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Land Use Planning

1st Generation May 16 - 17, 2022 Cambridge, Ontario
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The Steering Committee welcomes a small group of the most senior land use planners, lawyers, and other planning practitioners from Ontario to meet and discuss trends and developments in land use planning.

Using candid, seminar-style discussions at this annual meeting, participants from municipalities, private practice and the provincial government examine trends and developments on the most pressing issues facing the industry.

2022 Steering Committee

This elite group, comprised of experts in the field, personally nominates all invitees and develops the Agenda, which forms the basis of our discussions.

Committee Chair

  • Ira T. Kagan Founding Partner Kagan Shastri DeMelo Winer Park LLP Toronto, ON

    Called to the Ontario Bar in 1990. Founding partner of the law firm of KAGAN SHASTRI LLP.  Practice focuses on municipal law, land use planning law, development charges and expropriations.  Represents a wide range of both private sector (developers, landowners, and residents groups) and public sector (local municipalities, regional municipalities, conservation authorities and Children’s’ Aid Societies) clients in a variety of land use planning and municipal law matters.  Practices extensively before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (formerly the Ontario Municipal Board) and all levels of courts in Ontario.  Several published articles and speaker at continuing legal education seminars.  Former member of the Board of Directors of Ontario Power Generation in (April 2014 – April 2017). Former Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation (Jan. 2018 – June 2019).

Committee Members

  • Denise Baker Co-Managing Partner WeirFoulds LLP Oakville, ON
  • Matthew Cory Principal Malone Given Parsons Ltd. Markham, ON
  • Mark Flowers Partner Davies Howe LLP Toronto, ON
  • Maria Gatzios President, Principal Gatzios Planning + Development Consultants Inc. Toronto, ON
  • Claudia Storto City Solicitor and Director of Human Resources City of Markham Markham, ON

    Claudia Storto is currently the City Solicitor and Director of Human Resources at the City of Markham. She was previously the City Solicitor at the City of Vaughan and Counsel in the municipal, planning and environmental section of a Toronto law firm. In her current role, Claudia sits on the Executive Leadership Team and acts as senior legal advisor to City Council and all City departments, with oversight of Legal Services, Real Property and Human Resources.She has expertise in municipal and planning law and has frequently appeared before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.

  • Kerri Voumvakis Interim Chief Planner & Executive Director, City Planning City of Toronto Toronto, ON

    Kerri Voumvakis is the Interim Chief Planner and Executive Director of City Planning for the City of Toronto. Kerri has held a variety of roles and responsibilities over her career and currently oversees a complex portfolio which includes Community Planning, Strategic Initiatives, city-wide policy development, research, Transportation Planning, Urban Design, Zoning and Heritage. Prior to her current role, Kerri was the Director of Strategic Initiatives, Policy & Analysis where she led the two Official Plan Reviews, numerous local area studies and key policy initiatives including new Secondary Plans for the Consumers Park area, Don Mills & Eglinton and the Christie’s lands in Etobicoke as well as the City’s Inclusionary Zoning policy framework.


    Kerri is focused on continuous improvement – steering the City’s existing policy frameworks to respond to changing economic, social and environmental factors and embedding an equity lens in the development of new policies. Born and raised in Toronto, she is proud to lead a team that helps shape the future of her city.

  • Emma West Partner Bousfields Inc. Toronto, ON

Forum Director

  • Emily Scott Senior Forum Director Cambridge Forums Toronto, ON [email protected] M: +1 437 223 2813

    Emily holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Queen’s University. Before joining Cambridge Forums, Emily spent ten years working as an event manager; from leading full-scope event production of gala fundraisers in Toronto, to travelling the world as a destination wedding planner, managing each event from concept to onsite execution. Armed with deep expertise in relationship management and event logistics, Emily looks to deliver standout participant experiences as a Forum Director. Outside of the office, Emily can be found scouring Spotify for new music, hosting dinner parties for her friends and family, and perfecting her golf swing.

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