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Join us in Hamilton as we explore the possibilities of an urban renaissance through in-depth discussion panels, illuminating presentations, walking tours of the city’s neighbourhoods and vibrant performances by local artists. 

Meet over 100+ leading urbanists from all provinces and fields for a dynamic exchange of ideas and opinions focused on improving the design and planning of our cities and communities from coast to coast. 

The Council for Canadian Urbanism is a movement dedicated to improving City-Building practices, research and education in order to create sustainable, healthy and livable cities and communities across Canada.

Joignez-nous à Hamilton pour le explorer le phénomène de la renaissance urbaine à travers des groupes de discussion approfondis, de présentations inspirantes, de visites guidées et de performances par des artistes locaux. 

Joignez-vous à 100+ urbanistes invités de partout au Canada en vue d’un échange dynamique d’idées et d’opinions touchant l’amélioration de la conception et la planification de nos villes et collectivités d’un océan à l’autre. 

Le Conseil canadien d’urbanisme est un mouvement qui promeut l’amélioration de la pratique, de la recherche et de l’enseignement en aménagement urbain dans le but de créer des villes et collectivités canadiennes plus conviviales, saines et durables. 

Jump to: Day 1 Nov 6 | Day 2 Nov 7 | Day 3 Nov 8 | Day 4 Nov 9 

Wednesday 6 November: Evening Welcome Reception

  • 4:30- 6:00 Registration (Diplomat Pub)
  • 6:30- 9:00 Reception and President’s Welcome
    • Location: Urban Strategies Collaborative Studio, 66 James Street North
      Sponsored by Urban Strategies Inc. and BA Group

Thursday 7 November: The Hamilton Design Experience

Location: Westinghouse HQ 286 Sanford Avenue Nord

  • 9:00- 9:30 Welcome and Theme Introduction
  • 9:30- 9:45 Welcome First Nations
  • 9:45- 10:45 Hamilton Context and the Renaissance Story
    Panel Discussion with:

    • Ian Kerr-Wilson – Manager of Heritage Resource City of Hamilton
    • John vanNostrand – Founder, JvN Developments
    • Moderator: Terri Johns –President, T. Johns Consulting Group
  • 10:45- 11:10 Break
  • 11:10 – 12:25 Hamilton’s Growth Context: Issues, Current Initiatives, Projects, Studies and more
     Panel Discussion with:

    • Heather Travis –  Senior Project Manager, City of Hamilton
    • Alissa Mahood –  Senior Project Manager, City of Hamilton
    • Shannon McKie –  Senior Project Manager, City of Hamilton
    • Moderator: Steve Robichaud – Chief Planner, City of Hamilton
      Sponsors by Urban Solutions
  • 12:25- 1:30 Lunch
  • 12:45- 1:30 Pecha Kucha – Urban Renaissance from Coast to Coast
    • West Coast
      • Sean Galloway, Manager, Planning Department City of North Vancouver
    • Prairies:
      • Kalen Anderson, Vice President Director, City Plan – Urban Form and Corporate Strategic Development, City of Edmonton
      • Tyson McShane, Senior Planner II, City of Saskatoon
    • Ontario:
      • Ute Maya-Giambattista, Principal, Urban Design, FOTENN Planning + Design,
      • Emilia Floro, Urban Design Program Manager, City of Toronto
      • Emily Davies, Planner II, City of Ottawa
    • Quebec:
      • Suzy Peate, Coordonnatrice executive – Planification du territoire metropolitain, Communauté métropolitaine de Montreal
    • Maritimes:
      • Jacob Ritchie – Director of Operations Services, Halifax Regional Centre for Education, Halifax
    • Moderator: Joyce Drohan  – MRAIC, Architect AIBC, CanU Board
  • 1:30- 1:45 Performance by Hamilton Artist
  • 1:45- 3:00 Success Stories: Adaptive Reuse
    Panel Discussion with:

    • Steve Kulakowsky –Owner, Core Urban Inc.
    • Jason Cassis – Co-founder and CEO, Equal Parts Hospitality
    • Drew Hauser – Architect, Director at mcCallum Sather Architects
    • Rob Zeidler – Managing Partner at The Dabbert Group
    • Moderator: Kalen Anderson, Director, City Plan Office of the Chief Planner, Edmonton
  • 3:00 – 3:15 Closing Remarks
  • 3:15- 6:00 Tour of Hamilton Projects 
    • Port Lands, Stelco, Cotton Factory
  • 6:00- 7:00 Dinner + Caucuses Sessions “Salon Style” (limited seating) at The Diplomat, 43 King William Street
  • 7:00- 9:30 City of Hamilton Urban Design Awards at Liuna Station on James Street North

Friday 8 November: The National Design Experience

Location: Art Gallery of Hamilton 123 King Street West

  • 8:15- 8:30 Welcome from Conference Committee
  • 8:30- 9:00 Breakfast + Book with Joe Berridge – Partner at Urban Strategies and author of The Perfect City
    • Moderator: Jason Throne  – General Manager of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Hamilton
  • 9:00-10:15 Designing the Smart City: A crash course for planners and urban designers
    Discussion panel:

