Staff & Associates

Peter Halsall, Executive Director

Peter is an award-winning engineer and entrepreneurial businessman who joined CUI as Executive Director in 2013. Prior to that he led the growth of an employee-owned national company with offices across Canada. At CUI he has been committed to increasing our ability to support evidence based decision-making to achieve balanced outcomes for urban development. In addition to his CUI role, he leads a philanthropic foundation with his wife, consults for real estate development and problem solving and volunteers on several Boards. 

His recent project include: Canadian Infrastructure Report CardLSNetworkWaterfront Toronto Resilience and Innovation Framework

 
Ariana Cancelli, Planner & Researcher   Ariana's diverse background and skill set includes urban planning, research, community and stakeholder engagement, facilitation and communications. Ariana has worked on over 35 urban, environmental and community planning projects with clients across Canada and internationally. She specializes in developing and implementing place-based planning and engagement strategies to support healthy communities.  Ariana is also a Director at The Laneway Project and the co-chair of the Friends of Alexandra Park. Ariana has a Master’s in Urban Development from Ryerson University and a BA from Western University where she specialized in Media Information and Technoculture. Her recent projects include: Visualizing Density, Project YU, I Belong Downtown

Ariana Cancelli, Planner & Researcher  

Ariana's diverse background and skill set includes urban planning, research, community and stakeholder engagement, facilitation and communications. Ariana has worked on over 35 urban, environmental and community planning projects with clients across Canada and internationally. She specializes in developing and implementing place-based planning and engagement strategies to support healthy communities.  Ariana is also a Director at The Laneway Project and the co-chair of the Friends of Alexandra Park. Ariana has a Master’s in Urban Development from Ryerson University and a BA from Western University where she specialized in Media Information and Technoculture.

Her recent projects include: Visualizing Density, Project YU, I Belong Downtown

Lisa Cavicchia, Program Director Lisa is an urban planner with more than 20 years of experience managing community economic development projects and city-building initiatives for the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI). She is responsible for developing and implementing partnerships with cities and communities around the world. This work includes planning, strategy development, community and youth engagement, applied research, local economic development, local governance strengthening, sustainability planning and policy development across Canada, in Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean. Under Lisa’s management, CUI has gained a reputation for establishing strong partnerships that help cities and their communities tackle complex local development challenges and get on a trajectory for transformational change. Her recent projects include: Toronto Ward Boundary Review, Urban Leadership Awards, Canada Philippines Local Governance Program for Local Economic Development

Lisa Cavicchia, Program Director

Lisa is an urban planner with more than 20 years of experience managing community economic development projects and city-building initiatives for the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI). She is responsible for developing and implementing partnerships with cities and communities around the world. This work includes planning, strategy development, community and youth engagement, applied research, local economic development, local governance strengthening, sustainability planning and policy development across Canada, in Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean. Under Lisa’s management, CUI has gained a reputation for establishing strong partnerships that help cities and their communities tackle complex local development challenges and get on a trajectory for transformational change.

Her recent projects include: Toronto Ward Boundary Review, Urban Leadership AwardsCanada Philippines Local Governance Program for Local Economic Development

Nav Dhaliwal, CPA, CA, Director of Finance Nav is a Chartered Professional Accountant who manages CUI's taxes, finances and accounting. After spending nearly a decade working in the finance world at a top tier firm, Nav brings his experience in real estate, urban development and specific financial acumen to the team. Nav holds a BA in Mathematics and Masters of Accounting from the University of Waterloo along with his Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA) designation.

Nav Dhaliwal, CPA, CA, Director of Finance

Nav is a Chartered Professional Accountant who manages CUI's taxes, finances and accounting. After spending nearly a decade working in the finance world at a top tier firm, Nav brings his experience in real estate, urban development and specific financial acumen to the team.

Nav holds a BA in Mathematics and Masters of Accounting from the University of Waterloo along with his Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA) designation.

