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Land prices in Ontario continue to rise.  Site plan conditions are continually modified in favour of larger school sites.  Housing development is being directed towards more intensified land uses.  Funds available to construct and renew education and municipal infrastructure may be constrained in future given competing capital needs.  Moreover, there is a significant need to build and renew schools and community facilities in response to an aging infrastructure and changing program needs.

This is a timely opportunity to explore the opportunities and challenges of developing multi-use education and community facilities in concert with provincial and municipal representatives, development community stakeholders, architects experienced in developing multi-use facilities, and school boards who have paved the way.

Below is the program for the two-day event of round table discussions, presentations and an architect-led multi-use design charette. Available presentation materials have been linked and can be accessed by clicking on the speaker's name (where underlined). 




Thursday, June 16th







9:30 - 10:45

Designing Tomorrow's Classroom

Showcase of multi-use school facilities and leading-edge design patterns for learning, followed by Q&A session. 

CS& P Architects, mc
Architects, Stafford Haensli
Architects Inc., ZAS


10:45 - 11:00

Mid-morning Break



11:00 - 12:00

Opportunities and Challenges
of Multi-use Facilities

Three district school boards with considerable
experience in the development of multi-use school
facilities will share their experience – the opportunities
and challenges; what you need to be cognizant of in developing multi-use designs – costs, construction, operating and development agreements.

Dr. Ralph Benson, York
Region DSB, Thane Munn
Dufferin-Peel CDSB,
Virginia Barton, TCDSB


12:00 - 12:30



12:30 - 1:15





1:15 - 2:15

Municipal Perspective

How does the multi-use school design concept fit into the community planning process?  Can community planning design requirements be modified to allow for more efficient land uses re education and community facilities?  How do site plan conditions impact school site sizes?

Representatives from the
City of Mississauga, City of Cambridge and
City of Pickering facilitated by Paul
Lowes of Sorenson Gravely
Lowes Planning Associates


2:15 - 2:45

General Overview

A presentation and discussion of "complete streets," sustainable communities and compact development. Examples of urban form case studies illustrate these concepts.

Watson & Associates
Economists Ltd.


  2:45 - 3:00 Mid-afternoon Break    


3:00 - 4:00

The Language of School
Design and Learning Modalities -

Part 1

A presentation by an internationally recognized
authority on innovative school design.  This
presentation will focus on community learning centres.

Randall Fielding, Fielding
Nair International


4:00 - 5:00

Development Community
Stakeholder Perspectives

A round table discussion led by Lyn Townsend,
Townsend & Associates, along with distinguished representatives from the development community.

Lyn Townsend, Townsend
& Associates, Paul Lowes of
Sorenson Gravely Lowes
Planning Associates Inc.,
and development
community representatives
(see list below), Tridel

Friday, June 17th







8:30 - 9:15

The Language of School
Design and Learning Modalities -
Part 2

A presentation of design patterns for 21st Century
schools, by an internationally recognized authority on
innovative school design.

Randall Fielding, Fielding
Nair International


9:15 - 9:45


Three district school boards with considerable
experience in the development of multi-use school
facilities will share their experience - the opportunities
and challenges, what you need to be cognizant of in developing multi-use designs - costs, construction, operating and development agreements.

Dr. Ralph Benson, York
Region DSB, Thane Munn
Dufferin-Peel CDSB,
Virginia Barton, TCDSB


9:45 - 10:00

Mid-morning Break



10:00 - 12:15

Multi-use, 21st Century School
Design Charette – Part 1

A conceptual design process examining podium schools; shared JK-12 campuses; shared school board and municipal campuses; shared co-terminous campuses and shared school board with other public sector or private sector partnerships.

Architects pre-eminent in the
field of multi-use facility
development will lead
groups through the
conceptual design process


12:15 - 1:00



1:00 - 2:15

Multi-use, 21st Century School
Design Charette – Part 2

A conceptual design process examining podium schools; shared JK-12 campuses; shared school board and municipal campuses; shared co-terminous campuses and shared school board with other public sector or private sector partnerships.

