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Robin Mazumder
Kitchener - Waterloo
Canada
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Robin Mazumder is a doctoral candidate in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Waterloo, where he is studying the psychological impacts of urban design. Using sophisticated wearable technology and immersive virtual reality, he examines how people experience cities. His interest is inspired by his love for cities as well as his front line experience working as a mental health occupational therapist. Robin’s research is funded by the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Canada’s most prestigious doctoral award.

Always striving for a healthier, happier, and more inclusive city, Robin is also a passionate community builder. His advocacy and research and has been featured in numerous outlets including the BBC, Vice Magazine, CBC , Canadian Geographic and Canadian Cycling Magazine.

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Kay Teshcke
Vancouver
Canada
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Kay Teschke is Professor Emeritus, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia. In 2004, she initiated the Cycling in Cities Research Program to investigate which route infrastructure encourages or discourages cycling and which increases or decreases cycling injury risk. She currently serves on the OECD International Transport Forum Roundtable on Cycling Safety, BC Road Safety Strategy Working Committees, the BC Road Safety Law Reform Group, and the Board of Directors of WorkSafeBC. Over the last 5 years, she has been an expert advisor for the BC Coroner Service child traffic death review panel, Public Health Ontario’s bicycle helmet legislation synthesis, the BC Public Health Officer’s Report on Road Safety, and the City of Vancouver Cycling Safety Study.

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Herbert Tiemens
Utrecht
Netherlands
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Herbert Tiemens is a nationally and internationally respected practitioner and thought-leader with over 20 years of experience in cycling policies, city planning and urban design. Based in Utrecht, Netherlands, he works on top-level practices to shape happy cities in the Netherlands and abroad.
In recent years he has advised and collaborated with cities, agencies and best-practice developers around the world, including the cities of Copenhagen, Dublin, Helsinki, Washington DC and numerous cities and projects in the Netherlands. Currently he is working at the province of Utrecht to implement cycling strategies and representing the province for cycling affairs. Herbert is member of the advisory board of Fietsberaad, the Dutch knowledge centre on cycling policies and contributed to the design manual for cycling in the Netherlands. He has a broad knowledge of sustainable urban developments and cycling. In his expertise he connects stakeholders and links short term measures with strategic long term goals. Herbert has a degree in Urban Planning and is specialized in traffic planning.

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Janette Sadik-Khan
New York
United States
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"If you can change the street, you can change the world."

One of the leading voices on urban transportation policy, Janette Sadik-Khan is internationally respected for her transformative redesigns of New York City streets and rapid-implementation strategies that are being replicated today in cities around the world. ​

She was Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation from 2007–2013 under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, leading one of the most sweeping revitalizations of the city’s streets in a half-century.

During her tenure, New York City added nearly 400 miles of bike lanes and the first parking-protected bike paths in North America. The department she led set in motion more than 60 plazas across the city, including the historic plazas that shut Broadway through Times Square, sparking economic recovery throughout the area. She worked with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to launch the city’s first six rapid bus lines and oversaw hundreds of intersection and street redesigns that contributed to the city’s record-low traffic fatalities. Sadik-Khan oversaw the 2013 launch of Citi Bike, the nation’s largest bike share system, which to date has been used more than 22 million times and is doubling in size to 12,000 bikes.

​She currently advises mayors of cities around the world as a principal at Bloomberg Associates, a philanthropic consultancy established by Michael Bloomberg to help cities around the world improve the quality of life of their citizens. She assists mayors and their teams in developing street redesigns in cities from Los Angeles to Mexico City to Rio and Athens.

​As chair of the National Association of Transportation Officials (NACTO), an organization of transportation commissioners and directors in 38 cities, she led the development and publication of NACTO’s Global and Urban Street Design Guides and the Urban Bikeway Design Guide. The new standards in these documents have been recognized by USDOT and adopted by 40 cities worldwide.

​Sadik-Khan was a Senior Vice President of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a leading international engineering firm. Previously, she worked in Washington, D.C., as a Deputy Administrator at the US Department of Transportation. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Occidental College, and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.