    • Pino Di Mascio – Director of Planning, Sidewalks Lab
    • Jesse Shapins – Director of Public Realm, Sidewalks Labs
    • Kristina Mlakar – CUTRIC – National Operations Manager
    • Pamela Robinson – Director and Associate Professor School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University
    • Moderator: Robert Freedman – CanU Chairman and Pricipal – Freedman Urban Solutions (FUSL)
  • 10:15- 10:45 Book Break with Ken Greenberg 
    Discussion with Ken Greenberg – Urban Designer, City Building Advocate and author of Toronto Reborn

    • Moderator: Ute Maya-Giambattista – Principal, Urban Design, FOTENN Planning + Design
  • 10:45- 12:00 Sustainability and Resiliency – Where are we at? Where are we going?
    Discussion panel:

    • Jenny McMinn– Managing Director, Urban Equation
    • Joyce Drohan  – MRAIC, Architect AIBC, CanU Board
    • Yannick Beaudoin – Director General, Ontario and Northern Canada, David Suzuki Foundation
    • Moderator: Dan Leeming – Senior Advisor, The Planning Partnership
  • 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch Ceremony
    CanU Founders Recognition Award Ceremony
    Sponsored by: Gradient Wind
  • 1:00 – 2:15 Urb-Suburban Case: Mid-Size Cities Across Canada
    Discussion panel:

    • Dave Gordon – Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning Queen’s University
    • Britt O’Hagan – Manager City Building & Design, City of London
    • Tyson McShane – Long Term Planner, City of Saskatoon
    • Kasia Tota – Principal Planner, City of Halifax
    • Tami Kitay –Director of Planning and Building Services City of St Catherines
    • Moderator: Jacob Ritchie – Director of Operations Services, Halifax Regional Centre for Education, Halifax
  • 2:15- 2:30 Performance by Hamilton Artist
  • 2:30 – 3:00 Break
  • 3:00-4:15 The State of Urban Design in Canada
    Discussion with:

    • Lorna Day – Director of Urban Design City of Toronto
    • Sean Galloway – Manager, Planning Department, City of North Vancouver
    • Isabelle Giasson – Partner, Arcadia Studio, President of the Quebec Association of Landscape Architects (AAPQ)
    • Moderator: Cheryll Case – Planner, City of Brampton
      Sponsored by: DTAH
  • 4:15-4:30 Day 2 Closing Remarks
  • 4:30-6:00 Walking Tour of Successful Hamilton Projects
    • Gore Park, King William, GO Mobility Hub
  • 6:00- 7:00 Hamilton’s Music, Food and Art Renaissance
    Panel Discussion with art crawl, food and music community leaders:

    • Ken Coit – Manager Placemaking, Public Art & Project Tourism & Culture Division, City of Hamilton
    • Tim Potocic –  Sonic Unyon Records, Supercrawl Productions
    • Erin Dunham – Other Bird Hospitality Group, CEO and Co-owner
    • Moderator: Ala Abuhasan – DPAI Architecture Inc
    • Location: DPAI Architecture Inc, 25 Maint West Suite 1800
      Sponsored by DPAI Architecture Inc.
  • 7:30- 9:30 Dinner and Art Crawl/Pub Crawl

Saturday 9 November: Setting the National Agenda

Location: Westdale Community Theatre

  • 8:00 – 9:00 AGM and Board Meeting
  • 9:15- 9:30 Welcome
  • 9:30- 10:00 CanU Caucuses presentations and discussions on their work on Resiliency, Research and Urbanizing the Suburbs
    • Moderator: Jana Kelemen – Urban Designer, Town of Oakville
  • 10:00- 11:00 In conversation with Bruce Kuwabara, Partner KPMB
    • Moderator: Mark Guslits – Principal, Mark Guslits + Associates Inc; Faculty-George Brown College (Institute Without Boundaries)
  • 11:00- 11:15 Break
  • 11:15- 11:30 The Story of the Westdale Community
    • Rick Merrill – Senior Advisor, The Planning Partnership
  • 11:30: 11:45 Performance by Hamilton Artist
  • 11:45- 12:15 Call for Action – Closing Session
    • Jason Thorne – General manager of planning and economic development for the City of Hamilton
    • Eric Turcotte, CanU President and Partner at Urban Strategies
    • Ute Maya-Giambattista, Principal, Urban Design at Fotenn Planning + Design
    • CanU12 Announcement 
  • 12:30:1:30 Lunch at Bean Bar, 1012 King Street West
  • 1:30- 3:00 Walking Tour of Westdale Community
    • Rick Merril – Senior Advisor, The Planning Partnership
    • Community Representatives

Mercredi le 6 novembre: Réception de bienvenue en soirée:   

  • 16:30- 18:30 Inscription (Diplomat Pub)
  • 18:30-21:00 Mot de bienvenue du président et Inscription
    • Location: Urban Strategies Collaborative Studio, 66 James Street North

