2017 Schedule and Speaker Bios

Schedule of Events

Thursday, March 30, 2017
5:00pm – 7:00pm Welcome Reception

Presentation by Craig Applegath, OAA, FRAIC, Leed®AP

7:00pm – 9:00pm CSLA Annual General Meeting
Friday, March 31, 2017
7:30am – 9:00am Registration, Breakfast & Exhibits Open
8:30am – 9:00am AGM 101 – “Robert’s Rules of Order”
9:15am – 11:15am Call to Order & AGM
11:15am – 12:30pm Lunch & Exhibits
12:30pm – 1:15pm Official Welcome & Opening Remarks
1:15pm – 2:15pm Keynote Address

Jelle Therry, Ing., MLA, Landscape Architect – West8

2:15pm – 3:00pm Break & Exhibits
3:00pm – 4:30pm An Inter-Disciplinary Panel Discussion

“Innovative Design in a Changing World”

Moderated by: Colleen Mercer Clarke, Ph.D.,APALA, FCSLA

4:30pm – 5:15pm President’s Reception
5:15pm – 6:30pm OALA Awards Ceremony
7:00pm After Party Organized by OALA Social Committee
Deacon Brodies Pub, 247 Elgin Street
Saturday, April 1, 2017
10:00am – 1:00pm Guided Tour: Downstream Ottawa

Speaker Bios

Welcome Reception Speaker Bio:

Craig Applegath
OAA, FRAIC, Leed®AP

Architect, urban designer, and a pioneer in planning and design of regenerative buildings, urban resilience, and symbiotic cities, Craig is a principal and founding partner of DIALOG’s Toronto studio.

Trained as a biologist, and then as an architect and urban designer, Craig is passionate about finding planning and design solutions that make sense in a world challenged by climate change and environmental deterioration. Since graduating from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University with a Master of Architecture in Urban Design, Craig has focused on leading complex, sustainable planning and design projects, and is internationally recognized for his design and advocacy of eco-effective, regenerative buildings and cities. In addition to his professional practice responsibilities, Craig speaks about his research and design explorations at conferences and workshops internationally. This has included recent presentations at conferences in Prague, Munich and Beijing.

Craig was a founding Board Member of Sustainable Buildings Canada and is a past President of the Ontario Association of Architects. Craig was made a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada for his services to the profession. 

Company Name: DIALOG
Title: Founding Partner (Toronto Studio)
Website: www.dialogdesign.ca
Twitter: @craigapplegath
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SymbioticCities/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/capplegath/

Keynote Speaker Bio:

Jelle Therry, Ing., MLA,
Landscape Architect – West8

Completing his study in 2005, Mr. Therry started working as an experienced landscape architect and project leader at West 8 since 2007, after gaining experience in several Dutch and Belgian architectural offices. He has over seventeen years of experience designing and managing landscape projects at a variety of scales and locations. Mr. Therry completed his degrees in Garden and Landscape Architecture at the Erasmus School in Brussels and Landscape Architecture at the Academy of Architecture of Amsterdam. He brings with him an energy and vitality that translates itself into physical design and planning, as well as a firm belief in the power of collaborative design.

Mr. Therry has been project manager for many large scale urban design and park development projects, including Toronto Waterfront Revitalization, Canada. Currently he has been the design manager for the revitalization of Queens Quay Boulevard overseeing the design and construction as part of the overall vision of the Masterplan. Some other projects he has been involved in are: Máximapark Utrecht, Garden Taipei Pop Music Center Taiwan, Waterfront Park Beirut Lebanon and Taichung Gateway park in Taiwan. He was also supervisor for the green strategy of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and is currently responsible for the Revitalisation of Coolsingel project at the city centre of Rotterdam, More Moss Park and Harbour Landing, the revamped Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park in Toronto.

As a frequently asked guest lecturer and visiting Mr. Therry teaches at St. Lucas Academy for Architecture and Urban Design in Brussels and Gent, Belgium, the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam, Ryerson University Toronto, University of Toronto, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design and University of Guelph, Landscape Architecture.


Panel Discussion:

“Innovative Design in a Changing World”

The panel will focus on interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving, with a special emphasis on how interdisciplinary teams enhance innovation and creativity in planning and design. Efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to anticipate environmental change will engender many challenges to planning and design processes while posing un-anticipated opportunities for rethinking community structure and ecosystem sustainability. With representatives from landscape architecture, architecture, engineering and planning, the panel also provides insights into work across Canada and internationally.

Jane Welsh, City of Toronto, Planner and Landscape Architect
Colleen Mercer Clarke, Landscape Architect, Coastal Ecologist, interdisciplinary scientist working on adaptation
Jelle Therry, West8. Netherlands and Belgium. Landscape Architect
Craig Applegath, DIAGLOG, Toronto, Architect and Urban Designer
Yoland Charette, National Capital Commission (Ottawa), Landscape Architect
Meredith Brown, Ottawa River Keeper, Ecologist
Sarah Devereaux, Dillon Consulting (Halifax), Engineer


Moderator:
 Colleen Mercer Clarke, M.Sc., M.L.A., Ph.D., APALA, FCSLA

Dr. Mercer Clarke is an interdisciplinary scientist specializing in advancing community resilience to a changing climate, with a special interest in coastal communities. An Adjunct Professor (Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa; School of Planning, University of Waterloo), Colleen is also a Member of the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (University of Waterloo) and works nationally and internationally with expert teams whose focus is on the delivery of useful science to business interests and local governance. Since 2009, she has been an active member of national and international community-university alliances focused on adaptation in coastal communities at threat from sea level rise and severe weather.

Colleen also has over 30 years’ experience in the consulting sector in Eastern and Atlantic Canada and internationally. Trained as both an aquatic/marine ecologist and landscape architect, her early career focused on the sustainable development of resources and communities through stewardship and conservation of natural and cultural resources. Her portfolio of projects ranged in scale from international and national coastal management initiatives, environmental audit and impact assessment, through watershed, regional and municipal planning initiatives, detailed site design and environmental management. In her early career she contributed to the environmental assessment of an array of energy projects including exploration and development of offshore oil and gas, and coal and hydroelectric generation. Colleen also played lead technical and management roles in the assessment, planning and rehabilitation of contaminated lands, including one of Canada’s most contaminated sites. the Sydney Tar Ponds. Her work has included a number of initiatives with First Nations, as well as projects on cultural landscapes, but she is most proud of her contributions to the Innu community school at Natuashish Labrador.

A past-president of the CSLA (2003-2004), Colleen has served as President of the Atlantic Association of Landscape Architects, as well as on a range of boards, executives and local and national advisory committees related to coastal and oceans management and to broader conservation goals. In 2009, in recognition of her service to the profession and to the environment, she was elected to the College of Fellows of the CSLA. Since 2012 Colleen has been a member of the National Advisory Committee on coastal assessment at the Climate Change Directorate of Natural Resources Canada, where she also serves as one of the primary authors for the 2016 science based assessment of adaptation along Canada’s marine coasts.

Colleen is the Chair of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architect’s Task Force on climate change adaptation and the Chair of the Climate Change Committee of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA).

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