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Michelle Meade
Winnipeg
Canada
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Michelle has over 30 years working in the medical fitness community, 24 were at the Reh-Fit Centre, Winnipeg. As Director of Program, she was responsible for developing and implementing cardiac rehab, prevention and chronic disease programs well as adult health and fitness programs/services with an interdisciplinary team of professionals. Currently she is the manager of the WRHA Chronic Disease Collaborative, looking at prevention and management of chronic disease from a systems perspective.

Michelle Meade grew up in St.Vital. As a kid she rode her bike to the monkey trails in St. Vital Park, went with her parents buy fruit and vegetables at the market gardens along St. Mary’s Road. As an adult resident, she saw that Bishop Grandin Boulevard ( BGG) offered an opportunity to repurpose an undesirable green space that could connect a community.

Michelle Meade is a founding member of Bishop Grandin Greenway since the beginning, in 2000 and president for 8 last years. The 5 km of greenspace now boasts a trail that offers active and passive recreation and transportation,
community gardens, Eco-Ed site, Monarch Way Station, an art installation as well as the onlynamed retention ponds in Winnipeg- perhaps Manitoba!

Michelle has a non- traditional background in the health world. With an undergraduate degree in the field of kinesiology, certificate in management, she also is Certified Exercise Physiologist (CSEP) and Clinical Exercise Specialist in Cardiac Rehabilitation (ACSM). She also sits on the advisory committee for the University of Manitoba Faculty of Kinesiology and former executive of national Board of Directors for Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention.

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Rob Poapst M.Sc., P.Eng.
Winnipeg
Canada
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Rob is a Junior Transportation Engineer with MORR Transportation Consulting based in Winnipeg and a M.Sc. graduate in Transportation Engineering from the University of Manitoba.
Through his graduate studies and consulting projects with MORR, he has gained a comprehensive understanding of vulnerable road users (e.g., pedestrians and cyclists) and the safety implications of their interaction with motorized vehicles and transportation infrastructure.
He has presented his work at conferences throughout North America and published multiple research papers on the topic of pedestrian accommodation.

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Jeannette Montufar, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Winnipeg
Canada
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Dr. Jeannette Montufar is Founding Partner and CEO of MORR Transportation Consulting. She has over 20 years of experience working in Canada, the U.S., and Latin America on special projects dealing with road safety, freight systems, vulnerable road users and traffic engineering.

Dr. Montufar was also professor in Civil Engineering at the University of Manitoba for nearly 15 years, during which time, she published over 200 technical papers and reports on road safety, pedestrian accommodation, transportation infrastructure, freight transport, and others.

She has been an active member of various professional organizations for over 20 years. She is a member of the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC), the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the U.S. Transportation Research Board, and others.

Dr. Montufar has received over 20 national and international awards for her contributions to transportation engineering, as well as for her community service. She is a former recipient of a YMCA/YWCA Women of Distinction Award in Leadership and Management (2012), and was the first recipient of the Shaw Media/Global TV Women in Leadership Award (2015). In 2016 she was inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering for her contributions to the engineering profession.

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Moneca Sinclaire
Winnipeg
Canada
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Moneca Sinclaire is a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN) who currently lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her health career began as a Nutrition Educator then the areas of renal dialysis, diabetes and cancer before moving to Toronto to complete her PhD studies. She is currently a Project Coordinator with the Debwewin-the truth of our hearts study at the University of Manitoba at the Faculty of Health Sciences. Her mother, from OCN influenced her to be a social activist as she remembers her mom sending out hundreds of letters to have Leonard Peltier released. Moneca is also a self-taught artist that was inspired by watching her paternal grandmother make exquisite art pieces from household objects, such as making garland from candy wrappers. She often heard her grandmother say, “The Earth can’t take so much garbage.” She is also a mother to a son and an auntie to many of her friend’s children. Her passion is to empower people to be able to live their lives to their fullest potential.

