Complete Streets 2012 - Speakers

We are very pleased to announce some of the world's foremost authorities on active transportation confirmed to speak at TCAT's 2012 Complete Streets Forum. Our guests are respected and accomplished leaders who have made great things happen in their communities for pedestrians and cyclists - and in doing so, help make their cities healthy, livable, and vibrant.

Dan Burden, Executive Director and co-founder of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, has spent more than 35 years helping the world get “back on its feet” and his efforts have not only earned him the first-ever lifetime-achievement awards issued by the New Partners for Smart Growth and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, but in 2001, Dan was named by TIME Magazine as “one of the six most important civic innovators in the world.”  Also that year, the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences honored Dan by making him their Distinguished Lecturer.  In 2009, a user’s poll by Planetizen named Dan as one of the Top 100 Urban Thinkers of all time. 

Early in his career, starting in 1980, Dan served for 16 years as the country’s first statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for the Florida Department of Transportation and that program became a model for other statewide programs in the United States.  In 1996, Dan sought to expand his reach and ability to really change the world, so he and his wife Lys co-founded a non-profit organization called Walkable Communities.  Since then, Dan has personally helped 3,500 communities throughout the world become more livable and walkable.  In 2009, Dan co-founded the WALC Institute with Director of Education Sarah Bowman to create a focus on education, capacity-building and training to support communities in becoming more engaged and healthier through active living.  In 2010, the Institute donated $130,000 in services to communities and raised $135,000 for communities through grants. Dan serves on Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s Livable Communities Task Force, the board of advisors for Walkscore and Transportation for America.

Monica Campbell is the Director of Healthy Public Policy with Toronto Public Health and as such overseas the development of a wide range of policy, research, and advocacy activities on environmental and social determinants of health.  Monica was previously the Manager for Toronto Public Health's Environmental Protection Office where she led a team of researchers, policy experts and health promotion specialists in promoting enhanced environmental quality and prevention of adverse health effects from a degraded urban environment.  Monica has specific expertise on air pollution, climate change and built environment issues.  She holds a doctorate in Toxicology from the University of Toronto and an appointment as Assistant Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

Hannah Evans is the Director of Partnerships and Consultation at the Ontario Growth Secretariat with the Ministry of Infrastructure. She is responsible for leading stakeholder and public outreach and consultation on urban development and infrastructure matters. Prior to joining the Secretariat in 2002, Hannah was based for 10 years in New York City and Prague where she worked for the Foundation for a Civil Society on sustainable development and participatory planning projects. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce and Finance from the University of Toronto and a Master's degree in Environmental Studies from York University. She recently returned to Canada after spending a year-long leave of absence working on sustainable urban development projects in the Middle East, based in Amman, Jordan, where they really have active transportation challenges. She is a year-round cyclist.

Antonio Gomez-PalacioMES, RPP, MCIP, MRAIC, Principal, DIALOG, is a founding partner of DIALOG and formerly of Office for Urbanism. Antonio’s professional experience has centred on the intersection of architecture, planning, and urban design; working on a wide range of urban projects and master plans focused on urban intensification, mixed-use, community and sustainable development, transit integration, and heritage matters.
Antonio is a respected and award winning urban designer. He has acted as the Chair of the Toronto Society of Architects, as well as a juror, guest critic, and lecturer for national and international institutions.

Ken Greenberg, Principal, Greenberg Consultants Inc., is an architect, urban designer, teacher, writer, former Director of Urban Design and Architecture for the City of Toronto and Principal of Greenberg Consultants. For over three decades he has played a pivotal role on public and private assignments in diverse urban settings focusing on the rejuvenation of downtowns, waterfronts, neighbourhoods, campus master planning, regional growth management,and new community planning. He is the recipient of the 2010 American Institute of Architects Thomas Jefferson Award for public design excellence and the author of Walking Home: the Life and Lessons of a City Builder published by Random House.

