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LAI SIMCOE CHAPTER
50th ANNIVERSARY STUDENT COMPETITION
DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATIONS: October 2, 2017
Open to all undergraduate and graduate students, including recent grads, in real estate development, land-use planning, engineering, architecture, public administration, business, law and related fields.
As the LAI Simcoe Chapter celebrates its 50th anniversary, students are asked to help us imagine the Toronto region 50 years into the future from the perspective of land economics.
Land economics is about the political-economic underpinning of urban and rural land-use change. LAI members are senior professionals in land use and development.
This competition asks students to get out their crystal balls to consider possible futures from a land economics perspective: what do you foresee as inevitable or desirable in terms of the ownership, management, regulation, and conservation of land? What is in store for the Toronto region in terms of its cities and towns, countryside and rural areas? What do you imagine the social, economic, and natural landscape of all or part of Toronto and/or the Greater Golden Horseshoe will be like in 2067?
When the LAI Simcoe Chapter started 50 years ago, Canada hosted the World’s Fair in Montreal. Expo 67 was a “gleaming futuristic spectacle” with a monorail, a geodesic dome, and the Habitat 67 housing complex. Exhibits showcased the promise of scientific and technological progress with new and emerging ideas in atomic energy, space travel, air conditioning, and communications technologies.[i]
Toronto in 1967 was a city poised on the edge of a bright future and seized with the march of progress and the cult of newness. Toronto was a cosmopolitan city newly arrived on the world stage with a new modern City Hall and TD Centre skyscraper foreshadowing huge changes across the city’s historic landscape. A new, elevated expressway was at the heart of a regional metropolitan network connecting the downtown by car and truck to new master-planned suburban communities at its fringe. Bold ideas needed better architecture, planning, engineering, and capital financing.
Bold ideas also meant complicated politics and the need for sophisticated governance. The politics of the day had people wondering if the city was growing too big, too quickly. A new reform city council was voted in by 1972 to put a pin in the cult of progress and to stop the destruction of buildings and neighbourhoods seen with new eyes as the city’s valuable heritage; how quickly the tide turns.
It was into this hopeful, promising, and rapidly changing world that the LAI Simcoe Chapter was born.
In 2017, transit, green space, planned housing densities and affordability, and the financing of it all are shaping a very different Toronto region. The 2017 agenda of the LAI Simcoe chapter includes: the future of retailing, the Ontario Municipal Board review, municipal revenue options, foreign investment taxation, and the development of privately-owned public space.
What can we now expect 50 years in the future? In 2067, what forces will dramatically change land economics and urban form? What will be the role and organization of government, the private sector, and other actors in land-use change? How will the real estate market respond to social and political pressures to address climate change? Will complete-community urbanism have triumphed over suburban sprawl? Will smart city technologies and autonomous vehicles have changed the way we live, work, and play?
2067 will be your Toronto. This competition will give you the opportunity to shape your vision for the city and region.
Open to all undergraduate and graduate students, including recent grads, in the areas of real estate development, land-use planning, engineering, architecture, public administration, business, law and related fields.
All team members must provide proof of enrolment in 2017 in a Canadian university or college.
Teams to be a minimum of two and maximum of six members.
Registration: October 2, 2017
Submission: November 6, 2017
Winners announced: November 20, 2017
Presentation: December 5, 2017
Teams must register by email to email@example.com
by Monday, October 2, 2017.
Include names of all members of the team, university/college affiliation, and proof of enrolment.
Teams will be contacted to confirm registration. Each team will be assigned a number.
|Submission deadline is Monday, November 6, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.|
A PowerPoint slide deck and accompanying report.
Slides: up to 10 slides, plus title slide.
Supplementary report: up to 10 pages, including graphics and references.
|SUBMIT PROJECTS TO:|
Scott Burns, Scott Burns Planning Consultants, Toronto
Scott Burns is a professional planner and economic developer in the Toronto region. He has worked on large, complex planning and development approvals and policy development as well as small-scale planning projects. Notable projects include planning for Toronto’s downtown railway lands and Air Canada Centre, planning for lands around Pearson International Airport, and Canada’s Wonderland. He is a sole proprietor in Scott Burns Planning Consultants.