Jeudi le 7 novembre: Hamilton en design

Endroit: Westinghouse HQ, 286 avenue Sanford Nord 

  • 9:00- 9:30 Accueil et présentation du thème
  • 9:30- 9:45 Accueil des Premières Nations
  • 9:45- 10:45 La renaissance de Hamilton | Contexte et historique
    • Ian Kerr-Wilson – directeur de Heritage Resource – Ville de Hamilton
    • John vanNostrand – Fondateur, JvN Developments
    • Modérateur: James Webb, Webb Planning Consultants Inc.
  • 10:45- 11:10 Pause-café
  • 11:10- 12:25 La croissance de Hamilton | Enjeux, initiatives en cours, études et plus.
  • 12:25- 13:30 Dîner + Pecha Kucha – La renaissance urbaine : d’un océan à l’autre
    • Côte ouest 
      • Sean Galloway, Manager, Planning Department City of North Vancouver
    • Prairies:
      • Kalen Anderson, CanU Vice President, Director, City Plan – Urban Form and Corporate Strategic Development, City of Edmonton
      • Tyson McShane, Senior Planner II, City of Saskatoon
    • Ontario:
      • Ute Maya-Giambattista, Principal, Urban Design, Fotenn Planning & Design,
      • Emilia Floro, Urban Design Program Manager, City of Toronto
      • Emily Davies
    • Québec:
      • Suzy Pete, Coordonnatrice executive – Planification du territoire metropolitain, Communauté métropolitaine de Montreal
    • Maritimes:
      • Jacob Ritchie – Director of Operations Services, Halifax Regional Centre for Education, Halifax
    • Modérator: Joyce Drohan  – Architecte, Vancouver
  • 13:30- 13:45 Prestation d’un artiste de Hamilton
  • 13:45- 15:00 Histoires de succès: Réutilisation adaptative – Panel de discussion 
    • Steve Kulakowsky – Propriétaire, Core Urban Inc.
    • Jason Cassis – Co-fondateur et PDG, Equal Parts Hospitality
    • Drew Hauser – Architecte, Directeur chez mcCallum Sather
    • Rob Zeidler – Directeur associé chez The Dabbert Group
    • Moderator: Kalen Anderson, Directeur, Bureau du chef de l’urbaniste du plan de la ville, Edmonton
  • 15:00 – 15:15 Pause-café
  • 15:15-18:00 Tournée des projets de Hamilton 
    • Cotton Factory, Stelco, Pier 8, Port de Hamilton
  • 18:00- 19:00 Souper et séances Les caucus en conversation
  • 19:30- 21:30 Remise des Prix Urban Design Awards de la Ville de Hamilton, Liuna Station sur la rue James Street North (nombre de places limité)

Vendredi le 8 novembre: L’expérience nationale en design urbain

Endroit: Galerie d’art de Hamilton

  • 8:30- 9:00 Déjeuner causerie avec Joe Berridge – Partenaire de Urban Strategies et auteur de The Perfect City
  • 9:00-10:15 Concevoir la ville intelligente. Discussion avec: 
    • Pino Di Mascio – Directeur de l’aménagement, Sidewalks Lab
    • Jesse Shapins – Directeur de Public Realm & 307, Sidewalks Labs
    • Kristina Mlakar – CUTRIC – Directeur national des opérations
    • Pamela Robinson – Directrice et professeur associée – École de planification urbaine et régionale – Université Ryerson
    • Modérateur : Robert Freedman – Directeur, Freedman Urban Solutions
  • 10:15- 10:45 Pause causerie avec Ken Greenberg – Designer urbain et auteur de Toronto Reborn
  • 10:45- 12:00 Le design durable et résilient. Discussion avec:
    • Jenny McMinn – Directrice générale, Équation urbaine
    • Yannick Beaudoin – Directeur général, Ontario et Nord du Canada, Fondation David Suzuki
    • Joyce Drohan – Architecte, Vancouver
    • Modérateur : Dan Leeming – Conseiller sénior, The Planning Partnership
  • 12:00 – 13:00 Dîner reconnaissance : les fondateurs de CanU 
  • 13:00 – 14:15 Urbain/Suburbain: Les villes de taille moyenne à travers le Canada.

        Un panel de discussion avec :

    • Dave Gordon – Professeur en planification urbaine et régionale – Université Queen
    • Britt O’Hagan – Directrice – Aménagement urbain, Ville de London
    • Tyson McShane – Planificateur principal, Ville de Saskatoon
    • Autres panélistes à confirmer
  • 14:15- 14:30 Prestation d’un artiste de Hamilton
  • 14:30-15:45 État de l’aménagement urbain au Canada. Une discussion avec :
    • Lorna Day – Directeur de l’aménagement, Ville de Toronto
    • Isabelle Giasson, Directrice principale et associée, Arcadia Studio. Président de l’association des architectes paysagistes du Québec (AAPQ)
  • 15:30-18:00 Visite guidée des grands succès de Hamilton
    • Gore Park, King William et autres destinations du centre-ville
  • 18:00- 19:00 La Renaissance hamiltonienne en culture : Une discussion avec les chefs de file en art, gastronomie et musique :
    • Ken Coit, Ville de Hamilton (à confirmer)
    • Tim Potocic, Sonic Unyon Records, Supercrawl Productions
  • 19:30- 21:30 Souper et virée nocturne/ art et bistro