Kate Hall, Project Coordinator, Communities in Action Committee, is a planner with twenty years experience working in community development as both a professional and a leadership volunteer. Kate has a M.Sc. in Planning from the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph. Her work focuses on planning for healthy, active communities. Kate has particular expertise in active transportation planning in rural and small towns including policy development, community engagement, partnership building and social marketing activities that foster walk and bike-friendly communities. Kate lives in Minden Hills, Ontario where she enjoys an active lifestyle including snowshoeing, hiking, canoeing and gardening.

Chris Hardwicke is an Associate of Sweeny Sterling Finlayson &Co Architects and urban designer with over twelve years of experience. He is a fellow of the Institute for Urban Design in New York, a Recognised Practitioner in Urban Design in the UK, a member of the Council for Canadian Urbanism and a steering committee member of the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation.   He has worked on complete street projects such as the new street for Liberty Village, the Complete Streets by Design book with TCAT and the Public Space, Activity and Urban Form plan for Saskatoon.

Boyd Hipfner was employed with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind for 45 years in a variety of positions. For his final 28 years he was employed as a Vocational Counsellor involved with the vocational rehabilitation of persons with sight loss.

While working, he was involved in a number of volunteer activities including service clubs, civic and community organizations. Since retirement he has served on a number of boards and committees including the TTC Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit, the Toronto Pedestrian Committee and boards and committees at CNIB.

Boyd was born with a progressive eye condition which eventually led to total blindness when he was in his late 20’s. He married and has 5 children and 7 grandchildren all of whom provide him with pride and joy.

Stephanie Johnstone-LauretteActive & Safe Routes to School, Ecology Action Centre, has been working in community development for 15 years, with a focus on Active Transportation for the last six.  As the Ecology Action Centre’s School Travel Plan Facilitator for Cape Breton, Stephanie works to enhance the collaborative community movement towards safer school routes and more walkable, wheel-able neighbourhoods.  Stephanie’s work has ranged from AT workplace management, youth engagement, AT research, and community-based facilitation.  She holds a BA in Philosophy from Cape Breton University and an MSc in Environmental Management from the University of London.  She lives in Sydney, Cape Breton, with her husband Chris and daughter, Oona.

Courtney Kashima, Senior Associate with Farr Associates, is a recognized leader in sustainable urbanism based in Chicago, Illinois, USA.  Courtney is a certified urban planner with experience in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors specializing in zoning, land use and economic development.  Courtney has worked in cities small and large including a one-year contract in Shanghai, China.   She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the American Planning Association, Lambda Alpha International, Women in Planning and Development, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Courtney is the Vice-President for the Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association and is a co-chair of the 2013 National Planning Conference.  She received her BAUP from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her Master of Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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

Paul Kulig, Principal, regionalArchitects, with over a dozen years’ experience in the design and construction of public streets, public housing, transportation hubs, and urban landscapes across Ontario. Paul leads the firm’s streetscape and urban design projects group, bringing a particular focus to the space between architecture, landscape architecture and urban design. Paul has worked for a broad range of institutional, municipal and non-profit clients. His most recent work includes the streetscape and landscape design for the new Eglinton West LRT station, the BIXI bike terminals, and the public realm design for the Macleod Trail in Calgary.

John N. LaPlante, P.E., PTOE, Vice President and Director of Traffic Engineering, T.Y. Lin International, Chicago. Prior to joining the firm in 1992, Mr. LaPlante had been with the City of Chicago for 30 years in various transportation engineering positions, including Chief City Traffic Engineer and Acting Commissioner of the new Department of Transportation. He has been involved in several national committees (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Green Book Technical Committee and upcoming Bike Guide, National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices; Bicycle Technical Committee and Pedestrian Task Force, and the Transportation Research Board Pedestrian and Bicycle Committees) and was principal author of the AASHTO Pedestrian Guide. He has taught many courses as part of the Federal Highway Administration Pedestrian Safety Action Plan and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals/US Access Board Designing for Pedestrian Accessibility training. His education includes a BSCE degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology and an MSCE degree at Northwestern University. He is a Fellow of both Institute of Transportation Engineers and American Society of Civil Engineers.