Scott is the current President of the Lambda Alpha International Simcoe Chapter.
Agnieszka Wloch, Vice President, Development, Minto Communities, Canada
Agnieszka Wloch is a Real Estate Development professional with focus on leading and successfully executing complex development initiatives that contribute to Minto's objective of expanding strategically in select North American markets to create future growth. An Ivey EMBA graduate and a licensed architect, Agnieszka has a strong foundation in engineering, architectural and urban design paired with nearly 20 years of global experience in Canada, the US, Europe and the Caribbean.
David McKay, Vice President & Partner, MHBC Planning, Urban Design & Landscape Architecture, Woodbridge
David McKay has been a professional planner with MHBC since 1997. He obtained a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Science in Planning from the University of Toronto in 2007. David is a full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and a Registered Professional Planner in Ontario. David has provided a variety of planning services for public and private sector clients, with a range of projects including the planning of commercial, residential and industrial developments.
David is actively involved in the planning profession. David is currently the Chair of OPPI’s Professional Standards and Registration Committee; Secretary for the CIP Scholarship Trust Fund Board of Directors; Vice President and Program Chair with the Simcoe Chapter of Lambda Alpha International; and is the recent Past Chair of the University of Toronto Planning Alumni Committee.
Russell Mathew, Partner, Hemson Consulting Ltd., Toronto
Russell Mathew is a Partner at Hemson with 30 years of professional planning experience. He is the managing Partner of Hemson’s planning practice and is widely known for his expertise in the areas of demographic and economic forecasting and land economics. Along with developing forecasting methods that are used by numerous municipalities and regions in Ontario, he has developed a range of skills in economic development-related studies, strategic planning, growth management, land use planning, and financial modeling.
Russell received his Bachelor of Science in Geography and Mathematics from the University of Alberta and his Master of Science in Planning from the University of Toronto. He is a Registered Professional Planner, a member of the Ontario Association of Land Economists and a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Russell frequently guest lectures at York University and Ryerson University. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Land Economics Foundation and of the Simcoe Chapter of Lambda Alpha International.
Laura E. Taylor, Associate Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
Laura Taylor is an associate professor of urban ecologies and environmental planning. As a researcher in political ecology and landscape studies, she is most interested in exurbia—the rural residential countryside—where she studies the processes and discourses of landscape settlement and landscape conservation at (and beyond) the urban-rural fringe. Laura is co-editor of two books, A Comparative Political Ecology of Exurbia and Landscape: Planning, Environmental Management and Landscape Change (2016) and The Ideology of Nature: Green Sprawl (2013).
She is the interim Chair of Ontario’s Greenbelt Council. She is an active member of the Ontario Climate Consortium, linking land-use planning and climate change action. She earned her PhD in geography from the University of Toronto and is a registered professional planner with the Ontario Professional Planners Institute. She is a member of the Canadian and American Associations of Geographers. She is the academic liaison on the Board of Directors of Lambda Alpha International.
Entries will be evaluated by the jury based on relevance to land economics, coherence of vision, well-reasoned approach, as well as originality and creativity, and overall presentation.
Finalists announced Monday, November 20, 2017
|PRIZES AND RECOGNITION|
Up to three (3) teams will each be awarded a cash prize of $2,000.
Winning teams will prepare and present their 10-minute presentation at the 50th Anniversary Celebration event December 5, 2017 at Malaparte, TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West, Toronto.
Presentation Panel Moderator and Keynote Speaker: Bob Rae, Former Ontario Premier.
Winning teams will receive free admission to the LAI 50th Anniversary Celebration.
|RULES AND REGULATIONS|
Slide decks must include a title slide showing only the team number. No identifying information will be included in slide backgrounds or other formatting. Winners may edit their slides to include identifying information.
Slide decks are limited to a maximum of 10 slides plus the title slide.
Supplementary reports to accompany the presentation slides may be up to 10 pages in length, including a brief (up to one page) executive summary, which may be used for promotional purposes.
Slides and report may have any combination of text, graphics and/or mapping. No hyperlinks.
