chuck Marohn, PE, AICP, is the President and Co-Founder of the non-profit, Strong Towns. His background as an engineer and planner working as a consultant for dozens of cities and towns across Minnesota gives him an intimate understanding of how land use and infrastructure projects get designed, funded and built. This unique insight across traditional silos is what led him to start Strong Towns in the wake of the national financial crisis in the U.S. that left so many local governments reeling from the sudden halt in development. A nationally and internationally sought after speaker, Chuck has given over 200 presentations to public officials, staff professionals and local citizens in the last five years to help them find a new pathway forward.

Chuck recently wrote two compelling blog posts about Complete Streets (Co-opting Complete Streets and A Complete Road) and is the author of Thoughts on Building Strong Towns (Volume 1), and A World Class Transportation System. He is also the primary author of the Strong Towns Blog and the host of the Strong Towns Podcast and See it Differently TV. He holds professional engineering and planning degrees from the University of Minnesota.

Chuck and his wife live with their two daughters and two Samoyeds just north of Baxter, Minnesota.

Veronica O. Davis

Veronica O. Davis, PE is the Partner and Principal Planning Manager at Nspiregreen LLC, which she co-owns with Chanceé Lundy. She is a transportation guru who uses her knowledge and skills to spark progressive social change. In July 2012, the White House recognized her as a Champion of Change and Transportation Innovator for her accomplishments and community advocacy in the District of Columbia.

As Co-owner and Principal of Nspiregreen, she is responsible for managing the Urban Planning business unit, which includes surface transportation planning, policy development, and long range planning. Some of Nspiregreen’s Washington D.C. projects include moveDC – the District of Columbia’s long range transportation plan, North-South Corridor Planning Study under the D.C. Streetcar program, and 16th Street Transit Priority Study. This past spring, Nspiregreen completed the Goldman Sachs Small Business Program and is projected to expand to other U.S. cities such as Philadelphia and Cleveland.

Throughout her career, Veronica has tried to give back to the community, particularly to the underserved wards of Washington D.C. Veronica is one of the co-founders of Black Women Bike (BWB), an organization and movement that encourages African American women to use biking for health and wellness as well as an alternative form of transportation for commuting. In less than two years the organization has grown to over 1,500 African American women ranging in age from late 20’s to early 70’s. The organization’s membership continues to grow and BWB regularly holds events such as group rides and free bike repair days for children.

Veronica earned her dual Masters Degrees (Engineering Management and Regional Planning) from Cornell University, where she specialized in urban infrastructure, land use, and environmental planning. She has a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Maryland with a concentration in transportation design. She is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, Women’s Transportation Seminar, and the National Society of Black Engineers. She is a registered professional engineer in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia.

Leah Shahum

Leah Shahum is the founder and director of the Vision Zero Network, a new project supporting cities working toward Vision Zero — zero traffic fatalities and severe injuries. The Network helps communities develop and share best practices for safe mobility for all road users.

As a German Marshall Fund Fellow, Leah researched Vision Zero strategies in Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of the 10,000-member San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, which promotes bicycling for everyday transportation. Leah formerly served on the Boards of Directors of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

Adam Arnold

Lead Program Specialist, Urban Trans North America.

Adam has worked with UrbanTrans since 2012, delivering projects that encourage travel behaviour change in both workplaces and the wider community.   Adam has worked on community TDM individualized marketing projects in Hamilton, Halifax, Waterloo and Ottawa, and is currently using the Planning side of his brain to support active transportation infrastructure planning in Vaughan. He has also worked extensively with the regional Smart Commute employer TDM program, beginning his career with Smart Commute North Toronto, Vaughan in 2007.  Prior to moving to Canada, Adam worked for a number of municipalities in the UK facilitating conversation and local engagement on topics such as transportation, housing and public health. Adam holds a Master’s in Geography from the University of Leeds, and is a year-round bike commuter.

Kevin Behan

Deputy Director, Clean Air Partnership.

Kevin has an Honours Bachelor of Science from University College Dublin and post-graduate qualifications in Business Studies and Information Technology (Dublin Business School) and Spatial Analysis and GIS (McMaster University). Kevin’s research interests include climate change mitigation and adaptation, active transportation, and the importance of effective communication in these areas. He has previously worked in research with both the Centre for Spatial Analysis at McMaster University, and for the Government of Ireland, employing GIS-based systems to examine relationships between land use, urban development, pollution and health.

Mikey Bennington

Project Manager, Active Neighbourhoods, Toronto Centre for Active Transportation.

Mikey is an active transportation and health researcher with a background in psychology. Originally from Yellowknife, NT, he became enamoured with Toronto when he moved here and discovered its charms via bicycle. He is currently a Project Manager at the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) where he manages the Active Neighbourhoods Canada projects for Ontario, a series of community-based participatory planning projects that aim to create green, active and healthy communities. Alongside his work at TCAT, Mikey is completing a Master of Public Health Degree at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

Alyssa Bird

Senior Project Manager, 8-80 Cities.