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Pekka Tahkola
(appearing remote from) Oulu
Finland
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Be it cause or consequence, he resides in the winter cycling capital of the world: Oulu, Northern Finland. Located almost at the Arctic Circle, the city enjoys long, snowy, harsh winters, which, even though you might think the opposite, when paired with good maintenance make winter cycling just a normal everyday activity in the city. Apart from bicycles, he has a huge interest in transportation history, vintage pianos, adventures of all sorts, and ice cream. His main areas of expertise are about how walking and cycling can make our transport system work more efficiently, how they can improve our lives, health and economy, and all in all make our communities of better quality.

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Erik Dickson MCIP, RPP
Winnipeg
Canada
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Erik is an Active Transportation Planner at the urban design firm of Scatliff + Miller + Murray in Winnipeg, MB. There he has led and been involved in numerous active transportation design and planning projects, most notably The Forks raised bikeway, the University of Manitoba buffered bike lanes and Pedestrian and Cycling Plan, and the protected bike lane on Assiniboine Avenue. He has also developed Trail Master Plans for several rural communities in Manitoba and North Western Ontario. Erik is an active cycling commuter and enjoys exploring city parks with his two children by bike.

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Sarah Prowse
Winnipeg
Canada
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Sarah Prowse has a Masters of Public Health from the University of Waterloo and an undergraduate degree in kinesiology from the University of Winnipeg. She has worked in community and public health in New Zealand and Winnipeg for 14 years in the areas of physical activity, nutrition, oral health, and public policy. She currently works as a Healthy Public Policy Specialist with Population and Public Health at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

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Timo Perälä
(appearing remote from) Oulu
Finland
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Timo is an engineer and expert in winter cities. His mission is to make cities (and the people in them) healthier and happier. His experience from urban design, traffic planning, municipal procurement procedures, coaching, sport and wellbeing technology, ITS and smart mobility gives me a broad and fresh view how to develop our cities as well as different organizations, organs and procedures within.
In particular, he specializes in projects that promote smart mobility. One of his main and long-lasting projects (since 2013) is working as the smart mobility coordinator for the Oulu Region. In addition to his multidisciplinary projects at Navico Ltd, he acts as the chairman for the Finnish Cycling Embassy and the Winter Cycling Federation (which I established after organizing the first Winter Cycling Congress in Oulu, 2013).
The values of company, Navico Ltd, mirrors his personal ones: an easy going and “fair game” kind of atmosphere, creative madness and a passion to build a better environment. Major driver in professional and personal life is to “go for it” - a kind of mentality that includes doing things “not exactly by the book”. Also the everlasting hunger for learning new skills is an important source of energy.

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Janice Lukes
Winnipeg
Canada
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Janice Lukes is currently city Councillor for South Winnipeg - St. Norbert and services on a variety of City Committees. She holds the role of Co-Chair of the Partnership of the Manitoba Capital Region and has held the roles of Acting Deputy Mayor and Chair of Public Works. Janice has been advocating to improve active transportation in Winnipeg for the past 16 years. Prior to being elected, she held the position of Winnipeg Trails Association Coordinator for 8 years, under the guidance of the Associations chair, Paul Jordan. She’s been a Director role on Manitoba’s Trans Canada Trail Association for 6 years, was a member of the City’s Active Transportation Advisory Committee for 8 years, a member of Rapid Transit Phase one Advisory Committee and Chaired the Provincial Government’s first report on moving Active Transportation forward. Janice has worked with all levels of government to secure funding support and enable policy changes to improve active transportation. Following the Federal $20M funding allocation to Winnipeg towards active transportation improvements, she worked extensively with the Green Action Centre on active and safe routes to school. In 2014, she ran for public office and continues to work towards positive change in the field of active transportation.

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Andrea Kwasnicki
Winnipeg
Canada
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Andrea works for Diabetes Canada. Diabetes Canada leads the fight against diabetes by helping those affected by diabetes live healthy lives, preventing the onset and consequences of diabetes, and discovering a cure. She is currently Regional Director for Manitoba and Nunavut, a position held since 2010 within the Community Engagement Team. Andrea has held several progressive roles within the organization since 1996. Prior to joining the Association, she worked for Services to Seniors and was responsible for creating one of the first Adult Day Programs for Seniors in the province of Manitoba.

Andrea has travelled Manitoba extensively over the past 10 years creating a presence in every major centre in the province and expanding the Association’s reach to more than 20 different First Nation communities.

