2017-2018 OALA Governing Council
Doris has worked in both public and private offices as a Landscape Architect. Her work has been wide and varied from residential designs to major urban centre development competition. She’s always striving to do work that builds her knowledge and skills in the vast profession of Landscape Architecture. She’s mentored associates who have successfully or are on their way to attaining their full membership with OALA. She’s currently representing the OALA on the Steering Committee of the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition who recently successfully launched Health, Prosperity and Sustainability: The Case for Green Infrastructure in Ontario at Queen’s Park. She believes that we are all stewards of the land and Landscape Architects have the knowledge, skills and tools to lead this stewardship. Doris is currently the Landscape Architect with Hydro One Networks Inc. in the Environmental Services and Approvals branch of Engineering.
Jane Welsh is the Project Manager for Environmental Planning in the Strategic Initiatives, Policy and Analysis unit of Toronto City Planning. Jane’s 25 years of municipal planning experience include development and implementation of new leading edge initiatives such as the Toronto Green Standard, Green Roof Bylaw, Ravine Protection Bylaw and the Residential Apartment Commercial Zone. She is also responsible for policy tools for Natural Heritage protection, biodiversity, climate change, energy and sustainable development and preparation of environmental policies for the Toronto Official Plan. She is currently co-leading development of the City’s Ravine Strategy. Jane has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph and a Masters of Science in Planning from the University of Toronto. She has served as a volunteer with the OALA for over 20 years on the Honours, Awards and Protocol Committee and was elected to Council in 2014.
Sarah is the current OALA Past President and CSLA Board Member. Previously, she has contributed to the OALA as President, Treasurer and the Associate’s Council Representative. A graduate of the University of Guelph Master of Landscape Architecture program, she currently holds the position of Coordinator of Parks Design and Development at the Town of Milton. Her professional experience is focused on the implementation of municipal capital projects, particularly the planning, design and construction of parks and open space. Sarah is proud to be a part of Ontario’s robust and innovative landscape architecture community and looks forward to advancing the profession as Past President; representing Ontario’s landscape architects nationally; and supporting the initiatives identified in the Association’s Strategic Plan.
Kendall is a Senior Landscape Architect and project manager at Popovich Associates with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and a Masters in Planning from the University of Guelph. With strong ties to both the Guelph/Kitchener-Waterloo and Georgian Bay regions, Kendall’s work contributes an ecological and watershed planning perspective to applied, sustainable landscape architecture solutions in both rural and urban project contexts. In addition to Kendall’s present OALA Council term, she has been actively involved over the past several years with helping to develop the Mandatory Continuing Education Program.
Stefan has been involved in landscape architecture since 1985 in variety of professional positions including, residential, commercial and urban design, and municipal public sector in both Winnipeg, Manitoba and Windsor, Ontario. A graduate for the Masters of Landscape Architecture Program at the University of Manitoba has been in actively involved with the CSLA as Chair of the Awards of Excellence program from 1999 to 2001. He is currently employed with the City of Windsor as a Landscape Architect in the Planning Department, as well as an Acting position at the Parks Department where he is involved with the Parks Master Plan, Urban Landscape Design as well as, promoting the natural and cultural heritage landscapes of the area. In addition, Stefan is well published in the horticultural industry and is an active member of the CEC and sits on the Board of Directors of Northscaping Inc. You can often find him with a camera locked to his eye shooting photographs in Botanic Gardens around the world.
Cynthia Graham is the manager of Landscape Architectural Services for the City of Hamilton and oversees a talented team in the design of the public realm for one of Canada’s fastest growing cities. Her work is engaged in city building, urban ecology and green space revitalization and as such she is involved in transformative projects like The Gore revitalization, Confederation Beach Park, and the Pier 8 Promenade Park international design competition. Cynthia is a passionate advocate for the value of green public spaces as contributors to healthy, liveable cities. Cynthia is excited and proud to serve the OALA in her first term as councillor and looks forward to working in support of the profession of landscape architecture.