Since 2011, Alyssa has been a part of the 8 80 Cities team in various roles. Alyssa is a long-time fan of getting people outside and active. Whether you want to go for a long walk to explore a new neighbourhood, help in planning an open streets program or want to have an impromptu dance party in a park – she’ll be up for it.

Sherry Biscope

Health Policy Specialist, Toronto Public Health.

Sherry received her M.H.Sc from the University of Toronto.  Her current work supporting a healthier Toronto focuses on interactions between health, Toronto’s built environment and active transportation in projects related to complete streets.

Christina Bouchard

Project Lead, Cycling Network Plan, Transportation Services, City of Toronto.

Christina is leading the development of City of Toronto’s Cycling Network Plan.  She’s previously overseen the consultation, design and installation for a number of cycling facilities in the City of Toronto. Other recent or ongoing projects include: Toronto’s Complete Streets Guidelines, Toronto’s Cycling Wayfinding Guidelines, 30km/h Speed Limit Policy and Toronto’s first investments in Cycling Snow Routes. Christina previously contributed to Toronto’s Official Plan draft Cycling framework and Trails Implementation Plan. She loves both urban and inter-city riding and has cycled across a number of countries to explore their cycling infrastructure.

Sheila Boudreau

Urban Designer, City Planning, City of Toronto.

Sheila is a landscape architect and urban designer at the City of Toronto.  Her work includes the design and construction of capital projects, the development of guidelines, performance and construction standards, and advising on policy, special projects, and site plan development review. She focuses on moving policy to implementation – with an integrated, multidisciplinary systems approach. Previously with DTAH, Sheila worked on projects such as Evergreen Brickworks and the Central Waterfront Promenade, and at the City of Waterloo on parks and civic spaces across the city.

Stephen Buckley

General Manager, Transportation Services, City of Toronto. 

Steve serves as the General Manager for Transportation Services for the City of Toronto. In that capacity, Steve oversees 1,100 dedicated civil servants and roughly $12 billion in transportation assets. Prior to joining Toronto, Steve was the Director of Policy and Planning for the Deputy Mayor in Philadelphia, while also serving as Deputy Commissioner for Transportation in the Philadelphia Streets Department. His professional experience has spanned numerous aspects of the field of surface transportation – from engineering and design to transit operations, transportation 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. He was a licensed professional engineer in the U.S. and a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners. Steve is an active member of the Transportation Research Board, the National Association of City Transportation Officials, the Transport Association of Canada, and currently serves as a member of the ITS Canada Board of Directors.

Dr. Fabio Cabarcas

Senior Policy Analyst, Halton Region Health Department.

Dr. Cabarcas has worked for over 4 years as Senior Policy Analyst with the Halton Region Health Department.  He has a doctoral degree from the University of British Columbia and a Master’s Degree in Public Health.  Fabio’s work with Halton Region focuses on collaboration across sectors to support regional and municipal policies that promote walkable environments and active transportation.

Fiona Chapman

Manager of Pedestrian Projects, Transportation Services, City of Toronto.

Fiona 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 been 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, active transportation issues and waterfront development.  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.

Patrick Cheung

Senior Engineer, Toronto Water, City of Toronto.

Patrick has over thirty years of experience in field of municipal infrastructure servicing. Patrick has provided input into a number of City of Toronto studies and programs such as the Avenues and Mid-Rise Study, Toronto Green Standards, Greening Surface Parking Lots Guidelines, Tree Planting in Hard Surfaces and Development Infrastructure Policy and Standards Review. He is currently co-leading the development of Toronto’s Green Streets Program.

Ron Clarke

MCIP, RPP, Manager of Urban Planning and Design, Parsons Inc.

Ron is Parsons’ lead professional in the planning and design of Complete Streets, within a company of more than 14,000 staff worldwide. He leads the preparation of street design plans and guidelines, as well as managing multi-disciplinary teams that produce detailed designs and tender packages for Complete Street reconstructions, multi-use pathways and on-road cycling projects. He also manages Environmental Assessments of transportation projects. Ron has been consulting in Ottawa for 27 years, and will be sharing his recent street design experiences and lessons learned with Ottawa’s current movement towards “Complete Streets”.

Johan Diepens

CEO, Mobycon.

Johan is the founder and CEO of Mobycon / Concordis Group, which designs traffic and transportation plans, supports mobility policy-making and undertakes research upon which solid ideas can be built. Johan grew up in the neighborhood in Delft where the very first woonerf (home zone) was developed, inspiring a life immersed in the Dutch tradition of planning for people first. He believes the lessons learned through Sustainable Safety and the spatial forms developed in the Netherlands can provide inspiration and continued innovation for places seeking to take a more proactive approach to safety.

