Director Urban Design, City of Toronto
Sector: Public Sector
Discipline: Planning/Urban Design
Magic Moment: Magic moments come every day, and the trick is to recognize them. It took me a while to realize that leaders were interested in what I was saying, and it makes me proud now to know that when I speak I am representing the interests of others.
Key Influence: Meena Dhar – Meena taught me to believe in myself and to respect the power of listening to collective voices.
Kerri Voumvakis – Kerri taught me some solid critical thinking but more importantly she taught me that time and attention are the best ways to build solutions and teams.
Next Big Challenge As An Industry: The constant influx and newcomers and refugees to our city and region creates both pressure and opportunities. I think our next big challenge will be to grow our city from within to maximize the talents that have come to us. This starts by making sure we have well designed neighbourhoods that offer good lives for all.
One word that captures you: Gracious