Architects pre-eminent in the
field of multi-use facility
development will lead groups through the conceptual
design process


2:15 - 3:15

Presentation of Conceptual
Designs & Discussion

Each group will present their design concept outlining
the proposed land uses, size of school, program offering, shared space opportunities, enhanced student learning opportunities and perceived challenges.

Dr. Ralph Benson, York
Region DSB, Thane Munn
Dufferin-Peel CDSB,
Virginia Barton, TCDSB


3:15 - 3:30

Wrap-up Discussion and
Identification of Follow-up

A short discussion to determine topics to be discussed during a Fall session, to be held on November 4, 2011.



Dr. Ralph Benson
Superintendent of Corporate Planning – York Region District School Board
Ralph served for ten years as an Assistant Deputy Minister with the Ontario Ministry of Education and Ministry of Colleges and Universities.  This was preceded by a decade in the specialized field of education finance.  During the last fifteen years Ralph has been the Superintendent of Corporate Planning for the York Region DSB, responsible for strategic planning and the development of the Capital Strategy for the Board.

Ralph has been involved in the development of a number of partnerships on behalf of the York Region DSB in concert with the York Catholic DSB and the York Region municipalities.  Most notable are: a partnership in Georgina incorporating a YRDSB elementary school, a YCDSB elementary school, library and swimming pool; a partnership with the Town of Richmond Hill incorporating elementary schools for YRDSB and YCDSB, as well as a community centre; and a partnership with the City of Vaughan encompassing a YRDSB secondary school, a community recreation centre and a community theatre.

Thane Munn
Manager of Planning – Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board

Thane has more than 20 years’ experience in school board capital planning.  He is the lead on multi-use projects for the Dufferin-Peel Catholic DSB, responsible for working with local municipalities to identify opportunities for multi-use projects.  He works with the partner(s) to develop and negotiate the necessary agreements to implement the projects, including the design and development agreement (design and construction), the shared facilities agreement (dealing with operations and maintenance) and land ownership agreements.

Virginia Barton
Senior Co-ordinator, Capital Development – Toronto Catholic District School Board
Virginia is an architect and urban designer with over 22 years of experience in the planning, design and construction of schools and sites in the Toronto area with particular interest in schools design on tight/unique urban sites.  Currently Virginia directs the capital program for the Toronto Catholic District School Board.  She brings 14 years of experience as an owner representative and manager of design and construction of schools for both Toronto School Boards.

Randall Fielding, AIA, Fielding Nair International
Fielding Nair International is an award-winning, globally leading planning and architectural design firm.  They help clients define the future of education in their communities and then provide the services to successfully implement Change Management Strategies.  Schools planned and/or designed by FNI have won 11 international planning and design awards for excellence.  Their awards recognize not just quality architecture, but vastly improved educational outcomes as well.

Randall Fielding is the Chairman and Founding Partner of FNI.  He is internationally recognized as an authority on innovative school design and the focus of his work is in helping communities plan and design the most effective environments for lifelong learning.

Maureen O’Shaughnessy
Principal – CS&P Architects

Maureen O’Shaughnessy is one of the country’s leading experts on educational planning and design.  Maureen joined CS&P architects in 1995.  A recognized Educational Facility Processional (REFP) and an active member of the Council of Educational Facilities Planners International (CEFPI), Maureen imparts to the firm her particular expertise in the provision of planning, programming and design for educational clients and she has worked diligently to help direct and expand the firm’s strength in this sector.  To date, CS&P has been responsible for the design of over 350 educational and instructional facilities, including childcare facilities, elementary schools, high schools, independent schools, colleges and universities.  These projects typically involve extensive user group consultation and Maureen has been particularly successful in working closely with these large multi-faceted client groups to gain their consensus and support. 

Maureen has advised school boards across Canada on educational facility issues including long range board-wide facility planning, new school models for the delivery of 21st Century Learning, and program renewal for existing schools.  As part of her commitment to providing quality education and learning environments across the world, Maureen sits on the Board of Directors for the Schools for the Children of the World (SCW) Canada, developing partnerships to build schools in remote communities in Honduras and Haiti. 

