• Eddie Francis: Mayor, City of Windsor

    Eddie Francis: Mayor, City of Windsor

    The youngest Mayor in the history of the City of Windsor, Eddie Francis was first elected Mayor in November 2003, and since then, he and City Council have achieved a record of ambitious accomplishments. Windsor’s downtown has been and continues to be revitalized. The establishment of new downtown campuses for St. Clair College and the University of Windsor, the Windsor International Transit Terminal, and the Family Aquatic Centre, complement a major expansion of the first ever Canadian Caesars property. Caesars [...]

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  • Mary Rowe: Managing Director, Municipal Art Society of NYC

    Mary Rowe: Managing Director, Municipal Art Society of NYC

    Mary W. Rowe is currently Vice President & Managing Director of the Municipal Art Society of New York City (www.mas.org), a century-old advocacy organization working to promote the livability and resilience of New York City. Mary directs resilience work at MAS including the NYC Resilience Roundtable, and the Global Network to foster Urban Livability and Resilience, an international peer-to-peer learning platform for city-building practitioners. Previously she spent five years learning about granular approaches to urban innovation while supporting the New [...]

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  • Jennifer Keesmaat: Chief Planner, City of Toronto

    Jennifer Keesmaat: Chief Planner, City of Toronto

    As the newly engaged Chief Planner for the City of Toronto, Jennifer is committed to creating places where people flourish. Over the past decade Jennifer has been repeatedly recognized by the Canadian Institute of Planners, OPPI, the Design Exchange, + EDRA for her innovative work in Canadian municipalities. Her planning practice is characterized by an emphasis on collaborations across sectors, and broad engagement with municipal staff, councils, developers, business leaders, NGO’s and residents associations. Jennifer is the founder of Project [...]

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  • Tim Duggan: Make it Right Foundation, New Orleans

    Tim Duggan: Make it Right Foundation, New Orleans

    Tim Duggan, ASLA, is a community planner and landscape architect currently developing new initiatives for Make It Right. Over the last three years, he has helped design and execute affordable LEED Platinum Landscapes and worked extensively with local community organizations, government and corporate partners on numerous projects from regenerative residential garden designs to city-wide infrastructure. His architecture career began with BNIM Architects focusing on community planning initiatives and sustainable urban designs. Tim is an expert in innovative storm water management [...]

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  • Miquela Craytor: Director, Industrial Initiatives, New York City Economic Development

    Miquela Craytor: Director, Industrial Initiatives, New York City Economic Development

    Miquela Craytor is the Director of the Industrial Initiatives for the Center for Economic Transformation Team at the NYC Economic Development Corporation overseeing the city’s new policy efforts concerning New York’s industrial sector. She was formally the executive director at Sustainable South Bronx. She has over 8 years of urban planning experience. Ms. Craytor is a nationally-recognized advocate for using sustainable development to address reinvestment in under-served communities. Ms. Craytor also served as the Senior Planner for Economic Development in [...]

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  • David Crombie: Former Mayor, City of Toronto

    David Crombie: Former Mayor, City of Toronto

    David Crombie has served as mayor of Toronto, member of parliament and federal cabinet minister. He is the former president and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute, former chair of Ontario Place Corporation and founding chair of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust. He has received honorary degrees from the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo and Seneca College. David Crombie is president of David Crombie and Associates Inc. and currently serves as chair of the Advisory Council for the Nuclear Waste [...]

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  • Dragan Nerandzic: Chief Technology Officer, Ericsson Canada

    Dragan Nerandzic: Chief Technology Officer, Ericsson Canada

    Dragan Nerandzic joined Ericsson in 2001 and since 2006 has held the role of Chief Technology Officer for Ericsson in Canada. Mr. Nerandzic previously held the roles of VP Network Systems and Director of Technical Strategy. Prior to joining Ericsson, Mr. Nerandzic was responsible for wireless technology planning and strategy for an operator’s network. He actively participated in standardization and industry organizations including 3GPP2, TIA and CDG. Mr. Nerandzic also had responsibilities for engineering design of analog and digital mobile [...]