Samedi le 9 novembre: L’agenda national CanU

Endroit: Westdale Community Theatre 

  • 8:30 – 9:30 AGA et réunion du conseil d’administration de CanU
  • 9:30- 10:00 Présentations des caucus de CanU
  • 10:00- 11:00 Conversation avec Bruce Kuwabara, Partenaire KPMB
  • 11:00- 11:15 Pause-café
  • 11:15- 11:30 Le quartier de Westdale raconté par Rick Merril – Conseiller sénior, The Planning Partnership
  • 11:30: 11:45 Prestation d’un artiste de Hamilton
  • 11:45- 12:15 Appel à l’action:
    • Jason Thorne (Directeur général de la planification et du développement économique (Ville de Hamilton) 
    • Eric Turcotte, Président de CanU et partenaire chez Urban Strategies
    • Ute Maya-Giambattista, Co-Chair du Sommet CanU11 et Principal en design Urbain chez Fotenn Planning + Design
  • 12:15:12:30 Cérémonie de clôture – Premières Nations
  • 12:30- 14:00 Visite guidée du quartier de Westdale

Confirmed Guest Speakers include:

  • Jason Thorne (General Manager of Planning and Economic Development City of Hamilton) 
  • Jenny McMinn (Urban Equation),
  • Yannick Beaudoin (David Suzuki Foundation),
  • Lorna Day (Director of Urban Design City of Toronto)
  • Pino Dimascio (Director of Planning Sidewalk Labs)
  • Bruce Kuwabara (KPMB)
  • Joe Berridge and Ken Greenberg (promoting recently published books)

Les conférenciers invités et confirmés sont:

  • Jason Thorne (Directeur général de la planification et du développement économique (Ville de Hamilton) 
  • Jenny McMinn (Équation urbaine),
  • Yannick Beaudoin (Fondation David Suzuki),
  • Lorna Day (Directeur de l’aménagement, Ville de Toronto)
  • Pino Dimascio (Directeur de la planification chez Sidewalk Labs)
  • Bruce Kuwabara (Partenaire KPMB)
  • Joe Berridge (Urbaniste et auteur du recent livre Perfect City: An Urban Fixer’s Global Search for Magic in the Modern Metropolis)
  • Ken Greenberg (Designer urbain et auteur du récent livre Toronto Reborn : Design, Successes and Challenges)

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DPAI Architecture Inc.

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 Eric Turcotte

Eric Turcotte, Partner at Urban Strategies, is an Urban Designer, Planner and Architect with over 23 years of experience. His areas of expertise include downtown revitalization plans, redevelopment of inner city neighbourhoods, large scale institutional and corporate master plans, development approvals, and urban design guidelines. Eric has been involved in numerous projects that are helping reshape our nation’s capital, including large-scale assignments for the Federal Government of Canada, the National Capital Commission, the University of Ottawa and the City of Ottawa. He was an author of the Escarpment District Plan, the Centretown Community Design Plan, the University of Ottawa Master Plan and the Scott Street Community Plan, in addition to various LRT projects and the recent University of Ottawa Campus Plan. Eric is President of the Council for Canadian Urbanism (CanU) and the Toronto Waterfront Design Review Panel. He regularly provides media commentary on urban issues.

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Ute is an Urban Designer and Architect with more than 17 years of experience. Ute is a member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and the Canadian Institute of Planners and a passionate advocate of good Urban Design.  Ute currently serves at the board of the Council for Canadian Urbanism and chairs the Urban Land Institute’s Mentorship program in Toronto. As an urban designer, Ute approaches her work with the understanding that design can be a vehicle for creating healthy places and communities while being aware of the complexities of urban spaces and the potential of infrastructure to transform the vitality of a place. Integral to all her management and design work is her commitment to the integration of social, economic, and environmentally sustainable practices from the early stages of the process. Working for private and public clients, Ute’s design experience in Canada, the Unites States, Russia and China include site, master and community planning developments ranging in size from 10 to 8,000 acres, from custom homes to community master plans working for private and public clients. Ute’s site design experience also includes numerous site selection and development feasibility studies that deliver optimal land use solutions to specific site design challenges.


Angela Dittrich

Angela Dittrich

Angela Dittrich is a youth environmental activist from Hamilton, Ontario, and is currently completing her final year of the Integrated Science program at McMaster University. In high school, Angela was highly involved in environmental advocacy and education, creating the HWDSB’s first high school composting pilot project at Westmount Secondary, and leading the environment team in a variety of campaigns ranging from renewable energy to waste reduction. She has worked as a Climate Campaign Assistant for the last two summers at Environment Hamilton, focusing on public/active transportation, community engagement, urban planning, and single-use plastic reduction.

Joyce Drohan

Joyce Drohan

Joyce Drohan is an architect and an urban designer recognized for her contributions to Canadian city-building.  As a lead member of the master planning teams for two of Vancouver’s flagship sustainable communities – The River District and Southeast False Creek – she built a reputation for designing highly livable urban environments with ambitious sustainability strategies.  She brought this rich experience to the master planning of the Blatchford Redevelopment in Edmonton, delivering on the City’s mandate for a global model of sustainability while leading the Urban Design Practice at Perkins + Will, Vancouver.  In 2014, Blatchford won a Globe Award for Urban Sustainability and an RAIC medal in the National Urban Design Awards.  Joyce has recently completed a contract with the City of Vancouver as Special Advisor to the City Design Studio.

