Complete Streets 2011 - Speakers

We are very pleased to announce some of the world's foremost authorities on active transportation confirmed to speak at TCAT's 2011 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.

Ray Bacquie is is Vice President of Transportation for Cole Engineering Group and has over 25 years experience in transportation planning and engineering. Ray is the former President of the Ontario Traffic Council and served as Vice President of iTRANS Consulting for 13 years. Ray has had the opportunity to participate in active transportation and corridor revitalization studies across Ontario. His recent projects have included the OTM Book 15 (Pedestrian Crossings), Clarkson Transportation and Urban Design Study and the Jarvis Street Streetscape Environmental Assessment. Cole Engineering strives to coordinate planning vision with engineering solutions through urban infrastructure innovation™.

Mia Birk, author of Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet, has spent her entire 21+ year career creating active communities where bicycling and walking are safe, healthy, fun, and normal daily activities.  She is President of Alta Planning +Design and Principal at Alta Bicycle Share, Inc.  She has been involved in numerous groundbreaking studies and organizations, including Portland State University's Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation and the Cities for Cycling Project of the National Association of City Transportation Officials.  Mia lives and rides with her two children in Portland, Oregon, where she was Bicycle Program Manager from 1993-1999.

Cory Bluhm, the City of Kitchener Manager of Downtown Development, led one of the catalyst projects- a dramatic $10 million transformation of King Street into one of North America's first urban green streets.  A planner and urban designer, Cory has been working on Downtown Kitchener's transformation for the past ten years, including the development of new financial incentives, aggressive land use and design policies, and a long term parking strategy aimed at reducing single occupant vehicle travel to the city's core.

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.

Fiona Chapman is the Manager of Pedestrian Projects in the Public Realm Section, Transportation Services with the City of Toronto and is responsible for the implementation of the City’s recently adopted Walking Strategy. Since 2003, Fiona has spent a significant amount of time involved in key city-building issues and has worked on a broad range of policy and operational issues related to parks, licensing, planning, housing and social research. She was also seconded to the Social Housing Services Corporation to set up its Policy and Research Unit.

Fiona served as the Executive Director of a national charitable foundation, where she helped launch a nation-wide public education campaign to reduce infant mortality. Prior to this, she worked on policing issues and for local City Councillors before being elected as a School Trustee in downtown Toronto. She has a degree in political science and also trained as a midwife.

Fiona is an active volunteer and has served on the Boards of a number of community organizations. She was raised in Sudbury and, like many transplants, feels very passionate about Toronto and its potential.

Daniel Egan as Manager of Cycling Infrastructure and Programs for Toronto Transportation Services, is responsible for planning and implementing cycling infrastructure and programs, including the bicycle lanes and trails, bicycle racks and bike stations, Bike Week, and other cycling promotion activities.  When Daniel was also responsible for the City's pedestrian program, he managed the development of Toronto's first Walking Strategy, which recently won the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Award of Excellence for leadership and innovation in the transportation category.

Susan Eng is Vice President of Advocacy at CARP, Canada's national, non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to advocating for social change that will bring financial security, equitable access to health care and freedom from discrimination for all Canadians as we age. Susan takes a non-ideological, innovative approach and brings to the role, the knowledge, expertise and public policy acumen she gained as a former tax lawyer, prominent activist and frequent media commentator. Under Susan’s leadership, CARP Advocacy has helped to shape the public discourse on key issues such as pension reform, mandatory retirement, home care and age friendly cities.

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.

Daniel Haufschild is Director of Policy and Planning at Metrolinx.  Metrolinx is the province's regional transportation agency for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.  Daniel's responsibilities include advancing the Regional Transportation Plan "The Big Move," as well as planning services for GO Transit, the regional commuter service.

Paul Hess, Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Program in Planning, University of Toronto. Dr. Hess’s primary areas of research and teaching are pedestrian environments and design, planning for activity transportation modes, and streets as public space. His current projects focus on local mobility as a social justice issue. In association with the Jane’s Walk organization he is exploring walkability in Toronto’s inner suburbs, and as part of a University of Toronto research team he is examining the politics of automobility in Canada. His work is published in journals such as Journal of Planning Education and Research, Journal of the American Planning Association, Journal of Urban Design, and Transportation Research Record.

