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2nd Generation December 2020 Hosted Online
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The Steering Committee welcomes 48 select Ontario municipal and private practice planners and lawyers, as well as a few architects and others in the industry, to meet and share challenges and exchange ideas. This 2nd Generation Forum is part of the Cambridge Forums ‘Land Use Planning’ series. It is geared towards practitioners that have between 13-20 years of experience in this field.

Using candid, seminar-style discussion, the group identifies trends and developments in Ontario land use planning for meaningful dialogue on the most interesting and provocative issues of the day.

2020 Steering Committee

The Steering Committee, comprised of experts in the field, personally nominates all invitees and develops the Agenda, ​which forms the basis of our discussions.

Committee Chair

  • Kelly Matsumoto Practice Lead, Planning & Administrative Tribunal Law City of Toronto Toronto, ON

    Kelly Matsumoto is the Practice Lead in the Planning and Administrative Tribunal Law Section
    of the Legal Services Division of the City of Toronto. She has an honours degree in History
    from McGill University and a Bachelor of Laws from Queen’s University. Practicing mainly in
    the area of planning and land use law, Kelly represents the City of Toronto before various
    administrative tribunals. She advises City staff and members of City Council on a wide range
    of matters pertaining to planning and municipal law.

Committee Members

  • Alexis Alyea Town Solicitor/Manager, Legal Services Town of Caledon Caledon, ON
  • Daniel Artenosi Founding Partner Overland LLP Toronto, ON

    Daniel Artenosi is a founding partner of Overland LLP. Daniel maintains a general municipal, land use planning and development law practice. Daniel has broad experience providing legal and strategic advice to developers, homeowners and public bodies in the City of Toronto, GTA and surrounding areas in matters pertaining to land use and development approvals under the Planning Act, City of Toronto Act/Municipal Act, and the Ontario Heritage Act. Daniel has also advised on matters under the Residential Tenancies Act, as well as the development and implementation of community improvements plans and property tax increment financing.


    Daniel has extensive experience on regulatory compliance under the City of Toronto Lobbyist Registry, and has provided regular advice to clients and legal counsel in respect of such matters. Daniel has given presentations and seminars on both the Lobbyist Registry and the Toronto Green Roof By-law.


    Daniel was called to the Ontario Bar in 2007. Daniel is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Ontario Bar Association. Daniel obtained his LL.B in 2006 from Osgoode Hall Law School. Prior to studying law, Daniel obtained a Bachelor of Arts, First Class Honours from McGill University in 2001, as well as a Masters in Political Theory from McGill University in 2003 with one year spent on exchange at Sciences Po in Paris, France. During his studies, Daniel also completed exchanges in Perugia, Italy, and Hong Kong. Prior to founding Overland LLP with Christopher Tanzola, Daniel was an associate from 2007 to 2013 in the Real Property and Planning Group at one of the larger national law firms.

  • Jason Bevan Director, City Planning Strategies City of Mississauga Mississauga, ON

    Jason is a Registered Professional Planner with the City of Mississauga. He joined the organization in 2018 and is responsible for directing policy planning initiatives throughout the City. This includes the City’s Official Plan and a vast array of housing and employment data. Prior to joining Mississauga, Jason worked at Hemson Consulting for over ten years.

  • Nadia Chandra Assistant Town Solicitor Town of Oakville Oakville, ON
  • Shelley Kaufman Partner Turkstra Mazza Associates Hamilton & London, ON
  • Drew Sinclair Principal SvN Architects + Planners Toronto, ON
  • Konstantine J. Stavrakos Lawyer O'Connor MacLeod Hanna LLP Oakville, ON
  • Eldon Theodore Partner MHBC Woodbridge, ON

    Eldon Theodore is a Partner at MHBC with a dual specialization in planning and urban design where he has been practicing for 17 years. Eldon holds an Honours Bachelor Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo and a Masters in Urban Design Studies from the University of Toronto. Eldon has been trained under the National Charrette Institute System for facilitating community charrettes.


    Eldon’s experience includes a broad range of projects related to urban design, intensification, master planning, community design and architectural control guidelines, community planning policy preparation, design concept development, visioning exercises, community engagement and public consultation. His experience also includes obtaining development approvals (Subdivisions, Condominiums, Site Plans, Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments, Consents and Minor Variances), project coordination and management, undertaking special studies and associated research, expert witness at the Ontario Municipal Board and presentations to Committees, Council and the general public.


    Eldon is a current Council Director for the Ontario Professional Planner’s Institute and a past director for the Congress for the New Urbanism’s Ontario Chapter, Eldon has made numerous presentations on urban issues at various conferences and symposiums including OPPI, CIP, Congress for the New Urbanism, CityAge and various planning schools in Ontario.Eldon is a full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, Lamda Alpha International, and a Registered Professional Planner with the Ontario Professional Planners

  • Scott Weir Principal ERA Architects Inc. Toronto, ON

Forum Director

  • Mandy Howarth Associate Forum Director Cambridge Forums Toronto, ON [email protected] T: +1 437 216 3124

    Mandy is a graduated law clerk and has experience working within both the legal and oil & gas industry. She was an exchange student in 2006, through Rotary International, to Brazil and is fluent in Brazilian Portuguese. Mandy has returned to Brazil on many occasions to assist in the opening of a private English school and had the privilege to volunteer as a teacher within the school for six months. In her spare time, she enjoys learning other languages and spending time with her dog, Gus.

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