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  • John Marchione: Mayor, City of Redmond, Washington

    John Marchione: Mayor, City of Redmond, Washington

    John Marchione began his second term as Redmond’s mayor in 2012. Prior to his first term as mayor, John served Redmond for four years as a city councilmember. Mayor Marchione has led Redmond in realizing the community’s vision as a progressive high tech community that prioritizes arts/culture, the natural environment and quality schools. Beyond Redmond, he serves the Greater Seattle region as the Chair of the Cascade Water Alliance Board, a Sound Transit Boardmember, and as a member of Puget [...]

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  • Nigel Jacob: Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Boston

    Nigel Jacob: Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Boston

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  • Ronald Bogle: President & CEO, American Architectural Foundation, Washington DC

    Ronald Bogle: President & CEO, American Architectural Foundation, Washington DC

    In 2002, Ron Bogle was named the seventh president/CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based American Architectural Foundation (AAF). With the appointment, Bogle brought to the position a career-long commitment to public service and his lifelong passion for community development, civic engagement, education, art and architecture. Bogle continues to be an innovative leader. His professional interests include the impact of local community design choices and processes on community development, urban neighborhood revitalization, civic engagement, quality of life and governance systems in educational [...]

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  • John Cruickshank: Publisher, Toronto Star

    John Cruickshank: Publisher, Toronto Star

    John Cruickshank is the Publisher of the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper, and President of Star Media Group. Mr. Cruickshank is the 9th publisher in the newspaper’s 121-year history. Mr. Cruickshank has enjoyed a distinguished career in newspapers and television in both Canada and the United States. Prior to his appointment as the Star’s Publisher in November, 2008, he served as Publisher of CBC News since September, 2007, where he was responsible for all English language television, radio and online [...]

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  • Richard Michos: Global Vice President, Smarter Cities, IBM

    Richard Michos: Global Vice President, Smarter Cities, IBM

    In his current role, Richard D. Michos is responsible for development and execution of IBM’s marketing and communications strategy for Smarter Cities, including expansion into fast growing regions, enablement of sales channels, demand creation , market insights and client engagement. Previously Rich was Vice President of Corporate Strategy responsible for expanding IBM opportunities in strategic locations and segments in emerging markets, with specific focus on growing IBM’s business in Africa. From 2008-2011, Rich was responsible for all aspects of IBM [...]

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  • Joel Burns: City Councillor, Fort Worth, Texas

    Joel Burns: City Councillor, Fort Worth, Texas

    Joel Burns is a four-term City Council member in the nation’s 16th largest city, Fort Worth, Texas He represents more than 90,000 people in an urban core district that includes Downtown, the Near Southside and neighborhoods around TCU. He is a fan of smart, open government, an engaged citizenry, bold acts and safe kids. He’s not a fan of intimidation and fear. In Joel’s Council service, and as the City’s Housing and Economic Development Chairman, he has been a strong [...]

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  • Calvin Gladney: Managing Partner, Mosaic Urban Partners

    Calvin Gladney: Managing Partner, Mosaic Urban Partners

    Calvin Gladney, Managing Partner of Mosaic Urban Partners, is a real estate developer and trusted advisor to cities and non-profits seeking to sustainably regenerate urban communities. Mr. Gladney is also a nationally recognized public speaker on the revitalization of cities and urban neighborhoods. Over the past four years, Mr. Gladney has served as a development advisor to projects with estimated development costs of over $1B and totaling more than 5M square feet of potential development. Most recently, he served as [...]

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  • Chris O’Neill: Managing Director, Google Canada

    Chris O’Neill: Managing Director, Google Canada

    Chris O’Neill is the Managing Director of Google Canada and oversees all aspects of Google’s operations in Canada. An accomplished and seasoned tech and media executive, Chris joined Google in 2005 in California and has held a variety of executive level roles and is a key contributor to Google’s Americas Executive Management Group. Prior to Google, he worked for several years as a product marketing director at a large global bank and as a strategy management consultant. A respected thought [...]

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  • Andrew Frontini: Design Director, Perkins+Will Canada

    Andrew Frontini: Design Director, Perkins+Will Canada

    As Principal and Design Director at Perkins+Will Canada, Andrew Frontini’s design approach is driven by a strong social agenda. His work and interests in public architecture have contributed to the firm’s international reputation on building sustainable communities through architecture- using bold material expressions and considered responses to context to create space around which communities form. Award winning projects such as the Nathan Philips Square Revitalization Project; the Instructional Centre and Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre at the University of Toronto [...]