Her key interest is in places that express the historic, cultural and social aspects of a community. This is underpinned by a deep commitment to sustainable design, especially as it relates to livability and urban health.

Through her lead role on a wide range of built community projects, Joyce brings a deep understanding of the role that architecture plays in shaping and enhancing the experience of the city. One example is Richmond City Hall that reimagined the civic district of this maturing municipality.  The project was awarded an RAIC medal in Architecture.

Joyce is a board member of the Council for Canadian Urbanism, a past chair of urban design panels for the City of Vancouver and the University of British Columbia and an ongoing adjunct at UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

Greg Macdonald

Greg Macdonald is a Professional Planner whom has had the privilege of working for the City of Hamilton since 2001 within the Planning and Economic Development Department.  Greg has worked in Development Planning, Tourism Hamilton and has been a planner for the City’s Light Rail Transit technical team since 2017.  His work for Tourism Hamilton included planning for the Pan Games bid and stadium replacement project.  Greg has worked to make the City of Hamilton better by ensuring development proposals implement the City’s planning vision of quality design, sustainability and economic and social prosperity.  He now works to bring the LRT Project to a successful implementation so that all citizens of Hamilton will have improved transit, upgraded municipal infrastructure and access to the many city building benefits that the LRT would bring about. 

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Bruce Kuwabara

Bruce Kuwabara is internationally recognized as one of Canada’s leading architects. Throughout his career, his work has integrated architectural excellence, innovation, city building, and sustainable design, and has contributed to raising the standards of contemporary architecture and urbanism, in Canada and abroad. For this work, he is the recipient of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Gold Medal (2006), the Ontario Association of Architects Lifetime Achievement Award (2015), and an honorary doctorate from McMaster University (2016). In 2012 Mr. Kuwabara was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada for shaping “our built landscape in lasting ways.”

Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Mr. Kuwabara earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Toronto in 1972. He worked at George Baird Architects and Barton Myers Associates before co-founding Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB) in 1987. Since then Mr. Kuwabara’s leadership and commitment to architectural excellence has been influential in establishing KPMB as one of Canada’s premiere architectural practices, and recipient of hundreds of awards for design excellence, including 16 Governor General Awards for Architecture.

Long before climate change became a public concern, Kuwabara advocated for the integration of aesthetics and sustainable performance. As KPMB’s design principal for the Canadian Embassy in Berlin (joint venture of KPMB with Gagnon Letellier Cyr Architectes, and Smith Carter Architects + Engineers), he adapted European strategies for reducing energy consumption in architecture. These lessons would later greatly influence his future projects in Canada, particularly Manitoba Hydro Place in downtown Winnipeg, which continues to be recognized as an exemplar of ecologically innovative, energy-efficient building design.

Mr. Kuwabara’s diverse portfolio encompasses cultural, civic, educational, hospitality, healthcare, and performing arts projects across North America as well as in Europe. Notable cultural work includes Canada’s National Ballet School, the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, and the Remai Modern public art museum in Saskatchewan. Educational projects include the Kellogg School of Management at the Northwestern University, the Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building and Louis A. Simpson International Building at Princeton University, and the Destination Project at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, adjacent to Arthur Erickson’s iconic University Hall (1971).

As cities continue to experience exponential population growth, Mr. Kuwabara is increasingly taking a leadership role in the formation of interdisciplinary teams to design and deliver large-scale urban infrastructure projects. This work includes winning design competition schemes for the Athlete’s Village for the 2015 Toronto Pan/Parapan Athlete’s Village/Canary District in Toronto, Pier 8 in Hamilton, Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park.

Current clients include the Contemporary Calgary Art Gallery (Expansion and Renovation of the 1967 Centennial Planetarium), Boston University (Center for Computing and Data Sciences), Brookfield (Bay-Adelaide Centre North Tower), the Centre for Mental Health and Addiction (CAMH), and the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).

A strong advocate of Canadian architecture and architects, Kuwabara has held teaching positions at the University of Toronto, Harvard University, the University of Waterloo, and Cornell University and continues to serve as a critic and guest lecturer at universities across North America. He also continues to serve on competition and award juries in Canada, the United States and Europe. Mr. Kuwabara served as the first Chair of Waterfront Toronto’s Design Review Panel. He is the currently Chair of the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal and a Member of the Campaign Cabinet for the University of Toronto’s Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.