Andrea’s educational background includes designations from Brandon University, University of Manitoba, Red River Community College, as well as numerous workshop and certificate programs and continuing education programs from local institutions with a focus on Leadership, Management, and Volunteer Development.

In her spare time, Andrea is a dedicated volunteer with the Association participating as a residential campaign canvasser for more than 15 years, community fundraiser, and Run for Team Diabetes volunteer. As well she is a member of the Winnipeg South Lion’s Club and a member of the St.Vital / St. Boniface Health Advisory committee.

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Angela Mathieson
Winnipeg
Canada
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Angela Mathieson is currently the President and CEO of CentreVenture, the City of Winnipeg’s Downtown Development Corporation. Coupling her Bachelor Degree in Interior Design and her Masters Degree in City Planning, with her passion for community, Angela has played a central role in urban development issues in Winnipeg for the last eighteen years. She held the position of Assistant Deputy Minister of urban affairs for the Province of Manitoba from 2003 to 2006, responsible for urban revitalization programs and financial support to the City of Winnipeg. Her development of legislative and fiscal policies such as Manitoba’s Tax Increment Financing law has enabled demand and supply side incentives for downtown housing, the creation of the SHED, and infrastructure support for the Convention Centre and CentrePort. In 2006 she was appointed Secretary to Cabinet for Community and Economic Development and senior advisor to Premier Gary Doer, leading on major economic development projects. Prior to joining CentreVenture as CEO in 2015, Angela managed her own successful urban development consulting practice in Winnipeg.

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Brian Bowman
Winnipeg
Canada
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Mayor Brian Bowman was elected in a landslide victory on October 22nd, 2014 to become the 43rd Mayor of the City of Winnipeg.

Brian is passionate about ensuring Winnipeg is a city that works better for every citizen and is committed to building a stronger Winnipeg through greater openness, transparency, and accessibility. He is committed to developing a long-term economic plan for the future, improving infrastructure, and building safer communities to create a more innovative, diverse, and engaging city.

Since becoming Mayor, Brian has passionately worked towards fixing Winnipeg’s racism problem – changing the city’s label by Maclean’s magazine as “most racist city in Canada” to “a leader in fixing Canada’s racism problem” in the span of one year. Brian himself is Métis, and is the nation’s first Aboriginal mayor. He believes in making Winnipeg a safe and respectful place for all its residents– regardless of race, culture, religion, or sexual orientation.

Prior to becoming Mayor, Brian was a partner at one of Winnipeg’s top law firms, and a national leader in the emerging fields of social media, access to information, and privacy law. He used his role as partner to protect victims of cyber-bullying and for the protection of individuals’ personal rights.

He has served and advocated for the community in his many leadership positions within a variety of organizations, including Chair of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG), and President of the University of Manitoba Alumni Association, as well as serving not-for-profits including Ka Ni Kanichihk and the Manitoba Naturalists Society. His work with the Chamber of Commerce was instrumental in launching the Winnipeg BOLD Initiative, which brought about the creation of YES!Winnipeg, The World Trade Centre, and the Centralia Conference that showcased Winnipeg to 600 companies from 30 different countries.

Growing up in a working-class family in Winnipeg, he and his wife Tracy are proud parents to sons Hayden and Austin. The family regularly enjoys attending Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Jets games, as well as spending time outdoors in the City’s many beautiful parks with their dog, Indiana.

Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts (Adv) in history and political studies from the University of Manitoba, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toronto.

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Akoulina Connell
Winnipeg
Canada
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As CEO of Manitoba Arts Council, Akoulina’s focus is on cross-sectoral partnership and collaboration to support the full demographic portrait of Manitoba through the arts; strategic planning and communications; systems thinking; change management; establishing and implementing a Performance Indicator framework for ROI and SROI on public arts funding; financial planning and reporting; community engagement; network development; and team building.

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Matthew Robinson
Winnipeg
Canada
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Matthew is an ambitious and passionate young professional with experience working across multiple disciplines to deliver mutually-beneficial outcomes. He is known for providing holistic project management driven by strong leadership abilities, a keen eye for design, and meaningful community engagement.

