Dates: November 25 - 26, 2021
Location: Cambridge, Ontario
The Steering Committee welcomes 48 select Ontario municipal and private practice planners and lawyers, as well as a few architects and other experts in the industry, to meet, 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.
The Steering Committee, comprised of experts in the field, personally nominates all invitees and develops the Agenda, which forms the basis of our discussions.
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.
Alexis is the Town Solicitor and Manager of Legal and Court Services for the Town of Caledon. Alexis manages a diverse team of legal professionals as well as court administration staff for two courthouses. Alexis enjoys advising her client on all areas of municipal law and providing strategic corporate advice. Prior to joining Caledon, Alexis worked for over a decade in both the public sector as well as private practice, with a focus on planning and development law. Alexis is the Regional Representative for the OBA Municipal Law Section and an active member of the Municipal Law Departments Association Ontario (MLDAO) and the Municipal Court Manager Association (MCMA). Alexis has an undergraduate degree from the University Of Waterloo’s School of Planning and a law degree from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.
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 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.
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
Kate has a background in social services where she treated youth with complex mental health and addictions issues. Her role involved developing detailed, treatment-focused program plans and seeing them through to completion. Kate brings many years of experience in the service industry to her role at Cambridge Forums. In her spare time, Kate enjoys good food and wine, all things true-crime related, and dance parties with her kids.
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.
Built on genuine interactions and spontaneous connections, the Forum is a unique opportunity for practical discussions among preeminent leaders in the land use planning field.
"The Forum provides a unique opportunity for professionals from varied professional backgrounds & perspectives to exchange ideas & insights into current issues in a comfortable setting. It is equally a valuable networking & bridging opportunity."Lia Simone Magi Legal Counsel City of Mississauga Ontario, Canada
"The Forum provides an excellent opportunity to learn from your peers and get different perspectives."Nadia Chandra Assistant Town Solicitor Town of Oakville Ontario, Canada
"The format allows us to leave our various labels at the door and get down to the critical issues we face in land use planning to drive our industry into the future."Mary T. Nordstrom Manager of Land Use Planning Town of Caledon Ontario, Canada
"An engaging and diverse set of topics that were current and participants could relate to their own perspectives. Excellent venue!"Sylvia Kirkwood Manager of Policy & Sustainability Town of Caledon Ontario, Canada
The Forum on Land Use Planning – 2nd Generation is scheduled to take place from November 25 – 26, 2021, at Langdon Hall in Cambridge, Ontario. Please see our COVID-19 Precautions page for details on our commitment to safety.