Alex Dow

Program Director, Malvern Family Resource Centre.

Alex completed his undergraduate degree in history and international development studies at McGill University in 2005.  Born and raised in Scarborough he has worked in community development here and in Montreal.  Specifically Alex has experience in youth programming, food security, civic engagement, urban design, capacity building/training, health promotion, GLBTQ awareness and other diversity issues.  Alex has worked with a number of organizations in a professional or volunteer capacity including: Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Toronto, Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention, Proud Politics, Griffin Centre and the Action for Neighbourhood Change initiative of the United Way.  He is a member of the Toronto Food Policy Council and a former member of a Community Investment Panel both under Toronto Public Health.  He is the Program Director at Malvern Family Resource Centre which is currently engaged in community outreach to build a vision and capacity for a bicycle hub in Malvern.  He is an active user of all modes of transportation as a cyclist and pedestrian, but also a driver and public transit supporter and user.

Lindsay Edwards

Principal Planner, Region of Peel.

Lindsay initially started in policy planning and has since found her place in the Transportation Division. She has over seven years of planning experience in the public sector at both the local and regional levels, and considers her stakeholder engagement work among her greatest accomplishments. Lindsay’s mission is to bridge the gap between land use planning and transportation, and to get her co-workers to take the stairs instead of using the elevator.

Kaylan Edgumbe

Transportation Planner, City of Burlington.

Kaylan is currently responsible for undertaking the City’s first Transportation Master Plan for the City of Burlington.  As the Master Plan study continues to evolve, so is Kaylan’s perspective on creating a truly accessible, multi-modal transportation system for future generations of Burlington residents.  She is excited to be developing Complete Street and TDM policies as part of the Master Plan and has enjoyed speaking with members of the community (and was pleasantly surprised to see that support for active transportation is alive and well!).  As a mom of two young boys, she has a keen interest in promoting an active and healthy lifestyle and sees the value in supporting active school travel from both the professional and personal side.

Dr. François Gagnon

Research Officer, National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy.

François’ PhD thesis proposed an analysis of the historical development of transportation policies in Montreal. He has been at the national collaborating center for Healthy public policy since the completion of his thesis in 2006. François is developing knowledge to support the work of regional public health authorities and not-for-profit organizations advocating for environments supportive of safe and active travel. He has published and presented on a variety of topics, including the relationships between traffic calming and health, design concepts or dispositifs (eg. roundabouts) and municipal norms.

Angela Gibson

Head, Performance Monitoring and Research, Transportation and Community Planning, Regional Municipality of York.

Angela is a Registered Professional Planner with over 10 years of urban planning experience. Angela leads the Performance Monitoring and Research division in the Transportation Services Department at York Region, where she uses a collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving and consensus building. As a city builder Angela has led a number of major regional initiatives including transportation planning for urban growth centres, master plans, universal accessibility programs, development of new context sensitive guidelines for Regional streets and leading the prioritization of the 10-year Roads Capital Plan. Prior to joining the Region in 2010, Angela worked for the Town of Ajax in the capacity of leading transportation planning, including active transportation. Angela is an executive board member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers Toronto Section and is on the Board of Directors for Dr. Roz’s Healing Place (a women’s shelter for women fleeing domestic violence). Angela is an alumnus of the University of Toronto Urban Planning program and has established a scholarship for visible minorities in the Urban Planning field at the University of Toronto to help support continued diversity within the planning profession.

Merisa Gilman

Project Manager, Pedestrian Projects, New York City Department of Transportation. 

Over the past year, Merisa has successfully implemented various projects to improve safety and efficiency for NYC’s pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.  Merisa also oversees the Enhanced Crossing Program, which reviews and implements new crossings at uncontrolled locations throughout the City.  Merisa earned her Master’s Degree of City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University in 2014.

Christopher Glaisek

Waterfront Toronto VP of Planning and Design.

Christopher is Vice President of Planning and Design for Waterfront Toronto (formerly the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation).  An architect and urban planner for nearly twenty years, in his current role he manages all precinct planning, public realm and building design initiatives in the central waterfront area. Mr. Glaisek holds a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University, where he was the recipient of the Christopher Tunnard Award for Excellence in Urban Planning.  He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Brown University and a Professional Certificate in Real Estate from New York University’s Real Estate Institute.

Ben Gomberg

Active Transportation Manager, City of Mississauga.

Ben is an urban planner who believes that our cities should be designed to encourage people to walk, bike and take transit.  He coordinated the City of Chicago’s bike program for 17 years, establishing 325 km of bike lanes and 50 km of complete streets.  His course, Establishing Complete Streets in Chicago, at the graduate school of planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago was the only course of its type in the United States.  Ben is thrilled to be back home in Canada, as the Active Transportation Manager for the City of Mississauga.

Kate Hall

Program Manager, Green Communities Canada.

