2016-2017 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.
Joanne has worked in the landscape industry since 1977 and in the Municipal Public sector for the past 28 years as a Senior Project Manager in Landscape Architecture. She believes in the importance of ‘giving back’ and has contributed significant time as a volunteer to many groups, most pertinently, governance with professional associations including the OALA and most recently the CSLA. She also chairs the OALA Honours Awards and Protocol Committee and most recently was pleased to serve on the roster for the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Council and as a juror for both the CSLA Awards of Excellence and the RAIC National Urban Design Awards.
Chris is an Ecologist and Landscape Architect. With an interest in climate change Chris has been addressing a need for low maintenance and xeric landscapes for many years. His areas of practice have a focus on green infrastructure, native plants, environmental restoration and energy efficient landscapes.
Chris is oriented to the biotic optimization of natural and built environments by adapting the principals of biodynamic agriculture and permaculture. His work fosters both biodiversity and energy efficiency for a green and sustainable future.
Sandra is currently the Director of the firm SJN + Associates Landscape Architects Inc. Her professional experience has been wide and varied from residential design, commercial, streetscape, park development, and urban master plan development to major international design projects. Sandra attended the University of Manitoba, where she graduated with a Bachelor in Environmental Studies and a Master of Landscape Architecture. Since 2012, Sandra has been actively involved in the Continuing Education Committee, and in 2014 was appointed the co-chair of CEC. Sandra was elected to OALA Council in March 2015, and looks forward to serving a two-year term on the OALA Council.
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.
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Maren is a Landscape Architectural Intern at IBI Group Toronto, where she is involved in a wide range of projects including educational campus master planning, transit, multi-unit residential, open space and site planning. She is inspired by the versatility, impact, innovation and creativity of the landscape architecture profession and with the countless opportunities to have positive impacts on both the natural and built environments and within communities. Originally from California, Maren graduated with a B.S. in Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Davis and studied Urban Design at the Danish Institute of Study. She looks forward to representing the OALA Associate Membership for a two-year term on Council.
Justin is a member of the Stempski Kelly Associates Inc. team, in Fergus, Ontario where he is involved in a wide range of projects from streetscape and community master plans to wayfinding, parks and ski resort planning. 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 is eager to represent the associate membership and encourage their participation 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.
(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)
Sean is both a partner at SKA – Stempski Kelly Associates Inc and a professor at the University of Guelph. He is fascinated by rurally located places of destination whether they are premised on an area’s significant natural heritage, unique settlement pattern, or abundant recreational offerings. This has lead his firm, SKA, to become a leader in the design of rural, resort and amenity landscapes. He and his students work towards understanding how physical design and planning can serve rural communities, amenity migration, and destination environments. Sean is also a member of several ‘snow/resort’ area associations, is the University of Guelph’s Appointed Educator to the OALA and serves as council representative on the OALA’s Examining Board and Discipline Committee.
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.