Heather Travis 

Heather Travis is a Senior Project Manager, Growth Management Strategy in the Planning Policy and Zoning By-law Reform Section of the City of Hamilton.  Heather has been a planner with the City of Hamilton for 17 years, working in various positions including Development Planning, Legislative Approvals and Zoning By-law Reform.  Heather is currently the project lead on the City’s update to its growth management strategy, known as GRIDS 2, 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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James Webb 

James Webb is the Principal of WEBB Planning Consultants Inc., a land use planning firm based in Hamilton.  With over 30 years of progressive experience as a land use planner, James began his planning career in Toronto relocated to the City of Hamilton in 1998, establishing WPC in 2005.  The firm has successfully implemented a range of projects including greenfield developments, infilling and redevelopment within established areas, and the adaptive re-use of heritage buildings.  Representative projects include McMaster Innovation Park, Pan-Am Games Soccer Stadium, Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre and securing the planning approvals necessary for the planned development of Pier 8 on behalf of the City of Hamilton. 

As Principal of WPC, James has a key role in ensuring the success of projects through the interpretation of planning policies and collaboration with designers to achieve developments that are compatible with and enhance the character of established areas. 

The success in achieving excellence in design has been recognized by a number Urban Design & Architecture Awards from the City of Hamilton. 

James is a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) and the Ontario Provincial Planners Institute (OPPI) and a Registered Professional Planner. 

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Anita Fabac 

Anita Fabac is a planner specializing in land use planning and heritage. She has a BES from the School of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Waterloo. A Registered Professional Planner with 20 years of experience, Anita has worked for the Region of Halton and the City of Hamilton in both development and policy. Currently she is the Manager of Development Planning, Heritage and Design with the City of Hamilton leading a multidisciplinary team of planners, designers and heritage professionals responsible for reviewing and approving new development and redevelopment, ensuring that change occurs in a positive way while achieving the goals of a sustainable City that is sympathetic to local context.


Yannick Beaudoin

Yannick Beaudoin is Director-General for Ontario and Northern Canada with the David Suzuki Foundation. He brings a ‘new economics for transition’ lens to the organization to enable the transformation of Canada towards social and ecological sustainability. Until recently, he was Chief Scientist of GRID-Arendal, a center collaborating with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, located in Norway. From circular economy to the Sustainable Development Goals, he has worked to enable context-relevant sustainability approaches all over the world. He applies a science of change and participatory social processes to a variety of themes that include: adaptation to uncertain climate futures; embedding of local, traditional and indigenous knowledge in policy-, decision- and choice-making; enabling conversations and innovation for new development and economic paradigms; promoting a transition to a sustainable relationship between society and Nature. Activities involve working with governments, local communities, industry, academia and other actors to design societal systems, processes and approaches that increase human well-being while preserving and enhancing Nature. Most recently, Yannick has been facilitating conversations with decision makers around the world, highlighting various examples of beyond-GDP economics and post-extractivistic development paradigms. Yannick holds a Phd in Marine Geology from the University of Toronto and an Masters in Economics for Transition from Schumacher College/University of Plymouth in the UK.


Kristina Mlakar

Kristina Mlakar is the National Operations Manager with the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC), based in Toronto. She manages CUTRIC’s national operations to morph the fast-growing team into an efficient and optimized small- to mid-sized enterprise (SME). Kristina also manages CUTRIC’s growing Membership base of over 115 leading organizations working in low carbon smart mobility in Canada and internationally. Kristina was named as one of Corporate Knight’s Top 30 Under 30 Sustainability Leaders for her work with CUTRIC’s National Smart Vehicle Demonstration and Integration Trial. This project represents the first time globally that multiple electric automated shuttle manufacturers have agreed to a standardized and interoperable deployment on a first-mile/last-mile route.


Pino Di Mascio

Pino Di Mascio is Director of Planning at Sidewalk Labs. In his role, Pino brings with him significant experience in master planning, land-use studies, planning and development analysis, entitlements, and policy development. His work has focuses on managing and directing complex projects of various scales. With over 24 years of experience, Pino comes to Sidewalk Labs from Urban Strategies, where as a Partner he helped build what is one of the world’s leading planning and design firms.

Pino has worked with numerous municipalities, developers, institutions, and public-sector land owners and agencies, and is constantly working with such groups to leverage and manage significant land assets to achieve public policy objectives. Pino is a great collaborator, and is always seeking new solutions to complex challenges. 

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Joe Berridge

Joe Berridge is an urban planner and city builder who has had an integral role in the development of complex urban planning and regeneration projects in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., Europe and Asia. As a partner at Urban Strategies Inc. over the past thirty years, Joe has been a strategic advisor for the development of the city centres of Manchester, Belfast and Cardiff and for the waterfronts of Toronto, Singapore, Sydney, Cork, London and Governors Island in New York City. He has prepared campus master plans for the University of Manchester and Waterloo, Queen’s and Western in Canada and is now planning the new hub for Toronto Pearson International Airport. Joe teaches at the University of Toronto and is a Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Joe’s book ‘Perfect City’ was published by Sutherland House in April 2019.

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Lorna Day

Lorna Day is the Director of Urban Design for the City of Toronto. She  began her career as an architect with an interest in urban design, and has worked for the City of Toronto for 29 years in urban design, community planning, and transportation planning. During that time she was responsible for the City’s ‘Avenues and Mid Rise Building’ study as well as the ‘Eglinton Connects’ study which weaves the new Crosstown LRT into the fabric of Toronto.

