Staff & Associates

 
Ibukun Adeleye,  Operations & Communications Coordinator  Ibukun implements digital marketing and communication strategies such as social media content creation and curation, in addition to, website management; writing and editing, monthly e-newsletters and blog posts to effectively communicate the innovative insights being uncovered at CUI to key audiences.  Her unique background in urban planning together with her past marketing and communications experience puts her in an ideal position to have the essential tools and language needed to develop context-driven communication materials needed to support CUI’s mandate of achieving healthy urban development.  iadeleye(at)canurb(dot)org ext. 234

Ibukun Adeleye, Operations & Communications Coordinator

Ibukun implements digital marketing and communication strategies such as social media content creation and curation, in addition to, website management; writing and editing, monthly e-newsletters and blog posts to effectively communicate the innovative insights being uncovered at CUI to key audiences.

Her unique background in urban planning together with her past marketing and communications experience puts her in an ideal position to have the essential tools and language needed to develop context-driven communication materials needed to support CUI’s mandate of achieving healthy urban development.

iadeleye(at)canurb(dot)org ext. 234

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.  acancelli(at)canurb(dot)org

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.

acancelli(at)canurb(dot)org

Lisa Cavicchia,  Program   Director  Lisa is an urban planner with more than 20 years of experience managing city-building initiatives for the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI). She is responsible for developing and implementing partnerships with cities and communities across Canada and almost 20 countries and more than 100 cities across Europe, South-East Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean that connect individuals and organizations in cities to research, plan, fund and deliver initiatives that strengthen local economies, improve sustainable development outcomes, and create jobs for youth, women and men.  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.  lcavicchia(at)canurb(dot)org ext. 223

Lisa Cavicchia, Program Director

Lisa is an urban planner with more than 20 years of experience managing city-building initiatives for the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI). She is responsible for developing and implementing partnerships with cities and communities across Canada and almost 20 countries and more than 100 cities across Europe, South-East Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean that connect individuals and organizations in cities to research, plan, fund and deliver initiatives that strengthen local economies, improve sustainable development outcomes, and create jobs for youth, women and men.

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.

lcavicchia(at)canurb(dot)org ext. 223

 
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.  ndhaliwal(at)canurb(dot)org ext. 230

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.

ndhaliwal(at)canurb(dot)org ext. 230

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.  jevenson(at)canurb(dot)org ext. 281

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.

jevenson(at)canurb(dot)org ext. 281

Peter Halsall,  Senior Associate  Peter is an award-winning engineer and entrepreneurial businessman who led CUI as Executive Director from 2013-18. 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. Peter also leads a philanthropic foundation with his wife, consults for real estate development and problem solving and volunteers on several Boards.  phalsall(at)canurb(dot)org

Peter Halsall, Senior Associate

Peter is an award-winning engineer and entrepreneurial businessman who led CUI as Executive Director from 2013-18. 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. Peter also leads a philanthropic foundation with his wife, consults for real estate development and problem solving and volunteers on several Boards.

phalsall(at)canurb(dot)org

 
Daniel Liadsky,  Data & GIS Specialist  Daniel is a data and GIS analyst with experience working with novel and conventional datasets in planning, health care, and non-profit settings. Skilled in statistics, spatial analysis, predictive modelling, and data visualization, he focuses on interpreting data through a contextual lens and turning them into actionable insights.  Daniel is also the lead for  Purpose Analytics , a social enterprise incubated at CUI, that helps other non-profits use data more effectively.  dliadsky(at)canurb(dot)org ext. 290

Daniel Liadsky, Data & GIS Specialist

Daniel is a data and GIS analyst with experience working with novel and conventional datasets in planning, health care, and non-profit settings. Skilled in statistics, spatial analysis, predictive modelling, and data visualization, he focuses on interpreting data through a contextual lens and turning them into actionable insights.

Daniel is also the lead for Purpose Analytics, a social enterprise incubated at CUI, that helps other non-profits use data more effectively.

dliadsky(at)canurb(dot)org ext. 290

Glenn Miller , Senior Associate - Research  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.  gmiller(at)canurb(dot)org

Glenn Miller, Senior Associate - Research

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.

gmiller(at)canurb(dot)org

Alexandra McDonough,  Senior Planner  Alexandra is a Registered Professional Planner. With a background in urban planning and cultural studies, Alex develops collaborative city-building initiatives and innovative solutions for communities. Her work focuses on community mapping and needs assessment, resilience & sustainability, cultural planning and community wellbeing.  Her work succeeds at connecting decision-makers to the communities they serve by emphasizing engagement and communications as key processes.  amcdonough(at)canurb(dot)org ext. 226

Alexandra McDonough, Senior Planner

Alexandra is a Registered Professional Planner. With a background in urban planning and cultural studies, Alex develops collaborative city-building initiatives and innovative solutions for communities. Her work focuses on community mapping and needs assessment, resilience & sustainability, cultural planning and community wellbeing.

Her work succeeds at connecting decision-makers to the communities they serve by emphasizing engagement and communications as key processes.

amcdonough(at)canurb(dot)org ext. 226

 
Geneva Starr,  Project Manager  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.  gstarr(at)canurb(dot)org ext. 257

Geneva Starr, Project Manager

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.

gstarr(at)canurb(dot)org ext. 257

Robyn Visheau,  Marketing & Communications Manager  Robyn leads marketing and communications initiatives at CUI that support the organization’s mandate of achieving healthy urban development. This includes social media strategy development, writing and editing, content creation and curation, graphic design and website management. She has had the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects that address many of the most pressing issues facing today’s urban areas.  Her experience allows her to create and implement effective strategies for identifying, connecting with and mobilizing key audiences around the innovative concepts that help build capacity for healthier communities. Robyn also manages the daily operations of the CUI office.  rvisheau(at)canurb(dot)org

Robyn Visheau, Marketing & Communications Manager

Robyn leads marketing and communications initiatives at CUI that support the organization’s mandate of achieving healthy urban development. This includes social media strategy development, writing and editing, content creation and curation, graphic design and website management. She has had the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects that address many of the most pressing issues facing today’s urban areas.

Her experience allows her to create and implement effective strategies for identifying, connecting with and mobilizing key audiences around the innovative concepts that help build capacity for healthier communities. Robyn also manages the daily operations of the CUI office.

rvisheau(at)canurb(dot)org

 

Board of Directors

Andréa Callà Chair
President & CEO, The Calla Group.

Audrey Jamal
Chief of Staff, Office of the President, University of Guelph.

Bruce Peever
Senior Manager, KPMG.

Caroline Rauhala
Director, Lending at Vancity Community Investment Bank.

Elliott Cappell
Former Chief Resilience Officer, City of Toronto.

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

Kathleen Llewellyn-Thomas 
Deputy Chief Customer Officer,
Toronto Transit Commission.

Marcy Burchfield
Vice President, Economic Blueprint Institute, Toronto Region Board of Trade.

Matthew Kanter
Associate General Director, Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC). 

Megan Wallingford
Manager, Sustainalytics.

Michael Sutherland
Director, Urban Solutions, Hatch.

Paul Smetanin
President & CEO, CANCEA.

Zahra Ebrahim
Executive Advisor, Doblin.