2018-2019 OALA Governing Council
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.
Kendall is the owner and principal landscape architect at Kendall Flower Resilient Landscapes. With a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and a Masters in Planning from the University of Guelph, Kendall’s work contributes an ecological and watershed planning perspective to sustainable landscape architecture solutions in both rural and urban projects across Ontario. 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.
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.
Steve Barnhart is a Senior Director at Niagara Parks responsible for parks operations, horticulture programming and environmental planning. Prior to Niagara Parks Steve was responsible for managing forestry and horticulture operations and design development and implementation of open space capital projects for the City of Hamilton. Steve has worked on a wide range of projects including master plans, waterfront development, transportation, storm water management systems and visual impact assessments. Steve has been a full member of the OALA since 2000 and graduated with a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph. Steve has previously served for 6 years as a volunteer on the OALA Continuing Education Committee. Steve is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Guelph Environmental Design and Rural Development. In 2016 Steve received the OALA Public Practice award.
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 Group. He wears the hats of a Design Manager for federal major recapitalization works and as a senior site specialist in urban design and master planning for federal assets. Cameron is 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 councilors to both advance and support the profession of landscape architecture in Ontario, and, to assisting the organization and its members in their endeavour to better serve and protect the public interest.
Justin is a member of the GSP Group team, in Kitchener where he is involved in a wide range of projects from streetscape and park master plans to institutional and cemetery designs. Having worked within the profession since 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. Having served previously as an Associate Representative on Council, Justin is excited to move into a full councillor position and serve both existing and new members of the OALA membership. In addition to Justin’s present OALA Council term, he also sits as the Chair of the OALA Social Committee.
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Mark Hillmer is an award-winning landscape and urban designer with 7 years of experience as a collaborative member of multidisciplinary teams on a variety of complex projects across Canada. His work has focused on master planning, landscape assessment, parks and open space, waterfront design, transit infrastructure design, and streetscapes. Mark has a keen interest in design at all scales, how it effects our lives and interactions with our environments. Experience of the environment is central to his approach in all design challenges. He strives to create moments for people unique to each place, derived from that place’s identity; which he believes leads to successful design solutions that foster a sense of stewardship among those who use, enjoy, and inhabit the place. Mark holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Honours Planning) from the University of Waterloo.
Leah graduated with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph in 2015, and is currently working as a Landscape Designer at IBI Group. With 4 years of private sector experience, she has contributed to a number of projects downtown Toronto and throughout the GTA. She is knowledgeable and passionate about the challenges and opportunities of dense urban development. Well on her way to full membership, Leah is looking forward to representing the associate members and assisting them on their path to licensure.
(Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto)
(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.
Peter Hersics is a professional accountant and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of award winning landscape general contractor, Gateman-Milloy Inc. Over his almost two decades with the firm, he has been involved in urban, park & recreational, and athletics projects such for the Pan Am /Para Pan AM Games, Downsview Park, and Chinguacousy Park in Brampton, as well as many iconic golf courses throughout Ontario. Peter understands the important role of Landscape Architects in the human world, and how the built environment intersects with health, education, community, creativity, equality and sustainability. Peter has served on various boards in the community and is currently the Vice Chair of The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery in Waterloo and is a trustee of a private pension plan. As lay councillor, Peter is looking forward to being the voice of the public, assisting the OALA to achieve its goals and keeping in mind the broader public service perspective.
University of Guelph
University of Toronto
Elspeth is a second year Master of Landscape Architecture student in the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. She is an active member of the student community, volunteering for the Graduate Student Union, Health and Well-being Committee, and acting as a Student Representative on the OALA Governing Council. Elspeth is interested in landscape architecture’s role in climate adaptation and using ecology to create adaptative urban environments.