Jennifer LayProgram Coordinator, School Travel, Metrolinx, joined Metrolinx in 2009 to coordinate the Stepping It Up school travel planning project for elementary schools in the City of Hamilton and Region of Peel, and to develop greater capacity for supporting active and sustainable modes of school travel throughout the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Prior to joining Metrolinx, Jennifer delivered Smart Commute programming at workplaces in north Toronto and Vaughan. Jennifer is energized by the VKT (vehicle kilometres travelled) she logs daily by bike and by foot for her own workplace commute in Toronto.

Eva LigetiExecutive Director of the Clean Air Partnership. Eva directs research and social marketing with a focus on urban air quality and climate change mitigation and adaptation for livable, low carbon cities. Eva serves on numerous boards and committees including, Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund's Council, and the Advisory Council of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization. She was a member of the Province of Ontario’s Expert Panel on Climate Change Adaptation. She is a co-chair of the Green GTA Task Force. She was a member of the Advisory Committee for the Metrolinx Go Electrification study. An adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, Graduate Program in Environmental Science, she teaches environmental law. Eva was Ontario’s first Environmental Commissioner from 1995 until 1999. Prior to her term as Environmental Commissioner, she was the Principal, Sheppard Campus, Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology and Chair, School of Legal and Public Administration.

Paul Lippens, AICP, APA, Senior Planner, Active Transportation Alliance.  He a certified planner specializing in the development of place-based transportation systems.  He spent five years with the City of Ann Arbor, Michigan and more recently served as a Project Manager for Storrow Kinsella Associates in Indianapolis, where he led several multimodal planning initiatives.  Paul holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s of Art’s from Hampshire College. An enthusiast of cities and streets, his practice examines the role that transportation infrastructure plays in supporting urban ecosystems and economic development.

Wayne McKay, Cape Breton Region's Physical Activity Coordinator, Novia Scotia Department of Health and Wellness.  In the past, he has worked with youth as a teacher and youth leader.  Much of his work has focused on youth engagement and active transportation.  He facilitated the Glace Bay Youth Action Committee which had direct involvement in the development of Cape Breton Regional Municipality's Active Transportation Plan.  He is an avid pedestrian, cyclist and artist.  Most importantly, he is the parent of two little girls who love to walk as much as he does!

B.N. (Raj) Mohabeer MCIP, RPP, AICP, ASLA, RLA (FL LA001726), LEED®AP is the Transportation Planning Lead for Parsons Brinckerhoff Halsall. He brings a generalist’s set of skills and knowledge to every project he participates in. For more than a decade, Raj worked in the U.S., where he led planning and design efforts focused on creating more livable communities through transportation investments. He has served on teams responsible for the planning and detailed station area design for LRT and Commuter Rail systems in several Florida cities. He has also led the design of several main streets, Riverwalk and waterfront streets in historic cities throughout the southern U.S. In addition, he was responsible for the planning portion of the environmental assessment process for removing a portion of Route 29 Highway through Trenton, NJ, and replacing it with an at-grade boulevard and connected network of streets along the Delaware River. He has been involved in numerous community-driven complete street and community visioning projects across North America.

Norma Moores, P.Eng., is an Associate with IBI Group, in their Hamilton ON office with 25 years experience in transportation engineering. For the last two decades, she has focused on understanding how to accommodate cyclists and pedestrians, including those with mobility or visual impairments, into our roadway corridors.  Her first bike lane design was constructed in the early 1990s.  Since then she has completed numerous active transportation master plans and designs, including a few with awards from Canadian and American planning institutes. Norma is on the Board of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, and a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.  She is currently the only Canadian instructor for the National Complete Streets Coalition’s workshops.

