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Paul Kennedy - Keynote Speaker
CBC Radio

Paul Kennedy has been host of the long-running CBC program/podcast IDEAS for nearly twenty years, although he researched and presented his first radio documentary for the show back in 1977.

Over the course of his career, he has travelled across Canada, throughout North America, to Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Needless to say he has collected stories about cities, people and places from almost everywhere. He's written about everything from the historic Walled City of Kowloon -- which was once the most populous spot on the planet, with 1.2 million people per square kilometre -- to an experiment in indigenous architecture called "One House-Many Nations", on Opasquawak Cree land, in remote Northern Manitoba -- which is being built using renewable local materials and versatile modular technology. Such places seem so different that they are almost opposites, but they obviously share an abundance of "Soul".

Paul's work engages what he describes as, "the core curriculum of contemporary culture." Paul has won national and international recognition for his work, including an ACTRA award for best Canadian radio documentary for a program called War on the Home Front: an Armstrong Award from Columbia University for a series about intellectual relationships called The Marriage of True Minds; and The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Special Citation for Excellence in Ocean Science Journalism for his eight-part series, Learning from the Oceans. Countless people, engaged in an infinite variety of activities, from major cities, small towns and rural places all around the planet have been the focus of Paul's work. They range from the justifiably famous -- Jane Jacobs, Frank Gehry, Ursula Franklin, Todd Saunders, Edward Burtynsky, Margaret Atwood -- to the should-be-famous, like the Vancouver street person who created a successful recycling enterprise called United We Can, because "if society really wants to understand what's garbage and what isn't, it should start by consulting the people that society itself considers to be garbage". That's soul!

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Zachary Mannheimer - Keynote Speaker
Principal Community Planner
McClure Engineering
Every place has a soul that from time to time needs a champion to spark activity, culture, recreation, and build places where people sense vibrancy and connection to their communities. Zachary’s experience on soul and place took hold after settling in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2007. Starting from home in NYC, his journey to Des Moines led him through 22 cities around America. Once settled, he founded the Des Moines Social Club (DMSC), creating Soul and Place through the arts scene. DMSC has hosted over 5000 events and seen over 1,000,000 patrons. His theatrical work and DMSC has been featured in The New York Times, Time Magazine and Politico.

Zachary’s work is based on Creative Placemaking for various rural communities of various sizes, with the goal of helping them achieve economic and population growth through cultural and entrepreneurial amenities, concepts, and catalytic projects. In 2017, Zachary founded the Creative Placemaking department at McClure Engineering Company as their Principal Community Planner. Zachary serves on the boards of Iowa Public Radio and Iowa Rural Development Council and shares his home with his wife Sarah, daughters Mira and Fiona and son Benjamin.
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Dr. Leela Viswanathan - Keynote Speaker
Associate Professor
School of Urban and Regional Planning, Department of Geography and Planning , Queen’s University

Dr. Leela Viswanathan currently serves as an Associate Professor at the School of Urban and Regional Planning in the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. As of July 1, 2018, she will be appointed to the position of Director of the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Queen’s University.

Leela draws from over twenty years of experience in public policy and planning for health and social services. As a planner, she has worked with not-for-profit organizations, consultants, and the Ontario provincial government and has collaborated with communities and groups that have been marginalized based on race, immigrant status, age, ability, and socioeconomic status. Her collaborations have often fostered new programs and policy reform to address social service inequities. In 2009, Leela transitioned from her policymaking and planning career to academia. An award winning professor, Leela teaches planning to graduate students and urban geography to undergraduate students at Queen’s University. Since 2011, Leela has been working collaboratively with a team of academics and members from Walpole Island First Nation and from the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation on research about how to enhance Indigenous-Municipal relations in the context of land use planning in Southern Ontario. This policy-based research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Leela has since established the Planning With Indigenous Peoples (PWIP) Research Group at Queen’s University for which she is the Principal Investigator (www.queensu.ca/pwip). Leela earned her PhD in Environmental Studies from York University (Toronto) in 2007, her Master of Environmental Studies (Planning) from York University and a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) from McGill University. Leela was born and raised in Montreal, Québec and can speak in both of Canada’s Official Languages.

