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Drew Adams, BES, MArch, OAA, MRAIC

Sr. Associate, LGA Architectural Partners   

Drawing on experience in architecture, landscape architecture and urban design, Drew (he/him/his) excels in synthesizing diverse viewpoints and finding integrated solutions for clients. He has a knack for projects with unique circumstances, especially when it comes to housing, adaptive reuse and sustainable design, and has earned a reputation for his creativity and his diligence in project execution. 

Drew plays active and leading roles on projects including as project architect on Evergreen Brick Works' carbon neutral retrofit of the historic Kiln Building, Eva's Phoenix Youth Transitional Housing and Skills Centre and a variety of affordable housing and laneway housing projects. He has also designed carbon neutral housing in Yellowknife and net zero housing in San Francisco. This work has been recognized with features in Architectural Record, FastCompany, Canadian Architect and other publications, as well as with design, heritage and green building awards. 

Drew is a licensed architect and has taught at the University of Waterloo and University of Toronto. He is a longtime volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.

Session: Evergreen Brick Works, What’s Next? 2:15 – 4:00 PM  

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Ryan Besito

Kinship Support Worker, Native Child and Family Services of Toronto   

Ryan Besito is Anishinaabe from Saugeen First Nations and is a pipe carrier and Men's Traditional dancer for Tkaronto's Indigenous Community. Ryan is an Indigenous Artist and Instructional designer. He is passionate about sharing the importance of Indigenous culture, identity and language and visibility and through his art he embodies the old and new ways to walk the Red Path. Ryan aims to make a positive impact wherever he travels through his Art and Mentoring capacity. Ryan strongly believes that it is our inherent responsibility as Indigenous people to use the teachings we are given every day, to walk with them everywhere we go and create a healthy path for future generations. 

Session: Sharing the Indigenous Experience in Urban Places 2 – Panel Discussion 2:15 – 4:00 PM  

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Heidi Campbell

Sr. Program Officer, Evergreen   

Heidi is Evergreen’s Senior Lead in Planning and Design, working collaboratively with Evergreen’s national and international networks of educators and design professionals to co-create child-friendly public engagement practices and iterative design approaches that engage children and their families in the reimagining of public spaces. With over 25 years of experience greening school grounds, she manages Evergreen's national School Ground Greening Program overseeing school board partnerships and embedded Design Consultants. Heidi was the Senior Program Manager for the Climate Ready Schools pilot project at Irma Coulson P.S. where she managed a team of consultants, and led the public engagement and school participation, professional development, project implementation and Board guidelines processes. Heidi’s degree in landscape architecture and education has been the foundation for her explorations into engaging landscape typologies for children and was Lead Designer of the Children’s Garden and Play Lab at Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto.

Session: Climate Ready Schools: Insights From a School Ground Redevelopment 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM 

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Sarah Chan

Planning and Design Lead, School of Cities, University of Toronto   

Sarah Chan is the Planning and Design Lead at the School of Cities, University of Toronto. She is both an urban planner and urban designer. At the Infrastructure Institute, she leads many of the creative mixed-use initiatives, including partnerships with CreateTO, Infrastructure Ontario, and the Toronto Lands Corporation. She has also led research into long-term strategies towards affordable housing and other community benefits, including the Institute’s partnerships with CMHC and Esri Canada. Prior to her time at the School of Cities, Sarah carried out master planning exercises, developed secondary plans and conducted site-specific or neighbourhood studies mainly in the GTHA. She enjoys integrating design-thinking, policy and stakeholder engagement to inform strategic city-building solutions and is committed to creating thriving cities for all residents. 

Session: Working Together Towards Smart Creative Mixed-Use 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM 

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Tanya Chung-Tiam-Fook

Co-Holder of 7GenCities with Dark Matter Labs; Environmental, Innovation & Mental Wellness Advisor & Educator at Nature Within

Tanya Chung-Tiam-Fook is deeply engaged in Indigenous, environmental, transdisciplinary and intercultural approaches to research, land relationships and stewardship, climate resilience, innovation, education, health and mental wellness, and placekeeping. She is passionate about reciprocal, collaborative and intergenerational pathways for learning and knowledge co-creation, practice and partnerships in her roles within project and research leadership, academia, advising and community.