Chris Hodgson, is a Professional Engineer with the City of Waterloo where he implemented a number of roundabouts and road diets.  He also managed the City's first Transportation Master Plan which recommended a Complete Streets Policy.  Chris was educated in England, achieving a Degree in Civil Engineering from Kingston University, London.  Before moving to Canada, he worked on pedestrian streets and the National Cycle Network of Great Britain.  He has presented at the 2009 and 2010 Ontario Bike Summits and the 2010 Transportation Association of Canada Annual Conference.  Chris lives near Guelph, Ontario with his wife and two children.

Dewan Masud Karim, Planning Services, Transportation Planner and Engineer, City of Oshawa. Educated at the University of Tokyo, Japan Dewan spent more than twelve years of his career in transportation and engineering working both in Japan and Canada.  He received his M.A.Sc from the University of Tokyo in 1998 and is currently employed as a transportation planner/engineer at the City of Oshawa. He is a registered member of Professional Engineering Ontario and certified as a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer, a widely recognized professional transportation designation in the interational arena. He has a wide range of experience in transportation master plans and active transportation projects in Canada as well as in research/professional planning projects in road safety, regional highway and transit planning with Japanese universities and companies. He has numerous publications focusing on the areas of transit planning and operational strategies, intersection traffic safety, and demand and supply models for long-haul routes.

Mr. Karim is responsible for developing the City of Oshawa's walking and cycling master plans and policies.  His transportation planning experiences include the development of a new monorail system in Chiba, Japan, active transportation planning for various transit systems in Tokyo, a range of transportation master plans in Canada and GO Transit feasibility and station planning/operation projects in Ontario.

Steven Kemp is the Director of Traffic Management and Intelligent Transportation Systems with the Transportation Services Department at the Regional Municipality of York. Steve has more than 15 years of municipal experience with a focus on traffic signal operations, intelligent transportation systems and safety.

Steve is a Professional Engineer and a member of the Transportation Association of Canada- Traffic Operations and Management Standing Committee. He also holds a position on the Board of Directors of ITS Canada.

Robin Kortright is a Senior Policy Advisor in the Provincial Planning Office at the Ontario Ministry of Transportation'sTransportation Planning Branch. She is currently the branch lead for the update of the Province's Transit-Supportive Guidelines.

Michel Labrecque is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Société de transport de Montréal. A former city councillor and radio/television commentator, Labrecque was involved in the creation of Maison des cyclistes, the Tour de l’Île de Montréal and La Route verte (4000 km of bikeways – the longest cycling route in the Americas) as President of Vélo Québec.

Jeannie Lee is a Senior Policy Advisor at Provincial Transit Policy Office at the Ministry of Transportation, and she is the Transit Policy Branch lead on the update of the Transit-Supportive Guidelines.

Eva Ligeti is the Executive 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.

Janet Lo is a leader and practitioner with over ten years experience in sustainable transportation, transit-supportive development, growth planning, and transportation demand management. She is currently a Project Officer in the Pedestrian Projects unit in Transportation Services at the City of Toronto working on implementing its Walking Strategy. Formerly, Janet was with the Ontario Growth Secretariat, where she worked on polices related to integrated capital and land use planning, municipal and regional transit planning, and walkable, bikeable and transit-supportive communities.  Prior to this, Janet ran the first transportation management association in Ontario. She has an undergraduate degree in Human Geography and International Justice and Human Rights, as well as a Master's degree in Business Administration.

David McLaughlin is a Senior Project Manager and Associate Partner of the MMM Group, a Planning, Engineering and Geomatics consulting firm with offices across Canada. He has over 19 years of experience in the transportation and land use planning fields. Dave is one of MMM’s leading national specialists in Sustainable and Active Transportation Planning and Design which includes bicycle, pedestrian/trail and transit system access planning, related functional design and policy development as well as transportation demand management (TDM) program development.

