Advisory Panel and Advisory Panel Report
To support the co-ordinated review, Ontario appointed a panel, chaired by David Crombie, to develop recommendations on how to amend and improve the plans.
The Panel has completed its work and submitted the report Planning for Health, Prosperity and Growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe: 2015 – 2041.
View the report’s Executive Summary.
David Crombie has a long history of public service and engagement. He was elected as an Alderman for the City of Toronto in 1969 and then as Mayor in 1972 -- an office he held until 1978. During his time as Mayor of Toronto, he was instrumental in Toronto’s urban reform movement and oversaw the creation of the St. Lawrence neighbourhood, the development of affordable housing and a new downtown plan.
He served as a Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament from 1978 to 1988, during which time he held several cabinet positions, including Minister of Health and Welfare, Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs and Secretary of State for Canada. From 1988 to 1992, he served as the Commissioner of the Royal Commission on the Future of the Toronto Waterfront.
He is the former president and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute, former Chair of Ontario Place Corporation, founding Chair of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust and Chancellor Emeritus of Ryerson University, and served on the CivicAction Board of Directors.
Currently, he is the President of David Crombie and Associates Inc., as well as the Chair of the Toronto Lands Corporation and the Chair of the Nuclear Waste Management Advisory Council and Director of the Mount Pleasant Group of Cemeteries.
In recognition of his contributions to Ontario and Canada, Mr. Crombie was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2004. In 2012, he was made a Member of the Order of Ontario.
Keith Currie, a Simcoe County crop farmer, was re-elected as Vice President of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) at the Annual General Meeting in 2014. His 25 years of experience with the OFA began with an appointment to the Simcoe County Federation of Agriculture, where he held numerous positions including President in 2004. Currie has served on the Board of Directors of the OFA for the past 12 years.
With a diploma in Agricultural Production Management from Ridgetown College, Currie manages an eighth-generation cash crop farm near Collingwood with his wife and four children.
With over 30 years’ experience managing natural resources at the senior policy level for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and as CAO of the Credit Valley Conservation Authority, Rae has written provincial environmental and resource extraction legislation, regulation and policies; conducted major provincial policy public consultation exercises; implemented both environmental and industrial legislation; and negotiated major land development and mining development agreements.
Rae was a former Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Director responsible for petroleum resources, aggregate extraction, conservation authorities, native land claims and provincial land and waters and represented the province for negotiations with the U.S. for a water withdrawal from the Great Lakes by the U.S.
Rae is a geologist with a BSc from McGill University, an MSc from Laurentian University and an MBA from the University of Toronto.
John MacKenzie is the Deputy City Manager, Planning and Growth Management for the City of Vaughan. MacKenzie is responsible for the City’s Building Standards, Development Planning, Policy Planning and Parks Development Departments. From 2011 to 2014 MacKenzie was the City lead on efforts to advance and facilitate the first phase of transit oriented development projects in the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre. MacKenzie currently represents the City of Vaughan on advisory Committees including the Metrolinx Planning Leaders Forum.
From 2005 to 2011 in his role as Director of Real Estate Development and AFP Initiatives at Ontario Realty Corporation, MacKenzie led inter-disciplinary teams on land development, land use policy and infrastructure projects across Southern Ontario. This work included project management for Toronto Waterfront Revitalization projects in the West Don Lands, and several hospital redevelopment projects across the Province. During this time MacKenzie also served as an Advisory Committee Member for the Ontario Greenbelt Foundation. From 2000 to 2005 MacKenzie played a major role in preparing and implementing provincial plans and initiatives including the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and Greenbelt Plan.
MacKenzie holds a Masters of Science Degree in Planning from the University of Toronto and an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography and Urban and Environmental Studies from Brock University. MacKenzie is a member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute, Canadian Institute of Planners and the Ontario Association for Impact Assessment.
Since 1957, Fieldgate Homes has left its footprint on almost every corner of the Greater Toronto Area, creating new home communities, condominiums and commercial developments of distinction across the metropolitan region and beyond. As the company has grown, it has diversified too, building on the reputation of excellence in design and construction.
Leith joined Fieldgate Homes in 2014 to lead the diversification of the Fieldgate brand into urban communities and condominium homes.
Prior to this Leith was Vice President of Development for the Sorbara Group of Companies (1985 – 2014).
Leith was the Chair of BILD (Building Industry and Development Association) and 2012-2013 President of the Ontario Home Builder Association.
Leith was a member of the 2013 Ontario Transit Investment Strategy Panel (Golden Panel).
He is a graduate of the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Waterloo (1981). He was also Past Chair and member of the Board of Evergreen (a national non-profit environmental charity), and from 2006 – 2013 an adjunct professor at the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Waterloo.
Since 2003, Zimmerman has been the CEO of the Grape Growers of Ontario, the official organization that represents over 500 registered grower members on 17,000 acres in the province’s three viticulture areas: Niagara Peninsula, Lake Erie North Shore and Prince Edward County.
Actively involved in politics for 36 years, her political career began in 1978 as a local alderman for the Town of Grimsby, and in 1989 she was elected to Regional Council. In 1997, Zimmerman was elected Regional Chair for the Regional of Niagara, a position in which she served for two terms.
Zimmerman is the past chair of the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation for the Province of Ontario (2004-2010), and the former member of the Niagara Escarpment Commission (1994-1997). She currently sits on the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Niagara, the McNally House hospice, and is the Co-Chair of the Pathstone Mental Health Fundraising Campaign.
Zimmerman has been the recipient of many awards, including the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce “Community Leadership Award” in 2013, the “Niagara Award” in 1998, the Niagara Women’s College “Board of Governors Award” in 1998, the Niagara College “Board of Governors Award” in 2001, and the YMCA “Woman of Distinction” award in 2003. In 2015, she was awarded the “Local Food Champion” award for her commitment to local food and years of service to Niagara.