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David Crombie (chair)

David Crombie has served as mayor of Toronto, member of Parliament and federal cabinet minister. He has also served as president of the Canadian Urban Institute, chair of Ontario Place, founding chair of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust and chancellor, Ryerson University.

He is currently chair of the Toronto Lands Corp. and recently chaired the advisory panel for the Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review of the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

He is a Member of the Order of Ontario and an Officer in the Order of Canada

Dr. Pamela Blais

Dr. Pamela Blais is an urban planner and principal of Metropole Consultants.  Her focus is on creating better cities by integrating planning, economic and environmental thinking in the analysis of urban issues and the development of innovative policy.

Dr. Blais’ work has included reurbanisation strategies; long term regional growth planning; municipal economic development strategies; urban regeneration strategies; and research on the impact of technology on urban form.

She is the author of Perverse Cities:  Hidden Subsidies, Wonky Policy and Urban Sprawl, which was shortlisted for the 2011 Donner Book Prize, awarded for the best Canadian public policy book of the year.

Dr. Blais has a Masters in Planning from the University of Toronto and a PhD in urban economic geography from the London School of Economics.

Marcy Burchfield

Marcy Burchfield is the executive director at the Neptis Foundation. She has worked in the forefront of regional planning in the Toronto region since 2000. In her various roles at the foundation, she has designed and conducted research and analysis that has informed the Province of Ontario's Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt Plan and the Regional Transportation Plan. Using her quantitative and geographic analysis expertise, Ms. Burchfield has developed unique methods for measuring and monitoring how city-regions change over time.

She has authored a number of papers at the Neptis Foundation as well as peer-reviewed publications such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the University of Calgary, School of Public Policy Research Paper Series.

Ms. Burchfield has served as an expert advisor to both provincial and municipal initiatives, including the Statistical Transformation Consultation Group at the Ministry of Finance and the Housing Forum, an advisory panel formed as part of the Fair Housing Plan under the Ministry of Housing. She is frequently invited to lecture and provide opinion and analysis on provincial planning matters.

Dr. Wayne Caldwell

Dr. Wayne Caldwell is a professor in rural planning in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph. He has previously served in interim positions as dean of the Ontario Agricultural College and as associate vice-president of research. His interests include planning for agriculture, farmland preservation and community-based approaches to economic and environmental issues. Recent books include Planning for Rural Resilience and Farmland Preservation: Land for Future Generations.

He has served as chair or president of a number of local, provincial and national organizations.

Debbe Crandall

Debbe Crandall has been involved with the Save the Oak Ridges Moraine Coalition since 1990; she was its executive director from 1999 – 2012 and is currently acting as policy advisor. Ms. Crandall represented the group on advisory panels that resulted in Oak Ridges Moraine legislation, regional growth management plans, and held a number of positions, including chair of the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation. She has lived on and off the moraine in the Town of Caledon since the mid-1960s, and is keenly interested in the role that civil society must play in governing for sustainability and resilience. She, alongside her three sisters is co-founder and co-owner of Mount Wolfe Farm, a new opportunity in community supported agriculture on their family farm in Albion Township. She studied geology and worked as a hydrogeological consultant in western Canada early in her career.

Kevin Eby

Kevin Eby is a registered professional planner and president of Eby Growth Management Planning Services. He served as director of community planning for the Region of Waterloo for over 15 years, and held several other management roles. He was instrumental in delivering the region’s official plan, including changes to address growth management, source water protection, landscape ecology and rural cultural diversity. 
Mr. Eby has presented at major regional and national conferences on the topics of growth management, demographics and housing.

Heather Konefat

Heather Konefat is a senior professional planner with extensive municipal leadership experience at the provincial, regional and local level, in the provinces of Ontario and Alberta.

Working in complex urban and rural municipal environments including the Region of York, the Town of Caledon and the City of Brampton, she has had senior leadership responsibility for growth management strategies, environmental protection policy development, aggregate and agricultural land management issues.

Ms. Konefat has been actively engaged across the Greater Golden Horseshoe, in working with provincial agencies and municipal organizations to develop and implement the full range of policy initiatives related to provincial plans. Engagement has included Association of Municipalities of Ontario Advisory Committees, Niagara Escarpment Commission Plan Review, Oak Ridges Moraine Working Group, Greater Toronto Agricultural Action Committee membership, Regional Planning Commissioners of Ontario representation, and various background advisory roles.

