This year’s Curtner Urban Leadership Program will focus on EDI in a planning, land use and development context. Working in teams, participants will lead monthly sessions focused on identifying challenges and examining solutions. Using input from these sessions as well as their own experiences and research, they will then identify and develop those inclusive actions that can leverage diversity to achieve equity.
Kick Off: Virtual Happy Hour
The virtual program kicked off on Wednesday November 25th from 4:30pm – 6pm. Kevin Stolarick, the Dean of this year’s program gave everyone a brief overview of this year’s program. Participants then broke into smaller groups in order to meet one another, ULI staff and Steering committee members.
Session 1: December 11th, 2020
Systemic Racism and Exclusion in Planning and Development
Program Co-Design Session
The session initiated a discussion about systemic racism and exclusion in planning and development focused on the challenges, the issues and the impacts. The group undertook a co-design session where they collectively determined the focus and priorities and example projects, regions, or neighbourhoods for the program’s monthly sessions.
Cheryll Case, Founder and Principal Urban Planner, CP Planning & Assistant Policy Planner, City of Brampton
Robert Walter-Joseph, Planner, Gladki Planning Associates
Session 2: January 29, 2021
The Now: Decolonizing Planning & Systemic Racism
Mary Rowe, President & CEO, The Canadian Urban Institute
Cheryll Case, Founder & Principal Urban Planner, CP Planning
Nabeel Rahman, Community Development Specialist, Town of Oakville
Ahmed Al Haddad, Electrical Engineer
Elaha Safi, Policy Planning Intern, Halton Region
Rui Zhou, Designer, Civil Engineering, MTE Consultants
Shalaka Jadhav, Youth Climate Lab, Ottawa, Design & Community Manager
Sivahami Vijenthira, Community Relations, Metrolinx
Trystan Anderson, Business Development, Bothwell Accurate Co. Inc.
Session 3: February 26, 2021
The Future We Want and (Need)
This session was about our aspirations for equity, diversity and inclusion: what future do we want for ourselves, our communities, and our industry? We dug into different ways that we can shape this future; heard from an amazing panel of speakers who are working in the GTHA to create a better future for our city; and share and explore together how we might realize these aspirations.
Abigail Moriah, The Black Planning Project
Tura Cousins Wilson, SOCA
Sabina Ali, Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee
Chiyi Tam, Friends of Chinatown
Ahmed Ahmed, Youth Development Coordinator, Rexdale Community Health Centre
Cate Flanagan, Associate, urbanMetrics
Harrison Thomas, Senior Design Technologist, City of Toronto
Jennifer Johnson, Senior Associate, Wordsearch Place
Lillian Dsouza, Strategic Initiatives, Policy & Analysis, City Planning Division, Toronto City of Toronto
Sonali Praharaj, Urban Designer, DTAH
Témo Cruz, Prefabrication & Modular Coordinator, ED Modular Inc.
Session 4: March 26
Policies & Procedures
The Session (4) was about “what’s wrong” with policies and procedures in urban development. We opened with a fireside chat about dignity in the built environment, present a brief history of planning, complement two case studies (Nibinamik First Nation, Jane and Finch) with a panel discussion, before passing the session to Team 5. The intersection of EDI, urban development and policies and procedures is a complex space. We hope that we sparked ideas and conversations that you may continue with your loved ones, colleagues and broader network.
Chidinma Azubuike, Urban Planner, WSP
Dr. Shelagh Mccartney, City Lab, Ryerson University
Imara Rolston, Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit, City of Toronto and University of Toronto, Dalla Lana School of Health
Anna Cipriano, Customer Care Professional, Great Gulf
Daniel J. Tse, Masters Student and Teaching Assistant (Engineering), University of Toronto
Darrin Rankine, Associate, Development, Dream Unlimited
Kaari Kitawi, Urban Designer, City of Toronto
Kevin Somra, Coordinator, Development, First Gulf Corporation
Marem Kushotva, Design Lead, BDP Quadrangle
Mutiat Bello, Manager, Transit Oriented Development, Infrastructure Ontario + Metrolinx
April 30 (Team 5): EDI: Who Has to do What?
Dalia , Alex E., John Y.
May 28 (Team 1): Tools & Community Engagement
Cheryll and Liz M., Melissa L. , Mathieu
June 17: Final Townhall to Community
Joseph, Anne Marie, Liz M.