Kate is a planner with twenty years of experience working in community development in a variety of roles within the public, private and non-profit sectors. Over the past decade, Kate’s work has focused on creating healthy, active communities through active transportation planning and design. She works with the Canada Walks division of Green Communities Canada and manages the WALK Friendly Communities program. She is a member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute, a board member with the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition and on the steering committee for TCAT’s Active Neighbourhoods Canada project.

Jason Hartwick

Founder, Stewart Street and Area Community Association.

Jason is a founding member of the Stewart Street and Area Community Association, and currently acts as their treasurer. The Community Association was brought about following the creation of a highly successful community garden, which Jason was instrumental in supporting, and which helped to revitalize a local park in his neighbourhood. As an active community advocate, Jason is Co-Chair of the local Basic Income Guarantee Committee, and is also an active peer advocate through the YWCA’s Nourish Project, which trains residents to help connect their neighbours with the essential services and supports available in the community. Jason sits on the Active Neighbourhood Canada’s Peterborough Coordinating Committee as both a resident of the neighbourhood and an active member of the Community Association.

Jacquelyn Hayward Gulati

Manager, Cycling Infrastructure & Programs, City of Toronto.

Jacquelyn is responsible for planning and implementing cycle tracks, bike lanes and trails, bike parking and cycling promotion activities throughout the City of Toronto.  Jacquelyn has over twelve years of experience in the field of sustainable transportation and transportation demand management in the municipal and non-profit sectors.  Prior to her current role, Jacquelyn was the Manager of Cycling at the City of Mississauga where she lead the completion of over 60 kilometres of new cycling routes in a period of four years as part of a major re-think of transportation network planning in that City.   Jacquelyn holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies from York University and is a certified Project Management Professional. Twitter: @jacquelyn_hg

Kevin Hodgkinson

General Manager, Toronto Student Transportation Services.

Kevin is a graduate of the University of Waterloo who studied Urban Regional Planning.  Upon graduation worked with Laidlaw Planning Services providing logistical support for student transportation operations in various cities throughout Canada and the United States.  He was recruited by the Toronto Catholic District School Board to work in the transportation planning unit to continue the integration of student transportation between the School Boards in Toronto.  In September 2011, Kevin was named General Manager of the newly formed Toronto Student Transportation Group who is tasked with providing services for families to access education here in Toronto.

Brian Hollingworth

Director, Transportation, IBI Group.

Brian has been with IBI Group for 20 years where he has carried out a wide variety of studies in transportation planning, transit and sustainable urban development.  Brian has authored a number of publications on sustainable transportation including a national Strategy for Sustainable Transportation Planning for the Transportation Association of Canada, a Guideline for Promoting Sustainable Transportation through Site Design for the Institute of Transportation Engineers and a national guideline on Active Transportation.  Over the past decade Brian has served as the project manager for transportation master plans in Hamilton, Winnipeg, Victoria, Regina, and Ottawa.  Complete Streets concepts and strategies to develop more balanced transportation networks have been at the forefront of each of these plans.  Most recently Brian worked on Ottawa’s Transportation Master Plan which resulted in a new Complete Streets approach and related tools on Multi-modal Level of Service assessment.

Jacqueline Hunter

Active Transportation Technologist, City of Mississauga.

Jacqueline is a Certified Engineering Technologist and a graduate of the Transportation Engineering Technology program at Mohawk College. Jacqueline has extensive experience in pedestrian and cycling infrastructure development, is a member of numerous committees including the OTC Active Transportation Committee and was a member of the OTC Book 18 Development Team.

Gabriella Kalopos

Executive Director, Clean Air Partnership.

Gabriella has been working to motivate and support local government action on advancing sustainable communities for over 25 years through her work at the Toronto Environmental Alliance, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability’s Cities for Climate Protection campaign, and currently as Executive Director at Clean Air Partnership. Her focus has been on encouraging, supporting and monitoring the implementation of clean air and climate change actions and the building of partnerships that enable collaboration and support between the community and all levels of government.

Jared Kolb

Executive Director, Cycle Toronto.

Jared joined Cycle Toronto in 2010 and serves as Executive Director. He has worked on advocacy 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.

Bartek Komorowski

Project Leader, Vélo Québec.

Bartek has been working with Vélo Québec since 2010—initially as an external consultant and, as of 2012, as Project Leader in the Research Department. Since earning the degree of Master of Urban Planning from McGill University in 2007, he has been involved in numerous research and consulting projects on cycling and active transportation for clients across Canada. With Vélo Québec, Bartek has worked on street design as well as cycling policy and master planning projects with the cities of Montreal, Toronto, and Ottawa and for clients such as the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, the National Capital Commission (NCC), the Communauté Métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM), and the Agence Métropolitaine de Transport (AMT). He has also worked on bicycle infrastructure projects with a number of suburban communities in Quebec and Ontario.