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  • John Campbell: President & CEO, Waterfront Toronto

    John Campbell: President & CEO, Waterfront Toronto

    John Campbell is President and Chief Executive Officer of Waterfront Toronto (formerly known as the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation). The Corporation is responsible for leading the estimated $30 – $35 billion renewal of Toronto’s waterfront. Before joining Waterfront Toronto in April 2003, John was a senior executive at Brookfield Properties. He headed up the Canadian property management subsidiary and prior to that played a leadership role in the development of the company’s most prestigious property – Brookfield Place. He has [...]

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  • Susan Woodward: Creative Media Champion, City of Manchester, UK

    Susan Woodward: Creative Media Champion, City of Manchester, UK

    Susan is the Creative Media Champion for the City of Manchester responsible for creating and delivering strategic opportunities for the City to grow its digital and creative sector. She created, built and is the Director of The Sharp Project (www.thesharpproject.co.uk) the cities new home for the digital and creative sector. The 200,000 square feet facility houses 50 plus creative companies and has four large sound stages, home to drama production for the BBC, ITV, CH4 and Sky1. She was Managing [...]

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  • Jeff Lehman: Mayor of Barrie, Ontario

    Jeff Lehman: Mayor of Barrie, Ontario

    Jeff Lehman is the 46th Mayor of the City of Barrie. As the head of Council and Chief Executive Officer of the City, he is leading Barrie through a period of rapid change. His top priorities include jobs and economic development, opening up city hall, public transit, and revitalizing the City’s core. The Ward 2 Councillor for the City of Barrie from 2006 to 2010, he was the Chairman of the Finance Committee of Council and created the Historic Neighbourhoods [...]

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  • Gail Lord: Co-President, Lord Cultural Resources

    Gail Lord: Co-President, Lord Cultural Resources

    Gail Dexter Lord is Co-President of Lord Cultural Resources Planning and Management Inc., which she co-founded with her husband Barry Lord in 1981. With a network of offices in Toronto, New York, Paris, Beijing, and Mumbai, Lord Cultural Resources has grown to become the largest cultural planning firm in the world having completed over 2,000 cultural planning and management projects in 51 countries and on 6 continents. Cities such as Chicago, Toronto, Columbia, New York, Seattle, Munich, Singapore and Florence [...]

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  • Bryan Tuckey: President and CEO, BILD

    Bryan Tuckey: President and CEO, BILD

    Bryan Tuckey is the President and CEO of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD), which has more than 1,400 member companies and is the voice of the land development, home building and professional renovation industry in the Greater Toronto Area. He is a registered professional planner with 25 years of senior management experience at all three levels of government in Ontario. Prior to joining BILD, Mr. Tuckey was York Region’s Commissioner of Planning and Development Services. He was [...]

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  • Mitzie Hunter: CEO,  CivicAction

    Mitzie Hunter: CEO, CivicAction

    Mitzie Hunter is the Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance, a coalition of senior business, non-profit, government and community leaders that galvanizes action around the tough issues and big opportunities facing the Toronto region. A lifelong city-builder, Mitzie is passionate about unlocking the region’s potential by building strong communities and ensuring fair and inclusive access to employment and prosperity. Previously, Mitzie was the Chief Administrative Officer for Toronto Community Housing, one of the largest social housing providers [...]

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  • Jay Mezher: Lead, Visual Design, Parsons Brinckerhoff, New York City

    Jay Mezher: Lead, Visual Design, Parsons Brinckerhoff, New York City

    Jay Mezher is a licensed architect specializing in Virtual Design and Construction/Building Information Modeling (VDC/BIM). He is frequently called upon to contribute as an expert on BIM for horizontal construction by publishers such as McGraw-Hill, Mr. Mezher’s responsibilities include managing the Parsons Brinckerhoff’s specialist VDC/BIM group and directing the Parsons Brinckerhoff global working group for BIM transformation. His significant projects include the Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall replacement in Seattle, and the East Side Access tunnel and Bayonne Bridge replacement [...]