Session: Imagining 7GenCities 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM

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Zita Cobb

Founder and CEO, Shorefast  

Zita Cobb is an eighth-generation Fogo Islander, Founder and CEO of the registered charity Shorefast, and Innkeeper of the award-winning Fogo Island Inn. Zita graduated high school on Fogo Island before studying business in Ottawa. Following a subsequent successful career in high-tech, Zita returned to Fogo Island and established Shorefast to put another leg on the Island’s struggling economy to complement its ever-important fishery. With an enduring commitment to Fogo Island, Shorefast is expanding its mission through its pan-Canadian Community Economies initiative to strengthen place-based economic development within the global economy.   

Zita has been a Member of the Order of Canada since 2016 and was a 2020 inductee to Canada’s Business Hall of Fame. She holds honorary doctorates from McGill University, Memorial University of Newfoundland, the University of Ottawa, and Carleton University. She volunteers her full time and energy for Shorefast’s charitable initiatives and community businesses.

Session: Keynote Speaker: Zita Cobb 1:00-2:00 PM 

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Cam Collyer

Executive Lead, Evergreen 

Cam spent 23 years of his career with Evergreen, playing an executive role in building one of Canada’s leading environmental charities and now leads his own consultancy. Cam has created national and international scale initiatives related to public space design, programming and public engagement. He is a leading international authority on the greening of school grounds and has piloted a number of placemaking initiatives with municipalities in Ontario that have focused on the engagement of children and families. He played a leadership role in developing the suite of children’s program at Evergreen Brick Works as well as co-designing the site’s award-winning Children’s Garden.

Cam is a seasoned and accomplished program designer, partnership builder, writer, public speaker, placemaker, fundraiser and movement builder.  

Session: Climate Ready Schools: Exploring Community Impact 2:15 – 4:00 PM 

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Kady Cowan

Founder, The Sustainability Studio  

Kady Cowan is Founder of the Sustainability Studio. She invites organizations and institutions to collaborate in the Studio where they have time to learn and practice combining sustainability, environmental protection, climate safety and a holistic ecosystem perspective into both strategic and everyday activities at work. Kady facilitates the adoption of positive environmental behaviours while integrating ecological decision making in complex work settings. This tailored experience helps create conditions for effective staff and executive engagement so that transformative solutions emerge and persist for the long term. Kady’s focus on learning, simple prototyping, appropriate scaling and evaluation of dynamic low-carbon projects and programs leads to the protection of environmental and human health, climate resilience, financial savings, and conservation of natural and energy resources.

Kady has been proud to serve as a climate, environment and sustainability leader for local, national and international organizations including the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care, Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) in Ontario, Atrium Health in North Carolina, and University Health Network (UHN) in Toronto.  

Session: Measuring the Impact of Public Spaces 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM  

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Meg Davis

Chief Development Officer, Waterfront Toronto 

Meg Davis is the Chief Development Officer for Waterfront Toronto and is responsible for leading the strategic development of its lands as part of its revitalization efforts. This includes overseeing the creation of the public infrastructure and coordinating the planning, design and construction phases of these significant developments. In addition, she leads the selection processes and on-going relationships with development partners to ensure development contributes to meeting the corporate objectives of high design and complete sustainable and inclusive neighbourhoods. 

Meg brings more than 35 years of experience as a planner and real estate expert for both the public and private sector including Bramalea Limited and KPMG.  She has a Master’s in Business Administration and an Undergraduate Degree in Urban Studies. Meg is a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, Ontario Professional Planners Institute, Urban Land Institute and Lambda Alpha International.

Session: More Than a Roof: People, Housing and Public Place 2:15 – 4:00 PM 

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Mike Davis

Managing Director, Davis Pier 

Mike is a thought leader in government transformation and innovation, with over 20-years of experience in consulting across Canada and in countries in Europe, Africa, and Asia. He is well-regarded not only for his ability to design and architect strategies and solutions to complex public sector issues for clients, but also for overseeing their implementation. Mike leads Davis Pier’s social innovation efforts focused on helping government by using behavioural science, service design and evidence-based policy approaches to improving policy-making and program design.    

Mike has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Industrial Engineering from Dalhousie University and a Master’s degree in Behavioural Sciences at the London School of Economics. He has attended the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Behavioural Insights Program and is certified as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) and Project Management Professional (PMP). Mike is also a Distinguished Fellow with the Dalhousie University Faculty of Management.    