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Felicity Adams - Speaker
Director of Development Services
Town of Ladysmith
Felicity's 25+ years of practice in community and municipal planning has included local government, provincial government and the private sector with organizations within BC. Prior to graduate school, Felicity was a community development practitioner in Saskatoon. In her roles as Ladysmith’s Director of Development Services and through her work with the Stz’uminus First Nation, Felicity has adapted a new planning paradigm – “to engage in planning that does not reproduce the colonial experience”.
Waleed Albakry - Speaker
Senior Planner
City of Grande Prairie
Waleed Albakry is a Senior Planner at the City of Grande Prairie, AB. Prior to that, he worked as a Community Planner at the City of Brandon, MB. He worked as a Planning Assistant at the City of Winnipeg and Bridgeman Collaborative, MB. He also has experience volunteering at both the CUI the Canadian Urban Institute and the CLI Canadian Land Institute. Waleed is a certified public participation practitioner by IAP2.
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Susan Algie - Speaker
Architectural Historian
Executive Director
Winnipeg Architecture Foundation
Susan Algie worked for Parks Canada for 30 years, as a Heritage Resource Planner. She is the director of the Winnipeg Architectural Foundation Inc., a non-profit organisation focusing on educating the public about architecture, with a particular emphasis on the post-1945 period. Current initiatives include: the winnipegarchitecture.ca website which includes research on over 3000 buildings, landscapes and architects; an Oral History programme, a range of exhibits and downloadable tours; and, curation of the annual Architecture+Design Film Festival in Winnipeg. Ms. Algie is also the recipient of the 2015 RAIC - IRAC Advocate for Architecture award.
Kristin Annable - Speaker
Reporter and Associate Producer
CBC Manitoba
Kristin Annable is a journalist with CBC News in Winnipeg. She is a former city hall and the legislature reporter who has heard every pitch in the book. She enjoys a well thought out press release that always includes contact information and hi-resolution renderings. Her key interests are urban development, with an emphasis on active transportation.
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Dr. Eduardo Aquino - Speakers
PhD, M.F.A., B. Urb, B. Arch.,
Principal & Associate Professor
SPMB [São Paulo-Manitoba] & University of Manitoba
Eduardo Aquino graduated in Architecture and Urban Studies in Brazil and holds an MFA in Open Media from Concordia University, Montreal. He has a long-standing research and creative practice concerning public space and urban design, having realized projects for galleries and urban spaces in North America, South America and Europe. He holds a Doctorate from the University of São Paulo, for which he realized a project on beachscapes. Aquino has been a program and policy consultant on public art and interdisciplinary arts for the Canada Council for the Arts, the Winnipeg Arts Council, the Government of Nunavut, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Aquino is a recipient of a National Award from the National Arts Foundation in Brazil, and a National Urban Design Award from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Aquino is the principal of spmb, a research-based interdisciplinary design/research/curatorial practice and will represent Brazil in the upcoming 2018 International Venice Architecture Biennale.
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Greg Atkinson - Speaker
Senior Planner
City of Windsor, Ontario
Greg Atkinson is a Senior Planner with the City of Windsor, Ontario.  Responsible for land use policy and local economic development matters he coordinates the City’s Brownfield Redevelopment Strategy, administers financial incentives, develops innovative policy solutions, and manages complex redevelopment files.  Greg is a founding member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Leadership in Brownfield Renewal Program where he shares his experiences facilitating brownfield redevelopment in Canada’s automotive capital.  Greg also has experience working for the cities of Guelph and Oshawa as well as Ontario’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
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Chris Baker - Speaker
Pedestrian and Cycling Planner
City of Winnipeg
Paul Bell - Speaker
Student; Community Planning Assistant
Queen's School of Urban and Regional Planning, Red River Planning District
After working in the film and music industry, Paul pursued academic research focusing on cultural and creative industries, eventually landing in the field of community planning. He has published work on social housing, creative industries, and secondary education. He has been featured as one of Metro Canada’s City Builder of the Week, and is one of the co-founders of Urban Brew in Winnipeg. Currently, he works for the Red River Planning District.
Brent Bellamy - Speaker
Architect and Public Advocate
Creative Director
Number TEN Architectural Group
Brent Bellamy is an architect and public advocate for sustainable city-building and human-focused design. Since 2010, he has contributed a regular column in the Winnipeg Free Press titled ‘On Architecture’, in which he challenges the conventional perceptions of architectural and urban form. He explores the connection between design and economic growth, environmental sustainability, civic competitiveness, and quality of life. Brent is Creative Director at Number TEN Architectural Group.
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Stephanie Bohdanow - Speaker
Knowledge Services Advisor, Green Municipal Fund
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
Stephanie Bohdanow has been working in the area of local sustainable development for over 10 years. As a Knowledge Services Advisor at the FCM's Green Municipal Fund, she produces research, resources and learning activities to help municipalities achieve their sustainability goals. She also developed and manages FCM’s Leadership in Brownfield Renewal program, which earned her a HUB Award from the Canadian Brownfields Network in 2016.
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Wins Bridgman - Speaker
Bridgman Collaborative Architecture, Synonym Art Consultation, North End Community Renewal
Wins Bridgman is a principal of Bridgman Collaborative Architecture – a firm specializing in heritage restoration work, accessibility and social justice. Works include Leatherdale Hall at University of Winnipeg, The ramp of equal opportunity at the Leg, the renovations of the train station at Broadway and Main, Neechi Foods, numerous community Centres including Mayfair at the south end of the Donald bridge and the women’s centre and Infant care at Mount Carmel Clinic. Wins is the recipient of over 25 architectural awards. During the summer of 2018, In collaboration with the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ has developed a pop-up toilet and poster campaign entitled: My Winnipeg Includes Public Toilets. Wins is a visual artist and is based at Higgins and Main in the restored (old) Dominion Bank.
Beate Bowron - Speaker
Independent Planning Consultant
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Wayne Caldwell - Speaker
Professor, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
University of Guelph
Wayne Caldwell is a professor in Rural Planning in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph. His interests include planning for agriculture and community-based approaches to economic and environmental issues. Recent books include: Better Decisions Together – A Facilitation Guide for Community Engagement and Doing Democracy with Circles: Engaging Communities in Public Planning. His next book will focus on immigration and rural communities. He has served as Chair or President of a number of local, provincial and national organizations.
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Johanna Chabluk - Speaker
Development Officer
CentreVenture Development Corporation
Johanna Chabluk is a planner and development officer with CentreVenture Development Corporation –
the City of Winnipeg’s downtown development agency. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Johanna has
always had a keen interest in how the city grows and develops and is a passionate advocate for this city.
She is a graduate of the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba.
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Chloe Chafe - Speaker
Synonym Art Consultation
Shannon Clarke - Speaker
Community Facilitator
BC Healthy Communties
Shannon is a community facilitator with a passion for supporting healthy, equitable and sustainable communities. She strives to build strong relationships with community partners and work with them to identify opportunities for collaboration and knowledge sharing. She is passionate about bridging the gap between planning and public health. Shannon is a graduate of the University of Victoria and has a Masters of Public Health with a focus on Social Policy.
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Devan Cronshaw - Speaker
Project Planner
M’akola Development Services
Devan is a practicing planner with 2 years of experience, having been involved in a variety of projects providing planning and management know-how. He has also completed several impactful research initiatives forwarding effective local government policy. His planning knowledge is well matched with his business savvy, developed through years of owning and operating a home services franchise. This mix of skill allows Devan to successfully complete housing projects and develop policy across the province of BC.
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Sally Coutts - Speaker
Senior Planner -- Heritage
City of Ottawa
Sally Coutts is the senior heritage planner in Right of Way, Heritage and Urban Design Section of the City of Ottawa. Before joining the City, she was an architectural historian for Parks Canada and a heritage planner with the Historic Sites Service of Alberta Culture. Sally has presented papers at heritage and planning conferences across the country.
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Paulette D'Eon - Speaker
URBAM: Centre for Urban and Environmental Studies
Born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, my interest in urban planning began while living and travelling abroad and experiencing how different urban landscapes at once shaped and were shaped by the particular lifestyles and cultures of the people who lived in them. After completing my BA in Regional and Urban Planning and working in real estate, I began my master’s degree at EAFIT University in Medellin, Colombia. I speak English, French and Spanish fluently and dabble with German and Portuguese. I have a keen interest in all things food, travel and dance and currently reside in Medellin.
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Rukshan de Silva - Speaker
Executive Planner
NSW Department of Planning and Environment
Rukshan began his planning career in the Greater Toronto Area, but accepted a unique opportunity to relocate to Sydney, Australia in 2017. During his time in Sydney, Rukshan has been part of the team at the state government that is bringing positive and strategic change to the way that priority growth areas are planned. Rukshan has a balance of public and private sector experience in strategic planning and policy, transit-oriented development, and community engagement. Rukshan is also a graduate of the University of Waterloo’s Master of Economic Development and Innovation program, and is a Certified Economic Developer.
Patricia Dehnel - Speaker
Senior Energy Specialist / Community Energy Manager
Community Energy Association
Community Energy Manager with Community Energy Association (CEA) a British Columbia NGO supporting Local Government action to reduce energy and emissions. Patricia’s role as Senior Energy Specialist for the Regional District of Central Kootenay is to implement community energy action plans and support rural communities move towards a low carbon future. Patricia has worked as Municipal Planner and Administrator in southeastern BC and currently serves on the Planning Institute of BC’s Board of Directors.
Frances Dietrich-O'Connor - Speaker
Frances Dietrich-O’Connor has over four years’ experience working in the indigenous environmental planning sector. Her work focuses on capacity building, indigenous knowledge and land use and occupancy research and land use planning. Frances is fascinated by the complexity of natural resource management. She is committed to using her skills and expertise to help resolve conflicts that arise between natural resource developments, communities and the environment. Frances is a registered professional planner and member of the Canadian Institute of Planners. She holds an M.Sc. in Rural Planning and Development from the University of Guelph with an emphasis on environmental management.
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Glen Doney - Speaker
Senior Planner
City of Winnipeg
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Kristen Elkow - Speaker
RPP, MCIP, B.Sc., B.U.R.Pl.
Graduate Student and Planner II
Graduate Student at Simon Fraser University, and employed at the City of Vancouver
Kristen Elkow is a community planner, with 9 years of experience in British Columbia and Alberta. She holds a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University, a Bachelor of Science from University of Manitoba, and is currently a Masters of Urban Studies student at Simon Fraser University. Having called many cities and towns in Canada home for a time, she was first a Winnipegger, enlivened by cold places, brisk air, and an enthusiasm for art.
Elicia Elliott - Speaker
Senior Transportation Planner
Mott MacDonald
Elicia Elliott is a senior transportation planner with 10 years of experience in private and public-sector planning and engineering projects in Alberta and British Columbia. She has a broad range of experience in transportation, ranging from strategic planning to operations in public transit, active transportation, and general-purpose transportation. Elicia also has experience planning, delivering, and evaluating stakeholder and public engagement processes, and she thrives in interdisciplinary project environments.
Sara Epp - Speaker
PhD Candidate, Rural Studies
University of Guelph
Sara Epp is a PhD Candidate in the Rural Studies and program and sessional lecturer at the University of Guelph. Growing up on a family farm in an agriculturally-focused community has impacted Sara’s research focus and academic pursuits. Her current research interests include rural land use planning and their impacts on farm viability, agricultural diversification and farm resilience. Her dissertation will explore the expansion of agriculture in northern Ontario, focusing on the impacts of policy on farmer resilience and community economic development.
Michael Erlanger - Speaker
B.Arch., MAA, AIA
Colliers Project Leaders
Michael’s knowledge has led to publications in Time Magazine, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and Winnipeg Free Press.An internationally recognized speaker, Michael has presented at the Annual Hospitality Design Expo, the Atlanta Home Show, and Manitoba Infrastructure & Transportation’s Facility Management Conference.Continuing his educational pursuits, Michael is completing a Master’s Degree in City Planning at the University of Manitoba in October – with his thesis being this very topic.
Teunesha Evertse - Speaker
Candidate Member
Planner II
District of Sooke
Teunesha grew up on Vancouver Island and has always found solace from the West Coast mountains and ocean. A fascination with sense of place and human geography led her to Planning and she hasn't looked back since. Teunesha is a member of the first graduating class of the newly accredited Master of Community Planning program at Vancouver Island University, has worked as a Project Planner at M’akola Development Services a non-profit that develops affordable housing, and currently works as a Planner at the District of Sooke.
Marta Farevaag - Speaker
PFS Studio

Marta Farevaag Marta Farevaag is a Principal of PFS Studio, a Vancouver-based planning, urban design and landscape architecture firm. Marta participates in many of the firm's multidisciplinary projects as the urban planner on the team, often with a role in community consultation and communications. Her areas of expertise include major park and university campus master plans, downtown and waterfront redevelopment, cultural and heritage landscapes, and public realm strategies.

Marta is active in advocating for design and heritage including with the Vancouver Urbanarium Society, the UBC SALA Advisory Panel and the NCC Advisory Committee on the Official Residences of Canada.
Marta is active in advocating for design and heritage including with the Vancouver Urbanarium Society, the UBC SALA Advisory Panel and the NCC Advisory Committee on the Official Residences of Canada.

