Beth joined Green Communities Canada as Associate Director in 2008, after almost 20 years working as an environmentalist for organizations like Greenpeace, Moving the Economy, and the Toronto Environmental Alliance. As Secretary to the Board, Beth serves as the core staff support to the Green Communities Foundation. In her spare time she also chairs the board of Transportation Options, which operates the award-winning Bike Train and other cycle tourism initiatives. She also enjoys creative writing and fixing up her century old house.
Carol Craig has been a Public Health Nurse at the Sudbury & District Health Unit for the past 13 years. Most of that time has been dedicated to supporting people to live actively. When she is not advocating for supportive infrastructure she is either at camp, golfing or running. She is a mom to Annabelle an eight year old Bullmastiff and is learning how to drive her new motorcycle.
Chris is a Professional Engineer with the City of Waterloo where he has implemented a number of roundabouts and road diets. He also managed the City’s first Transportation Master Plan which recommended a Complete Streets policy. Approval of the Master Plan in 2011 meant Waterloo became the first municipality in Canada to implement a Complete Streets Policy.
Chris was educated in England, UK, achieving a Degree in Civil Engineering from Kingston University, London. Before moving to Canada, he worked on traffic calming, pedestrian streets and the National Cycle Network of Great Britain.
He has presented at the 2009 and 2010 Ontario Bike Summits, the 2010 Transportation Association of Canada Annual Conference, and the 2011 Complete Streets Forum.
David works for Transportation Planning at the City of Toronto that oversees policies and projects with the goal of improving transit, discouraging automobile dependence and encouraging alternative forms of transportation such as walking, cycling, subways and streetcars. Transportation Planning delivers a number of services including identifying strategic improvement opportunities, assessing transportation needs that focus on implementing the Official Plan, and developing leading-edge policies on major transportation initiatives in the City and the Greater Toronto Area. We research and analyze transportation and travel trends in the City and surrounding Regions and provide travel demand forecasting services city-wide. We work closely with the TTC, GO Transit and other transportation agencies in the many areas of mutual interest.
David is the Transportation Demand Management Program Supervisor at Halifax Regional Municipality and was appointed to the Green Communities Canada Board of Directors in May 2012 (click here for more background by Green Communities Canada).
Loretta Ryan is the Director of Public Affairs for the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI), an association representing almost 4,000 members working in the land use and community planning profession. Loretta provides leadership in the development and delivery of the Institute’s public policy and communication efforts. Of note, she is the staff lead on the Institute’s Healthy Communities, Sustainable Communities initiative.
Prior to coming to OPPI, Loretta worked at the Toronto Board of Trade where she was responsible for the planning-related standing committees. Previous to this she was a Policy Advisor and Community Planner for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing where she worked in both the operation and policy areas of the Ministry.
Loretta is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and a Registered Professional Planner. She is also a member of the Canadian Society of Association Executives and a Certified Association Executive (CAE).
Norma Moores a Senior Transportation Engineer at IBI Group. Ms. Moores was involved in the Transportation Association of Canada’s original Bikeway Traffic Control Guidelines for Canada (1998), a more than seven-year volunteer effort to publish national guidelines on signs and pavement markings for bikeways. She was then part of the consulting team engaged by TAC to update the Guidelines to review pavement markings associated with innovations in bikeway design. Ms. Moores is currently leading TAC’s project on a Synthesis of Practices for Active Transportation in Canada. She recently completed the Cape Breton Regional Municipality Active Transportation Plan, Cambridge Bikeway Network Plan and contributed to Ottawa’s Pedestrian Plan. Ms. Moores is on the Board of Directors for the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) and a fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). She bikes four seasons to work in Hamilton with help of bike racks on the buses for that escarpment climb home.
Pat Fisher is the co-chair of the Ontario Public Health Association’s Health and Built Environment Workgroup. Pat works as a Public Health Planner with Region of Waterloo and had been actively researching elements of Health and the Built Environment for the last nine years.
Paul Hess is an Associate Professor of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto. His teaching and research focus is on pedestrian environments and design, planning for activity transportation modes, and streets as public space. Dr. Hess has done research on how built environments influence pedestrian activity for more than 15 years with his early work pioneering measures of pedestrian network connectivity and route-directness now in common use. A recent study with Professor Beth Moore Milroy examined instuitional barriers to improving street design for pedestrians. Current projects include a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada funded project exploring “walkability” in the inner suburbs and how residents without access to cars negotiate their neighbourhoods by walking, cycling, and taking transit. In partnership with the Centre for City Ecology the study has been extended by the Toronto Community Foundation to include pilot sites for the Mayors Tower Renewal program. Dr. Hess is also part of a University of Toronto research team examining the politics of transportation in Canada including the entrenched institutional processes sustaining a culture of “automobility” and auto-dependence.
Stefanie Seskin, the State and Local Policy Manager for the National Complete Streets Coalition, provides technical assistance to advocates, practitioners, and elected officials as they advocate for, develop, and implement Complete Streets policies. She is the primary author of Complete Streets Local Policy Workbook and the annual Complete Streets Policy Analysis. She contributed chapters and case studies to Complete Streets: Best Policy & Implementation Practices, published by the American Planning Association, and the policy analysis included in the AARP Public Policy Institute’s Planning Complete Streets for the Aging of America. Stefanie has a Masters of Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.