Dates: February 2021
Location: Hosted Online
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 3rd Generation Forum is part of the Cambridge Forums ‘Land Use Planning’ series. It is geared towards practitioners who are emerging leaders in this field and have between 5-12 years of experience.
Using candid, seminar-style discussion at this annual meeting, the group shares experiences from every perspective. Participants are able to engage in meaningful dialogue about the most pressing issues facing their clients and build valuable networks of like-minded peers.
This elite group, comprised of experts in the field, personally nominates all invitees and develops the Agenda, which forms the basis of our discussions.
Geoff Romanowski, MCIP, RPP,CPT
Acting Director, Planning & Development Services
Town of Ajax, ON
Geoff is the Acting Director of the Planning and Development Services Department. He provides overall leadership and innovative strategies to ensure that the management and delivery of services are aligned with the Town of Ajax strategic priorities in the areas of: planning policy development, development application evaluation and processing, transportation planning, economic development and tourism, engineering approval and building permit issuance and building inspection. Prior to his current position, he was the Manager of Planning and was the primary planning project coordinator for the Town of Ajax. In this capacity, he provided leadership and project direction on development review, policy planning, and heritage planning projects. With almost 20 years in planning, Geoff has also been a planner with the City of Pickering and Municipality of Clarington. Geoff has a Joint-Honours Degree in Geography and History from Trent University and an Honours Diploma (Municipal Planning & Development Technician) from Mohawk College.
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.
Built on genuine interactions and spontaneous connections, the Forum is a unique opportunity for practical discussions among emerging leaders in the land use planning field.
"The Forum is a gathering of like-minded professionals discussing and brainstorming solutions to the pressing issues of our industry. It is an invaluable opportunity to have frank talk with your peers to exchange ideas, experiences and knowledge."Lincoln Lo Principal Malone Given Parsons Ltd.
"The Forum is incredibly unique, its focus on discussion provides for an unparalled opportunity to tap into the wealth of experience and knowledge held by our learned peers. The inclusion of various professional disciplines in the forum brings different perspectives to complex issues, which you may not typically consider in your daily practice. I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to participate."Kristie M. Jennings Associate Kagan Shastri LLP
"The Forum format allows for more candid and open debate/discussion. It allows the conversation to go in directions not typically allowed for in other conferences or professional development courses."Bolajoko Ogunmefun Senior Associate Counsel York Region