Mike is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Kids Help Phone and on the Board of Directors for Tribe Network. Mike has also been named one of Atlantic Business Magazines Top 50 CEOs.

Session: Measuring the Impact of Public Spaces 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM  

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Jayne Engle

7GenCities co-holder & Mission co-holder, Dark Matter Labs 

Jayne Engle has worked for decades in civic systems change globally — from regional policy and economic transition, to city planning, participatory research and philanthropy. She is committed to urban transformations for the long term and carries this out through practice, research and teaching with 7GenCities, Dark Matter Labs, McGill University and multiple collaborators.

Session: Imagining 7GenCities 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM 

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Paula Gallo

Recreate Place 

Paula Gallo B.Ed., M.Sc.Pl. and Annie Vandenberg are the team at Recreate Place, providing strategic planning, facilitation, design services and activation support for communities to engage children and youth in the creation of more equitable and inclusive places. They facilitate arts-based, child-friendly processes where children imagine, and share ideas about meaningful decisions in their communities. They work with many different project partners including The Toronto Region Conservation Authority, City of Brampton, City of Toronto, Toronto District School Board, The Learning Enrichment Foundation and Koffler Center of the Arts. Descriptions of recent engagement projects can be found here.   

Session: How to Design Outdoor Spaces with Children 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM  

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Pam Glode Desrochers

Executive Director, Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre   

As an advocate to strengthen urban and rural Indigenous communities, Pam Glode Desrochers has worked with the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre for over 28 years, including in the role of Executive Director for nearly 10 years  

She has helmed the centre into a new era that will see a state-of-the-art purpose-built sustainable facility constructed in downtown Halifax. The Wije’winen Centre will break ground later this year and will house over 50 programs.  

Pam’s mandate as the Executive Director of the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre is to provide quality structured social based programming to urban Indigenous people with a focus on addressing poverty, crime, health, housing, homelessness, justice and the promotion of personal and community health and wellbeing.  

Pam has helped expand the Centre's programs to include employment training, youth-focused initiatives, housing, and literacy programs. She emphasizes effective communication as key to success and is dedicated to building partnerships with Indigenous and non-Indigenous stakeholders to enhance the quality of life for urban Indigenous communities. 

Currently she sits on the Board of Directors of the National Association of friendship Centers. In June 2017, Pam received the Governor General’s award: Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers in Ottawa for Outstanding Indigenous Leadership.

Session: Sharing the Indigenous Experience in Urban Places 2 – Panel Discussion 2:15 – 4:00 PM  

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Dina Graser

Senior Project Advisor to Evergreen 

Dina is a consultant specializing in urban projects that build and engage communities, from housing and infrastructure to transportation, the arts and public engagement. Dina takes a strategic, creative and pragmatic approach to connecting people and communities to build consensus and make progress on complex problems.   

Dina has been a Senior Advisor to Evergreen’s Housing Supply Challenge Support Program since its inception. Previously, she served as Project Director of the National Housing Collaborative, a Senior Advisor at the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the Munk School of Global Affairs (University of Toronto) and Director of Community and Stakeholder Relations at Metrolinx.  Before joining Metrolinx, Dina was a communications lawyer, a planning activist, and a successful producer of live shows, festivals and events.

Session: More Than a Roof: People, Housing and Public Place 2:15 – 4:00 PM 

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Cheryl Hayles

Principal, Irma Coulson P.S.

Cheryl is the principal of a Kindergarten to Grade 8 school in the Halton District School Board. Her staff and students are committed to the mission of a safe and inclusive learning environment where global citizenship is the norm. 

Cheryl actively serves as a capacity builder for her school community. She demonstrates leadership in environmental stewardship and advocates for climate responsibility. 

Having led five delegations to the United Nations to attend the Commission on the Status of Women, she is a strong supporter of the Sustainable Development Goals. 

She is invested in creating inclusive natural spaces and honouring stakeholder voices at the table. This work inspires Cheryl’s focus on championing diversity and developing global citizenship skills with her staff and students. 

Her passion for environmental sustainability extends to her personal garden, which is her Zen zone for mindful reflection and creativity.