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Jennifer Fix - Speaker
Associate, Senior Urban Planner
Jennifer works with communities of all shapes and sizes on plans for Main Streets, transit streets, downtowns, neighbourhoods, cities, and regions. The common threads tying these projects together are participatory design and a focus on public life. Jennifer has been privileged to work with and learn from surfers in Tofino, cowboys in rural Saskatchewan, suburban dwellers in Abbotsford, elders near the Salish Sea, children in Vancouver, politicians in Ottawa, and many others.
Susan Freig - Speaker
Owner and managing director
Freig & Associates
Susan Freig is the owner and managing director of Freig & Associates, founded in 1993, a community planning firm specializing in collaborative planning strategies, for the development of livable and healthy communities, valued by all affected. Key areas of specialization include collaborative community planning, public engagement, new and rehabilitated bridges, public spaces, public art, active transportation, transportation facilities and research. Freig & Associates was on the consulting team that won the CIP planning excellence award for the Winnipeg Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies in 2016. Susan has worked on many bridge projects each with their own community context and soul.
Jake Tobin Garrett - Speaker
Manager of Policy and Planning
Park People
Jake Tobin Garrett works as Manager of Policy and Planning for Park People, a charity that helps people activate the power of parks across Canada. Jake is the author of several reports on planning park systems in dense downtowns and catalyzing the social impacts of parks in underserved neighbourhoods. He has led engagement activities and public life studies for Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto, helping to better understand how to make great parks.
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Lacey Gaudet - Speaker
City Planner
City of Steinbach
Lacey Gaudet is the City Planner for the City of Steinbach. Being the sole land use planner for the third
largest city in Manitoba, Lacey is involved in all land use related areas within the City, and has had the
opportunity to work with a variety of diverse land use projects, including the implementation and
administration of the Official Community Plan and Zoning By-Law, infill development, commercial and
small and large scale residential development. Lacey is also responsible for developing and
administering policy related to land use within Steinbach. Prior to working as the Planner for the City of
Steinbach, Lacey worked as a Community Planner for the Province of Manitoba in the Community and
Regional Planning Office.
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Natalie Geddes - Speaker
Public Engagement Officer
City of Winnipeg
Natalie is a member of Winnipeg’s newly formed Office of Public Engagement, where she provides direction on the integration of public feedback into municipal efforts. Her efforts are concentrated on the City’s Public Works department where she has overseen the public engagement process for a variety of active transportation projects. Natalie is an enthusiastic and creative public relations and marketing specialist, with extensive journalism and broadcasting experience across Ontario, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
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Renée Gomes - Speaker
Director of Development
First Gulf

Renée Gomes is Director of Development at First Gulf Corporation, where she is focused on East Harbour, Canada’s largest planned commercial development. She has both public- and private-sector experience in the Toronto region and in England, managing the transformation of challenging urban sites into vibrant, precedent-setting communities. Her expertise includes leading complex, large-scale redevelopment initiatives from concept to implementation. As an enthusiastic champion of creative, multi-sector approaches to city building, she has developed and executed numerous strategies for achieving public policy objectives through commercially successful real estate development projects.

Prior to joining First Gulf, Renée was responsible for Waterfront Toronto’s development portfolio in the East Bayfront and West Don Lands communities, including Athletes’ Village for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. She is also a Registered Professional Planner, an adjunct faculty member of the University of Toronto’s Graduate Program in Planning, and a Member of the Board of Directors of Evergreen, a national non-profit.

David Gordon - Speaker
Professor and Director School of Urban and Regional Planning Department of Geography and Planning
Queen’s University
David Gordon is Professor and Director of the Queen’s School of Urban and Regional Planning. He holds the D.Des from the Harvard GSD and has also taught at Toronto, Western Australia, Harvard and Pennsylvania, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. His latest research includes Town and Crown: An Illustrated history of Canada’s Capital and comparison of Canadian and Australian suburbs.
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Bonnie Gorelitza - Speakers
Manager of Planning & Regulations
City of Martensville
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Chris Grosset - Speaker
Partner and senior consultant
NVision Insight Group Inc.
Chris Grosset is a partner and senior consultant with NVision InSight Group, an Indigenous Consulting firm based in Ottawa and Iqaluit. Chris has been a landscape architect working in northern Canada since 2001. He is the Chair of the CSLA Indigenous Issues Task Force, mandated “to guide the CSLA in improving awareness and capacity for supporting Canada’s First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples”. Chris seeks to integrate traditional knowledge models into his work. His projects involve the assessment of social, cultural, environmental and economic conditions associated with Indigenous community development, land use, protected and sacred areas, and cultural practices.
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Allison Hamlin - Speaker
City of Ottawa
Allison Hamlin is a practicing planner in the Planning, Economic Development and Infrastructure Services Department at the City of Ottawa. She has worked in development review across several municipalities with a focus on downtowns, main streets, neighborhood infill, and brownfields.
Chris Hardwicke - Speaker
O2 Planning + Design
As a principal with O2 Planning + Design, Chris Hardwicke manages the firm’s Design Studio. He is a registered professional planner, a member of the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada and an urban designer with over 20 years of experience. He has achieved international recognition as a Fellow of the Forum for Urban Design in New York; a Recognized Practitioner in Urban Design in the UK; and, as a member of the Project for Public Spaces Leadership Committee and the Council for Canadian Urbanism. Chris is guided by the principle that urbanism is a vehicle of social change and renewal.
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Alex Heath - Speaker
Senior Planner
Alex has a depth of experience in designing and implementing public and stakeholder engagement strategies for high profile and complex planning projects. Over the last five years, he has worked at a variety of scales, from province-wide initiatives to neighbourhood-focused planning studies. Alex focuses on producing clear and concise analysis that promotes understanding, supports public and stakeholder engagement, and enables evidenced-based decision making.
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John Heseltine - Speaker
Senior Planner
Stantec Consulting Inc.
John Heseltine has had a long career as a planner and planning consultant in Atlantic Canada. He has worked on a wide variety of projects covering nearly every facet of municipal government, as well as business feasibility and social research. In the past five years, he has had the opportunity to work with aboriginal groups in PEI and Nova Scotia on several development opportunities.
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Donald Hester - Speakers
Associate Principal, Senior Planner and Landscape Architect
Don has worked for AECOM (legacy UMA Engineering Ltd.) in an interdisciplinary planning, design and engineering environment since 1977. Prior, he was employed part-time and full-time by the original Lombard North Group in Winnipeg and the Landscape Research Group at the University of Manitoba. His planning career has included preparation of Development Plans and Zoning By-laws, Secondary Plans, Subdivision Plans and Facilities Infrastructure Master Plans; First Nations Community Plans and School Feasibility Studies.
Christina Heydorn - Speaker
Senior Planner
Strategic Initiatives, Policy and Analysis, City Planning, City of Toronto
Christina Heydorn is a planner and land economist committed to building great places. As a Senior Planner at the City of Toronto, Christina develops and advises on policy, primarily as it relates to the City's long-term economic health. She is City Planning's lead on music matters and has advanced practices and policies to support live music. Before joining the City, Christina worked in private practice on projects in Canada, West Africa, and the Middle East.
James Hudson - Speaker
HTFC Planning & Design
James is an associate at HTFC Planning & Design with a growing portfolio of urban design and streetscape projects within the City of Winnipeg and beyond. Recent local experience includes the North East Exchange District Engineering Study, and the implementation of various projects within the East Exchange District including the Elgin shared pedestrian / vehicle laneway, Market, Bertha, Rorie, Pacific and Lily streetscapes, and the John Hirsch 'Woonerf'.
Johanna Hurme - Speaker
Principal Architect + Founding Partner
5468796 Architecture
Johanna has discovered that an architect’s scope stretches deep and wide, necessitating a parallel stream of architectural activism to create opportunities for critical practice. She has spearheaded a number of design advocacy projects including Table for 12/1200, Chair Your Idea and Design Quarter Winnipeg, demonstrating a keen interest in grounding her firm’s work in contemporary issues, and understanding how an architect’s role in challenging contexts must increasingly intersect with politics, economics, social activism, and other research. She is the current Chair of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and serves on the Council of Manitoba Association of Architects.
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Solomon Israel - Speaker
Winnipeg Free Press
Solomon Israel is the cannabis reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press and its cannabis news website TheLeafNews.com. He reports on all aspects of cannabis in Canada, from the black market to the legal industry.
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Tom Janzen - Speaker
Scatliff + Miller + Murray
Tom is a planner with a background in urban development, land use policy and strategic planning. His portfolio of work spans the public-private spectrum, with projects at every scale from the region to the individual development site. Prior to joining Scatliff+Miller+Murray in early 2015, Tom served as a Development Manager with CentreVenture Development Corporation, the City of Winnipeg’s downtown development agency.

