Glenn Miller (Panel Moderator)


Vice President, Education and Research, Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) 

Glenn Miller is responsible for CUI's education, applied research and innovation programs. Glenn is a registered professional planner who brings more than 25 years of experience providing advice to the private sector, governments and the non-profit sector.

He is the founding editor of the Ontario Planning Journal, the professional practice magazine of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute. Glenn is a graduate of McGill's School of Urban Planning (Masters of Urban Planning) and Concordia University (Honours BA in Urban Studies). In 2005, he was elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners in recognition for his contribution to planning in Canada.

Leith Moore


Vice President, Development, Sorbara Development Group

Leith is the Chair of BILD (Building Industry and Development Association) and the Vice President of Development at the Sorbara Development Group, a real estate company with 50 years experience in land development and investment, project management, industrial and residential construction. Moore joined the Sorbara Group after having graduated from the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Waterloo in 1982.


Currently he is also a member of the Board of Evergreen, a national non-profit environmental charity, and an adjunct professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Waterloo.

Pamela Sweet


Vice President at FoTenn Consultants

Pamela is a Vice President at FoTenn and is well known and highly respected in the Ottawa and Canadian planning community. She brings over 30 years of extensive experience in land use planning, policy development, transportation planning, and public consultation.

Prior to joining FoTenn Consultants Inc. in 2001, Pamela was the Director of Policy and Infrastructure Planning with the Region of Ottawa-Carleton. She also served as Director of Planning, Cumberland Township, and worked for the City of Gloucester and the Ontario Ministry of Housing.

At FoTenn, Pamela has been project leader for a variety of public and private sector projects. She has been project manager for the preparation of Master Plans and Land Use Studies for federal lands in the National Capital as well as other Canadian cities. The completion of the General Plan and Zoning By-Law for the City of Iqaluit which she managed, has been an exciting and rewarding opportunity in the Arctic.

Providing planning advice and community plans for private sector clients and expert testimony at the Ontario Municipal Board complements her consulting experience. Recently she worked on the award-winning Core Area and Capital District Plan and the Sustainable Subdivision for the Capital City of Iqaluit. She was responsible for the preparation of the Mer Bleue Community Design Plan in Ottawa, as well as Sustainable Community Principles for the City of North Bay.

Pamela's experience, project management skills and enthusiasm for the planning profession, allow her to approach projects in an integrated fashion while providing innovative solutions and superior plans to the client. She enjoys being a mentor for young planners and is often asked to speak at conferences and planning events.

Pamela is actively involved in community organizations. She served as President of the Canadian Institute of Planners (1984-85) and was made a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners in 2001. Pamela recently sat on the Board of Directors for the Ottawa International Airport Authority (2001-2010) and serves as a Trustee on the Ottawa Public Library Board.


Pat Gordon


Director, Sustainable Cities International Network

Sustainable Cities International is a registered not for profit organization based in Vancouver, Canada. Launched in 1993, the mission of Sustainable Cities is to catalyze action on urban sustainability in cities around the world.  SCI connects and mobilizes people around innovation for urban sustainability. Linking technical and social innovations, SCI helps to build capacity in cities for the shift towards a more sustainable future.

SCI facilitates an international network of over 40 cities that act as urban laboratories: adopting, testing and improving on innovations. Ideas are accelerated through sharing of experience and cities are making transformational change a reality.

With over 20 years of experience in the municipal sector, Pat has been at the forefront of innovation on long range urban sustainability planning.  Working for The City of Calgary, Pat managed the imagineCALGARY project, Calgary’s award winning, long range urban sustainability plan. Building on imagineCALGARY, Pat led the Plan It Calgary project which resulted in a sustainable, integrated land use and transportation plan for Calgary.  She has developed public sector curriculums for sustainability programs and has lectured on sustainability planning at the University of Calgary and University of BC.

Pat has a Bachelor of Science in Geography from the University of Calgary and a Masters of Science in Earth Science and the Environment from Kingston University in the UK.

Andrew McMurry

mcmurryDr. Andrew McMurry is an associate professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo, where he teaches rhetoric, semiotics, and discourse analysis.

His research focuses on the relationship of language and environmental perception. He is the author of Environmental Renaissance: Emerson, Thoreau, and the Systems of Nature.

Enjoy a copy of Dr. McMurry's presentation

Dr. McMurry's presentation took us 'outside the box' and explored sides of resilience of particular importance to planners seeking to adapt the concept, or at least speak to it's strengths and weaknesses. He has therefore generously offered us a written copy of his insightful speech: Resilience Rhetoric.

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