Contributors

Craig Applegath:  Craig is a founding member of ResilientCity.org, and a pioneer in the field of urban resilience. Craig is also an Architect and Principal at DIALOG (formerly Cohos Evamy Integratedesign) in Toronto. Since graduating from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University with a Master of Architecture in Urban Design he has built a considerable track record leading complex institutional design projects, but is best known for his advocacy of sustainable building design. A passionate advocate for developing design solutions that make sense in a world of energy scarcity and climate change, Craig lectures on sustainable design and urban resilience in Canada and United States. Craig was a founding Board Member of Sustainable Buildings Canada, and is a current member of the Canadian Green Building Council. Craig is also a past President of the Ontario Association of Architects, and was made a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada for his services to the profession. See his full biography.


Earle Arney:  Earle is a Global Board Member of Woods Bagot, and is considered by his clients and peers to be a global leader in sustainable design. Earle enjoys an international record of achievement in a wide range of architecture and masterplanning projects. He is a graduate of Harvard University and has applied his design skills on a range of award and competition winning projects worldwide. Earle is based in London and currently works across Europe, Australasia, USA, and the Middle East. Noted as a Thought Leader in Environmental Sustainability, and Work Place and Urban Design; Earle has lectured extensively and is a regular speaker on the subject of sustainability internationally.  His research papers focus on the business case for environmental sustainability and a global perspective of What’s Next in Sustainability? See his full biography.


David Fitzpatrick: David is an Urban Planner at DIALOG and specializes in creating retail and mixed use projects that are supported with solid market and financial analysis.  David has worked on dozens of projects across Canada and the US, as well as in Brazil, China, Korea, India, Russia, Turkey, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.  In addition to his expertise in retail and mixed use planning, David is now developing analytical approaches to better understand how to increase retail resilience to the future potential impacts of energy transition and peak oil. David completed an undergraduate planning degree at the University of Toronto, a master's at Queen's School of Urban and Regional Planning, and is currently a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners.  In his spare time he enjoys travelling, reading, and is actively involved in a charity he founded which supports post-secondary education in East Africa.  David also runs Reurbanist.com – a website dedicated to creating strategies for integrating  retail in mixed use environments.


Antonio Gómez-Palacio:  Antonio is a principal at DIALOG, in Toronto. Antonio’s professional experience and research have focused on the intersection of architecture, planning and urban design, having worked on a wide range of urban projects and master plans focused on urban intensification, mixed-use, community economic development, sustainable development and heritage matters, as facilitated through participatory processes. Antonio’s work is characterized by the creation of compelling and implementable visions, employing innovative, cross-disciplinary designs and policy tools. Antonio has international experience, having worked in Canada, the United States, China, the Middle East, Mexico, Hong Kong and Greece. Antonio is a respected and award winning urban designer. He has acted as the Chair of the Toronto Society of Architects, as well as a juror, guest critic and lecturer for national and international institutions. See his full Biography.


Peter Howard:  Peter is a contributor to the ResilientCity online community and currently a Senior Policy Advisor on climate change with the provincial Ministry of the Environment, where he works on developing Ontario's transition to a low carbon economy. Previously, Peter was a manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers Climate Change and Sustainability practice, where he worked with major clients to understand the risks and opportunity that sustainability presents. Peter has extensive experience helping both public and private organizations develop a strategic response to climate change, including understanding the green economy, undertaking emissions inventories, developing energy management and emission reduction plans, and understanding carbon markets. Peter received his Masters of Environmental Studies degree from York University in Toronto, where he studied sustainable business practices and ecological economics. Peter’s undergraduate degree was a combined honours BSc in Biology and Contemporary Studies from the University of Kings College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Peter is also a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED-AP)


Aaron Vomberg:  Aaron is a contributor to ResilientCity.org and a Planner at Quartek Group. Aaron's professional background is rooted in development planning and urban design, with a focus on housing issues, urban intensification, sustainable design, brownfield and mix-use development. With wide ranging experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors across Canada and internationally, Aaron maintains a strong interest in participatory planning with the goal of creating inclusive planning and development processes. Through independent research, Aaron is currently exploring how technology can be further used as a community consultation tool. Aaron is also involved in a variety of political and community initiatives, including involvement with Habitat for Humanity in Canada and the Southern United States, as well as many political campaigns at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. Aaron is a graduate of the Faculty of Architecture & Planning at Dalhousie University, with a degree in Urban Planning and Urban Design.


Brian Watkinson:  Brian is Principal of Strategies 4 Impact!, a professional service firm delivering highly-valued strategic advice and support to businesses and owners in the building design and construction sector. An architect, Brian earned his professional degree at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture during the "energy crisis" of the 1970's. After leading his architectural practice through the 1980's, Brian joined the staff of the Ontario Association of Architects where he honed his strategic facilitation skills as its Executive Director. Well known today as a strategist, thinker, writer and speaker, Brian's interest in resilient cities centres around the enormous impact that the twin challenges of climate change and peak oil must have on our cities, our buildings and on the industry that designs, constructs and maintains them. Brian initiates and supports strategic initiatives at the macro level across the sector, including among key private and public owners. And, he continues to guide individual design and construction businesses in developing their unique strategies to face the challenges - and seize the opportunities - we'll see in the years to come.


Jonathan Yazer:  Jonathan is a globally focused, locally active writer, researcher, and analyst specializing in urban sustainability and international governance issues. With ResilientCity.org founder Craig Applegath, he authored a white paper for the City of Edmonton called “Resilient Edmonton: When and How?” The paper informed the development of a new long-term municipal sustainability strategy that was approved by Edmonton City Council in July 2011. Jonathan’s previous work at DIALOG, a multi-disciplinary architecture, planning, and design firm, included research into international trends in sustainable architecture. Jonathan has a MA in Global Governance from the Balsillie School of International Affairs at the University of Waterloo and a BA in Political Science (Honors) from the University of Western Ontario. He has served as a juror for the ResilientCity.org Design Ideas Competition and is a member of the Future Proofing Cities Working Group. He is also a member of the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation Steering Committee and the Toronto Cyclists Union.