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  • Rahul Bhardwaj: President & CEO, Toronto Community Foundation

    Rahul Bhardwaj: President & CEO, Toronto Community Foundation

    Rahul K. Bhardwaj is the President & CEO of the Toronto Community Foundation, where he has been working to engage philanthropy in Toronto to address challenges facing the city. Formerly a corporate lawyer with a leading Canadian law firm, he was also Vice President of the Toronto 2008 Olympic Bid. Rahul was recently named Chair of the 2012 Ontario Summer Games and has served as a Director on many other cultural and civic boards in Toronto and beyond. His dedication [...]

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  • Michael Cavaretta: Leader, Data Science, Ford Motor Company

    Michael Cavaretta: Leader, Data Science, Ford Motor Company

    Michael Cavaretta is Ford Motor Company’s Data Science leader. After receiving his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1995, he has spent nearly 20 years applying data analytics to business problems. Currently managing the Predictive Analytics Group at Ford’s Research and Advanced Engineering division, he has led multiple analytic projects across all areas of the company, including sales and marketing, warranty and quality, manufacturing, and HR.

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  • Joe Berridge: Partner, Urban Strategies

    Joe Berridge: Partner, Urban Strategies

    Joe Berridge, a Partner at Urban Strategies, is one of Canada’s most creative and innovative planners. He has had an integral role in the development of some of the largest and most complex urban regeneration projects in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., and Asia. He has been the master planner for waterfronts in Toronto, New York, Singapore, Cork, Ireland, and London’s East Docklands, and for the campuses of University of Waterloo and Western University. Joe is helping form the growth [...]

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  • Jorn Weisbrodt: Artistic Director, Luminato

    Jorn Weisbrodt: Artistic Director, Luminato

    Jorn Weisbrodt brings to Luminato an international reputation for collaborating on landmark projects with some of the most prestigious arts organizations around the globe, including La Scala di Milano, the Spoleto Festival, the Barbican Centre in London, the Bolshoi Theatre, the Lincoln Centre Festival, and the Manchester International Festival. Prior to coming to Luminato he served as Executive Director for RW Work Ltd. representing and managing the work of legendary visual artist, theatre and opera director Robert Wilson. As Director [...]

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  • Pierre-Gerlier Forest: President and CEO, The Trudeau Foundation

    Pierre-Gerlier Forest: President and CEO, The Trudeau Foundation

    Prior to joining the Trudeau Foundation, Pierre-Gerlier Forest was an Assistant Deputy Minister with Health Canada, the Canadian federal Ministry of Health, where he was first appointed to the G.D.W. Cameron Chair (2003) before becoming Chief Scientist (2004-2006). Well known for his work in the areas of health policy and the governance of health care organizations, PG Forest also held the position of Director of Research, Commission of the Future of Health Care in Canada (Romanow Commission). He spent most [...]

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  • Joe Vaccaro: Chief Operating Officer, Ontario Home Builders

    Joe Vaccaro: Chief Operating Officer, Ontario Home Builders

    In January 2011, Mr. Vaccaro returned to serve the Ontario Home Builders’ Association as the Chief Operating Officer after serving as the VP of Policy and Government Relations at the Building Industry and Land Development Association. The Ontario Home Builders’ Association is the voice of the residential construction industry in Ontario and represents an industry that contributes over $34 billion dollars to Ontario’s economy and employs more than 334,000 people across the province. AS COO Joe will oversee operations of [...]

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  • David Lemon: Founder, Health Arts Societies

    David Lemon: Founder, Health Arts Societies

    David Lemon is the founder of Health Arts Societies and the Executive Director of Health Arts Society in BC and Health Arts Society of Ontario. The seven societies, including Société pour les Arts en Milieux de Santé in Quebec, provide first class professional music under the banner Concerts in Care to elders in residential care across Canada. David Lemon’s insurance career began at Lloyd’s in 1964 and continued after his immigration to Canada in 1971. In 1976 he co-founded Harlock [...]