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Sabrina Janke - Speaker
Special Assistant Administration, Research and Historical Initiatives
Exchange District BIZ
Sabrina Janke is the Tour Manager with Exchange District Biz. Along with running tours throughout the summer, she uses her B.A in History and love of telling stories to create original tours that show visitors what a truly complex and rich history our city has.
Sherrill Johnson - Speaker
Colabora Consulting
Sherrill Johnson, PhD is an experienced consultant and applied researcher. Her academic research has focussed on multi-stakeholder engagement, and much of her professional work has involved working to bring diverse stakeholders together around common causes. In a previous professional role, Sherrill worked extensively with land use planners on ‘aging in place’ and 'health promoting built environments’ projects.
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Greg Kaletzke - Speakers
Planner – GIS Specialist
Community and Regional Planning, Manitoba Municipal Relations
Greg is a planner with the Community and Regional Planning Branch of Manitoba Municipal Relations. Starting in the Selkirk CRP office in 2000, his work is now focused on the integration of GIS into the land use planning process in Manitoba.
Andreas Kalogiannides - Speaker
Executive Director
Toronto Music City
Andreas Kalogiannides is Executive Director of Toronto Music City, a non-profit with the mandate to build healthy music ecosystems and sustainable creative communities, focused primarily in providing affordable housing and creative spaces to the music industry. He is a lawyer with Kalogiannides Law practicing in business and entertainment law and an artist manager. Andreas is a founding member of the Toronto Music Advisory Council and is a member of the Yonge-Dundas Square Board of Management.
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Paul Kennedy - Speaker
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Lisa Konopski - Speaker
Community Consultant
Urban Systems Ltd.
Lisa is a creative, environmentally-minded member of the Urban Systems Landscape/Planning team with over 10 years of experience in the design, implementation and management of sustainable landscape architecture and environmental planning projects. Her urban design portfolio includes streetscapes, wayfinding, downtown revitalization, and urban plaza development. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Manitoba, and is an avid reader, writer, and outdoor enthusiast who resides in Calgary with her family.
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Robert Kostiuk - Speaker
City of Winnipeg – Urban Planning Division
Robert Kostiuk, MCIP, RPP has been with the City of Winnipeg Urban Planning Division since 2009. He has worked as a district planner and currently works within the Plan Implementation Branch on long range planning projects. Prior to joining the City of Winnipeg, Robert was a planner at HTFC Planning & Design. When not at his desk, he enjoys checking out amazing locations and events around Winnipeg.
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Mr. Nick Kowalchuk - Speakers
Executive Director
Gas Station Arts Centre, Osborne Village
Nick Kowalchuk has spent the past 30 years working in many different capacities in the arts. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from the University of Winnipeg, where he also instructed Stage Management for 10 years. His experience in the arts is primarily as an Actors’ Equity Stage Manager and additionally as an Arts Administrator, leading two of Winnipeg’s marquee festivals: the Winnipeg Fringe Festival and, currently, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. Additionally, he is the Executive Director of the Gas Station Arts Centre in the heart of Osborne Village. He is thrilled to have found a home in Winnipeg, and more specifically, in Osborne Village.  His work in the community, focuses on the growth of the Arts Centre’s re-development and was helpful by contributing to the redevelopment of the Osborne Bridge by engaging the Arts organizations in the area. His involvement in the Osborne Village community was highlighted with Mayor Bowman’s BIZ Zone Awards in 2016.
Helen Kristmanson - Speaker
Director of Aboriginal Affairs and Archaeology
Government of Prince Edward Island
Dr. Helen Kristmanson is Director of Aboriginal Affairs and Archaeology with the Government of Prince Edward Island’s Department of Intergovernmental and Public Affairs. Helen holds a PhD in archaeology from the University of Manchester, UK, and a Masters degree in Archaeology from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Helen is responsible for the coordination and management of governmental matters related to First Nations and Indigenous organizations; she is also responsible for all archaeology conducted within Prince Edward Island, and is the first to hold the position as Provincial Archaeologist.
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Michelle Kuly - Speaker
Blueprint Inc.
Over the past ten years, Michelle has developed a niche focus in helping organizations build understanding, buy-in and dialogue around their most complex, most challenging issues. As founding chair of the Manitoba Chapter of the International Association for Public Participation, and as a certified, practicing IAP2 member, Michelle brings credibility and a proven framework for engagement and communications to her work
Pooja Kumar - Speaker
Senior Municipal Affairs Officer
Government of Prince Edward Island
Pooja Kumar, MCIP RPP – Pooja is an environmental planner with a background in the crossover between land use and economic development. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Island Studies, with a focus on urban wildlife conservation. Prior to studying at the University of Prince Edward Island and working with the Department of Communities, Land and Environment on Prince Edward Island, Pooja worked with the Canadian Urban Institute in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia; Metropolitan Knowledge International in Toronto, Canada; and the Indian Express in Delhi, India.
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Dan Leeming - Speaker
The Planning Partnership
Dan is a founding Partner of The Planning Partnership with over 40 years of experience. He has worked on the design and development of many new towns and planned communities for private and public agencies throughout Ontario and the United States. Dan is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners, and Board Member of the Council for Canadian Urbanism and Active Healthy Kids Canada. He was the University of Waterloo ‘Planner in Residence’, of the Provincial Climate Change Advisory Committee. He is former Vice Chair of the Toronto and Mississauga Design Review Panels and co-chaired the Canadian LEED-ND committee.
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Mona Lemoine - Speakers
Senior Sustainable Design Specialist
Perkins + Will
As Senior Sustainable Design Specialist for Perkins + Will Vancouver, Mona Lemoine, a registered architect, is responsible for leading and managing sustainability assessments of a wide range of project opportunities that may relate to water, energy, and carbon analysis; material health research; and trends on occupant health and well-being. With a career firmly rooted is design and the built environment, she brings a unique balance of big picture systems thinking and attention to detail. She is devoted to playing an active role in creating a positive impact in the world and enjoys inspiring others to do the same.
In addition to professional practice, Mona is an active member of the community. She has volunteered her time on advisory boards as a juror, has been a guest lecturer / critic and is a founding member and current Chair of the RAIC Committee on Regenerative Environments (CORE) and a board member of the Conseil culturel et artistique francophone of British Columbia (CCAFCB). She was a founding Director of the Manitoba Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council, Executive Director of Cascadia Green Building Council, a bioregional non-profit, and Vice-President Education and Events for the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) where she was responsible for curating and producing the organizations signature event.
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Shanie Leugner - Speakers
Manager, Urban Planning
City of Regina
Shanie Leugner is a professional engineer with over 15 years of experience in municipal planning, policy and design. Shanie has a keen interest in the financing and economics of land development and growth and has spent much of her career developing, administering and refining the City of Regina’s development charge policies. In her current role as Manager of Urban Planning, she leads a team of planning professionals who create policy and plans to help the City meet its growth objectives. Shanie spends the non-career portion of her life nurturing her children, dogs, and plants.
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Dennis Lewycky - Speaker
Neechi Commons
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Joseph Liberatore - Speaker
Dip. GIS & Pl.
Intern Development Planner
Town of Richmond Hill
Mr. Liberatore's interest in Planning developed from a young age when he would conceptualize city maps by hand from visual depictions in film and experiences throughout his travels. Growing up on a cul-de-sac in suburban London, Ontario, he would eventually become enveloped with a passion to change those surroundings by pursuing an education in Planning which allowed for him to apply his technical skill and interest in City Building. His devotion for people-oriented design and the impacts of development on quality of life is inspired largely by the progressive work undertaken by famed Danish Urban Designer, Jan Gehl.
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Sandy Mackay - Speakers
Healthy Community Planner
BC Healthy Communities
Committed community planner who believes that planning is a powerful tool for equitable and socially motivated growth. He is passionate about public discourse and encourages self-reflective planning practices and progressive policy-making.
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Judy MacLeod Campbell - Speaker
Arts and Cultural Coordinator
City of Prince Albert
Judy has 25 years’ experience in the Sport, Culture and Recreation field. Judy’s position as Cultural Community Arts and Cultural Coordinator was created by the City of Prince Albert in 2015. Prior to that, Judy served as the Games Manager for the 2014 Saskatchewan Winter Games. Judy draws valuable experience from when she worked in the north as the Program Manager for Culture & Community Development - Northern Sport, Culture and Recreation District. Judy’s credentials continue with helping her partners develop numerous programs like the Northern Spirit music program, Northern Drama Festival and working with drama associations.
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Richard Mahé - Speaker
Senior Planner
City of Winnipeg
Richard, a Senior Planner at the City of Winnipeg, has over 10 years of experience working in the public and private sector. Before coming to the City in 2014, Richard worked as a partner at Lombard North Group Ltd., a local planning and landscape architecture firm specializing in land use planning and urban land development.
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Don Malinowski - Speaker
Senior Planner
Community and Regional Planning, Technical Review Section, Manitoba Municipal Relations
Patricia Maloney - Speaker
Senior Planner
Dillon Consulting Limited
Pat has over 40 years of experience in the public and private sector. She has worked with municipalities across western Canada, completed many land development projects for commercial, resort, industrial and residential clients, worked with over 25 First Nations, completed housing needs assessments and many Airport land use and master plans. She has taught planning at the University of Lethbridge, the Banff Centre and CIER in Winnipeg and has been published multiple times. She has been a Member of CIP for 35 years and has mentored and coached many young planners. She loves being a planner and hopefully, her enthusiasm will inspire another generation of planners.