She has been the Director of Community Planning for the Scarborough District and was the Director of Project Planning and Program Development for Metrolinx.  She rejoined the City as Director of Urban Design in December, 2016.

Lorna has been named a ULI Woman of Influence and her work has been recognized through numerous planning awards from the Canadian Institute of Planners, the Ontario Professional Planning Institute, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Toronto Urban Design Awards.

She is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, the Ontario Professional Planners Institute, and is a graduate of the University of Toronto School of Architecture.  Lorna is a frequent speaker and panelist  and she guest lectures at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University.  She recently presented the ‘Eglinton Connects’ study to the American Planning Association conference and the Canadian Institute of Planners.

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Isabelle Giasson

Isabelle Giasson works as a landscape architect and urban designer, and holds an MBA. She has been President of the Quebec Landscape Architects Association (AAPQ) since 2015, where she is involved in many professional committees.  In 2016, she founded a multidisciplinary firm, Arcadia Studio, to create environments that stand out for their quality, friendliness and sustainability. Isabelle Giasson has taught as a lecturer and practical training instructor at the Université de Montréal, and is frequently invited to give lectures. She has directed fifteen projects that have won awards of excellence.


Jennifer Roth

Jennifer Roth is a Professional Planner who has the privilege of living, working and playing in Hamilton. Jennifer has worked in a variety of positions, both in the public and private sectors, since graduating with her Masters in Planning from Ryerson University. Most recently Jennifer joined the City of Hamilton’ Planning Division in 2017. Her favorite way to get to work is by bike, but will also walk when she has the time.



Emilia Floro

Emilia Floro is a Program Manager of Urban Design at the City of Toronto. She was born in Lisbon Portugal, graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Architecture and has worked in both the public and private sectors. She is an Urban Designer and a Registered Professional Planner whose work includes contributing to the development of policy for waterfront revitalization, reurbanization of urban growth centres, Avenues studies and development of built form and public realm design guidelines which enhance the urban environment. She travels in order to experience other places and learn from the past to inform the future.


Suzy Peate

Suzy Peate oeuvre en urbanisme depuis près de vingt ans. Depuis 2007, elle évolue au sein Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal, un organisme de planification, de coordination et de financement qui regroupe 82 municipalités. Étroitement associée à l’élaboration, à la rédaction et à la mise en oeuvre du premier Plan métropolitain d’aménagement et de développement pour un Grand Montréal attractif, compétitif et durable (PMAD), elle a aussi piloté la mise en place d’un programme et d’un bureau de projet TOD. Elle est actuellement coordonnatrice exécutive à la direction de la planification du territoire métropolitain et supervise la coordination des services de l’aménagement, du transport et de l’environnement.

Suzy Peate has been working in urban planning for almost twenty years. Since 2007, she has evolved within the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal, a planning, coordinating and financing organization that brings together 82 municipalities. Closely involved in the development, drafting and implementation of the first Metropolitan Land Use and Development Plan for an attractive, competitive and sustainable Greater Montréal (PMAD), she has also led the implementation of a program and a TOD project office. Suzy is currently Executive Coordinator of Metropolitan Planning and oversees the coordination of Urban Planning, Transportation and Environment services.

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Drew Hauser

Drew is an architect and Director of Business Development and Design at integrated design firm mcCallumSather. Drew is passionate about shaping environments that put our clients’ objectives at the forefront. He has been instrumental in creating one-of-a-kind designs, with a specific focus on integrating sustainable design concepts within the context of historically-sensitive facilities. With more than 20 years of experience, Drew has developed an exceptionally diverse range of skills, leading projects in sectors including residential, education, healthcare, municipal and laboratory design.

With a Canadian Association of Heritage Professional Designation, Drew works with the owners and stewards of historic sites to ensure unique features are preserved and protected, weighing design decisions against the measures of livability and sustainability. Award-winning transformational community projects include Westinghouse HQ, 541 Eatery & Exchange and The Cotton Factory.

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David Gordon

David Gordon is Professor in the Queen’s School of Urban and Regional Planning. He was SURP Director from 2008-2018 and also taught at McGill, Toronto, Ryerson, Western Australia, MIT, Harvard and Penn, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. David was previously an urban design firm principal and Toronto waterfront agency manager, sharing four CIP awards. He is a Fellow of the CIP and a founding director of the Council for Canadian Urbanism, where he chairs the Research Committee. David’s latest books are Town and Crown and Planning Canadian Communities (with Gerald Hodge). His research examines planning history and compares suburbs. 


Kalen Anderson

Kalen Anderson, board member since 2016 and the Vice President of CanU, is a registered professional planner and a City Planning Director with the City of Edmonton. She’s currently leading the preparation of ‘ The City Plan,’ which provides policy direction for Edmonton’s future growth and change and represents the provincially required the Municipal Development Plan and Transportation Master Plan. The plan asks the following question: “what choices do we need to make to be a healthy, urban and climate resilient city of 2 million people that supports a prosperous region?” She has worked for the City for 14 years in a variety of roles in the areas of urban policy development, land use planning, and intergovernmental affairs. Writing The City Plan has been her favorite gig so far!