Submit slides and report in reduced size .pdf format.
Students will maintain the highest integrity of academic honesty.
Event organizers reserve the right to make minor modifications and to issue clarifications throughout the competition.
Frequently asked questions will be addressed on the lai-simcoe.org website, and updated on October 15 and November 1.
[i] Massey, J. 2006. “Buckminster Fuller’s cybernetic pastoral: the United States Pavilion at Expo 67” Journal of Architecture 11(4): 463–483.
SIMCOE CHAPTER DINNER MEETING
September 26, 2017
The Province has given first reading to legislation which could dramatically change the role of the Ontario Municipal Board in the planning process. Moderated by Roslyn Houser (Goodmans LLP), panel members Michael Melling (Davies Howe LLP), Lindsay Dale-Harris (Bousfields Inc), Chris Barnett (DLA Piper) and Barnet Kussner (WeirFoulds LLP) will lead a discussion on the proposed reforms and their implications for municipalities, the development industry and residents’ groups.
To register online and pay by credit card, please visit:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/entering-a-brave-new-world-a-panel-session-on-omb-reform-tickets-37584472168 (Service charges will apply.)
PLEASE NOTE THAT 48 HOURS' NOTICE FOR CANCELLATION
SAVE THE DATE!
SIMCOE CHAPTER 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!
Please plan to join us as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of LAI's Simcoe Chapter!
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
|CALL FOR NEW MEMBERS 2017|
If you would
like more information on the history of LAI and how these guidelines
fit the organization's goals, click http://www.lai.org/about
the nomination form, along with a current copy of the candidate’s
resume or CV by e-mail to Kevin Harper at
and Jason Park at
or by mail to: Kevin Harper and Associates, 1712-24 Wellesley
Street West, Toronto, ON M4Y 2X6.
close, the Board will review and assess each candidate.
Thank you in advance for your consideration of this.
Vice-President and Chair, Membership
SIMCOE CHAPTER ANNUAL MEETING
AND INDUCTION OF NEW MEMBERS
INDUCTION OF NEW MEMBERS
Congratulations to our new members, who were inducted during the Chapter's 49th Annual Meeting and Induction of New Members, held on Tuesday, November 29, 2016:
Vice President, Land and Development Planning
Commissioner of Planning and Economic Development
Regional Municipality of Durham
Director of Development
Watson & Associates Economists Ltd.
Aird & Berlis LLP
Walker, Nott, Dragicevic Associates Ltd.
Vice President of Development
First Gulf Corporation
Manager of Community Planning
City of Toronto
Director, Partnerships and Consultation
Ontario Growth Secretariat, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Davies Howe Partners LLP Lawyers
Director of Land Development
Plazacorp Investments Limited
PRESIDENT'S AWARD OF RECOGNITION
Robert McBride was honoured by the Chapter as the recipient of the 2016 President’s Award in recognition of his remarkable career in transportation consulting and his influence on Toronto’s growth. Click HERE to read Chapter President Bronwyn Krog's remarks.
SLATE OF DIRECTORS FOR 2O16-18
During the Annual Meeting, the following members were elected to the Simcoe Chapter Board of Directors for the 2016-18 term:
Scott Burns President
Jason Park Vice President and Chair, Membership
David McKay Vice President and Chair, Programs
Russell Mathew Treasurer
Julian Jacobs Secretary
Paul Ferris Chair, Communications
Laura Taylor Chair, Academic Liaison
Members at Large:
Ex Officio, Non-voting Members:
Bronwyn Krog Immediate Past President
Robert McBride International First Vice President
|FALL 2016 LAND ECONOMICS WEEKEND|
LAI’s Fall 2016 Land Economics Weekend was held in Toronto from September 22-24, 2016.
Congratulation to the LEW Organizing Committee, co-chaired by Russell Mathew and Leslie Yager, for an outstanding event!
Click HERE to read the thank you letter from Stephen Gragg, International President of LAI.
To view the presentations and photos from the LEW, please visit LAI’s web site at:
Click HERE to view the 2016 LEW Guide.
For information regarding Lambda Alpha International or the Land Economics Foundation