Dave is a full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Institute of Transportation Engineers, a member of ITE’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Council and a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP). He regularly advises public and private sector clients on land development and site plan designs, including those seeking LEED accreditation for sustainable and active transportation planning and infrastructure design.

Eleanor McMahon is the Founder of Share the Road Cycling Coalition. She is a communications and marketing professional with over 20 years experience. Eleanor's work includes senior corporate communications and marketing roles in the private, public and non-for profit sectors. She spent the early part of her career on Parliament Hill in roles of increasing responsibility including that of Press Secretary to the Right Honorable Jean Chrétien.

She has worked as Director, Public Affairs, Petro-Canada, as Vice President Communications and Marketing at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Vice President Marketing and Communications at United Way Ottawa/Centraide Ottawa. Eleanor has a vast network of media contacts across the country, and has core expertise in media, public relations, marketing, event management and advocacy.

Denzil Minnan-Wong, City of Toronto Councillor and Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, City of Toronto.

Rosalyn Morrison, VP, Community Initiatives, Toronto Community Foundation

Hillary Poole is the Senior Project Manager for the Office of Research, Implementation and Safety for the New York City Department of Transportation. She develops citywide programs that improve safety for all street users and manages them from inception through to implementation. Hillary created the Safe Streets For Seniors program in 2008 which is the largest senior pedestrian safety program in the United States. Her work also includes development of the NYC High Pedestrian Crash Intersections program and NYC High Crash Corridor program, whereby the intersections and corridors throughout the city are ranked based on crash data and the highest ranked are then studied and redesigned. She is currently developing the Neighborhood Slow Zone program which will be piloted this year and reduces speed limits to 20mph in residential neighborhoods and installs traffic calming measures to enforce these speeds. Hillary's office recently published the New York City Pedestrian Safety Study and Action Plan which is the most comprehensive safety study ever undertaken by a U.S. city. She has a Master of Public Administration from The Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

Nancy Smith Lea is the Director of the Toronto Coalition 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”.

Mark Winfield is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at York University.  Prior to joining the faculty of Environmental Studies, Professor Winfield was Program and Policy Director with the Pembina Institute and before that Director of Research with the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy.  Dr. Winfield holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Toronto, and has published articles and reports on a wide range of environmental law and policy issues, including the sustainability of urban communities.  Professor Winfield is coordinator of the joint MES/JD program offered in conjunction with Osgoode Hall Law School, and Co-Chair of York University's Sustainable Energy Initiative.

Roelof Wittink is Executive Director of Interface for Cycling Expertise (I-CE) in the Netherlands and a specialist on traffic behaviour who has widely published on the topics of behavioural modifications, traffic education, attitudes on road behaviour, social marketing, and the benefits of cycling. Wittink received the 2010 Leadership Award for Cycling Promotion from the Cycling Embassy of Denmark.

Geoff Wright is the Director of Mississauga's Rapid Transit Program which includes the development of two major transit corridors: the 18km east-west Mississauga Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project now under construction and the 22km north-south Hurontario Light Rail Transit (LRT) Project that will connect Port Credit to downtown Brampton. Geoff is also responsible for Mississauga's municipal parking and transportation demand management (TDM) programs. Prior to his work in Mississauga, Geoff led the development and implementation of several Bus Rapid Transit corridors in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Geoff holds a degree in Civil Engineering as well as a Master's degree in Business Administration.

Kathleen Wynne is the Minister of Transportation at the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.

Paul Young has helped design public spaces for over 20 years. He is a registered landscape architect with a small consulting office "Public Space Workshop." He works with Health Units, the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition, Green Communities, WalkON, and other organizations planning for better active transportation systems. Paul has led over 35 community based planning initiatives throughout Ontario. He has worked on street design, parks, cycling and walking infrastructure from vision through to construction. He also works as a part time health promoter at the South Riverdale Community Health Centre in Toronto engaging community groups on local planning issues.  

Last year Paul was awarded "Active Transportation Champion of the Year" by the Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation. He has been invited to speak at various conferences and universities to share his experiences with collaborative planning. Paul's work is rooted in the belief that a shift towards sustainability requires meaningful public engagment. His partner and two children love to bike and walk but are not so keen on public meetings.