Beate Bowron

Beate Bowron is President of Beate Bowron Etcetera and Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners with over 30 years of experience in governance, municipal management, urban planning, economic development, and conflict resolution.  She teaches workshops and university courses in urban planning and conflict resolution and has extensive experience in negotiation and mediation.   A former Community Planning Director for the City of Toronto’s South District (including the Downtown and the Waterfront), Ms Bowron has worked internationally in China, South Africa, Guyana, Ukraine and The Philippines.

During the past three years Ms. Bowron has led the community adaptation planning components of CIP’s climate change initiatives both in Nunavut and in Canada’s Atlantic Region.

Charles Simon

Charles Simon is Principal of Charles Simon Architect + Planner. In addition to his two professions, he is an Honorary Member of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects. He has an international reputation in environmental design, has won many design awards (including several for the Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA’s Environmental Learning Centre) and has taught and been invited to speak in numerous countries. He is a founder of the ambitious “Eden Mills Going Carbon Neutral“ project in which this neighbouring community is aiming to become the first village in North America to become carbon neutral. In 2006 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Toronto Green Building Council. And in 2009 he received the Ontario Agricultural College Volunteer Recognition Award.

Colin Lacey

Colin Lacey joined Evergreen in 2007 and as Project Manager leads the hands-on community engagement, restoration and stewardship activities in Oakville, Downsview Park and Markham. Colin is a graduate of the Urban Studies at the University of Toronto as well as the Earth Sciences program at Lakehead University. Colin is a 2010 Fellow of the DiverseCity Fellows program and is involved in other aspects of city building through the Toronto Public Space Committee as well as with Banyan Youth’s activities in the St. James Town neighbourhood in Toronto.

Dan Sandink

Dan Sandink is Manager of Resilient Communities & Research at the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, an insurance backed research organization associated with the University of Western Ontario. Dan joined ICLR in 2006 and his work has focussed on urban flood mitigation, the social dimensions of natural hazard management, disaster mitigation at the municipal government level in Canada, and climate change adaptation. Dan is a graduate of the University of Guelph and the University of Western Ontario, and is currently a part-time student in the M.Sc. Planning program at the University of Toronto.

David Gurin

David Gurin is most notable as former Commissioner of Planning for Metropolitan Toronto and as former Deputy Commissioner of Transportation for the City of New York, a post that he held for twelve years. He has taught planning at Ryerson University, the University of Toronto and at the City University of New York. David currently works as a city and regional planning consultant and is a member of the Committee of Adjustment for the City of Toronto and on the board of directors for the Toronto Port Authority.  Recent publications include Farmers’ Markets: Opportunities for Preserving Greenbelt Agriculture for the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation; Housing Prices and Greenbelt Protection: Facts and Fiction for Environmental Defence Canada; and Understanding Sprawl: A Citizen’s Guide on behalf of the David Suzuki Foundation.

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