Doug Snyder
Principal – Snyder & Associates
Snyder & Associates has been designing and building educational environments for over 30 years, specializing in designing schools as places of community, dignity, meaning and academic excellence.  They work closely with their clients to interpret their needs into effective design which increasingly translates into sustainable design, flexible spaces, an emphasis on student engagement and the creation of holistic learning environments that support creativity and innovation. The firm's design capability is complemented by highly efficient delivery and implementation, strengthened by the firm's extensive project management experience.


Cesidio Cugini
Principal Architect – Makrimichalos Cugini Architects

Mr. Cugini is a principal of the firm Makrimichalos Cugini Architects and has been responsible for the design and planning of over 130 educational projects.  His designs have been considered imaginative and innovative and are considered efficient because they maximize the educational use while recognizing the limitations of government funding.  His projects have won design awards primarily due to their careful consideration of program and site.  He has continually demonstrated his effective and extensive problem solving skills in shaping the educational facility environment for a generation of students.  His experience also deals with developing educational programs and assisting School Boards in shared use planning with Municipalities.  Mr. Cugini was the Partner in charge of numerous multi-use educational projects, one of which, the Central Erin Mills Multi-Use Complex which included a Secondary School, Public Library, Swimming Pool and Wellness Centre, was recognized by the City of Mississauga with a design award in 2002.

Mr. Cugini is an active member of The Council of Educational Facility Planners International (C.E.F.P.I.).  He has been a Recognized Educational Facility Planner (R.E.F.P.) since 2004.

Paul Stevens
Senior Principal – ZAS Architects Inc.

Paul Stevens specializes in the programming and design of educational, cultural and recreational facilities, as well as urban revitalization projects and master planning.  As a Senior Principal with ZAS, he has worked with numerous public sector organizations in the development of community-based multi-use complexes with educational facilities as major components.  A particular strength in civic architecture became apparent early in his career with the competition winning design for Humberwood Centre, a shared-use facility in a Toronto suburb (housing both a public and catholic school as well as a public library, child-care facility, and community centre all under one roof -- the first facility of its kind in Ontario).  Since then, he has directed the project teams for numerous multi-use projects, including the widely acclaimed Wellesley Community Centre and St. Jamestown Public Library facility in central Toronto.  In addition to designing and managing many of the multi-use projects undertaken by ZAS, Paul maintains an active connection with the broader learning community working with students, giving guest lectures, and serving as a guest critic at Greater Toronto Area universities and colleges.

Richard Witt

Director, RAW
Richard was born in Portsmouth, England and moved to Canada in the late 1980's.  He graduated from the University of Waterloo receiving the Kaderali Award of Excellence for his thesis work and then returned overseas, working across Europe in several different cities, including Prague, Geneva, Paris, Vienna and London - for Foster+Partners & Aukett.  He returned to Canada in 2002 and co-founded RAW in 2007, receiving the OAA Best Emerging Practice Award in 2009.

As part of a commitment to promote the role and culture of architecture and design, Richard is involved in several extracurricular activities, including Guest Faculty at the George Brown Institute Without Boundaries, OAA representative to the University of Toronto AL&D Council, ULI Outreach committee and is currently co-chair of the Toronto Society of Architects.

At RAW they specialize in diversity currently working on projects at almost every scale, from furniture to large urban masterplans.  Diversity for them is also geographical and collaborative and they have quickly established a network of associate offices internationally, currently working in India, China and UAE.  They believe in design excellence and creativity and at RAW these are not expensive options - they are fundamental to realising a building within the constraints of budget and schedule.

Lubomir Dzamba
President – Stafford Haensli Architects Inc.

Jon Neuert, Principal and
Yves Bonnardeaux, Senior Associate
- Baird Sampson Neuert Architects

Dean Goodman
Principal Architect - Levitt Goodman Architects

William J.E. Curran
Principal - Thier + Curran Architects Inc.