Session: Climate Ready Schools: Exploring Community Impact 2:15 – 4:00 PM 

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Matt Humphries

Associate Principal and Project Lead, Arup   

Matt Humphries (B.Sc.Hon, B.Ed. B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc. P.Eng) is an associate principal and project leader in the Toronto office of Arup, a global design firm. Matt is responsible for directing and leading teams on complex buildings projects. Over his career he has developed a depth of experience and understanding in coordinating integrated design teams focused on delivering solutions and realizing his client’s visions for success. A holistic thinker, Matt believes in looking for opportunities to leverage additional value through cross-disciplinary collaboration in problem solving.   

As an engineer, Matt has significant experience working with both new and existing buildings and across the public realm. He is experienced in developing solutions that enable reuse and bring added benefits. Matt has a strong background in sustainability and has significant experience in developing long-term energy and water management strategies, guiding mechanical design to achieve LEED® energy savings and certification goals, and identifying and implementing energy conservation measures. He regularly guides clients, both public and private, on their journey to achieving their sustainability and conservation goals, including various certifications such as LEED or Net Zero.

Session: Climate Ready Schools: Insights From a School Ground Redevelopment 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM 

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Phat Le

Architectural Designer, Infrastructure Institute, University of Toronto 

Phat Le is the Architectural Designer for the Infrastructure Institute at the School of Cities, and a sessional lecturer at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto. Le’s research explores methods of multigenerational housing and urban collectivity in relation to queer placemaking and Asian diasporic communities.   

Session: Working Together Towards Smart Creative Mixed-Use 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM 

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Nenookaasi Ochrym

Afro-Indigenous Singer and Activist 

Nenookaasi (she/they) is an Afro-Indigenous 2S Queer singer, song composer and medicine carrier from Toronto. A proud activist and advocate for Black, Indigenous, 2SLGBTQI+, mental health and child foster care, Neno's work is rooted in self-love and self-empowerment through a harm reduction lens.

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Terence Radford, OALA, BCSLA, CSLA

Principal, Trophic Design  

Terence Radford is a Registered Landscape Architect and member of the CSLA. He has more than 10 years experience in green infrastructure, landscape planning, urban design and environmental design.  

Terence carries a bachelor’s degree in the fine arts from the University of Victoria and a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of British Columbia. He is a practicing artist and Principal at Trophic Design, an indigenous owned and operated practice in the field of Landscape Architecture.  

As a member of the Metis Nation British Columbia and indigenous Practitioner, Terence speaks regularly on engaging with Indigenous Communities in relation to city planning and urban design. He is also a serving member of the Reconciliation Advisory Committee for the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) where he works on initiatives related to reconciliation and changing the practice of landscape architecture. Terence is also a sessional instructor with the Daniels Faculty at the University of Toronto where he teaches a 1st year MLA Design studio on reconciliation and the inclusion of indigenous perspectives in landscape architectural design.  

In addition, Terence has been a mentor for Nikibii Dawadina Gigwaag, an Indigenous youth education and training program, since 2018 where he collaborates with youth on a variety of projects.

Session: Evergreen Brick Works, What’s Next? 2:15 – 4:00 PM 

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Laura Smith

Project Manager, Park People  

Laura is a project manager at Park People focusing on evaluation and impact measurement of the Cornerstone Parks program. Her work has led to the development of multiple reports and articles detailing the health and well-being impacts of visiting and volunteering in large urban parks and the health equity implications.    

Prior to Park People, Laura worked in the non-profit sector where she contributed to projects related to public space, community engagement, and active transportation. She also holds a Master of Urban Planning from Queen’s University where her research focused on children’s active school travel. Her time as a research fellow at Queen’s gives her a strong background in research design and program evaluation. 

Session: Measuring the Impact of Public Spaces 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM 

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Matti Siemiatycki

Director, Infrastructure Institute, University of Toronto  

Matti Siemiatycki is the Director of the Infrastructure Institute at the School of Cities, University of Toronto, and Professor in the Department of Geography & Planning. Matti’s work focuses on delivering large-scale infrastructure projects, evidence-based infrastructure investment decisions and the effective integration of infrastructure into the fabric of cities. His recent studies explore transit policy decisions, the value for money of public-private partnerships, the development of innovative mixed-use buildings as a form of place-based infrastructure policy and the diversity gap in the infrastructure industry workforce. Matti consults widely on infrastructure policy and is a frequent media commentator on infrastructure and city planning. 

