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Aaron Barter

At Waterfront Toronto, Aaron focuses on enabling the design and development of new climate-positive urban neighbourhoods. He was previously at the MaRS Discovery District, where he worked with government, utilities, and the private-sector on the evolution of Ontario’s energy sector, and aimed to spark connections between Canadian start-ups and energy sector incumbents, including building owners and utilities. Before joining MaRS, he worked in land development with Mattamy Homes as a construction and project coordinator. He has also spent time working at municipalities on roads, public works, mapping, and environmental projects. Aaron holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto, and is an avid runner and cross-country skier.

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Adam Novack

Adam Novack is a Project Manager, Design, at Waterfront Toronto.

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Alissa Randall

Alissa Randall was a social media and online content intern at Waterfront Toronto. She has a Journalism and Public Relations education background and has worked for community newspapers. She is also interested in learning about what elements go into making a great city. In her free time, Alissa enjoys finding new cafes in the city, reading, fitness, and attending festivals and concerts.

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Andrea Kelemen

Andrea Kelemen is a communications and public engagement specialist at Waterfront Toronto.  In her spare time you may find her exploring the waterfront, testing out new restaurants, studying maps or entertaining her two daughters. 

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Andrew Hilton

Andrew Hilton was previously the director of communications and marketing at Waterfront Toronto and is currently the Vice President of External Communications at Vestas in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has worked as a journalist, political consultant and corporate communicator and has lived in Canada, China, Germany and Denmark. 

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Andrew Tenyenhuis

Andrew Tenyenhuis was previously a project manager on Waterfront Toronto's Planning & Design and Program Delivery Teams. He is now a Senior Project Manager at Infrastructure Ontario.

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Andrew Tumilty

Andrew handles media relations for Waterfront Toronto, and is thrilled to help tell such an important story about Toronto’s future. Previously, Andrew worked in politics both as a private sector consultant and on campaigns for all three levels of government.  Andrew has written opinion pieces for several media outlets, been a radio panel pundit, and helped craft strategy and communications for several prominent politicians.

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Anna Palamarchuk

Anna was previously a project manager in Waterfront Toronto’s Environment and Innovation group, providing research, planning, and project support for sustainability initiatives. These initiatives worked towards implementing the corporation's objective to transform the waterfront into a series of sustainable, mixed use communities. She is now a Senior Program Analyst for the Ontario Ministry of the Environmental and Climate Change. 

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Arti Panday

Arti Panday is a communications and public engagement coordinator at Waterfront Toronto. She has a degree in Journalism and previously worked as a public and government relations consultant. 

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Brenda Webster

Brenda previously worked as a planning and design manager at Waterfront Toronto. An architectural and urban designer, she began her career revitalizing Manchester’s Castlefield, the world’s first industrial canal, and is passionate about revitalizing urban landscapes at the water’s edge. Brenda has lived and practiced in Berlin, Manchester and Halifax. She has been a professor of Architectural Design at the Bauhaus, Dalhousie University and the University of Toronto. 

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Carol Webb

Carol Webb is a senior manager, communications and public engagement with Waterfront Toronto. She has worked in communications in each of the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.  Her motto is act with integrity, communicate with clarity and laugh often.

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Chloë Catán

Chloë Catán has managed public art commissions for Millennium Park in Chicago, the Vancouver Sculpture Biennale, Hermann Park in Houston, and Michigan State University. Previously the Acting Public Art Curator for the City of Mississauga, Chloë currently runs the public art program for Waterfront Toronto.

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Chris Glaisek

Chris Glaisek is the Chief Planning and Design Officer at Waterfront Toronto and is a passionate advocate for design excellence in the public realm.  He is a strong promoter of sustainable city building and making great urban neighborhoods come to life. 

He is responsible for conceiving planning and design initiatives and managing detailed design for Waterfront Toronto projects in the 2,000-acre Designated Waterfront Area and strives to ensure high standards are achieved in development of parks and public realm, new buildings, streetscapes and infrastructure. 

Under Chris's stewardship, Waterfront Toronto has received more than 60 national and international design awards and nominations for its master plans, parks, and streetscape designs.