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Samantha Mark - Speaker
Senior Manager of Regional and Community Planning
Prairie Wild Consulting Co.
Samantha is the Senior Manager of Regional and Community Planning with Prairie Wild Consulting Co. Samantha leads and co-leads on a number of different projects working with municipalities, regions, and First Nation communities and organizations across the province. Samantha provides facilitation, policy writing, and project management. A skilled facilitator, Samantha has led strengths-based community visioning processes for communities and organizations of various scales. Samantha currently sits as an executive board member on the Saskatchewan Professional Planners Institute and the International Association of Public Participation Prairies Chapter.
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David Marsh - Speaker
Planner and Associate
Dillon Consulting Limited
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Angela Mathieson - Speaker
CEO CentreVenture Development Corporation
CentreVenture Development Corporation
Coupling Angela’s Bachelor Degree in Interior Design and her Master’s Degree in City Planning, with her passion for community, Angela has played a central role in urban development issues in Winnipeg for the last 15 years. Her development of legislative and fiscal policies such as Manitoba’s Tax Increment Financing law has enabled demand and supply side incentives for downtown housing, the creation of the SHED, and infrastructure support for the Convention Centre and CentrePort.
Dr. Ian Mauro - Speaker
Principal of Richardson College for the Environment
Prairie Climate Centre
As a scientist and storyteller, Mauro’s work explores the interface between climate science, society and sustainability and the important role of local and Indigenous knowledge in this discourse. He has developed numerous, award winning, multi-media climate change projects across Canada, and his work has been featured in academic conferences, museums, film festivals and news media such as the United Nations, Smithsonian Institution, National Geographic, Royal Ontario Museum, ImagineNative, Berlin International Film Festival, The Globe and Mail and This American Life.
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Shannon McKie - Speaker
Senior Planner, Community Planning
City of Hamilton
Shannon has 14 years of professional experience in planning. Through various positions at the City of Hamilton, she has gained experience in development planning, policy planning, and secondary planning. Shannon has developed and authored Secondary Plans, Zoning By-laws, and City Initiatives. As lead of the development and implementation of the Transit-Oriented Corridor Zones and co-lead of the Downtown Hamilton Secondary Plan and Downtown Zoning review, Shannon has developed creative, design-oriented solutions to complex planning problems.
Bronwyn McLean - Speaker
Project Manager
M'akola Devleopment Services
Bronwyn is a Project Manager with over 5 years professional experience in private, public and non profit sectors, including international work.
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Executive Director
Manitoba Music
Sean McManus is executive director of Manitoba Music. He has a music degree from Brandon University and a Masters degree in Musicology/Ethnomusicology from York University. Sean toured in a band for 10 years before joining Manitoba Music, where he fosters the local music scene, promotes international export, and creates business opportunities for the music industry. Sean sits on various creative industries boards and is the chair a neighbourhood community renewal corporation.
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Bill Menzies - Speaker
Transit Planner
Dillon Consulting Limited
Bill Menzies joined Dillon Consulting as a Senior Transit Planner in 2012 after completing a 32-year career with
Winnipeg Transit.  He has led major transit planning projects in cities across the country and was project
manager for Winnipeg’s first rapid transit project, the Southwest Transitway.  He has been an active member of
the Canadian Urban Transit Association for many years, serving on the Board of Directors and as Chair of the
Planning and ITS Sub-Committee.
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Dr. Jeannette Montufar - Speaker
Ph.D., P.Eng., PTOE, FITE, FCA
Founding Partner & CEO
MORR Transportation Consulting Ltd.
Dr. Montufar has been an active member of various professional organizations for over 20 years. She is a member of the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) Road Safety Standing Committee and the Institute of Transportation Engineers. She is past president of the Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers (CITE) and past Chair of the U.S. Transportation Research Board Truck Size and Weight Committee, to which she was appointed by the U.S. National Academies.
Stephanie Morris-Rashidpour - Speaker
Senior Planner
Fotenn Consultants
Stephanie Morris-Rashidpour is a Senior Planner in Fotenn’s Ottawa office. Through her development approval projects, she has assisted clients with proposals for adaptive reuse and establishment of complementary land uses for place of worship lands.
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Aaron Murnaghan - Speaker
Principal Planner, Heritage / Heritage Officer
Halifax Regional Municipality
Aaron is currently the Principal Heritage Planner for Halifax Regional Municipality, where he oversees the registry of heritage properties, and all planning applications in heritage contexts throughout the municipality. Prior to working with the municipality, Aaron spend several years working in the private sector as a planning consultant and also had spent many years working as a heritage interpreter with Parks Canada and the Nova Scotia Museum.
Samantha Murphy - Speaker
Manager, Municipal Affairs
Government of Prince Edward Island
Samantha Murphy, MCIP LPP – Samantha has been a professional planner in Prince Edward Island for over sixteen years. With a BA from McGill and a Masters in Urban and Rural Planning from Dalhousie, Samantha’s interest has been in community development, governance, and policy. She has served as the PEI representative on API council, the president of the PEI Association of Planners, a CIP board director, and currently chairs the API board. Samantha is a violinist with the PEI Symphony Orchestra and the PEI Pops Orchestra and can be found taking too many pictures and chasing her twin sons.
Barbara Myers - Speaker
Urban Planner
Barbara Myers is a bilingual urban planner with SvN. She has 35 years of planning experience and is currently the Chair of the Editorial Board of Plan Canada. Barbara has recently been focused on advising various church denominations on their property holdings as opportunities to develop housing, amenities and social spaces. This allows places of worship to fulfil their missional objectives while also contributing to the growth of their community.
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Dr. David Neufeld - Speaker
Director, Community and Regional Planning
Manitoba Municipal Relations
Dr. David Neufeld has been a student of planning since the 1980s. He worked for the Province of Ontario in land and water policy for 20 years. David moved to Winnipeg twelve years ago, to take on the position of Director, Community Planning Services with Manitoba Department of Municipal Relations. His Branch provides regional planning services to communities across the province. This past year three policy issues have occupied his Branch - planning for pigs and other livestock , planning for pits and quarries, and planning for pot. Dr. Neufeld obtained his Bachelors of Environmental Studies in 1983, and his PhD in Planning in 1998, from the University of Waterloo.
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Ryan Nickel - Speakers
Chief Planner
City of Brandon
Ryan is a registered professional planner with a passion for pragmatic planning solutions that meets the needs of the City of Brandon. Ryan was a member of the project team who facilitated the consultation process to explore options on how to fund growth infrastructure in Brandon. Ryan appreciates the uniqueness of this topic in each community and encourages each municipality to find the right solution for them and their residents.
Douglas Olson - Speaker
President + CEO
O2 Planning + Design
Douglas holds a Doctor of Design from Harvard University focusing on broad-scale landscapes, a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Manitoba and a diploma in Forest Technology. He has served as an instructor at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary. He is a member of the Canadian and American Societies of Landscape Architects and the International Association of Landscape Ecology. Douglas is also a founding board member and chairman of the SAFE Design Council.
John O'Reilly - Speaker
Heritage Planner
City of Victoria
John is a land use planner who has worked for over six years on developments in Ontario and BC. John started out at a municipal law firm before joining Toronto City Planning as a community planner in Scarborough and later a conservation planner for the City’s Heritage Presentation Services Unit. After arriving in British Columbia in summer 2017, John worked for M’akola Development Services on affordable housing projects throughout the province before joining the City of Victoria. John currently serves as the City of Victoria’s Heritage Planner responsible for policy development and historic research.
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Luc Ouellet - Speaker
Halifax Regional Municipality
Luc Ouellet, MURP, MCIP, LPP is a planner with the Halifax Regional Municipality. During his 14 years with Halifax’s Planning and Development department, Mr. Ouellet’s work has spanned three different type of settlements (urban, suburban, and rural), and both current and long-range planning. In his current assignment on the Centre Plan Team, Mr. Ouellet contributed to the drafting of a new land use by-law for the Regional Centre of Halifax. Mr. Ouellet holds undergraduate degrees in biochemistry and urban studies from the University of Moncton and Concordia University, respectively, as well as a Master of Urban and Rural Planning from Dalhousie University.
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Tunde Paczai - Speaker
Senior Urban Designer
Tünde has over fourteen years of experience in land use and master planning for both private and public sector clients, and has managed community and city-building projects at all scales. Tünde has successfully led various Site Selection & Development Feasibility Studies, Optimal Use Studies and Planning Approvals both locally and internationally. Tünde combines her extensive knowledge of building, landscape and urban design with a creative approach to site planning and a commitment to sustainable design.
Andrew Palmiere - Speaker
O2 Planning + Design
As a principal at O2 Planing + Design, Andrew manages the firm’s Planning Studio. Central to his approach is a belief that great places are defined by environmental responsibility and economic vitality, cultural vibrancy, social discourse and creative design. His experience as a planner for Canadian municipalities and as a consultant with leading planning firms extends over 15 years. He has a refined ability to promote complex technical solutions within multi-stakeholder environments and his extensive experience in policy development and community design, public engagement and municipal approvals facilitates innovation in growth planning.
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Olimpia Pantelimon - Speaker
Senior Planning Advisor
Municipal Affairs, Government of Alberta

