Ariana Cancelli

Email: acancelli (at) canurb (dot) org
Tel: (416) 365-0816 ext. 280

Ariana is a planner and researcher at CUI. Her diverse background and skillset 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 facilitate sustainable environmental and community solutions. Ariana is a candidate member of the Ontario Professional Planning Institute. 


Jeff Evenson

Email: jevenson (at) canurb (dot) org
Tel: (416) 365-0816 ext. 281

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 the 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.


Geneva Starr

Email: gstarr (at) canurb (dot) org
Tel: (416) 365-0816 ext. 257

Geneva is a project coordinator and primary engineering researcher. She has an Honours Bachelor of Engineering with Distinction in Water Resources from the University of Guelph. While in Guelph, Geneva specialized in technical issues related to urban environmental management. In addition to engineering, Geneva focused her studies in Environmental Sciences to further her understanding of the impacts of climate change to the built environment and to gain tools to develop resilience. 

Lisa Cavicchia

Email: lcavicchia (at) canurb (dot) org
Tel: (416) 365-0816 ext. 223

Lisa is an urban planner with 20 years of experience managing projects for CUI. She is responsible for the Institute’s international pursuits and for developing and implementing long-term partnerships with cities and communities around the world. This work includes planning, local economic development, local governance strengthening, sustainability planning and policy development in Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean.  She was proclaimed an ‘adopted daughter’ of a small province in the Philippines early in her career, and this remains as one of her proudest professional achievements. 

Peter Halsall

Email: phalsall (at) canurb (dot) org
Tel: (416) 365-0816 ext. 233

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 group of 3 national companies to more than 350 people located in eight offices across Canada: Halsall Associates, a building engineering firm, Pivotal Projects Ltd., a project management firm, and Loop Initiatives Ltd, a management consulting firm for sustainability. In addition to his CUI role, he leads a philanthropic foundation with his wife, is Chairman of a building engineering firm and volunteers on several Boards. 

Amanda Smith

Email: asmith (at) canurb (dot) org
Tel: (416) 365-0816 ext. 221

Amanda is the Manager of Urban Infrastructure Programs at CUI.  She is a professional engineer and project management professional with over 13 years’ experience leading planning and development projects in the public, private and non-profit sectors.  Before joining CUI she was responsible for leading the development of a number of hospital redevelopment projects and the development of three stadium venues for the Toronto 2015 Pan and Para Pan Am Games while at Infrastructure Ontario.   She has also worked in Policy and Planning at the City of Toronto and as an engineer for an environmental consulting firm.

Jonathan Critchley

Email: jcritchley (at) canurb (dot) org
Tel: (416) 365-0816 ext. 290

Jonathan is CUI’s GIS Specialist. He started with us in February, 2015. He studied environmental planning at Dalhousie University and a has a Master’s degree in Spatial Analysis from Ryerson University, where he also teaches web mapping part-time. Jonathan believes in the value of well-maintained and useable datasets and provides advice to municipalities on best practices to process, maintain and visualize their data.




Alex McDonough

Email: amcdonough (at) canurb (dot) org
Tel: (416) 365-0816 ext. 226

Alexandra is a Planner and Researcher at the CUI. With a background in urban planning and cultural studies, Alex’s 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.




Robyn Visheau

Email: rvisheau (at) canurb (dot) org
Tel: (416) 365-0816 ext. 234

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