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Christopher McKinnon

Christopher McKinnon previously managed communications and public engagement at Waterfront Toronto. He previously held steady, paying gigs at the Toronto International Film Festival and Artscape. He’s passionate about cycling in the city, public transit and building really amazing parks. 

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Ciara McKeown

Ciara McKeown was previously the public art program manager at Waterfront Toronto. She has worked in public art, commercial galleries, museums and non-profit arts organizations which have taken her to New York, Hamilton and Calgary. She received her Master of Arts degree from NYU and her BA in Art History & English literature from McGill University. Ciara is enthusiastic about issues in urban development, civic engagement, graffiti and contemporary art, spending some of her spare time working with a curatorial committee and organizing public art discussions with colleagues while musing on how to change the world through public art. The rest is time spent seeking out all things vintage. 

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Don Forbes

Project Director, Soil Remediation and Earthworks

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Dr. Michael Geist

Dr. Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law and is a member of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society. He has been a visiting professor at universities around the world including the University of Haifa, Hong Kong University, and Tel Aviv University. He has obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees from Cambridge University in the UK and Columbia Law School in New York, and a Doctorate in Law (J.S.D.) from Columbia Law School.

Dr. Geist is the editor of many books including Law, Privacy and Surveillance in Canada in the Post-Snowden Era (2015, University of Ottawa Press), The Copyright Pentalogy: How the Supreme Court of Canada Shook the Foundations of Canadian Copyright Law (2013, University of Ottawa Press), From "Radical Extremism" to "Balanced Copyright": Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda (2010, Irwin Law) and In the Public Interest: The Future of Canadian Copyright Law (2005, Irwin Law). He regularly appears in the Globe and Mail, is the editor of several monthly technology law publications, and authors a popular blog on Internet and intellectual property law issues.

Dr. Geist serves on many boards, including Ingenium, CIRA, Internet Archive Canada, and the EFF Advisory Board. He was appointed to the Order of Ontario in 2018 and has received numerous awards for his work including the University of Ottawa Open Access Award in 2016, Kroeger Award for Policy Leadership and the Public Knowledge IP3 Award in 2010, the Les Fowlie Award for Intellectual Freedom from the Ontario Library Association in 2009, the EFF’s Pioneer Award in 2008, and Canarie’s IWAY Public Leadership Award for his contribution to the development of the Internet in Canada.

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Elspeth Holland

Elspeth Holland completed a summer co-op placement as a research analyst at Waterfront Toronto in 2014. She is currently studying environment and business with a find arts studio minor at the University of Waterloo – which reflect her love for all things sustainable and beautiful.

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Emma Loewen

Emma Loewen is an Innovation and Sustainability Analyst at Waterfront Toronto. Graduating with a Master of Public Policy and Honours Bachelor of Arts in Environment and Urban Studies from University of Toronto, she is passionate about building inclusive, climate resilient communities. Emma previously worked as a policy researcher with The Atmospheric Fund, collaborating with non-profits and all three levels of government to advance low-carbon urban policy solutions in the GTHA. In her spare time, she volunteers as an advisory board member with The Model Alliance, working with governments, NGO’s and private organizations to establish labour protections and sustainability practices in the fashion industry. 
 

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Heather Glicksman

Heather is a community relations and Issues Specialist at Metrolinx. She previously worked at Waterfront Toronto as a Communications and Public Engagement Coordinator where she specialized in public consultations and writing online content. She has worked in the public sector and for a municipal government working to keep the public informed on hot topics. In her free time, Heather enjoyed exploring Toronto’s many festivals and activities.

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Ilana Shamoon

Ilana Shamoon was previously the Interim Public Art Program Manager at Waterfront Toronto. She is also a curator of contemporary art. She holds a BA from McGill University in both Art History and Mathematics and an MA in Art History from the University of Toronto. After completing her master’s program, she moved to Paris, France. From 2006 until 2015, she was Curator at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, creating numerous exhibitions for the Jean Nouvel designed Paris space – a glass building, street front, and outdoor garden – and adapting them for institutions abroad. Since her return to Toronto, she has been interested in making art accessible outside of the gallery’s walls, from the public physical realm to the Internet.  

