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.  phalsall(at)canurb(dot)org ext. 233

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.

phalsall(at)canurb(dot)org ext. 233

  Amanda Smith,  Managing Director  Amanda leads CUI’s day-to-day operations and projects focused on improving the sustainability and resilience of urban development. Her work involves convening expert teams, conducting research, producing events and connecting with stakeholders. Her focus in on low carbon development and sustainable resource use. 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.  asmith(at)canurb(dot)org ext. 221

Amanda Smith, Managing Director

Amanda leads CUI’s day-to-day operations and projects focused on improving the sustainability and resilience of urban development. Her work involves convening expert teams, conducting research, producing events and connecting with stakeholders. Her focus in on low carbon development and sustainable resource use. 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.

asmith(at)canurb(dot)org ext. 221

 
 
  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

  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

  Keir Matthews-Hunter , Urban Research Analyst  Keir is involved in research, writing, and project coordination on projects aligned with CUI’s mandate of achieving healthy urban development. He has experience in quantitative and qualitative research methods, spatial analysis, and policy development. Keir’s research interests are focused on housing markets, policy, and finance; land use planning; urban social structure; and demographic change in cities. He holds a Master of Science in Planning degree from the University of Toronto.  kmatthewshunter(at)canurb(dot)org ext. 280

Keir Matthews-Hunter, Urban Research Analyst

Keir is involved in research, writing, and project coordination on projects aligned with CUI’s mandate of achieving healthy urban development. He has experience in quantitative and qualitative research methods, spatial analysis, and policy development. Keir’s research interests are focused on housing markets, policy, and finance; land use planning; urban social structure; and demographic change in cities. He holds a Master of Science in Planning degree from the University of Toronto.

kmatthewshunter(at)canurb(dot)org ext. 280

 
  Alexandra McDonough,  Senior Planner  Alexandra is a Registered Professional Planner. 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. Much of her work focuses on resource identification and mapping. Through these processes, she provides clients with the technical foundation they need to create resource databases, identify and strengthen their assets and integrate these assets into local plans, policies and initiatives. 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's interests and expertise are rooted in cultural planning, public engagement, community planning and local economic development. Much of her work focuses on resource identification and mapping. Through these processes, she provides clients with the technical foundation they need to create resource databases, identify and strengthen their assets and integrate these assets into local plans, policies and initiatives. 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

  Glenn Miller , 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, 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

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

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.

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

 
  Robyn Visheau,  Marketing & Communications Manager  Robyn leads both internal and external communications activities. She supports the advancement of the organization and its mission of achieving healthy urban development by designing and implementing effective storytelling, engagement and brand management strategies. She focuses on successfully communicating CUI's work and values to supporters, stakeholders and other key audiences through a variety of relevant methods and platforms. Robyn is a graduate of McGill University and holds post-graduate certificates in digital marketing management and media skills from the University of Toronto and OCADU.  Robyn also coordinates the daily operations of the CUI office.  rvisheau(at)canurb(dot)org ext. 234

Robyn Visheau, Marketing & Communications Manager

Robyn leads both internal and external communications activities. She supports the advancement of the organization and its mission of achieving healthy urban development by designing and implementing effective storytelling, engagement and brand management strategies. She focuses on successfully communicating CUI's work and values to supporters, stakeholders and other key audiences through a variety of relevant methods and platforms. Robyn is a graduate of McGill University and holds post-graduate certificates in digital marketing management and media skills from the University of Toronto and OCADU.

Robyn also coordinates the daily operations of the CUI office.

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

 

Board of Directors

 

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

Andréa Callà Chair
President & CEO, The Calla Group

John Campbell
President & CEO, Renovo Advisory Services Ltd.

Eric Champagne
Associate Professor, Public Administration, University of Ottawa

 

 

 

Brian Denney
Director, Canadian Urban Institute

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

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

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

 

 

Robert Howald
Executive VP, Real Estate, Canada Lands Company

Kathleen Llewellyn-Thomas 
Director, Canadian Urban Institute

Bruce Peever
Senior Manager, KPMG

Michael Sutherland
Director, Urban Solutions, Hatch

Megan Wallingford
Manager, Sustainalytics