Peter Lambrick 

Peter Lambrick has farmed in Halton Region since the mid-1970s. He has a rotation of wheat, corn and soybeans—some of this being for seed or identity preserved for export. He also does custom work for other farmers in the area.

Mr. Lambrick has always been actively involved in local and provincial planning matters while living within the Niagara Escarpment area, which is now part of the Greenbelt. He has sat on the Halton Agricultural Advisory committee and is currently sitting on their Natural Heritage advisory committee.

He has chaired the Greater Toronto Agricultural Action Committee that produced the GTA Agricultural Action Plan 2021. He moved on to be a member of the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance and is also currently a director of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture.

Deborah Martin-Downs

Deborah Martin-Downs is the chief administrative officer of Credit Valley Conservation Authority, a position she has held since August, 2013 after eight years as director of the Ecology Division of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.

Prior to joining the public sector, she spent 16 years as an environmental consultant with Gartner Lee Limited. Over her career she has held progressive roles managing teams of technical specialists in geo-environmental , watershed planning, terrestrial and aquatic ecology, flood risk and infrastructure, water resources engineering, source water protection, and environmental monitoring.

Ms. Martin-Downs has a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Science in Zoology and Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto.

Leith R. Moore

Leith Moore is a business leader in the residential development sector and is the principal of Waverley Projects. 

He was previously the vice-president of development at the Sorbara Group. He is the past chair of the Building Industry and Land Development Association and the former 2012-2013 president of the Ontario Home Builders’ Association, and was a member of the advisory panel for the Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review and the 2013 Ontario Transit Investment Strategy Panel. He served as a past chair and member of the Board of Evergreen, a national non-profit environmental charity.

Mr. Moore is a graduate of and previous adjunct professor at the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Waterloo. 

Linda Pim

Linda Pim lives in the Greenbelt in the Town of Caledon. She is an environmental biologist and registered land use planner. She is a commissioner on the Niagara Escarpment Commission, the Ontario government agency that leads implementation of the Niagara Escarpment Plan, one of the three Greenbelt land use plans.

Over the past 40 years, she has held several environmental and land use policy positions with both the Ontario government (most recently at the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs) and environmental and conservation non-governmental organizations. She maintains a section of the Bruce Trail in Grey County.

Dr. Laura Taylor

Laura Taylor is an environmental planner who studies the urban-rural fringe and is especially interested in planning for the development and conservation of the countryside. She is an associate professor in the planning program at the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University and a consulting planner in the Greater Toronto Area.

Dr. Taylor 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 co-edited a special issue of the international journal Planning Practice & Research (2010) reviewing successes and challenges in contemporary greenbelt planning. She has written articles on Toronto’s greenbelt experience in several scholarly and professional journals. 

Dr. Taylor is also a registered professional planner with the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, American Planning Association, the Canadian and American Associations of Geographers, and Lambda Alpha International.

Alan Wells

Alan Wells (BAS CA) is a retired municipal administrator.  He worked for 27 years with the Region of York serving for seven years as chief administrative officer.  He has also worked as a consultant for a number of municipalities and agencies in Ontario.

Alan has served the Province of Ontario as Provincial Development Facilitator, Minister of Infrastructure from 2005 to 2007 and during 2008 he was appointed by the Minister of Natural Resources as chair, Rouge Park Alliance until the board activities were transferred to Parks Canada in July, 2012.

Mr. Wells lives in Uxbridge on a 12 hectare restored forest and meadow nature reserve protected by a conservation easement.  He is active with the York/Durham Chapter of Ontario Woodlot Association and North Durham Nature. 

Bill Winegard

Bill Winegard holds a Master of Environmental Studies. A planner by trade, he has worked for 16 years with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and 11 years as a municipal CAO in both Gravenhurst and Caledon.

Since 2002, Mr. Winegard has been working in municipal management consulting, primarily for smaller municipalities. He has undertaken a number of municipal services reviews and municipal finance assignments.

Mr. Winegard’s interest in the Greenbelt stems from having lived in Caledon for many years and from having observed the impacts of Greater Toronto Area expansion throughout his lifetime.