Mrs. Pantelimon, a bilingual registered professional planner and urbaniste with the Ordre des urbanistes du Quebec, is a Senior Planning Advisor at Municipal Affairs, Government of Alberta. With two decades of experience, Olimpia brings considerable expertise in planning policy, regional, intermunicipal, municipal and neighborhood plans from Quebec, Nunavut, Connecticut and Alberta. She fosters integrated sustainable planning, healthy built environment, city resilience, and enables transfer of knowledge to professionals and policy makers.

As expert reviewer for the FCM Green Municipal Fund and Municipal Climate Innovation Program, she peruses plans, studies and capital projects on Energy Efficiency, Climate Adaptation-Mitigation, Water, and Brownfields from across Canada. Olimpia serves on the Metropolis International Institute, The Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research Consortium, the University of Alberta City-Region Studies-Center Advisory Board, and is Chair of the CIP Healthy Communities Committee.

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Jo-Ellen Parry - Speaker
Adaptation Lead, Resiliency
International Institute for Sustainable Development
Jo-Ellen Parry has more than 15 years of experience working to build the capacity of communities and governments in Canada and developing countries to manage climate risks. Working with local and international partners, her research focuses on the integration of adaptation into development processes at the national and community levels; designing and facilitating processes that bringing together science, policy and local experience; and supporting the development of tools for decision-making that respond to user needs.
Brian Patterson - Speaker
Principal, Urban Transportation Specialist
Urban Systems
Brian is a Principal and senior transportation planner with over twelve years of experience in strategic, multimodal transportation planning and active modes of transportation. Brian specializes in pedestrian and bicycle planning and design and leads Urban Systems' active transportation practice across Canada. Brian has led the successful development of over 60 bicycle and pedestrian plans, studies and designs for communities of all sizes across Canada, including Winnipeg's award-winning Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies.
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Murray Peterson - Speaker
City Historian & Historical Buildings Officer
City of Winnipeg
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Wilson Phillips - Speaker
Phillips and Stevens
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Janis Pochailo - Speaker
Province of Manitoba, Municipal Relations
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Marcella Poirier - Speaker
City of Winnipeg, Access Advisory Committee
Jaime Posen - Speaker
Senior Planner
Fotenn Consultants
Jaime Posen is a Senior Planner in Fotenn’s Ottawa office. He has experience with policy and development approval projects for places of worship in Ottawa and across Canada.
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Jeff Pratte - Speaker
Senior Planner
Landmark Planning and Design
Jeff Pratte is a senior planner at Landmark Planning and Design in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He has a wealth of experience coordinating community planning and land development projects from the conceptual phase through to completion. As a consultant, Jeff has worked with a diverse group of municipal and private-sector clients on a wide variety of projects from land development approvals, public engagement programs, visioning and policy documents. Mr. Pratte has worked in the private and public sectors as a land use planner, land development planner, and planning consultant.
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Justin Preece - Speaker
Heritage Planner
Halifax Regional Municipality

Justin Preece, is a Planner with the Halifax Regional Municipality with a permanent seat in the Heritage Division. His background includes work in both the private and public sector on various aspects of planning and administration, ranging from streetscaping to flood-risk mapping.  Following an engaging and diverse decade of planning in Newfoundland and Labrador, he returned to Halifax in 2016 where he worked in planning applications and then joined the Centre Plan team. He is currently involved in the development of policy, regulations and design standards for the Centre Plan project.

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Nick Pryce - Speaker
Director of Planning
V3 Companies of Canada
Nick has over 25 years of planning experience and is currently the Director of Planning for V3 Companies of Canada. He has been the Project Manager and Senior Planner on a number of rural projects throughout Alberta and Atlantic Canada, including the award-winning streetscape design in the City of Wetaskiwin (CAMA 2014 Willis Award for Innovation) and Village of Marwayne (FCM Sustainable Community award 2016).
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Becky Raddatz - Speaker
Environmental Planner
City of Winnipeg
Becky Raddatz is an environmental planner at the City of Winnipeg, Water and Waste Department, Solid Waste Services. Becky’s work includes environmental review of development proposals, policy and by-law development, and waste management planning. With a Master of City Planning and a Bachelor of Science, Becky spends her time providing technical advice on local developments, parks and secondary plans, long term planning for City utility assets, and developing innovative programs to manage multiple City residual streams to improve environmental outcomes.
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Bjorn Radstrom - Speaker
Project Manager
Winnipeg Transit
Sasa Radulovic - Speaker
Principal Architect + Founding Partner
5468796 Architecture
Sasa is an architect and founding partner of Winnipeg-based 5468796 Architecture. After immigrating to Canada from Yugoslavia in the mid-1990s, Sasa pursued his Master in Architecture degree at the UofM. A talented designer, he is always searching for a new architectural language and expression in all of 5468796’s work. Over the past 10 years, the firm has made design advocacy an ongoing pursuit through critical practice, professorships at universities across Canada, as well as through numerous international, public engagements. 5468796 seeks projects that explore the potential for density, affordability, sustainability achieved through non-traditional means, and a dynamic design approach.
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Lissie Rappaport - Speaker
MCP Candidate, CIP member
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Lissie Rappaport is a community organizer and urbanist with a strong interest in creative expression and community building. She has worked in community-development in Winnipeg and is currently completing a Masters of City Planning. Her planning interests include neighbourhood revitalization, housing, child-friendly cities, and creative public engagement.
Sarah Ravlic - Speaker
MPlan, Candidate Member CIP
Healthy Community Planner
BC Healthy Communities
Sarah is a sustainability minded community planner, who believes that through innovative and authentic community engagement we can better express our deep connection to place and desires for a sustainable and healthy future. She is passionate about the need for high-quality public spaces in our communities, seeing them as integral to the social life and feelings of inclusion. Sarah is a graduate of the University of Victoria and Dalhousie University's Master of Planning program.
Mark Reid - Speaker
Urban Strategies Inc.
Mark Reid is a Partner, urban designer, and landscape architect at Urban Strategies. With two decades of experience, Mark brings considerable expertise in all aspects of city building and is adept at managing the complex processes involved in community and urban transformation. He directs transit-oriented, waterfront, downtown, institutional, brownfield and community redevelopment projects across Canada and North America. He has led a number of recent initiatives in mid-size cities facing the realities of the post-industrial world, including an economic strategy and comprehensive plan for Troy, New York. He is currently leading projects in Edmonton, Saint John and Olean, New York.
Miles Richardson - Speaker
National Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development
Mr. Miles G. Richardson O.C. is a citizen of the Haida Nation and Canada. He grew up among his people on Haida Gwaii, attended high school in Prince Rupert, BC, and in 1979 received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Victoria. From 1984 to 1996, he served as President of the Council of Haida Nation. Mr. Richardson served a Chief Commissioner of the BC Treaty Commission from 1998-2004. In 2007, Mr. Richardson was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. Currently, he operates his own business advisory service and is the Director of NCIED.
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Jill Robertson - Speaker
Registered Landscape Architect
Jill brings a diverse background that spans from detailed site design to visionary master planning. She has led multi-disciplinary project teams across Canada, the United States and Internationally, and understands the strategic advantages of a truly collaborative design process. A skilled facilitator of design-oriented public engagement, Jill is known for her ability to achieve meaningful consensus in highly sensitive situations. She is a landscape architect, & LEED Professional with a special interest in landscape ecology, collaborative master planning, and urban design. For every project that Jill is involved with, she brings a high level of graphic clarity and technical excellence.
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Michael Robinson - Speaker
City of Winnipeg
Andrew Ross - Speaker
City of Winnipeg
Andrew is a Planner at the City of Winnipeg with 9 years’ experience in municipal planning policy, neighbourhood planning and most recently, development planning within Winnipeg’s mature communities. In addition to working with stakeholders on new buildings, Andrew has paid particular focus to drafting and amending the City’s zoning by-laws, and on urban design. Prior to the City of Winnipeg, Andrew worked in a planning capacity at the Province of Manitoba and was a manager at Canadian Mental Health Association, Winnipeg.
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Cyndi Rottenberg-Walker - Speaker
Urban Strategies Inc.
From campus and community master plans through to development approvals and comprehensive policy studies, Cyndi leads large teams committed to effecting positive change in urban and urbanizing settings at all scales. Known for her skill in motivating diverse groups toward a common purpose, Cyndi understands what it takes to create healthy and enduring urban environments that effectively synthesize public and private interests. Key projects include Campus Master Plans for Princeton University and Cornell University; transformation of suburban Toronto’s Humbertown Shopping Centre into a fully integrated new mixed use community; and creation of Saint John New Brunswick’s comprehensive Growth Management Strategy and Municipal Plan.
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Rebecca Row - Speakers
Director of Planning & Development
Rural Municipality of Corman Park
Rebecca Row is the Director of Planning & Development at the Rural Municipality of Corman Park, SK. She has a degree in Regional and Urban Planning from the University of Saskatchewan and a certificate in Urban Design from Simon Fraser University. Rebecca has worked for both urban and rural municipalities, as well as in the private sector at a planning and engineering consulting firm. She is a member of the Planning and Administrative Committee that is responsible for the completion and implementation of the Saskatoon North Partnership for Growth (P4G) Regional Plan.
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Pierre Sainte-Marie - Speaker
Chef de Division
Ville de Montréal (Division des Grands Projets, Portefeuille 4, Service des infrastructures, de la v
Pierre Sainte-Marie est au service de la Ville de Montréal depuis 1987. Il s’occupe de dossiers liés à l’urbanisme et au développement économique. Il est notamment responsable de l’élaboration du Plan d’urbanisme de la Ville de Montréal de 2004. Actuellement Chef de division à la Division des grands projets, M. Sainte-Marie orchestre la réalisation de multiples projets d’aménagements d’envergure dans la métropole.
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Andrew Sannie - Speaker
LiveSafe Recreation Facilitator
North End Community Renewal Corporation
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, artist Andrew Sannie is a member of Western Canadian Music Award winning hip hop group, The Lytics. Andrew is graduate of the University of Winnipeg’s Rhetoric, Writing and Communications and English programs and is now working in not for profit at the North End Community Renewal Corporation. His most recent endeavours have found him teamed up with Synonym Art Consultation and GAP to help realize NECRC’s vision of covering the North End in contemporary, street art and murals. Often taking a community first approach, Andrew has helped launch North End Arts and North End Arts Week for the purpose of promoting art and culture in the cities North End through community activations and arts curation as a member of the Wall to Wall team.
Mike Scatliff - Speaker
Scatliff + Miller + Murray