Paul Mitcham, Commissioner of Community Services and Derek Boyce, Manager, Business Planning
- City of Mississauga

Catherine Rose
Manager - Policy, Planning & Development Department - City of Pickering

Kent McVittie
Commissioner of Community Services - City of Cambridge

Lyn Townsend
Townsend & Associates
Since 1983, Lyn Townsend has practised law with a focus on planning for, and management of, growth in existing and new communities.  She has played a part in numerous projects, ranging from small to large, and including commercial, institutional, industrial and residential development.  Her areas of expertise range from financial issues, such as development charges, to land use issues.  Ms. Townsend has worked throughout southern, western and eastern Ontario in both urban and rural communities.  Her practice is based out of Oakville and has included representation of developers, local, provincial and federal government bodies, and community groups.

Jeanette Gillezeau
Senior Director, Economic Consulting - Altus Group

Ms. Gillezeau is an economist with a background in urban and regional planning, providing strategic advice and analysis to public and private sector clients across Canada.  She brings an economic and market perspective to assignments relating to land use planning, housing, development and municipal finance.

Ms. Gillezeau's economic and market analysis reflects her appreciation and understanding of the relevant policy framework.  She is an expert in the field of municipal and education development charges, providing strategic advice and critical analysis to developers, homebuilders and public sector clients.  Ms. Gillezeau is a frequent participant in multi-disciplinary planning teams, and is a recognized expert witness at the Ontario Municipal Board.

Ms. Gillezeau earned a Bachelor of Environmental Sciences in urban and regional planning at the University of Waterloo, and a MA in economics from York University.  Ms. Gillezeau is a Member of the Simcoe/Toronto Chapter of Lambda Alpha, Honourary Land Economics Society.

Paul Lowes
Principal - Sorensen Gravely Lowes Planning Associates Inc.
Paul began his career as a policy planner with the City of Etobicoke and has since provided policy and land use assistance to a broad range of municipalities and development clients.  His practice focuses on large scale policy matters for municipalities as well as for policy related development approvals.  Paul recently completed Growth Plan conformity exercises for a number of municipalities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe and is also actively involved with a number of landowners groups advising on various growth conformity exercises.  Achieving compact built form has been a key focus of much of that work.

Fraser Nelson
Vice President – Metrus Developments Inc.

Metrus is a developer of residential, industrial and commercial lands.  Started in the early 1970s, Metrus provides comprehensive land management from site acquisition through to subdivision assumption.  Their projects are predominately in Central Ontario and promote Master Planned Communities and Smart Growth development.  At present, they have a staff complement of 30 to provide this service.  As General Manager, it is Fraser’s responsibility to oversee all Metrus projects and to remain current and participate, where possible, with Provincial legislation and initiatives.

Stephen Upton
Vice President, Development – Tridel
Stephen has been working in the land development and building industry for over 40 years. The first 5 years of his career path were spent working for the former City of North York Planning Department working with subdivision, zoning and official plan amendment applications. Thereafter, he joined the law firm of Delzotto, Zorzi as a legal assistant and planner to assist the clients of the firm, including Tridel, with their land development, building and condominium applications and approvals. He spent 11 years with Delzotto, Zorzi until joining Tridel in 1982. Stephen worked closely over the years with his colleagues to formulate and evolve an internal Development Planning Group that manages the land acquisition and the development process of Tridel’s various development and building projects. He has been with Tridel for 29 years and is currently its Vice President of Development Planning. He is the former Chair of the Toronto chapter of BILD and is currently on its Executive and Board of Directors, as well as representing BILD as its First Vice Chair.

Maurizio Rogato
Planner – Solmar Development Corp.
Mr. Rogato is a registered professional planner working with Solmar Development Corp. and holds a degree in Urban and Regional Planning.

In heading up and directly managing a very extensive development and land portfolio, Maurizio has gained considerable experience in managing land investments, acquisitions, finance structure, all with a keen interest in land use planning policy and implementation governing southern Ontario.