Cameron Smith is a senior landscape architect working in the federal government with Public Services and Procurement Canada, Real Property Branch’s Architecture and Urban Design and Landscape Architecture Group. He wears several hats including Discipline Manager for the Landscape Architecture Standing Offer for the National Capital Region, as a Design Manager for federal major recapitalization works and as a site specialist in urban design and master planning for federal assets. Cameron is as well an active participant in the OALA Professional Practice and Ethics Review Committee and local OALA Ottawa Chapter. A graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Master of Landscape Architecture program he believes strongly in the profession of landscape architecture’s principles of good stewardship to ensuring safe, healthy, accessible, livable and sustainable communities. But equally he sees landscape architects as critical advocates in the next decades to lead and actively participate to help effect the necessary changes to improve urban landscapes as Canadians and the world face the challenges of climate change, high-density living and significant socio-economic change. Cameron is looking forward to having this opportunity of working with his fellow councillors to both advance and support the profession of landscape architecture in Ontario, and, to assisting the organization in its continued efforts to maintain and improve the standards of professional practice to better serve and protect the public interest.
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Justin is a landscape designer at GSP Group in Kitchener where he is involved in a wide range of projects from streetscape and park master plans to institutional and cemetery designs. Since graduating from the BLA program at the University of Guelph in 2014, Justin has gained a deeper understanding of the positive impacts that the landscape architectural profession can have on communities, both large and small. He has a particular appreciation of the public consultation process and a passion for historical preservation and rural town revitalization. Justin enjoys representing the associate membership and encouraging their participation within the OALA.
Trish is a landscape designer at thinc design in Toronto, an associate member of the OALA, and a graduate of the BLA program at the University of Guelph. Since joining thinc design in 2014, she has been involved with the design of numerous projects, including trail and waterfront master plans, urban parks, and streetscape design. Trish’s professional interests continue to evolve, but she’s currently curious about climate adaptation through resilient design, and the future role of landscape architecture. Trish loves to get involved with her community, and is looking forward to representing the associates within the OALA.
Linda was elected to fill the position of Lay Councillor on the Board in November 2009. She comes from Ottawa where she owned Thorne & Co. (a store for gardeners) between 1990 and 2005. She was a member of the Executive of the Canadian Tulip Festival for 10 years and a judge for Communities in Bloom in 2007. Since 1998 Linda has organized and led garden tours abroad. Prior to opening her store, Linda worked for the Federal Department of Public Works in the areas of policy and planning.
(Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto)
Pete North, is an Assistant Professor in the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto and co-founder of North Design Office. Pete’s teaching, research, and design work considers the role of regenerative landscape technologies in contemporary landscape design, specifically within urban environments. His work explores materials, technologies, vegetation communities and design form which can facilitate resilient ecologies and healthy urban environments. North Design Office is an internationally award winning office established in Toronto, with work ranging in scale from site specific installations, residences and urban public spaces, to parks and master plans. Pete received a Master in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Toronto. He has been an invited guest critic and lecturer in landscape architecture programs across North America and a visiting Assistant Professor at the Louisiana State University Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
(School of Environmental Design + Rural Development (SEDRD) Landscape Architecture, University of Guelph)
Brendan Stewart, OALA, CSLA, is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Guelph, who joined the faculty in 2017 after more than a decade of practice in Toronto. He received his BLA from Guelph, attended the Edinburgh College of Art, and received an MLA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Outside of practice, research, and teaching, Brendan has channelled his energies into championing landscape architecture. He is a former editorial board member of Ground Magazine and is a director of the Friends of Allan Gardens, a not for profit organization with a mission to revitalize one of Toronto’s earliest designed landscapes. In 2015, he was involved in organizing and participating in the ‘Leading with Landscape’ conference in Toronto, hosted by the Washington DC based Cultural Landscape Foundation, which was attended by over 400 landscape practitioners and scholars from around the world, and which featured a weekend of free public walking tours of Toronto’s most significant designed landscapes. He is honoured to join the OALA council in service of our profession.
University of Guelph
Lauren is currently enrolled in her second year in the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program at the University of Guelph. Being voted into the position of the OALA Student Representative for the school, she is excited to be able to participate in OALA discussions and learn more about the Landscape Architecture community and its members.
University of Toronto
Leonard is currently in his third year of the Master of Landscape Architecture program at the John H. Daniels, Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. His interests include the intersection of landscape architecture and engineering technology through ecological based infrastructural reconceptualization but also the visual representation, performance-base design computation, and methodologies in the production of landscape architecture.