Mike was born and raised in Winnipeg.  By the mid-1980’s he had graduated with his Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Manitoba.  After a dry-run in Vancouver, he embarked on a career in Bermuda and started a family with the help of his wife.  By 1990 he was helping raise three kids while forming the company now known as Scatliff + Miller + Murray. It seemed like a good idea at the time.  Mike has worked in Canada, the U.S., Bermuda, and China.  His strength is concept development and vision planning, setting the stage for new development and engaging local leaders in urban development ideas.  He thrives on tackling the challenges, uncovering the innovations, and putting forth ideas that spark interest, and change.  By designing the consulting practice around urban designers, landscape architects, planners, public engagement specialists, environmental scientists, and engineers, he has built a company that does not follow as much as they lead the charge.  Mike and his firm have received numerous national and international awards including Winnipeg’s first International Ideas Competition, and the ‘Ideal Community Award of Excellence’ from the Peoples Republic of China.  Mike has been fortunate to sit on many Boards over his career including the Lake Winnipeg Foundation, FortWhyte Alive, The Winnipeg Zoo, and the Manitoba Theatre Centre. He was the Chairman of the Construction Committee for the 1999 Pan American Games and is currently on the Board of Economic Development Winnipeg, as past Chairman.

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Kaela Schramm - Speaker
Director of Projects and Planning
M’akola Development Services
Kaela is the Director of Projects and Planning at M’akola Development services. Since joining the leadership team at M’akola Development Services, Kaela has grown the capacity of the organization, quadrupling the staffing compliment and expanding the client base to serve a diverse, broad spectrum of non-profits, government bodies, and First Nations. Kaela specializes in financing and budgeting, risk management, and operations consulting, and has significant experience with Aboriginal land use, land tenure, and infrastructure analysis. Kaela also provides team direction on community consultation, facilitation, and research and analysis.
Jeremy Sewell - Speaker
Geospatial Analyst
Manitoba Government, Community and Regional Planning
Jeremy is a Geospatial Analyst with the Community and Regional Planning Branch with the Province of Manitoba, Department Municipal Relations. His work focuses primarily on parcel data maintenance and regional cartography, as well as land use analysis, geomatics capacity building initiatives, and data gathering. Additionally, he serves on a number of boards and committees focussed on inter and intra-departmental initiatives.
Amelia Shaw - Speaker
Executive Manager
IAP2 Canada
Amelia is a consultation strategist, practitioner and professional facilitator. Over the past 20+ years Amelia has been successfully involved in the development of major policies, projects and plans from strategic design, to initiating and facilitating inclusive processes, and implementation. Her ultimate goal on any project is to find innovative approaches that support both community and organizational values, and lead to helpful deliverables and a positive outcome. Her award-winning solutions have earned international recognition.
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Randall Shymko - Speaker
Senior climate change analyst
Manitoba Sustainable Development
Mr. Shymko has worked in various environmental management and sustainability functions within the Manitoba provincial government over the past 14 years, spending the most recent 6 years focussing on climate adaptation policy, planning and implementation. Has worked with partners and collaborators within Manitoba, across the Prairies and Canada in various roles, projects and working groups, including leading community based climate adaptation planning and engagement processes.
Tim Smith - Speaker
Urban Strategies Inc.
Tim Smith has over 20 years of planning and urban design experience in a range of environments, including downtowns, waterfronts, new communities, campuses and business parks. He has prepared award-winning downtown plans for Guelph and Orillia and design-based secondary plans for Ottawa, Hamilton, Vaughan, St. Albert and Niagara-on-the-Lake. He is currently preparing a redevelopment plan for a former railyard in the heart of Regina, a new community plan in Edmonton and a neighbourhood plan on the UBC campus. He has spoken at numerous provincial and national planning conferences and was recently appointed to the Hamilton Design Review Panel.
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David Smith - Speaker
Planning Consultant
Smithplan Consulting Inc.
Dave Smith is a former municipal planner with nearly 35 years experience, Dave served on the Senior Management Team in several cities. He has completed 14 international NGO planning assignments in Honduras, Colombia, Philippines and the Mongolia for CESO-SACO, the Canadian Executive Service Organization. He is currently in private practice and operates Smithplan Consulting Inc specializing in urban planning, action plans and implementation processes.
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Chris Sobkowicz - Speaker
City of Winnipeg, Access Advisory Committee
Chris Sobkowicz serves as the coordinator for the City of Winnipeg Access Advisory Committee since 2009, and has a strong interest in accessibility and inclusive design for the whole community.
Keenly interested in community development through the provision of Recreation Services for the whole community, Chris worked for the City of Morden for 23years as the Director of Community Services along with serving 5 years as General Manager of the Dakota Community Centre in south Winnipeg.
Presently, Chris is heavily involved with the Access Advisory Committee leading discussions and attention on a number of key accessibility issues in Winnipeg such as Transportation, Communications and technologies, and of course the built environment.
Chris heads up the annual City of Winnipeg ACCESS Awards recognizing Architects, Planners, Landscape Architects, Interior Designers, and community stakeholder organizations …… Celebrating the Spirit of Universal Design through the creation and design of Welcoming and Inclusive Environments.
Chris will be part of the exciting bus tours as an on-board ambassador as well as to augment the discussions at the Award Winning Facilities.
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Mr. Doug Stewart - Speakers
Structures Solved Ltd
Doug Stewart is a senior structural engineer and served as project manager on the Osborne Street Bridge project. Mr. Stewart's 30 years of experience as a design engineer and project manager encompassed such notable bridges in Manitoba as: Provencher Bridge (cable stayed pedestrian structure connecting St. Boniface to downtown Winnipeg), Charleswood Bridge (the first design build finance municipal infrastructure project in Manitoba connecting St. James to Charleswood communities), Headingly Bridge (incorporating advanced composite materials).  His training and 30 years’ experiences working with the City of Winnipeg Public Works Department led to a successful redevelopment strategy for the Osborne Street Bridge with better accommodation for all bridge users, better connectivity to existing riverbank pathways along the Assiniboine River and integrated public art. He worked directly with Freig & Associates on the collaborative planning process.
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Lenore Swystun - Speaker
Founding Director
Prairie Wild Consulting Co.
Lenore is the Director Prairie Wild Consulting. She is a planning and research professional with over 30 years of experience in community engagement, facilitation, strategic and action planning, Indigenous planning, cultural and heritage planning, marketing, business development, policy development, and comprehensive community and regional land use planning. Lenore has guided and mentored a collaborative-based team and network of Prairie Wild associates who work together to deliver projects drawing from their various skillsets, experiences, and passions.
Jason Syvixay - Speaker
Principal Planner
City of Edmonton
Jason offers a decade of uncommon breadth and depth of experience in both marketing/communications and urban planning. He has a keen interest in downtown renewal, Indigenous capacity building, creative community engagement, placemaking, tactical urbanism, and tourism infrastructure planning. As an award-winning public relations professional, Jason is no stranger to pitching media to write about city issues. He writes a monthly column in the Winnipeg Free Press, which explores the shared interests between people and planning.
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Dr. Theresa Tam - Speakers
Chief Public Health Officer Of Canada

Dr. Theresa Tam was named the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on June 26, 2017. She is a paediatrician and field epidemiologist with expertise in immunization, infectious diseases, emergency preparedness and global health security.  She has provided technical expertise and leadership in public health throughout her career in Canada and internationally. In 2017, she released her first Annual Report to Parliament, Designing Health Living.  She chose this topic due to the tremendous potential that changing the built environment has for helping Canadians live healthier lives. Her ultimate goal is to “level the playing field” so all Canadians can reach their optimal health. 