Steve Robichaud

Steve Robichaud is the Chief Planner for the City of Hamilton.  Steve is the driving force behind the City’s long-term growth management strategy which is now being implemented through a new Official Plan, secondary plans and a new comprehensive zoning by-law for the City.  Over the last 4 years, he has led and overseen the preparation of several award winning major initiatives including a new secondary plan and zoning for the Downtown, public engagement strategies, new simplified zoning in urban and rural areas of Hamilton and has led the Division’s Open for Business initiatives to assist clients and lead continuous improvement initiatives.  Steve’s innovative and creative approach to complex planning issues and developing his staff’s capacity to deliver innovative solutions has been recognized by Canadian Institute of Planners, Ontario Professional Planners Institute and Canadian Association of Certified Planning Technicians.  Steve A registered professional planner, Steve is both a graduate of McMaster University and the University of Toronto.

Erin Dunham

Erin Dunham is the CEO and co-owner of the Hamilton-based hospitality group The Other Bird, the parent company behind a family of unique dining destinations which include The Mule, Burro, Paper Crane, Hunter & Co., Odds, and the boutique Arlington Hotel. Erin has previously been named Hamilton’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year by Hamilton’s Chamber of Commerce, while The Other Bird earned the title of Outstanding Mid-sized Business. Through The Other Bird’s success, Erin has also been awarded The Top Forty Under Forty award for Hamilton and was also named among the Top 15 people to watch in Hamilton for 2015 by The Hamilton Spectator. She has also been recognized as a strong female influence in the restaurant industry, being honoured with the YWCA’s Women of Distinction Award in 2018.

Her passions do not end at food and love of city but, more frivolously, she does enjoy an old red wine and a freshly cut cigar.

Jason Cassis

Jason Cassis is Co-Founder and CEO of Equal Parts Hospitality Inc. which designs, funds, builds and manages assets in the hospitality sector.  Headquartered in Hamilton, his business employs 275 people in the golf, restaurant, event and lodging verticals and was recently named one of the fastest growth companies in the region by Hamilton Fast 40.

Cheryll Case

Cheryll Case is an urban planning consultant specialized in stakeholdering, community engagement, and research. Through her role of Urban Design Coordinator with the City of Brampton she supports strategic initiatives including the Brampton 2040 Vision; outside of Brampton, Cheryll leads as the Founder and Principal Urban Planner for her own consultancy, CP Planning. In her practice Cheryll applies her systems view of collaboration and urban design to facilitate conversations that improve relationships between people, institutions, and land. 

Shannon Mckie

Shannon has 16 years of professional experience in urban planning.  Through various positions at the City of Hamilton, she has gained experience and expertise in development planning, policy planning, and secondary planning.  Ms. McKie has developed, managed, and authored new Secondary Plans, Zoning By-laws, and major City Initiatives. As the 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 explored and developed creative, design-oriented solutions to complex planning problems. In July 2019 she was one of the recipients for the Canadian Institute of Planner’s awards for planning excellence in the category of City and Regional Planning for her work and involvement in the Downtown Hamilton Secondary Plan and Zoning By-law. Shannon holds a Bachelor’s of Environmental Studies – Honours Planning and is a Registered Professional Planner with the province of Ontario and a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners.

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Mark Guslits, B.Arch. (U of Manitoba – 5 yr program) practiced as an architect and affordable housing consultant, both in Canada and in the U.K. until the early 1990’s. Now, as principal of Mark Guslits + Associates Inc., he works primarily as an urban planning, affordable housing, design and development consultant for clients wishing to create new mixed-income, mixed tenure communities; as well as a developer of both non-profit and market housing. Following 7 years as a development consultant with Lantana Non-Profit Homes in Toronto focusing on co-op and non-profit housing development, Mark spent nine years, between 1990 and 1999, as a partner with the Daniels Group where he created and ran their affordable housing arm which was responsible for the development of over 3000 units of affordable housing (co-ops and Non-profits) in the GTA. In January of 2005, after a four-year stint as Special Housing Advisor to the City of Toronto (where he set up and managed the City’s affordable housing division called Let’s Build), Mark became Chief Development Officer for the Toronto Community Housing Corporation. In this capacity he created and managed a new Development Division for the Corporation which was, along with other development work, responsible for major urban redevelopment initiatives such as the 69-acre Regent Park community in downtown Toronto. This was followed by three years of working with HOK Architects as manager of the Pan Am Athlete’s Village project in Toronto, before re-launching his residential development consultancy firm, Mark Guslits & Associates, and beginning work with clients in Canada (i.e. Waterfront Toronto) and in cities around the world – most recently, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, in South Africa. Alongside his private and public-sector work, Mark has been, for many years, part of the faculty at the Institute Without Boundaries, a post-graduate interdisciplinary urban design program within the design school of George Brown College in Toronto; and, more recently, has also been part of the faculty of the Capstone MGA program at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, Canada. He has served/serves on several Boards of Directors including the George Brown College Board of Governors, Artscape Inc., the Council for Canadian Urbanism (CANU), and the Canadian Association to End Homelessness (CAEH). As of Sept, 2019, Mark teaches a course in Housing within the Daniels Faculty of Architecture at the University of Toronto.


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