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  • Ron Van Holst: Director, High Performance Computing, Ontario Centres of Excellence

    Ron Van Holst: Director, High Performance Computing, Ontario Centres of Excellence

    Ron Van Holst is the Director of Research Development, High Performance Computing at Ontario Centres of Excellence. In this role, he is responsible for small to medium sized enterprise engagement in collaborative research projects utilizing advanced computing technologies from the Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform; a consortium that focuses on research in the areas of health, energy, water, cities and agile computing. Before joining OCE, in his consulting business Ron produced a study on “Canadian Commercial Adoption of High [...]

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  • Ian Troop: CEO, Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Organizing Committee

    Ian Troop: CEO, Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Organizing Committee

    Ian Troop is the COO for the TORONTO 2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games Organizing Committee. Named one of the Top CEOs of the Future by The Financial Post, Ian Troop is leading the charge to create Canada’s largest ever, world-class sport competition and cultural festival in Toronto during the summer of 2015. To execute such a massive endeavour on behalf of three levels of government, he is drawing upon his worldwide business experience, as well as his passion for community [...]

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  • Antonio Gomez-Palacio: Founding partner, DIALOG

    Antonio Gomez-Palacio: Founding partner, DIALOG

    Antonio Gomez-Palacio is a founding partner of DIALOG and formerly of Office for Urbanism. Antonio’s professional experience and research has focused on the intersection of architecture, planning, and urban design. He has worked on a wide range of urban projects and master plans focused on urban intensification, mixed-use, community economic development, sustainable development and heritage matters as facilitated through participatory processes. Managing complex projects, Antonio’s work is characterized by the creation of compelling and implementable visions, employing innovative, cross-disciplinary design [...]

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  • Nicola Casciato: Design Principal, WZMH

    Nicola Casciato: Design Principal, WZMH

    Since joining the firm in 2005, Nicola Casciato has brought a high level of energy and creativity to the design of a number of major projects including Caesars Windsor, Durham Courthouse, Bay Adelaide Centre, Forensics Services and Coroner’s Complex, Quinte Courthouse, Equinix Data Centre and the headquarters for Communication Security Establishment Canada. Nicola has over 15 years experience in the design of institutional, multi-unit residential, commercial and hospitality buildings and has acquired a skill for creating simple, human scaled solutions [...]

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  • Ed Sajecki: Commissioner of Planning and Building, City of Mississauga

    Ed Sajecki: Commissioner of Planning and Building, City of Mississauga

    Ed Sajecki is the Commissioner of Planning and Building for the City of Mississauga, Canada’s sixth largest City, where he has overall responsibility to provide professional advice on matters of planning policy, development applications and building construction. Prior to that, he was Assistant Deputy Minister with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing of the Province of Ontario, responsible for land use planning, building and housing, and previously provincial-municipal relations. Mr. Sajecki has wide ranging senior executive experience in urban [...]

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  • Sheldon Levy: President and Vice Chancellor, Ryerson University

    Sheldon Levy: President and Vice Chancellor, Ryerson University

    Sheldon Levy is President and Vice Chancellor of Ryerson University. He previously served as Vice President, Finance and Strategy, University of Ontario Institute of Technology; Vice President, Government and Institutional Relations, University of Toronto; President, Sheridan College of Applied Arts and Technology; and Vice President, Institutional Affairs, York University. Current appointments include: Council of Ontario Universities Executive Committee and Government & Community Relations Committee; Board of Directors, Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation; Board of Governors, Trails Youth Initiatives; Honorary Board of [...]

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  • Dr. Wendy Cukier: VP, Research and Innovation, Ryerson University

    Dr. Wendy Cukier: VP, Research and Innovation, Ryerson University

    Dr. Wendy Cukier is the Vice-President of Research and Innovation at Ryerson University and Founder/Director of Diversity Institute. Dr. Cukier’s work has focused on technological innovation and social change. She has written more than 200 papers on technology, innovation and management and is the coauthor of the bestseller “Innovation Nation: From Java to Jurassic Park”. In 1999, she founded Diversity Institute and has worked on a range of projects aimed at increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in organizations. Currently, [...]

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  • Kadie Ward: Founder, Build Strong Cities

    Kadie Ward: Founder, Build Strong Cities

    Kadie is an award-winning multi-media producer and economic developer. She works to build local economies by shaping policy and sharing their story around the world. She is a proud Canadian who works across North America, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean and is inspired to build a stronger Canada.