Neluka Leanage

Principal, modemaps inc./groundSHIFT.

Neluka is a planner, researcher and designer with over 15 years of experience across Canada and internationally. She specializes in improving built and natural environments to support healthy, connected and viable communities for all ages and abilities.  Her work includes policy, research and evaluation at all levels of government, as well as master plans, environmental and user experience audits, participatory design and community engagement.

Trudy Ledsham

Project Manager, Toronto Cycling Think and Do Tank, University of Toronto.

Trudy is the Project Manager at the Toronto Cycling Think & Do Tank and also works with the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation developing a community based social marketing program with the Region of Peel. Long interested in sustainability her recent work has focused on behaviour change and cycling for transportation. She has a particular interest in understanding how to foster increased cycling in suburban areas and small towns. Trudy has an MA focused on environmental history from the University of Toronto and is currently working on a PhD in Planning.

Elysia Leung

Transportation Demand Management Coordinator, Town of Ajax.

Elysia has a passion for sustainable transportation and loves exploring her city by bike. Elysia has a background in transportation and urban design and has worked in Halifax, Vancouver and Toronto in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Janet Lo

Senior Project Manager, Transportation Services, City of Toronto.

Janet is a leader and practitioner with over 15 years of experience in policy development and implementation in creating healthy, walkable, and transit-oriented communities. She is a Senior Project Manager at the City of Toronto overseeing a range of projects including pedestrian safety, accessibility, Complete Streets, and the Toronto Walking Strategy. Formerly, Janet worked at the Ontario Growth Secretariat on integrated capital and land use planning, municipal and regional transit planning, and fiscal tools.  Prior to this, Janet ran the first transportation management association in Ontario. She has an undergraduate degree in Human Geography and International Justice and Human Rights, as well as a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

Lynda Lukasik

Executive Director, Environment Hamilton.

Lynda is a co-founder and Executive Director of the not-for-profit organization Environment Hamilton.  She has developed and implemented a variety of projects that focus on providing community volunteers with hands-on skills to monitor and enhance neighbourhood environments.  Her current efforts are focused on local air quality and links to urban mobility and quality of life. Lukasik is a committed commuter cyclist and is actively involved in efforts to establish a new cycling advocacy organization in Hamilton.  She also holds a PhD in environmental planning and has taught courses in environmental planning, policy and management.

Dr. Marvin Macaraig

Scarborough Cycles Project Coordinator, Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT).

Dr. Macaraig is TCAT’s Scarborough Cycles Project Coordinator, working to increase cycling knowledge in Scarborough by building both institutional and community capacity. He believes that active transportation is a key facet of urban resilience and local prosperity. One of his goals is to find solutions and address barriers that will increase participation in suburban cycling for transportation. Marvin received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto (Geography and Planning), has expertise in metropolitan governance and civil society and has taught several urban geography courses at the University of Toronto Scarborough. His community experience includes the conceptualization and management of the Toronto East Bike Festival, and he is a co- founder of Ward 36 Cyclists.

Christie MacIsaac

Assistant Planner, City of Peterborough.

Christie is a Registered Professional Planner, employed as an Assistant Planner with the City of Peterborough. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental and Resource Science from Trent University and subsequently earned her Master’s degree from Queen’s School of Urban and Regional Planning. In her three years with the City, Christie has taken on various roles which include the implementation of the Central Area Master Plan – one priority of which is to develop Neighbourhood Plans in certain areas of the downtown. Christie is a member of the Active Neighbourhoods Canada Peterborough Coordinating Committee and looks forward to dovetailing its results with other City policy and planning initiatives.

Dr. Jordana Maisel

Director of Research Activities, Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA), University of Buffalo.

Jordana serves as a Co-Director of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Universal Design in the Built Environment (RERC-UD) and Director of the Training activities of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Accessible Public Transportation (RERC-APT). Dr. Maisel is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning at UB. She holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering/Human Factors at the University at Buffalo, a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University at Buffalo, and a B.Sc. in Human Development from Cornell University. She is the co-author of Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments (Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2012).

Heather Marshall

Project Manager, INHALE Toronto, Toronto Environmental Alliance.

Since 2007, Heather has worked at Toronto Environmental Alliance as a researcher and community organizer devoted to building a greener city for all. She has a background in environmental science, health policy, adult education, and community development. As the Project Manager for INHALE Toronto, Heather is mobilizing local residents to become citizen scientists who take to the streets and find workable solutions to everyday air quality problems.

Dewan Masud Karim

Senior Transportation Planner, City of Toronto.