Dr. David L. Mowat, Medical Officer of Health, Region of PeelIn this role, Dr. Mowat is responsible for protecting and promoting the health of the residents of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.

During his career, Dr. Mowat has held positions in public health at local, provincial and national levels. Prior to joining The Region of Peel in February of 2007, Dr. Mowat was Deputy Chief Public Health Officer at the Public Health Agency of Canada, where he had responsibilities for strengthening public health practice, including knowledge translation and the development of the public health workforce. In this role he has participated in many federal/provincial/territorial committees and national initiatives.

Previous appointments include Consultant in Maternal and Child Health in the Ministry of Health of Newfoundland, Medical Officer of Health for Kingston and area, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario, and senior positions at Health Canada.

Dr. Mowat received his medical training at the University of Edinburgh, and a master’s degree in public health from the University of California at Berkeley. He is also a fellow in public health and preventive medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a Fellow (by distinction) of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal Colleges of Medicine (UK). He is an adjunct faculty member at McMaster, Queen’s and the University of Toronto.

Joe OlsonP.Eng., PTOE, Complete Streets Project Lead, Transportation Solutions Division, Transportation Planning, Transportation Department, City of Calgary, has been a Transportation Engineer in Calgary for the past 15 years. After graduating from the University of Calgary with a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering in 1996, he has worked for a handful of local transportation consulting firms gaining experience in everything from Functional Roadway design to traffic calming projects. He joined his current employer, the City of Calgary in 2004. Recently, he was involved in the planning of active mode facilities into the 6 new stations as part of the $1.2 billion West LRT project. He is the current Project Lead for the Complete Streets Program which includes several initiatives, namely, the development of a Complete Streets Guide and Residential Streets Policy for the City of Calgary.

Sheyda Saneinejad, Project Lead, Public Realm Section, Transportation Services, City of Toronto, has worked on active transportation in various capacities over the last four years. At the City of Toronto's Pedestrian Projects unit, she has conducted the evaluation of pilot pedestrian zones, developed pedestrian demand maps, and is working on the evaluation of Scramble crossings. During her graduate studies she modelled the impact of weather conditions on active modes of transportation. As a member of the Sustainable Infrastructure Research Group at UofT she helped develop a macro scale urban transportation GHG emission model focusing on the influence of active transportation.  Sheyda holds a Master's degree in Transportation Planning and Engineering and a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto.

Sue ShikazeHealth Promoter, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, lives and works in Haliburton County. A significant part of her work is advocating for and planning to create communities that are more walking and cycling-friendly. Sue believes in the importance of creating supportive environments to encourage people of all ages to walk and cycle more, and works with a variety of partners to promote the benefits of active transportation and cycling. She is an avid cyclist, runner and skier, and uses all these activities for transportation, fitness and recreation.

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

Gary Toth, Senior Director, Transportation Initiatives, Project for Public Spaceshas helped communities, environmental interests and transportation agencies collaborate during his 38 year career as a transportation engineer.  He helped thewww.state.nj.us/transportation/ www.state.nj.us/transportation/ www.state.nj.us/transportation/ www.state.nj.us/transportation/"> New Jersey Department of Transportation establish a sustainable and community orientation, highlighted by the establishment of Context Sensitive Solutions and NJ Future in Transportation programs.  The latter fostered healthy living and sustainable communities via integration of transportation and land use.  

Since 2007, Gary has advanced place and community based transportation as Senior Director of Transportation Initiatives for the Project for Public Spaces (PPS).   He also is cofounder of the multi NGO coalition called Livability Solutions.   He has done extensive work in Community Based Street and Network Planning and Design and has helped communities such as New York City, Abu Dhabi,  Los Angeles, San Antonio and Brunswick Maine rethink their approach to transportation.   He is the architect of the PPS Streets as Places initiative, which uses Placemaking to fully Complete Streets.  He remains involved with several national initiatives, such as the Strategic Highway Research Program, the American Public Transit Association and the Congress for New Urbanism.  He is one of seven instructors certified to lead the National Highway Institute’s Transportation and Land Use Course.  He is one of the leading experts in the country on what “makes DOTs tick”, and how to engage the transportation planning, funding, project development and design processes to achieve sustainable and livable outcomes.

