Featured Speakers

Meet the 2023 Park People Conference presenters generating hopeful solutions in city parks across Canada.

Adri Stark
Senior Project Manager @Park People
Akiima Price
Family & Community Engagement Specialist @Akiima Price Consulting
Alexandre Beaudoin
Project Manager @Darlington Ecological Corridor
Amanda O'Rourke
Executive Director @8 80 Cities
Ana Traverso-Krejcarek
Senior Manager @The High Line Network
Anne Desautels
Interim Director @Parks and Natural Habitats Management, City of Montreal
Bryan Bowan
Program Manager – Capital Projects @Parks, Forestry & Recreation, City of Toronto
Carolynne Crawley
Founder @Msit No’kmaq
Christina Iacovino
Director @City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation
Colin Sedgwick-Pinn
Museum Program Officer @City of Toronto
Cynthia Wilkey
Co-Chair @West Don Lands Committee
Daniel Fusca
Manager of Public Consultation @City of Toronto
Dave Hutch
Deputy Director, Parks & Public Spaces @City of North Vancouver
Dave Meslin
Author, Activist, and Creative Director @Unlock Democracy
David O’Hara
Manager of Park Design @City of Toronto
David Touchette
Mediator-coordinator @idAction Mobile
Demeisha Dennis
Founder and Director @Brown Girl Outdoor World
Donovan Harvey
Research Analyst @Urban Institute
Doug Bennet
Senior Project Manager (A), Partnerships, @City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation
Dr. Shaklo Sharipova
Founder and Executive Director, Thorncliffe Park Autism Support Network
Duke Redbird
Indigenous Elder
Farid Jalil
Hub Manager @Artscape (Daniels Spectrum)
Fatima Saya
Senior Manager Social Impact @Daniels Corporation
Frances Foster
Co-founder @Friends of Gorilla Park
Howie Dayton
Director of Community Recreation @City of Toronto
Ilana Altman
Co-Executive Director @The Bentway
Ima Esin
Cultural Planner @STEPS Public Art
Janie Romoff
General Manager @City of Toronto, Parks, Forestry and Recreation
Jc Elijah (Eli) M. Bawuah
Co-Founder @Mentorship Initiative for Indigenous & Planners of Colour (MIIPOC)
Jen Angel
Chief Executive Officer @Evergreen
Jia Lu
Manager the Research and Analytics @City of Toronto's Parks, Forestry, and Recreation Division
John Wilson
Co-Chair @West Don Lands Committee
Katie Turnbull
Senior Project Manager @Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)
Ken Greenberg
Principal @Greenberg Consultants
Kim Statham
Director, Urban Forestry @City of Toronto
Kristine Archibald
Executive Director @River Valley Alliance
Leah Houston
Founder & Executive Director @MABELLEarts
Lexi Kinman
Development Manager @Park People
Lois Lindsay
Chief Program Officer @Evergreen
Lori Ellis
Project Officer, Strategic Projects @City of Toronto
Mandip Kharod
Regional Manager @TD Friends of the Environment
Marc Kramer
Project Coordinator, Landscape Architect @City of Toronto Parks Forestry and Recreation
Mary Rowe
President & CEO @Canadian Urban Institute
Mash Salehomoum
Vancouver Project Manager @Park People
Maureen Squibb
Interim Director - Community Programs @Fred Victor
Michelle Cutts
Director of Development @Park People
MJ Paterson- Watt
Lead Horticulturist @City of Toronto
Nadha Hassen
PhD Candidate @York University
Netami Stuart
Senior Project Manager @Parks for the Port Lands Flood Protection Project at Waterfront Toronto
Niklas Agarwal
Hub Manager @Artscape Gibraltar Point
Orlando Martin López Gómez
Community Food Growing Senior Manager, Foodshare
Pascale Salah
National Urban Park Project Manager, Parks Canada @Parks Canada
Paul Szabo
Policy & Project Advisor @City of Toronto
Philip Cote
Young Spiritual Elder, Artist, Activist, Historian and Traditional Wisdom Keeper
Sabina Ali
Executive Director @Thorncliffe Park Women's Committee
Sara Street
Executive Director @High Park Nature Centre
Sara Udow
Interim Managing Director @plazaPOPS
Sean Brathwaite
Group Lead @Friends of Regent Park
Simon Van Vliet
Multimedia journalist and social artist
Tina Soldovieri
Nature Interpreter @High Park Nature Centre
Val T Vint
Knowledge Keeper @Kapabamayak Achaak Healing Forest
Wes Reibeling
Toronto Program Manager @Park People
Zahra Ebrahim
CEO @Monumental

Presenting Sponsor

Sponsor logo TD The Ready Commitment

Host City Partner

City of Toronto

Event Sponsor

Parks Canada


The Bentway
Metcalf Foundation
Government of Canada
Municipal World
Mohari Hospitality