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Land Use Planning

3rd Generation November 29 - 30, 2021 Cambridge, Ontario
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Overview

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 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.

2021 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 Members

  • Michelle Charkow Goldberg Group Toronto, ON

    Michelle Charkow is a Planner with Goldberg Group, a planning consulting firm based in the City of Toronto. She draws on almost a decade of experience as a planner having worked on behalf of both public and private sector clients and predominantly specializes in intensification and infill projects in and around the City of Toronto. She has maintained an active role in a wide variety of projects, including residential infill, low-rise townhouse developments, high-rise developments, and mixed-use developments in various built forms. Michelle has participated in numerous Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearings(now LPAT), provided expert testimony before the Toronto Local Appeal Tribunal (TLAB), and presented before various committees in support of planning applications.

     

    Michelle has a Master of Environmental Studies (MES) from York University with a concentration in planning. Michelle has been a full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute since 2013.

  • Christie E. Gibson Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP Toronto, ON
  • Kristie M. Jennings Kagan Shastri LLP Toronto, ON
  • Andy Margaritis Davies Howe LLP Toronto, ON
  • Martin Quarcoopome Weston Consulting Planning + Urban Design Vaughan, ON
  • Geoff Romanowski Town of Ajax Ajax, ON

    Geoff is the 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.

Forum Directors

  • Kate Ross Forum Director Cambridge Forums Toronto, ON [email protected] M: +1 437 971 6813

    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 Scott 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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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.

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The Forum on Land Use Planning – 3rd Generation is scheduled to take place from November 29 – 30, 2021, at Langdon Hall in Cambridge, Ontario. Please see our COVID-19 Precautions page for details on our commitment to safety.

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