Mike Tanner - Speaker
Music Sector Development Officer
Film and Entertainment Industries, Economic Development and Culture, City of Toronto
Mike Tanner is the City of Toronto's Music Sector Development Officer. Mike works with the music community, liaising between stakeholders and City Hall helping the industry achieve its potential as a major generator of economic benefit and a touchstone of Toronto’s culture. Before joining the City, Mike was Director of Operations for North by Northeast, growing the festival as a marquee event. Mike’s own experience as a musician includes many years performing, touring, and recording.
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Alex Taranu - Speaker
Sr. Advisor, Architectural Design
City of Brampton
Alex is an urbanist, urban designer and architect with extensive experience in Canada and abroad on a wide variety of projects including downtown revitalization, urbanization of suburban areas, transit-oriented development, urban design.Alex is a strong advocate for sustainable and healthy urbanism, founder and director of the Council for Canadian Urbanism (CanU). He is frequent presenter at professional conferences, lecturer at universities, Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners and Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.
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Kendall Theissen - Speaker
City of Winnipeg
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Liisa Tipman - Speaker
BA Hons. MEDes (Planning)
B&A Planning Group
Since joining B&A Planning Group in 2007, Liisa has worked on a range of land use and development projects in urban and rural settings. Liisa has a professional focus on community planning and design, public & indigenous consultation, multi-jurisdictional industrial & natural resource developments, difficult-to-locate land uses, and annexation and long-range planning for municipalities. Liisa specializes in projects that focus on building community support through transparent community engagement, sensitive project design and defined community benefits.
Kasia Tota - Speaker
Principal Planner
Halifax Regional Municipality
Kasia Tota is a Principal Planner with the Halifax Regional Municipality where for the past fifteen years she worked on and led a wide variety of projects related to regional and community planning, community development, housing and social policy. Since 2016 she is leading a new team dedicated to Plan and By-law Simplification, which includes developing planning documents for the Centre Plan.
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Greg Tramley - Speaker
LL.B., B.A.
McCandless Tramley Municipal Lawyers
Greg Tramley is a practicing lawyer in the fields of planning, development control, municipal regulation and enforcement, municipal management and administration, and First Nation service relationship agreements. As a principal of the law firm McCandless Tramley, Greg works with governmental clients, including municipalities and planning districts, in the private practice of municipal, administrative and planning law, including drafting of by-laws and regulations, and land use control and property development instruments.
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Tara Tran - Speaker
Senior Policy Planner
City of Brantford, Ontario
Tara Tran is a Senior Policy Planner at the City of Brantford, Ontario. The City of Brantford is 3-time recipient of the Canadian Urban Institute Brownie Award (in 2003, 2014 and 2016), which recognizes successful brownfield projects. Tara is passionate about achieving the revitalization of former industrial sites and has developed a tool box of skills in public engagement, economic development, neighbourhood revitalization, and environmental protection. She enjoys both working on long-term policies in the office, as well as completing the dirty work (literally) on brownfield sites to achieve the goal of creating healthy sustainable communities. Tara is a long-time member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Leadership in Brownfields Renewal Program.
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Heather Travis - Speaker
Senior Project Manager, Policy Planning
City of Hamilton
Heather is a Senior Project Manager, Growth Management Strategy, with the City of Hamilton. Heather has more than 15 years of professional planning experience with the City, working in various positions including development planning, legislative approvals and zoning by-law reform. Heather is the project lead on the City’s update to its growth management strategy, GRIDS2, and the City’s municipal comprehensive review, which together will plan the future growth of the City to the year 2041.
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Rachelle Trovato - Speaker
BA, MPlan
Parkland County
Rachelle is a Planner with Parkland County and specializes in long range policy planning. Her recent projects include the County’s Technical Growth Study and Municipal Development Plan. She also contributes to the department through reviewing and processing subdivision and redistricting applications. Previously she worked in the private planning sector assisting communities with age-friendly planning and design strategies, and area redevelopment planning. In that role she focused on design and visualizing planning concepts for effective communication.
Sasha Tsenkova - Speaker
Professor of Planning & International Development
University of Calgary
Dr Tsenkova is a Professor of Planning at the University of Calgary specialising in comparative research on sustainable communities, affordable housing and planning for resilience. She has 135 publications, including 10 books and an international encyclopedia. Her research and professional activities for the World Bank, Council of Europe and the United Nations include a range of housing and urban projects in more than 25 countries. She is Co-Chair of CIP's New Urban Agenda Committee.
Eric Turcotte - Speaker
Urban Strategies
Eric is an Urban Designer, a Planner and an Architect. He is a Partner at Urban Strategies Inc. and has over 20 years of experience in Canada, the United States and Europe. His areas of expertise include downtown and neighbourhood revitalization plans, transit oriented developments and, large scale institutional and corporate master plans. Eric has recently completed the award winning University of Ottawa Master Plan.
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Stephen Walker - Speaker
Regional Manager
Province of Manitoba
Stephen works for the Province of Manitoba providing planning services to municipalities in southeast
Manitoba through the Steinbach Community and Regional Planning Office. Graduating from the U of M
with degrees focusing on economics and city planning, Stephen has over 10 years of work experience in
the fields of regional and community planning, public policy, and environmental issues.  He has worked
for large city and provincial planning departments as well as in small villages and rural areas across
Manitoba and into Saskatchewan developing expertise in First Nations governance, land use by-laws,
growth management planning, and planning for climate change. Stephen is passionate about working
with communities to solve complex challenges from in interdisciplinary perspective that considers the long term impact of development.
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Randolph Wang - Speaker
Senior Planner, Urban Design
City of Ottawa
Randolph Wang is a senior urban designer with the City of Ottawa. He has extensive experience in downtown and mainstreet revitalization, waterfront redevelopment, TOD, public realm improvements, infill, as well as new town and suburban design. His current practice at the City of Ottawa has included development review and policy development. He is a frequent design critic at local colleges and a member of the CTBUH Urban Design/Urban Habitat Committee.
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Shonda Wang - Speaker
Planner and Urban Design Lead
Shonda is a Planner and Lead of Urban Design at SvN. Shonda’s approach is people focused, and she has developed a particular expertise in the socio-economic and participatory aspects of planning and design. Focusing on large-scale transportation planning and design projects in recent years, she has played a lead role in significant, large-scale projects in the GTHA, including the three-time award winning Eglinton Connects, Dundas Connects, Hurontario LRT, and the Port Lands Acceleration Initiative.
Kyle Wiebe - Speaker
Project Officer
International Institute of Sustainable Development
Kyle is an urban planner who seeks to operationalize complex urban issues and datasets into communicable opportunities. His experience includes assessing the administration of geo-spatial addresses to informal settlements in Nairobi with the UN-Habitat, working with street food vendors to increase low-income consumers’ nutritional security in India and most recently working to localize the SDGs in Winnipeg and Canadian cities by developing indicators to track food security and convenient access to transportation.
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Ian Wight - Speaker
Senior Scholar, City Planning, Faculty of Architecture
University of Manitoba
Ian Wight is a Senior Scholar, City Planning, University of Manitoba where he was responsible for the Professional Practice course for two decades. Now retired, but actually ‘re-firing’, in his native Scotland he continues to work on ‘Evolving Professionalism Beyond the Status Quo - Contemplating the Education of the Agents of the Next Enlightenment’. This includes a fascination with planning as placemaking, as well-being by design, including a current inquiry into ‘planning as soul-work’.
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Trent Workman - Speaker
B.Env.D., M.L.Arch., Pre-Candi
Planning and landscape architectural intern
HTFC Planning & Design
Trent Workman is a planning and landscape architectural intern at HTFC Planning & Design in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Trent’s work with HTFC has focused on large-scale planning and design projects, traditional knowledge studies, mapping and graphic design. He has worked on Land Use and Community Plans for Peguis First Nation, Norway House Cree Nation, and Fisher River Cree Nation; Northern Flood Agreement-related projects for Cross Lake Band of Indians; master planning projects for Nunavut Parks; and recreation planning & design for communities in northern Manitoba.
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Liz Wreford - Speaker
Principal Architect + Urban Designer, Director of Public City Architecture Inc.
Public City Architecture Inc.
Liz Wreford is an internationally recognized landscape architect and has led many large public projects in Australia, the United States, and Canada. She has worked with multi-disciplinary teams on mixed private/public projects such as the Devon Energy Headquarters in Oklahoma City, Cityscape Plaza in Phoenix, and the Orlando Performing Arts Center in Florida. Her site planning experience has addressed a range of scales and complex conditions including brownfields sites,urban infill, campuses and pocket parks.
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Tara Zajac - Speaker
Executive Director
North Point Douglas Women's Centre
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Dr. Qiang Zhang - Speaker
PhD, PEng
University of Manitoba, Department of Biosystems Engineering
Dr. Qiang (Chong) Zhang is a professor in the Department of Biosystems Engineering, University of Manitoba, and a registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) in the Province of Manitoba. He completed his B.Sc. in mechanical engineering in China, his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in agricultural engineering at Pennsylvania State University. His general area of research is agricultural structures and environment. He has been conducting research covering such topics as air quality in animal production facilities, and emissions and dispersion of odour from livestock operations. Dr. Zhang is a member of several professional societies, including Canadian Society for Biongineering and American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.