Dewan graduated from the University of Tokyo with Master of Applied Science in Transportation Planning and specialized in traffic safety from Ryerson University. Dewan spent more than fifteen years of his transportation planning engineer career in both Japan and Canada. A few cornerstones of his career achievements include development quantitative multimodal assessment, innovative mobility master plan, reallocation of space using sustainable safety and identification of unused/underutilized vehicle spaces towards compact and safer infrastructures that minimizes negative impacts on human, local community and environment. His multi-faceted collaboration skills played a critical role in overcoming barriers to sustainable transportation for several Canadian cities.

Jennifer McGowan

School Travel Advisor, Metrolinx.

Jennifer holds Bachelor Degrees in Environmental Studies, Geography from the University of Waterloo, and Education from the University of Toronto, as well as a Master’s 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 involved in active and sustainable school travel while working as the Youth Active Transportation Coordinator at the Ecology Action Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Dave McLauglin

Partner, MMM Group.

Dave has over 24 years of experience in the transportation and land use planning fields.  Dave is a multi-modal transportation planner and has extensive experience in preparing transportation master plans, cycling and trail system network strategies and design guidelines, as well as transit and TDM planning and policy development.  He is one of MMM’s leading national urban mobility and complete streets specialists and is often involved in projects from the planning and approval stage through functional and detailed design stages. Dave is a Registered Professional Planner (RPP) in Ontario, member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Institute of Transportation Engineers, ITE’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Council, Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) and the Ontario Traffic Council’s Active Transportation Committee. Dave is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Share the Road Coalition.  He is co-author of Ontario Traffic Manual Book 18: Cycling Facilities (2013) and MTO’s Bikeway Design Manual (2014). Dave is currently undertaking AT planning and design assignments in jurisdictions across Canada including St. Albert, Winnipeg, London, Toronto, Leamington, Guelph, York Region, Norfolk County, and the County of Essex.  He is also leading a team and supporting MTO in developing a province wide cycling network strategy for Ontario.

Dr. Raktim Mitra

Assistant Professor, Ryerson University.

Dr. Mitra teaches courses on Transportation Planning and Healthy Communities at Ryerson. His research focuses on walking and cycling in the Toronto region. Dr. Mitra has published more than 20 scholarly articles and working papers that explore the links between the built environment, active transportation and physical activity participation.

Tessa Nasca

Graduate Student, Sustainability Studies, Trent University.

Tessa provides research and evaluation capacity to the Active Neighbourhoods Canada project in Peterborough. Her research provides an evaluation of the participatory planning processes used in the Peterborough project, and also evaluates the feasibility of integrating a participatory planning model into local municipal public engagement processes. Tessa hopes that projects like Active Neighbourhoods Canada can help to make the process of designing communities more accessible and engaging for all residents, and that citizens’ needs and desires can become more meaningfully reflected in the built environment.

Hubert Ng

Senior Transportation Planner, Town of Ajax.

Hubert manages the Transportation Section within the Planning and Development Services Department for the Town of Ajax. As a Professional Engineer of Ontario, Hubert has experience in the public and private sectors both in Canada and in the Middle East. He looks forward to taking up road cycling as an alternative to motorcycling in the near future.

Charles O’Hara

Manager, Growth Policy, Ontario Growth Secretariat, Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

Charles oversees the development and implementation of Ontario’s Places to Grow initiative, including the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.  Prior to joining the Ontario government, Charles worked for Smart Commute, Black Creek and Pollution Probe, and he helped to create the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation. Charles has a PhD in Geography from the University of Durham, UK.

Stephen Oliver

Urban Planner.

Stephen Oliver has a Master’s in Urban Planning from the University of Waterloo where his studies focused on multimodal transportation integration. He worked at the City of Hamilton in Transportation Demand Management. He was directly involved in implementation of new development TDM guidelines and working with worksites and public schools. Stephen also has experience on public outreach and consultation and project management.

Dan Ozimkovic

Transportation Planning Technologist, City of Burlington.

Dan is a Certified Engineering Technologist with the diploma in Transportation Engineering Technology from Mohawk College. He has been working at the City of Burlington for 7 years as a Transportation Planning Technologist. Dan is the staff liaison on the Burlington Cycling Committee. He prefers cycling for short trips as it is great exercise and good for the environment.

Hayley Peek

Senior Program Specialist, Urban Trans North America.

In her 4 years at UrbanTrans, Hayley has worked on TDM projects all across North America. Hayley currently manages TDM programs in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area as well as the Washington DC area. She has worked extensively as a coordinator on Individualized marketing projects in Southern Ontario, including Waterloo, Ottawa, Halifax, Hamilton, and most recently, Caledon, Ontario. Hayley holds an Honour’s Bachelor degree in Environmental Studies from York University, where she developed her passion for sustainability. Aside from her work on TDM programming, Hayley also leads the Sustainability Committee at UrbanTrans. Through this effort she has led the development of a sustainability plan, timeline, and metrics in an effort to make sustainability part of the UrbanTrans corporate culture.

Laura Pfeiffer

Toronto Urban Fellow, City of Toronto.