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  • Rick Goldring: Mayor, City of Burlington

    Rick Goldring: Mayor, City of Burlington

    On December 1, 2010 Rick Goldring was sworn into office as the City of Burlington’s 28th Mayor, after serving four years as Ward 5 City & Regional Councillor. A lifelong Burlington resident, Rick went to Nelson High School and earned his BA (Economics) from McMaster University. He and his wife, Cheryl, have a combined total of seven daughters. Having been in business locally for 30 years, most recently as a senior financial advisor with Assante Financial Management Ltd., Rick has [...]

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  • John Howe: VP, Investment Strategy, Metrolinx

    John Howe: VP, Investment Strategy, Metrolinx

    John Howe is Vice President, Investment Strategy and Project Evaluation, at Metrolinx. John joined Metrolinx during the organization’s start-up in 2007. His priorities include performing Benefits Case evaluations of major Metrolinx projects and advancing the Metrolinx Investment Strategy,a suite of sustainable revenue and financial tools needed to implement the $50 billion Metrolinx The Big Move plan. John has 20 years of infrastructure policy and planning experience in Ontario, including the ministries of Public Infrastructure, Finance and Transportation. John is a [...]

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  • Robert Bracken: Senior Urban Designer, Skidmore Owings & Merrill

    Robert Bracken: Senior Urban Designer, Skidmore Owings & Merrill

    Robert Bracken is a senior urban designer in the Chicago office of Skidmore Owings and Merrill LLP. He has over eight years of varied experience in urban design, architecture and preservation projects. Currently, Robert is helping to guide the vision for Chicago Lakeside – the redevelopment of a 600 acre site on Chicago’s South lakefront. Once, the largest steel mill in America that forged the structural bones of downtown’s world-renowned skyline; tomorrow, a bold idea in environmentally sustainable city living. [...]

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  • Carl-Johan Korsas: CEO, City of Jonkoping, Sweden

    Carl-Johan Korsas: CEO, City of Jonkoping, Sweden

    Carl-Johan Korsas is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Jonkoping which is situated in one of Sweden´s most economically prosperous regions and ranks among Sweden´s ten largest municipalities. The City of Jonkoping has a strong reputition of sustainable urban development as does Mr. Korsas who previously worked as an independent consultant dealing with sustainable urban development. Carl-Johan Korsas was the past Chief Executive Officer of the Framtiden Group in Gotherburg, which managed and operated 69 600 apartments, [...]

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  • Alison De Muy: Partner, Overlap Associates

    Alison De Muy: Partner, Overlap Associates

    Alison De Muy is a partner at Overlap Associates, a design-thinking firm in the Waterloo Region. Alison works with clients in technology, municipalities, healthcare and other industries who have challenges with creativity and innovation. With a background in public policy, public affairs, marketing and communications, Alison works with teams to overcome obstacles and realize a shared vision. Alison honed her negotiation and partnership skills in the public sector working on Parliament Hill, in Washington DC and as a member of [...]

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  • Lorne Braithwaite: President & CEO, Build Toronto

    Lorne Braithwaite: President & CEO, Build Toronto

    J. Lorne Braithwaite is an entrepreneurial developer, visionary and industry leader with specialized expertise in mixed-use development, regional mall real estate and retailing across Canada. Over the years Lorne has been an active international commercial developer in California (U.S.), London (England) and Dubai (U.A.E.). Appointed President & CEO of BUILD TORONTO in April 2009, Lorne brings his in-depth industry knowledge to lead the organization in creating value for the City through real estate and helping redefine City-Building. Prior to joining [...]

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  • Eleanor McAteer: Project Director, Tower Renewal

    Eleanor McAteer: Project Director, Tower Renewal

    Eleanor McAteer has worked in a range of City of Toronto Divisions and in the private sector. She is an Engineer, educated at the University of Toronto, and has an MBA graduating from the Schulich School of Business. Since 2009, Eleanor has been undertaking the role of Project Director of Tower Renewal where she is responsible for developing the Tower Renewal program, a multi-faceted initiative that the City of Toronto is undertaking. The main goals are to provide improved building [...]

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