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Jake Tobin Garrett

Jake Tobin Garrett is a writer and public space advocate in Toronto. He works as Manager of Policy and Research for Park People. Read more on his blog This Land is Parkland.

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Jed Kilbourn

Jed has over a decade of experience in urban planning, development and housing advocacy. In his most recent incarnation as a Director of Development Planning at Waterfront Toronto, Jed is leveraging his experience delivering the revitalization of Toronto’s Regent Park to further the development of an outstanding, publicly accessible waterfront. In addition to twenty years of public presentation, focus group, and workshop facilitation, Jed has in-depth knowledge of planning legislation and policy, as well as an intimate understanding of large-scale urban revitalization.

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John Campbell

John Campbell was previously the president and CEO of Waterfront Toronto. Prior to taking the reins of the corporation, John was a senior executive at Brookfield Properties, where he headed up the Canadian property management services subsidiary and played a leadership role in the development of the company's most prestigious property, BCE Place.  

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Jonathan Laski

Jonathan Laski is the Director of Client Services at Zerofootprint. He was formerly a project manager at Waterfront Toronto, focused on environment and innovation initiatives. He has worked on city-building and sustainability issues for several years in both Canada and the United Kingdom. In his previous roles he has worked with staff in city governments around the world focused on reducing energy consumption in public and private buildings and enhancing their cities’ climate change resiliency. Jonathan was once a practicing lawyer but found he had a dislike for neck ties. He is more at ease when bicycling around town checking out local garage sales.

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Kaleigh Wisman

Kaleigh Wisman is a communications and public engagement manager at Waterfront Toronto. With a background in the non-profit sector, she believes in using the power of storytelling to inform and engage communities.

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Katie Andrachuk

Katie is a Manager of Communications and Public Engagement for Waterfront Toronto. Her projects include Quayside, Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and York Street Park.

She is interested in learning how people use and enjoy public spaces in cities and believes great urban environments are created in collaboration with communities.
 

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Kristina Verner

Kristina Verner is the vice president of innovation, sustainability and prosperity at Waterfront Toronto. She has been active in the intelligent community movement for the past fifteen years. Under her stewardship, Waterfront Toronto spearheaded the City’s 2013 and 2014 bids to be recognized as a world-leading smart city. In 2013, Toronto was shortlisted in the Top 7 globally. In 2014, Toronto was named as the Intelligent Community of the Year by New York's Intelligent Community Forum.

In 2012, Verner was honoured to receive the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her leadership and commitment to the creation of intelligent communities and collaborative ecosystems that support the transparent, connected, vibrant communities and economies that will foster national prosperity. In 2014, she was named one of the 25 top global social business leaders by the Economist Intelligence Unit and IBM. 

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Margaret Goodfellow

Margaret is a senior advisor, architectural design excellence at Metrolinx. She previously worked at Waterfront Toronto as a planning and design project manager. A Torontonian by way of Mexico, Texas and Brantford, Ontario, Margaret has always had a passion for – and felt inspired by – the vibrancy of this culturally diverse city. After graduating with a professional degree in architecture, Margaret continued her education working in award winning design offices, gaining valuable experience working on parks, public spaces, cultural and residential projects.

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Meghan Hogan

Meghan Hogan was previously a communications and public engagement manager at Waterfront Toronto. She has degrees in Journalism and Public Relations, and previously worked as a public relations consultant in real estate development. Aside from writing, Meghan's passions include yoga, health and wellness, eating lots of amazing food and being outdoors as much as possible. Meghan is now a Communications Business Partner at IKEA Group.

 

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Michael Van Valkenburgh

Michael Van Valkenburgh is the lead designer on the Port Lands Flood Protection project team.  His landscape architecture firm, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, has offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Brooklyn, New York.  The recipient of numerous professional awards, including extensive recognition for Brooklyn Bridge Park, his work in Toronto includes Corktown Common, Harbourfront’s York Quay, a landscape Master Plan for University of Toronto, and the winning entry in the 2007 International Design Competition for the Lower Don Lands.  