Mark Van Elsberg is a Project Manager with Transportation Services at the City of Toronto.  He has been involved in the transformation of the City for more than 20 years. First in the private sector, then with the Urban Design team in City Planning and now his energy is focussed on pedestrian projects in the Public Realm Section. His priority has always been on the spaces between buildings, rethinking the street and how it is used throughout the day, the week and the season.  Recent projects include the pedestrian zones at Ryerson, UofT and on Orchardview Blvd. He recently gained approval for Market Street, Toronto's first curbless flexible street. Currently he is working on the John Street transformation, the narrowing of Yonge Street and many other public realm improvements throughout Toronto. Mark is also involved in the creation of new standards for tree planting, patios on the boulevard and parklettes, cycling infrastructure and sidewalk widening. His objective is to improve walkability and pedestrian safety. Mark is always looking to develop new partnerships with public and private interests to create a vibrant public realm, looking to other cities and countries for creative solutions to repurpose our public streets and spaces.  His motto is don't tell me why it can't be done, tell me what we must do to get it done?

Robert Voigt MCIP, RPP, Artist and Blogger, specializing in urban design, community health, active transportation, stakeholder engagement, site planning, and organizational development. He has published articles, as well as, spoken at numerous conferences on these issues.

He holds both Masters and Bachelor degrees in Planning and is an alumnus of the University of Waterloo and University of British Columbia. He has been a practicing Planner for over 15 years, with experience in Ontario, British Columbia and both Washington and Colorado states. He brings a design thinking approach to his work; a problem solving methodology founded in observation, storytelling, visual thinking, incremental and iterative projects, and experimentation.

Throughout his career, Robert has been actively promoting effective governance strategies and community engagement, integrating technology use, and a greater focus on urban design for Planning.  As of 2012 he has been invited to write regular feature articles about social media and contemporary communication for the Ontario Planning Journal.

Robert has been pioneering work in the use of social media and online tools; and has been involved in public participation throughout his career. His skills as a sculptor translate into his Planning work as creativity, innovation, and an eye for design.

In July 2011 Robert was recognized by the Ontario Professional Planners Institute for his outstanding work.  In 2010 he led a project to develop new subdivision and PRD standards which earned a Washington State APA award.

Robert is a member of the Municipal Urban Designers Roundtable and OPPI Urban Design Working Group. Robert also authors CivicBlogger, a web site dedicated to Planning issues.  He can be reached at: rob@robvoigt.com , on Twitter @robvoigt , or Google+ and LinkedIn.

Ryan Anders Whitney, Complete Streets Researcher and Project Manager, Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT). Ryan has extensive experience working on projects related to active transportation and urban sustainability planning in various cities across North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Ryan received his MSc from Concordia University and has written for Cycling Mobility, Mobility Magazine, This Day, and Ground Magazine. He is a strong believer that long-term policy planning, including provision for a comprehensive set of transportation options, can set the stage to transform the quality of life for all urban residents.

Paul Young, OALA, CSLA, Planner, landscape architect and health promoter with the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition, has over 20 years experience as a registered landscape architect and a health promoter. He runs a small consulting office, Public Space Workshop, where he works with municipalities, Health Units, the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition, Green Communities, WalkON and other organizations planning for healthier communities. 

Paul has designed, parks, cycling and walking infrastructure from vision through to construction. He has led many community-based planning initiatives throughout Ontario linking health and community design. Paul also works as a part time health promoter at the South Riverdale Community Health Centre in Toronto.

Paul’s work is rooted in the belief that a shift towards sustainability requires meaningful public engagement. He has two children that love to bike and walk but are not so keen on public meetings.