Session: Working Together Towards Smart Creative Mixed-Use 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM 

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Zoya Sodhi

Sr. Program  Manager, Evergreen 

Zoya is an urban development professional who has led a wide portfolio of large-scale national programs, fostered multi-stakeholder collaborations and engaged with local municipalities to tackle urban and environmental challenges across Canada, Europe and South-East Asia. At Evergreen, she is managing innovative capacity building programs within the realm of climate change, community resilience, sustainable cities and has a background in urban planning and management from University of Twente, The Netherlands. She believes in driving positive change and evaluate the impact through her programs.

Session: The Intersection of Smart Technology, Extreme Heat, and Green Public Places: Evergreen’s A.I. for the Resilient City Program 2:15 – 4:00 PM 

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Megan Torza, OAA / FRAIC / LEED AP BD+C

Partner, DTAH 

Megan is an architect whose professional development has been influenced by a strong personal interest in adaptive reuse and the integration of contemporary architecture into historic urban fabric. She joined DTAH in 2006 and became a partner in 2012. She was fortunate early in her career to play a key role in the Artscape Wychwood Barns and Evergreen Brick Works projects, cementing her passion for community-based projects and meaningful public engagement. Her socially-minded, contextually-sensitive portfolio has grown to include the award-winning entrance pavilion to Tommy Thompson Park, the revitalization of the northwest corner of Dufferin Grove Park, the St. Andrew and Dane Avenue Child Care projects, the Niagara Falls Exchange: Farmers’ Market and Cultural Hub, and the Baker District One Planet Living Redevelopment in Guelph.  

With a background in art and architectural history, Megan has taught the history of Contemporary Architecture at the University of Toronto, and is a frequent guest lecturer and design critic at the University of Waterloo and Toronto Metropolitan University. She is chair of the City of Vaughan Urban Design Review Panel and former Chair of the Toronto Society of Architects. 

Session: Evergreen Brick Works, What’s Next? 2:15 – 4:00 PM  

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Annie Vandenberg

Recreate Place 

Annie Vandenberg, B.Ed. and Paula Gallo are the team at Recreate Place, providing strategic planning, facilitation, design services and activation support for communities to engage children and youth in the creation of more equitable and inclusive places. They facilitate arts-based, child-friendly processes where children imagine, and share ideas about meaningful decisions in their communities. They work with many different project partners including The Toronto Region Conservation Authority, City of Brampton, City of Toronto, Toronto District School Board, The Learning Enrichment Foundation, and Koffler Center of the Arts. Descriptions of recent engagement projects can be found here.   

Session: How to Design Outdoor Spaces with Children 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM  

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Laureen (Blu) Waters/Istchii Nikamoon

Blu (they/them) is Cree/Metis, a member of the Metis Nation of Ontario, with family from George Gordon Reserve. 

They grew up with their grandmother and learned about traditional medicines, healing methods and caring for the sick. Blu spent 2.5 years working for the National Inquiry for Murdered and Missing Women as a Grandmother to Commissioner Brian Eyelfson and sits on the Grandmother Circle. 

As an active Community Elder in Toronto, they carry a Community Pipe and have Sun danced for the People. They sit on the Thunder Women Healing Lodge Society’s Board of Directors. They currently work at Seneca College as an Elder on campus and Indigenous Community Engagement Coordinator, providing traditional teachings and one-to-one counseling. 

Blu is a 2 Spirit person, a wife, a mother of five and a grandparent of three. They are also a member of the Elders Council for the 2 Spirits in Motion Society, a national 2 Spirit organization.

Session: Opening in a Good Way 9:00-10:00 AM 

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Joshua Welch

Program Officer, Evergreen 

Josh is a Program Officer at Evergreen Brick Works since 2022. He has been actively working on several programs at the organization that focus on climate resilience and building community-based networks across the Country using technology and governance to take action on climate change and environmental sustainability.

Josh comes from a strong background of municipal government work in climate action and conversation where he developed and implemented climate and energy management plans and worked to improve climate resiliency in the community. Josh is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a Masters in Environmental Sciences (MEnvSc) and believes that technology and collective drive will be the driving impact that mitigates and adapts to the worst outcome of climate change.

Session: The Intersection of Smart Technology, Extreme Heat, and Green Public Places: Evergreen’s A.I. for the Resilient City Program 2:15 – 4:00 PM 

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Birgit Teichmann

Principal, Birgit Teichmann GmbH   

Birgit Teichmann grew up in the historically diverse city of Berlin, Germany. She continued her path on becoming a Landscape Architect and Engineer, focusing on open green areas, green infrastructure, working with youth organizations and landscape development. 