Laura is a planner with interests in active transportation, urban design, equity and well-being in cities and citizen agency. She holds both an MSc and an MUP from McGill University and has worked in both municipal planning and for private firms in Canada and the US. She was a member of the 2014-15 Toronto Urban Fellows and currently works in Pedestrian Projects at the City of Toronto focusing on the development of Toronto’s Complete Streets Guidelines. Laura is a contributor to Spacing magazine covering urban issues in Saskatchewan and is the head organizer for Jane’s Walk in Regina.

Adam Popper

Complete Streets Project Manager, City of Toronto.

Adam has served as a researcher, facilitator, policy developer, planner and urban designer in the non-profit, academic, private and public sectors. Before joining the City of Toronto, he worked in Halifax, Montreal and San Francisco. Adam has been with the City of Toronto for five years and manages the Complete Streets project, including content development, internal and external engagement and implementation planning. Adam is motivated by a vision for sustainable and equitable cities.

Stephen Power

Transportation Manager, Parsons.

Stephen is the Transportation Manager for Parsons’ Calgary office. Both a Planner and an Engineer, Stephen bridges the two disciplines to ensure the vision and overall concepts of a project translate effectively and practically as the project progresses to technical and detailed engineering phases. Since 1988, Stephen has worked in a wide range of planning and engineering capacities throughout Canada and New Zealand, from corridor plans and transit studies, to urban and regional transportation plans.

Brandon Quigley

Graduate Student, Environmental Studies, York University.

Brandon is currently completing his Master in Environmental Studies degree at York University in the Planning program. He also works as a researcher on a project with Green Communities Canada, the Toronto Cycling Think and Do Tank and Toronto Public Health to develop a guide to creating safer streets near schools. His recently completed Major Research Paper was on fostering active transportation in school communities. Previously, Brandon worked in the publishing industry and as a school teacher. He has lived throughout Canada, including Edmonton, Alberta and Iqaluit, Nunavut. He now lives in Toronto, where he is an active volunteer with the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation and Cycle Toronto, and lives with his partner, Laura, and their two cats.

Molly Ranahan

Graduate Research Fellow, Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA), University of Buffalo.

Molly is a doctoral student in the department of Urban and Regional Planning in the School of Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning at UB. Her research interests include the intersection of planning and built environment issues with aging, health, inclusive design, and social justice. Her dissertation research is focused on the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender seniors when accessing long-term services and supports within a regional context.

Brent Raymond

Partner, DTAH.

Brent Raymond, OALA, CSLA, ASLA, MCIP RPP, is a landscape architect, planner, urban designer, DTAH partner and the consultant team lead for Toronto Complete Streets. Brent has a particular interest in the quality of space between buildings, especially streets, and is highly adept at 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, and has directed several significant transportation-focused projects with a focus on city building including street design and transportation network studies, streetscape improvements, and environmental assessments.

Councillor Jaye Robinson

Chair of Toronto Public Works & Infrastructure Committee, City of Toronto.

Re-elected in 2014 with one of the city’s highest pluralities, Jaye brings over 20 years of public service and community leadership to City Hall. In her first term, Jaye passed more than 100 successful motions improving traffic and pedestrian safety at the neighbourhood level and helped create new avenues for community engagement on planning issues. As Chair of the Public Works & Infrastructure Committee, Jaye is focussed on getting Toronto moving, from cutting gridlock and congestion to expanding our network of dedicated bike lanes. Before running for office, Jaye was a senior manager with the city’s Economic Development Division and created a vibrant roster of annual, community-building events such as Nuit Blanche, Summerlicious and Winterlicious. Jaye lives in Ward 25 with her husband, three boys and dog, Scout.

Chris Ronson

Project Manager, Public Realm Section, Transportation Services, City of Toronto.

Chris is the Toronto 360 Wayfinding Strategy Project Manager. Trained as a landscape architect and planner, he has been involved in complex public realm projects in the private and public sectors for over twenty-five years. He has led and co-ordinated the City of Toronto’s review of the Queens Quay Revitalization, Corktown Common and East Bayfront Precinct projects that form part of Toronto’s waterfront revitalization initiative. Chris recently moved to the Transportation Services Division where he is currently managing the TO360 Wayfinding Strategy and Toronto Outdoor Café Design Guidelines projects.

Brianna Salmon

Manager of Transportation and Urban Design Programs, GreenUP.

Brianna has coordinated a number of successful neighbourhood-, workplace- and school-based projects and campaigns that have helped to support active transportation. More recently she has been supporting a participatory planning project called Active Neighbourhoods Canada, in Peterborough’s Stewart Street neighbourhood. Brianna is committed to working with local residents and organizations to support and facilitate environmentally sustainable transportation. Brianna has a Master’s in Sustainability Studies, with a focus on transportation planning, from Trent University, and a second graduate degree in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership from Carleton University.