Matthew holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba and has recently completed his Master of City Planning. His Major Degree Project (Tactical Urbanism in Winnipeg, Manitoba) explores the use of tactics in all sectors of the planning profession. An interest in tactical urbanism and community-led initiatives has led him to organize events around the city in support of the local arts community, as well as advocating for relevant urban issues. In his short professional career, he has accrued experience working within all levels of government and has helped to deliver several strategic plans and planning reports.

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Leigh Anne Parry
Winnipeg
Canada
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Leigh Anne Parry is currently the Chair of Winnipeg Trails Association and an artist and collaborator with a degree in theatre that focused on directing. Leigh Anne’s work is almost always intersectoral, multidisciplinary and collaborative. Her works has evolved into a prolonged response to the built environments into which we find ourselves emerging. She has the opportunity to leave a direct imprint on both the landscape and the objects in it through, for example, The Plain Bicycle project (a culture bomb of Dutch bicycles) or the Landless Farmers Collective (a major vegetable farm and landscaping in a prominent urban greenspace). Her work can also be ephemeral, esoteric and conceptual, as evidence by the From the Seat of A Canoe groupe performance/installation that drew attention to riverine environments in the city. Her most recent project was A Lingering Darkness a series of installations curated for Cluster Festival that focused on what we lose when we lose the night sky. As both an artist and activist, she is increasingly keen to respond to a world created by colonizers for a car economy that has left barriers to creating plausible and desirable futures for the existence of life on this planet. Leigh Anne is a resident of Winnipeg, raised just outside the city limits but her ancestors came to the east coast of turtle island in the mid-1800s from Great Britain. She is also Executive Director Young Lungs Dance Exchange an artist-run dance organization. She is a key organizer of ModeShift and will be appearing as a facilitator.

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Will Belford
Winnipeg
Canada
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Will Belford is the Operations Director of the Rainbow Trout Music Festival. He has helped grow and move the festival from it's humble beginnings as a fishing derby and music festival in a defunct quarry. He is also the Volunteer coordinator for the Snowdance Festival of Music & Winter, winner of a Travel Manitoba award for best event with a budget under $5000. Will is co-owner and shop manager of Natural Cycleworks, a worker owned bike shop in downtown Winnipeg. Natural Cycleworks is a custom bike shop with a focus on real world bikes made for longevity and supporting life by bicycle. Will is also the main organizer for the Bike Jam, a monthly group bike ride in that regularly sees hundreds of riders come together to explore and interact with the city of Winnipeg. A summer of Bike Jams culminates in a major event as part of Nuit Blanche, an all night art festival that takes place during Culture days.

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Shoni Madden
Winnipeg
Canada
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Shoni Madden is an experienced transportation planner with 10 years of experience in sustainable
transportation, climate change, and community facilitation. A graduate of Environmental Studies, Shoni
specializes in sustainable transportation, but has also worked in the area of climate change, leading 15
communities in Manitoba to begin their sustainability planning efforts as part of a provincial program to
reduce emissions.
Shoni recently joined Urban Systems and works with clients to build a culture of active transportation
through supporting the development of programs, businesses, policies, and plans that get us there. She
previously served as Program Director for the Active and Safe Routes to School program in Manitoba
with Green Action Centre for the past 8 years, working to bring together diverse stakeholders and
address barriers to active transportation in their communities. Shoni led the development of the School
Travel Planning (STP) program in Manitoba, working with municipalities across the province and
delivering several facilitator training sessions. She has worked hard to establish and integrate STP as a
provincial and national planning standard, an effort recognized through receipt of the 2012 Manitoba
Planning Excellence Award. Shoni has also worked more broadly in the area of sustainable
transportation as a founding director and President of the social enterprise Peg City Car Co-op,
Winnipeg’s first and only carsharing service and as an event coordinator with the Red River Valley Clean
Cities Coalition.
Shoni is a mom of two toddlers and has committed her family to a car-free lifestyle. Through the process
of launching Peg City Car Co-op, she has developed a passion for supporting other families to learn how
it is possible for them to bike, walk, bus, and sometimes drive.

