Norma Rantisi

NormaRantisi picProfessor at Concordia University's Department of Geography, Planning and Environment (Ph.D. Toronto, 2002)

Dr. Rantisi received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and her M.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Rantisi obtained her M.R.P. from Cornell University and in 2002 received her Ph.D. from the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto. Her research has focused on regional economic development, taking a unique look at cultural industries within the Montreal region. In 2011, Dr. Rantisi undertook a collaborative study on the Montreal neighbourhood of Mile End, which focused on the rise of cultural industries that add to this diverse neighbourhood's cultural landscape.

Mitchell Kosny

MitchellKosny pic Associate Director of the Ryerson School of Urban and Regional Planning in Toronto

Within Ryerson, Mitchell Kosny's career is one characterized by 'involvement' in interdisciplinary studies; international activities; non-profit sector management; and all aspects of strategic planning across the University.

His professional work in governance/management/facilitation to a myriad of organizations is well-known. He is intimately involved with local planning/governance issues and the political scene in Toronto, and has served as Chair of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation Board of Directors with direct responsibility for the Regent Park Revitalization; Chair, Toronto Committee of Adjustment; President, Social Planning Council of Toronto; and President, Woodgreen Community Centre. Internationally, he has played a lead role with FCM and CIDA on local government capacity building in South Africa, Namibia, Lithuania, Latvia, Palestine, and Russia.

Dinu Bumbaru

bumbaru diPolicy Director at Héritage Montréal

A graduate in architecture from Université de Montréal, Dinu Bumbaru also holds a degree in architectural conservation from University of York. He has worked for many years in heritage preservation with ICOMOS Canada (the International Council on Monuments and Sites). Dinu Bumbaru has been actively involved in the protection of Montréal's architectural and cultural heritage as the Policy Director of Héritage Montréal, one of the city's most active non-profit organizations in planning and architecture. In 2009, he was awarded the Order of Canada for his contribution to the field. In 2012, he earned the Prix Gerard-Morisset in recognition of his numerous career accomplishments.

Michael Gordon

MichaelGordon picVice President - Canadian Institute of Planners
Senior central area Planner for Vancouver's downtown peninsula

Michael Gordon has practiced planning in four provinces over the past 36 years and since 1991 he has been the senior central area planner for Vancouver's downtown peninsula focused on preparing land use, urban design and infrastructure policy and community engagement. He was recently elected Vice President of CIP and will assume the office of President in July 2013 at the conference in Vancouver. For the past 12 years, he has been a Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia teaching a graduate level Housing Policy course for planning and architecture students and supervising the preparation of planning and architecture theses.

Michael Gordn urges students to respond to the Call for Digital Media, and will moderate a panel discussion on the role of new media in planning projects at the 2013 conference. This is his 7th CAPS conference and he is committed to work with students and encourage them to become contributing members of the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Jacques Besner

Jacques Besner 2012

Urban Planner MOUQ, MCIP

With a Baccalaureate in architecture and a Master in urban planning of the University of Montreal, I worked during 30 years as a municipal planner and, since 2010, as a consultant in urban planning and in international affairs. I am also General manager of the Associated research Centers for the Urban Underground Space (ACUUS), organization we founded in Montreal in 1997.

At the City, during around ten years, I was in charge of Asia at the International Affairs Bureau, where amongst other things I was in charge of the participation of the City at the Expo2010 in Shanghai. In the 80’s and 90’s, I was responsible of the negotiations with the developers and architects wishing to obtain their permits (plans d'ensemble) for many real estate projects in the Montreal CBD and this is how I have been involved in the expansion of the Underground City.

In November 2003, I had the honor to be recognized as an emeritus graduate of the University of Montreal for my contribution to the international development of the Montreal. In 2005 and again in 2011, I was appointed as an overseas expert of the underground space planning by the Science & Technology Committee of the Shanghai Municipal Urban-Rural Development & Transportation Commission. In 2010, I received the Silver Magnolia Award from the City of Shanghai. On December 20th, 2011, the Society of French Planners (SFU) has nominated me as a Member of Honour of their organization. After been involved during twenty years as a volunteer at the OUQ, I chaired the International Affairs Committee of the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) from March 2010 to October 2012, and because of that designated Vice-President of the Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP) for the Americas.

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