 
Jeff Evenson, Director Jeff joined CUI in 2002 after working for 3 Toronto mayors. He specializes in connecting stakeholders with issues, urban utility and culture mapping, strategic issues management and participatory design of public policy. Jeff believes that effective engagement helps mitigate risk. He's interested in community energy planning, creative economy, sustainable urban development and the public realm. Born and raised in Toronto, he currently resides downtown where he rides or walks to work each day. His recent projects includes: TOcore Community Services and Facilities Strategy, Visualizing Density, Scaling Up Affordable Ownership Housing in the GTA

Jeff Evenson, Director

Jeff joined CUI in 2002 after working for 3 Toronto mayors. He specializes in connecting stakeholders with issues, urban utility and culture mapping, strategic issues management and participatory design of public policy. Jeff believes that effective engagement helps mitigate risk. He's interested in community energy planning, creative economy, sustainable urban development and the public realm. Born and raised in Toronto, he currently resides downtown where he rides or walks to work each day.

His recent projects includes: TOcore Community Services and Facilities Strategy, Visualizing Density, Scaling Up Affordable Ownership Housing in the GTA

Daniel Liadsky, Associate - GIS & Data Analyst  Daniel has experience working with conventional and novel datasets in planning, health care, and non-profit contexts. Skilled in spatial analysis, information management and data warehousing, data exploration, predictive modelling, and visualization. Strengths include project management, problem solving, written and verbal communication, and attention to detail. His recent projects include: TOcore Community Services and Facilities Strategy, Golden Mile

Daniel Liadsky, Associate GIS & Data Analyst 

Daniel has experience working with conventional and novel datasets in planning, health care, and non-profit contexts. Skilled in spatial analysis, information management and data warehousing, data exploration, predictive modelling, and visualization. Strengths include project management, problem solving, written and verbal communication, and attention to detail.

His recent projects include: TOcore Community Services and Facilities Strategy, Golden Mile

Alexandra McDonough, Planner & Researcher Alexandra has a background in urban planning and cultural studies, her interests and expertise are rooted in cultural planning, public engagement, community planning and local economic development. Alex has worked on over 30 urban cultural and community planning projects with clients across Canada and internationally. She also has experience working internationally, in the Philippines and Japan. Her recent projects include: TOcore Community Services and Facilities Strategy, City of Toronto - Urban Design Policy Development, Humboldt Culture-Led Strategic Plan

Alexandra McDonough, Planner & Researcher

Alexandra has a background in urban planning and cultural studies, her interests and expertise are rooted in cultural planning, public engagement, community planning and local economic development. Alex has worked on over 30 urban cultural and community planning projects with clients across Canada and internationally. She also has experience working internationally, in the Philippines and Japan.

Her recent projects include: TOcore Community Services and Facilities Strategy, City of Toronto - Urban Design Policy Development, Humboldt Culture-Led Strategic Plan

 
Glenn Miller, Associate  For more than 20 years, Glenn led CUI's education and research program, focusing on growth management, downtown revitalization and the impact of demographic change. Now in an Associate role, Glenn continues to provide advice on a range of projects and is co-founder of the Strategic Regional Research Alliance, which undertakes evidence-based research in support of the GTHA’s economic competitiveness. His recent projects includes: Strategic Regional Research Alliance, Visualizing Density, Supporting the Big Shift with Age-Friendly Development  

Glenn Miller, Associate 

For more than 20 years, Glenn led CUI's education and research program, focusing on growth management, downtown revitalization and the impact of demographic change. Now in an Associate role, Glenn continues to provide advice on a range of projects and is co-founder of the Strategic Regional Research Alliance, which undertakes evidence-based research in support of the GTHA’s economic competitiveness.