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Michela Comparey

Michela Comparey is a Communications and Public Engagement Coordinator at Waterfront Toronto. She comes from an arts and culture background and has previously worked in both the museum and music sectors.  She’s passionate about sustainable and connected communities and loves spending time outside in Toronto.

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Mira Shenker

Mira Shenker is a senior communications manager at Waterfront Toronto. She has previously worked as a journalist and executive editor at industry and business publications. 

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Pina Mallozzi

Pina Mallozzi BLA, MLA is Vice President, Design at Waterfront Toronto and an advocate for user experience in the design of public infrastructure.

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Rebecca Carbin

Rebecca Carbin holds a Masters in Curating Contemporary Art from Goldsmith’s College, University of London, UK. While working as an independent curator and art consultant in London she worked with a variety of clients and agencies including Artangel, Public Art Development Trust, British Broadcasting Corporation, the Corporation of London, West Ham United Football Club and the Saatchi Gallery. As Public Art Officer for the City of Toronto, Rebecca grew the City’s percent for art program and opened up commissioning opportunities to artists working in a variety of media and at all stages in their careers.Previously, Rebecca Carbin was Public Art Program Manager for Waterfront Toronto where she was responsible for all aspects of planning and commissioning art within the public realm of the designated Waterfront area. Rebecca is also Founder of I Heart Your Work Art Futures, an artwork production concept that brings a kick-starter approach to contemporary art patronage.

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Rocky the Rock Ripper

Professional rock ripping bucket at Waterfront Toronto, digging the new Don River. Nature-lover. Rock-collector. Vegetarian. Never skipped a leg day.

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Samantha Gileno

Samantha Gileno previously worked at Waterfront Toronto as a communications manager who specialized in all things related to the Central Waterfront and East Bayfront communities. 

 

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Shannon Baker

Shannon Baker is Project Director, Parks and Public Realm for the Port Lands Flood Protection project at Waterfront Toronto. Her practice has involved concrete and speculative work across Canada and internationally, and has always been situated at the intersection of landscape, ecology, and urbanism.

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Stephanie Chow

Stephanie Chow is a Project Communications Specialist at Aecon Group Inc.  She previously worked at Waterfront Toronto as a Communications and Public Engagement Coordinator for the Quayside project. Prompted by her passion for storytelling and learning new skills, she began her career in the publishing industry and has since taken on media relations, editorial, communications, and marketing roles within Canada’s higher education sector and financial industry. Stephanie was proud to help Waterfront Toronto reimagine our city’s waterfront and always sais she was lucky to learn about the elements of city-building from the best of the best. When she’s not working, Stephanie can be found reading, podcasting, or eating food with friends. 

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Tari Stork

Tari Stork was a communications manager at Waterfront Toronto. Her favourite things are rocks, trees, water and mid-century architecture. When not spending time renovating her humble abode, you’ll find her laughing at her cats or hitting the road to check out off-the-beaten-path restos and architectural salvage spots.

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Tennille Dowers

Tennille Dowers was a social media and online content intern at Waterfront Toronto in 2016.

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Tony Medeiros

Tony is the director of development at Dream Unlimited. He was previously a project manager at Waterfront Toronto for the Gardiner Expressway East & lake Shore Boulevard Reconfiguration Environmental Assessment & Urban Design Study, Lower Yonge Precinct and East Bayfront Transit. He is a registered urban planner, landscape architect and urban designer holding a Masters of Urban Planning from Harvard University specializing in real estate development. 

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Valerie Francella

Valerie Francella is the Program Manager for the Toronto and Region Remedial Action Plan where she works with partners to implement priority actions for restoring Toronto’s waters, beaches, and fish and wildlife habitat.  Prior to joining the Remedial Action Plan team, Valerie was a Planner with the City and County of San Francisco’s Recreation and Parks Department. She holds a Masters of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning from UC Berkeley and a Masters of Resource and Environmental Management from Dalhousie University.

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Vance Lockton

Vance Lockton is Manager of Digital Governance with Waterfront Toronto. Prior to this, he spent a decade in the public service split between the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. He has Masters degrees in both Computer Science and Public Policy, and has been examining issues around data since 2004. If his phone is any evidence, he spends his free time taking photos of his two cats.

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