Sheyda Saneinejad

Project Lead, Pedestrian Projects, Transportation Services, City of Toronto.

Sheyda has been with the Transportation Services Division of the City of Toronto for about 4 years, working as a Project Lead in the Pedestrian Projects Unit and as a Supervisor in Traffic Operations in Scarborough. She has been involved in several aspects of designing and operating the right of way for pedestrians while balancing the needs of other mode users. This effort is heavily complemented by her focus on evidence-based technical analysis and development and application of context sensitive design guidelines. Sheyda has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s degree in Transportation Planning and Engineering.

Dr. Beth Savan

Principal Investigator, Toronto Cycling Think and Do Tank, University of Toronto.

Beth was the inaugural Sustainability Director at the University of Toronto, and consults extensively on cycling, sustainability and resource conservation planning, design and implementation with municipal, provincial and institutional clients. She has received numerous large research grants on accelerating adoption of cycling for transportation, revolving funds for resource conservation and energy conservation. Beth is on the faculty of the School of Environment at the University of Toronto, is an award-winning teacher and broadcaster and has been very active as a government advisor, on Environmental Non-Governmental Organization boards and on foundation grants committees.

Kristin Schwartz

Project Co-ordinator, CultureLink Settlement Services.

Kristin 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 multilingual editions (, a publication which has since been replicated in Vancouver and Mississauga. She created the Bike Host program (, which matches newcomers with more established cycling mentors. She also 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.

Niki Siabanis

MPlan, Transportation Planner, Parsons.

Niki is a Transportation Planner with a focus on active transportation planning and design and road safety. Having lived and worked throughout Canada, Niki has a broad understanding of transportation issues, and values a context-sensitive approach that moves forward with effective communication. She has presented her work on road safety at numerous conferences, including the 93rd Annual Transportation Research Board (TRB), Washington, DC.

Nancy Smith Lea

Director, Toronto Centre for Active Transportation, Clean Air Partnership.

Nancy has decades of experience in research and project management, with specialized knowledge in applied research and policy analysis specific to Complete Streets, safe and inclusive streets for walking and cycling. She has published several articles on barriers and incentives to cycling and has as Director of TCAT since 2008 has led numerous research projects and initiatives aimed at improving understanding and conditions for active transportation. In 2010, Nancy was awarded the Toronto Community Foundation’s Vital People grant for “Putting Active Transportation on the map”.

Peter Topalovic

Project Manager, TDM, Program Manager, Smart Commute, Public Works (Transportation), City of Hamilton.

Peter is tasked with overseeing the implementation of a wide range of programs, policy and infrastructure projects to promote active and sustainable modes of transportation from bike sharing, car sharing and carpooling for the City of Hamilton. Peter received his Master’s in Engineering and Public Policy from McMaster University, specializing in transportation and energy policy, corporate social responsibility and sustainable infrastructure. He has worked in the transportation planning field since. In addition to his work at the City, Peter teaches at McMaster University, supports the school of engineering practice in various capacities and has written and published academic papers relating to corporate social responsibility and transportation policy. He is the Chair of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area TDM Coordinating Committee. Peter is a proud born and raised Hamiltonian.

Kendra Willard

Health Promoter, Halton Region Health Department.

Kendra has been promoting walkable communities as Health Promoter at the Halton Region Health Department for over eight 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

School Travel Planning Facilitator, Green Communities Canada.

As a School Travel Planning Facilitator with Green Communities Canada, Katie works with a variety of stakeholders at the city, neighbourhood and school levels to enable and encourage more students to walk, cycle and roll to and from school. Her interest in active transportation was sparked during an exchange year in Switzerland and became the focus of her research in the Master of Science in Planning program at the University of Toronto. During and after her studies, Katie worked on cycling initiatives with the Toronto Cycling Think and Do Tank and as a Fellow with Smart Commute at Metrolinx before joining the Green Communities team. Katie is an enthusiastic commuter cyclist and trains for triathlons in her spare time.

Darryl Young

Active Transportation and Transportation Demand Management Coordinator, Halton Region.

Darryl is presenting as a member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute’s Strategy Group and chair of its Transportation Working Group. His public and private sector experience has focused on the integration of sustainable transportation modes from policy to implementation, including Complete Streets. He currently works on transportation planning projects towards improving bicycle and pedestrian safety and mobility beyond the status quo.

Paul Young

Planner & Health Promoter, Public Space Workshop.

Paul is a landscape architect and planner at Public Space Workshop in Toronto. He is also a health promoter at a Community Health Center in Toronto where he works to engage people in planning for a healthier community. Combining the two skill sets Paul routinely conducts public engagement workshops to build understanding and commitments towards improving supports for walking, cycling and accessibility. He addresses both planning and urban design considerations by promoting complete communities with complete streets.  He reviews policy and conducts speaking engagements.