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Alex Morrison
Winnipeg
Canada
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Alex has been keenly interest in placemaking, public art and the evolution of urban landscapes since beginning her university career at the University of Winnipeg, after reading about the urban expeditions of William Bunge. She later graduated from University of Manitoba with a Master's degree in urban/ex-urban planning and landscape ecology.

She has incorporated her passion for natural and human-made environments into her previous careers working with Linnet Geomatics, Energy Pathways in Ottawa , and now, settled into the ED role at the BIZ, where she is bringing new placemaking ideas and a unique artistic direction to the streets of Transcona.

In her "other life", Alex is an accomplished photographer/digital artist having been selected Canadian Photographic Artist of the Year, 2009, as well as Manitoba Photographer of the Year 2011, 2012 and 2015. Her works have been displayed as far away as Pingao, China; and as close to home as L’Arche Tove Café in the heart of historical downtown Transcona.

Alex also won the Manitoba Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2007.

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Stephanie Whitehouse
Winnipeg
Canada
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Stephanie has held the position of Active Transportation Coordinator with the City of Winnipeg since the Autumn of 2015. She holds a Master’s in City Planning from the University of Manitoba and a Bachelor’s of Design in Communication Design from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

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Brent Bellamy
Winnipeg
Canada
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Brent Bellamy is an architect and public advocate for sustainable city-building and human focused design. Since 2010, he has contributed a featured column in the Winnipeg Free Press, titled ‘On Architecture’, in which he challenges the conventional perceptions of architectural and urban form. He explores the connection between design and economic growth, environmental sustainability, civic competitiveness and quality of life. Brent has broadly engaged in public speaking, teaching, mentoring, writing and social media to promote innovation in architecture and urban design. His advocacy has been widely featured on radio, television and in numerous periodicals.

Brent’s graduate level study included international design studios in Kathmandu, Nepal and at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He also worked as an intern with Moshe Safdie Architects in Jerusalem, Israel. As an avid traveler, his personal exploration of cities in nearly 60 countries has brought a global perspective to his writing and his design philosophy. He works to maintain a thorough knowledge of evolving architectural and planning theory from around the world.

Brent strives to create sensitive and efficient architectural forms that provoke thought and stimulate the imagination. His personal commitment to the principles of environmental sustainability is demonstrated through such projects as the University of Winnipeg’s Richardson College for the Environment, Qualico Family Centre and Winnipeg Humane Society.

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Zephyra Vun
Winnipeg
Canada
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Zephyra Vun is the Executive Director of Design Quarter Winnipeg, and also Founder + Owner of anARCHI design, a multi-disciplinary design and art studio in Winnipeg’s Exchange District, participating in architecturally inspired art projects, live art performances, and curator of various public art events and exhibitions. Receiving her Masters of Architecture Degree in 2011 from the University of Manitoba, Vun is an ambassador for accessible art and design, and strives to advocate inclusive public engagement with these creative disciplines. Vun maintains a strong presence in the fine arts field, exhibiting her work internationally as a member of International Contemporary Art Curator, while also acting from a more curatorial role promoting local artisans and organizing major events for Design Quarter Winnipeg, the Winnipeg Design Festival, Nuit Blanche Winnipeg, First Fridays in the Exchange, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Most recently, Zephyra is one of five jurors for the upcoming ideas competition, On The Docks, and was also awarded the Mayor’s BIZ award in May 2017 for her community leadership within the Exchange District.

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Andrea Del Campo
Winnipeg
Canada
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Andrea del Campo is an actor, singer, improviser and producer based out of Winnipeg. She has performed on every professional stage in Winnipeg, as well as many films and television shows. Andrea is a founding member of musical improv company, Outside Joke now in it's 16th year. She is also a year-round commuter cyclist and proud resident of Winnipeg's North End.

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Eddie Ayoub
Winnipeg
Canada
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Eddie Ayoub is an artist and 25-year participant in Winnipeg's art community. He is Artistic Director of Wanda Koop's community art centre, Art City.

Ayoub has directed Art City programming for a decade, and is co-chair of the Manitoba Artist-Run Centres Coalition (MARCC), representing Manitoba on the national Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference Board.