As an active member of the Berlin Chamber of Architects she started in 1997 a Landscape planning office in the heart of Berlin. In 2010 the office evolved into Birgit Teichmann GmbH Landschaftsarchitektin, managed by Birgit Teichmann. 

The office has been creating, planning and directing successful projects for more than 26 years in commercial, civic and residential areas. Since the 90’s Birgit has set the bar with her work in ecological, educational and communal ventures in Europe. She works together with Architects, City Planners, Arborists, Gardeners, Monument Preservationists, Teachers and Archeologists to complete projects with professional flair and genuine care. Great ecological play areas for children have always been Birgit’s passion. Her interest in creative, healthy and climate adapted green spaces in cities has been her focus. 

Gabrielle Fayant-Lewis

Co-Founder, Assembly of Seven Generations 

Gabrielle Fayant is an off-Settlement Metis woman, whose family is from Fishing Lake Metis Settlement, AB, one of the 8 land-based Metis Settlements in Canada. Gabrielle is an award winning woman for her work in community, youth empowerment and Indigenous rights awareness. She is the co-founder of Assembly of Seven Generations (A7G) which is an Indigenous owned and youth-led, non-profit organization focused on cultural support and empowerment programs/policies for Indigenous youth while being led by traditional knowledge and Elder guidance.  

Gabrielle also opened an Indigenous owned boutique called Adaawewigamig as a social enterprise to support the work of A7G. The boutique has been able to support youth employment and over 90 Indigenous businesses and artists as well as some land-based activities such as hide tanning, medicine harvesting and workshops to build skills such as beading and ribbon skirt making. Gabrielle has dedicated her life to supporting cultural resurgence and justice for all Indigenous peoples. 

Matthew Claudel

Founder, Field States 

Matthew Claudel is the founder of Field States, a benefit company dedicated to creating civic value. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor at University of Michigan’s Taubman School of Architecture, and was previously the Strategic Design Lead for Curative, a health care company seeking to end the Covid-19 pandemic. Matthew has written two books, and several academic journal articles, fiction and general publications primarily related to technology, cities, art, and the natural environment. He co-founded MIT’s designX program, where he was the Head of Civic Innovation and an instructor for four years. He has a doctorate in Advanced Urbanism from MIT, where his work focused on the emerging practices of urban experimentation as they relate to civic value. 

Kent Patenaude

Development Manager, LDM


Kent is a Cree Status Indian from the Sucker Creek First Nation in northern Alberta.  

Kent joined LDM as a Development Manager in 2017. Kent provides research and develops professional affordable housing needs assessments for municipalities, government agencies and non-profit organizations, develops and coordinates comprehensive proposal packages to lenders and funding agencies, develops and negotiates contracts and agreements between clients and stakeholders, works to obtain municipal approvals such as rezoning, development and building permits, implements effective public consultation processes, manages a diverse range of stakeholders and supports clients throughout the design, approval and construction processes - resolving issues and managing risks.  

Previously Kent worked for various organizations, including Kee Tas Kee Now Waste Management, developing and implementing strategies to provide meaningful opportunities in the areas of Aboriginal employment, business development, community support, education and environmental awareness and TransCanada Pipelines engaging First Nations and providing project information along the proposed pipeline route. Kent received a Business Administration Diploma from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and a BA from the University of Alberta.

Ian Gaudet

Superintendent of Facility Services, Halton District School Board

Ian Gaudet was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario and grew up in Welland, Ontario along with his three siblings. After graduating from Notre Dame High School, Ian earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering through the University of Waterloo’s Co-operative Education program, later obtaining his Professional Engineer designation. Ian also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Windsor. 

Ian’s career includes private sector consulting in Ontario, British Columbia, and Michigan before joining the public sector in progressive leadership roles at the City of Windsor, St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology, the Waterloo Region District School Board, and in his current role with the Halton District School Board. 

Over his career, Ian has supported or lead the completion of approximately $1B in public infrastructure construction projects in southwestern Ontario. Ian enjoys the opportunity to work collaboratively across various departments, and with agencies and stakeholder to build the important relationships that lead to better outcomes for students and the public. 

Ian recently completed his Supervisory Officer’s Qualification Program. 

Ian is the father of three children and lives in Waterloo with his lovely partner, Abby.