His recent projects includes: Strategic Regional Research Alliance, Visualizing Density, Supporting the Big Shift with Age-Friendly Development

 

Amanda Smith, Director Amanda leads CUI’s day-to-day operations and projects focused on improving the sustainability of urban development She helps deliver projects by bringing together expert teams, conducting research, producing events and connecting with stakeholders to analyze urban issues.  Her focus in on low carbon development and sustainable resource management. Her prior experience includes leading teams to develop hospitals and three stadium venues for the Toronto 2015 Pan and Para Pan Am Games while at Infrastructure Ontario. She has undergraduate and masters degrees in civil engineering from the University of Toronto. Her recent projects include: LSNetwork, Excess Soil By-Law Tool, Waterfront Toronto Resilience and Innovation Framework for Sustainability

Amanda Smith, Director

Amanda leads CUI’s day-to-day operations and projects focused on improving the sustainability of urban development She helps deliver projects by bringing together expert teams, conducting research, producing events and connecting with stakeholders to analyze urban issues.  Her focus in on low carbon development and sustainable resource management. Her prior experience includes leading teams to develop hospitals and three stadium venues for the Toronto 2015 Pan and Para Pan Am Games while at Infrastructure Ontario. She has undergraduate and masters degrees in civil engineering from the University of Toronto.

Her recent projects include: LSNetwork, Excess Soil By-Law ToolWaterfront Toronto Resilience and Innovation Framework for Sustainability

Geneva Starr, Project Coordinator & Researcher Geneva's work focuses on driving sustainable, low carbon communities through applied research, technical tool development, convening experts, coordinating events and facilitating engagement. Geneva has an Honours Bachelor of Engineering with Distinction in Water Resources from the University of Guelph. While at Guelph, Geneva specialized in technical issues related to urban environmental management and completed additional courses in Environmental Sciences to further her understanding of the impacts of climate change to the built environment and developing resilience.  Her recent projects include: LSNetwork, Waterfront Toronto Resilience and Innovation Framework for Sustainability, Excess Soil By-Law Tool

Geneva Starr, Project Coordinator & Researcher

Geneva's work focuses on driving sustainable, low carbon communities through applied research, technical tool development, convening experts, coordinating events and facilitating engagement. Geneva has an Honours Bachelor of Engineering with Distinction in Water Resources from the University of Guelph. While at Guelph, Geneva specialized in technical issues related to urban environmental management and completed additional courses in Environmental Sciences to further her understanding of the impacts of climate change to the built environment and developing resilience. 

Her recent projects include: LSNetworkWaterfront Toronto Resilience and Innovation Framework for Sustainability, Excess Soil By-Law Tool

Robyn Visheau, Operations & Communications Coordinator Robyn coordinates daily operations as well as the activities of the Board of Directors. She organizes the logistics and marketing of CUI's events and leads internal/external communications initiatives. Robyn graduated from McGill University with a degree in Sociology and Anthropology. She is currently pursuing postgraduate studies in digital marketing and media through the University of Toronto and OCADU.  

Robyn Visheau, Operations & Communications Coordinator

Robyn coordinates daily operations as well as the activities of the Board of Directors. She organizes the logistics and marketing of CUI's events and leads internal/external communications initiatives. Robyn graduated from McGill University with a degree in Sociology and Anthropology. She is currently pursuing postgraduate studies in digital marketing and media through the University of Toronto and OCADU.

 

 
 

 

Board of Directors

 

Larry Beasley
Founding Principal, Beasley & Associates Planning

Andréa Callà Chair
President & CEO, The Calla Group

John Campbell
President & CEO, Renovo Advisory Services Ltd.

Eric Champagne
Assoc. Prof. Public Administration,
University of Ottawa

 

 

 

Brian Denney
CEO, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Dr. Judy Farvolden
Program Director, University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute

Vincent Gasparro
Managing Director, The Green Tomorrow Fund

Robert Howald
Executive VP, Real Estate, Canada Lands Company

Kathleen Llewellyn-Thomas Vice-Chair
GM, Community Services, City of Vancouver

Nicole McNeill
CFO & VP Corporate & Information Services, Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC)

Bruce Peever
Senior Manager, KPMG

Michael Sutherland
Director, Urban Solutions, Hatch

Megan Wallingford
Senior Advisor, Sustainalytics