Ayoub is also a member of the City of Winnipeg’s OurWinnipeg Community Advisory Committee, helping to shape the foundation of Winnipeg's future development priorities.

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David Pensato
Winnipeg
Canada
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Executive Director for the Exchange District BIZ, David Pensato has connections to the area stretching back to his teenage years in the early ’90s, when he regularly visited the fledgling, alternative shops and eateries, browsed through the galleries and occasionally took in a movie at Cinematheque. Prior to his current role, David served as a brand strategist, public engagement professional and strategic planner for a broad range of projects in both the private and public sectors, including several city and community building initiatives. A self-described "multimodal traveller," he bikes, walks, drives and busses regularly, depending on which mode suits the occasion best.

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Dr. Lisa Richards
Winnipeg
Canada
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Dr. Lisa Richards is a Medical Officer of Health with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) with a focus on environmental health and health promotion work, including collaboratively working towards a healthy built environment in the Winnipeg Health Region. Lisa has worked at the WRHA since 2010, and previously was a Medical Officer of Health in northern Manitoba. She fully embraces active transportation, cycling to work during the non-snow months and walking and using public transit for the remainder of the year.

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Kerry Leblanc
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Director of Operations - The Forks

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Kyle Wiebe
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Kyle Wiebe is an urban planner (McGill University) and researcher who seeks to operationalize complex urban issues and datasets into communicable opportunities. His experience includes assessing the administration of geo-spatial addresses to informal settlements in Nairobi with the UN-Habitat, working with informal street food vendors to increase low-income consumers’ nutritional security in India, developing cycling strategies and networks in Quebec City and Detroit, and contributing to and leading numerous research projects on food security and homelessness in Winnipeg.

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Glen Manning
Winnipeg
Canada
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Glen Manning, FCSLA
Glen Manning is a landscape architect and principal at HTFC Planning & Design with a passion for the social and placemaking dimensions of active transportation. Glen is a cycle commuter, trail enthusiast, and advocate. He was one of the founders of the Floodway Recreational Trails Coalition, and a longstanding member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. He has been involved in the design of bicycle and pedestrian facilities locally and internationally since the mid 1990s, including development of the City of Winnipeg Riverbank Parkway Code of Conduct, the River Forks Plan for Greater Grand Forks, and greenway trail system design in Francistown, Botswana.
Recent works include an active transportation network in the Engle subdivision in Yellowknife, an award-winning
wayfinding system for the Winnipeg Trails Association, several of the current cycle and pedestrian projects in
Winnipeg’s downtown. and a new trails master plan for the city of Guelph.

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Chris Baker
Winnipeg
Canada
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Chris is a Pedestrian and Cycling Planner with the City of Winnipeg. He is a Full Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and a graduate of the University of Manitoba’s Master of City Planning program. He also has training and certifications in bikeway design, public engagement and project management. Working to implement the City of Winnipeg’s Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies, Chris is involved with facilities planning and design, design review, programming, project management and public engagement. He is the chair of the Manitoba Road Safety Plan 2017-2020 Road to Zero - Active Transportation / Vulnerable Road User working group. Chris is looking forward to this summer’s cycling construction program, which includes multiple protected facilities.

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Thom Sparling
Winnipeg
Canada
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Active in the Canadian independent music scene for over two decades, Thom Sparling was a founder of the West End Cultural Centre, managed bands such as the Crash Test Dummies, produced 60 music recordings, thousands of live performances, a dozen music videos and a music magazine while operating his own independent record label and management company. For the past decade, Sparling has led Creative Manitoba providing mentorship and professional development for Manitoba`s creative sector. Sparling has also been engaged in the research and development of civic and provincial cultural policy recommendations including a Creative Cluster Strategy for Winnipeg`s Exchange District.

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Libby Zdriluk
Canada
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Libby was born in Toronto and raised in Winnipeg. She is a Receptionist at the Independent Living Resource Centre. She holds a certificate of honours from Red River College in Education. She previously worked as an Educational Assistant supporting students with special needs in the Winnipeg School Division.