Maurizio is also the Chair of Ryerson University's planning alumni committee and often times volunteers as a guest speaker for industry associated events, including the recent GTA Economic Summit where Maurizio sat on the development industry panel providing expert advice on real estate trends.


Joanne Barnett
Vice-President of Planning - Kerbel Group of companies and Andrin Homes
Joanne has over 25 years of experience in managing significant development projects throughout the GTA and Greater Golden Horseshoe.

Leona Savoie
Director of Land Acquisitions & Development – Rockport Group

Leona Savoie currently holds the position of Director of Land Acquisitions & Development at the Rockport Group.  Having started off her career in the development and building sector in 1999 at the Rockport Group, she returned in 2010 after gaining a significant breadth of experience at both Daniels Corporation and Tridel in between.  Leona has worked on a varied development portfolio such as the NY Towers Community at Bayview and Sheppard, the new headquarters to the Toronto International Film Festival and Festival Tower, several retirement homes and several low-rise communities in Mississauga, and of direct significance to this symposium the North Toronto Collegiate Redevelopment alongside the Toronto District School Board.  Leona currently is a Toronto Chapter Co-Chair for the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) navigating and negotiating complex municipal policy affecting the development and building industry specific to the City of Toronto.

Richard L. (Rick) Mangotich
Vice-President, Land Development - Fieldgate Developments
Fieldgate Developments is a privately-owned land development company based in the City of Toronto that provides a full range of land development services from site assessment and selection, through planning and servicing to assumption and completion.  Rick is responsible for the company's portfolio of mostly greenfield residential development projects in various municipalities across the Greater Toronto Area.  He is a Professional Engineer and graduate of Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto.  An active member of the Building Industry and Land Development Association, he spent several years as Chair of the York Region Chapter of its predecessor, the Urban Development Institute.  Throughout his career, he's been involved with implementing many policy changes that shape the industry.  He has also served on the Board of Directors of the United Way of York Region and the Planning Committee for Unionville Home Society, a seniors' residence.

Marco Filice
Senior Vice-President & General Counsel, Liberty Development Corporation
Marco Filice actively provides strategic advice in all aspects of the company's real estate life cycle portfolio, from pre-acquisition and development conceptualization, planning and land development, and sales/marketing guidance, to post-registration and property management matters including leasing.

Mr. Filice has been extensively involved in numerous large scale projects including Metro Place Condos and Thornhill City Centre.  The Liberty Development team was bestowed the BILD "Places to Grow Community of the Year" award for two of its transit-oriented mixed-use developments (eko Markham Centre & Liberty Square - 2009 (completed), and World on Yonge - 2010 (under construction)).

Prior to joining Liberty Development, Mr. Filice practiced for several years at a Bay St. law firm in the area of Financial Services & Corporate Restructuring.  Mr. Filice serves as a director for several organizations and is active with fundraising events in his community.

Mr. Filice has demonstrated continued spirit to contribute to his schools' alma mater through various avenues, including as a Guest Speaker and an Advisor at the Schulich School of Business.

Kathleen Schofield
Executive Vice President, Land Development - Great Gulf Group
Great Gulf is a residential land developer and home builder operating within the Greater Toronto Area and the United States.  Kathleen heads up the low rise land development department responsible for all aspects from site acquisition through the planning approval process to site servicing and development.  Great Gulf is one of the top five volume home builders within the GTA.  Kathleen holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario in Urban Development and a Graduate Diploma from the University of Toronto in Business Administration.  She has over 20 years of experience in the Land Development Industry.

Myron Pestaluky
President and Founder - Delta Urban Inc.
With over thirty years as a respected professional in both the engineering and land development industries, Myron's noted expertise managing multi-disciplinary teams is evidenced by the success of developments across Ontario.  Since Myron's inception of Delta Urban Inc. in 1993, clients attest that his critical vision has provided the industry with a performance and goal driven management system unlike any other being offered, bringing timely execution and added value to a wide range of land development projects.