Ian Gray

Ian Gray, OALA, CSLA, Senior Landscape Architect & Urban Designer

Associate, Sustainable Systems Strategies & Design, MMM Group Limited

IanGray-MMMgrpIan Gray is a Landscape Architect with over 25 years of extensive experience. As a project manager and design lead he has been responsible for the design, coordination and administration of multi-disciplinary urban design and landscape projects including campus master plans, parks, streetscape and urban open space.

Ian is committed to environmentally effective design and has a proven ability to generate and link disparate design and environmental engineering ideas and technologies in innovative ways. He specializes in the design of sustainable systems for communities and sites.

He led the landscape design and stormwater harvesting strategy for the Bahen Centre at the University of Toronto, recipient of a Toronto Urban Design Award of Excellence and recently led the design team that implemented a complex landscape infrastructure of green walls, sustainable facilities, innovative grey to green stormwater systems, large earthworks, and a compelling program for forests, meadows, wetlands and urban agriculture for the 362 acres of open space at Downsview Park in Toronto.

In 2012 Ian lead the design for The Urban Orchard at Downsview Park which is an innovative model of an urban systems approach to design and community food production. It integrates selected urban systems of natural and social capital, including storm water and community agriculture.

In consultation with members of the community and experts in numerous design, scientific and artistic disciplines, the team realized an orchard with capacity for 550 trees integrated with a stormwater system in a public setting. The project inaugurates a 30 acre Cultivation Campus within Downsview Park that will engage with the local community and host a multitude of initiatives related to urban food production, distribution and education.

He is currently leading the development of Bioswale Design Guidelines for a joint pilot project with Canada Lands Company and the City of Toronto at the adjacent Stanley Greene neighbourhood and the neighbourhood public realm masterplan.

Ian has served as President of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects, as an appointee to numerous boards including the Ontario Government, Ministry of Economic Development, and Design Sector Strategy Advisory Committee. He wrote the syllabus and taught the first Urban Ecology course at OCAD University and has lectured in the Landscape Architecture Programs at University of Toronto, University of Guelph and Ryerson University.

He is currently writing his thesis in Ecological Urban Design with a focus on resilience and complexity in urban patterns and forms as a candidate for a M. Design in Strategic Foresight & Innovation at OCAD University.

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Natalia Ortiz Moreno

Natalia Ortiz, student of Project Management Environmental (PME) program in Seneca Polytechnic, has an Environmental Engineering background completed at Universidad El Bosque in Colombia. She has always been involved in sustainability roles and projects that included Environmental Management Systems implementation, Water Treatment Systems’ design and operation, Hazardous and Conventional Waste management and minimization practices, as well as Ecosystem’s Conservation and Energy
Efficiency programs.

For the PME – Applied Project Management Course, Natalia developed a Green Roof Assessment Tool for Seneca Polytechnic’s Office of Sustainability, with the aim to provide green roof technology recommendations best suited to a particular scenario, taking into consideration multiple aspects of green roofs and buildings; infrastructure, design, materials, environmental factors, and costs, as well as the Toronto Municipal Code – Green Roof bylaw. Natalia also has a scientific journal publication as the main author of the project “Selection and sizing of industrial wastewater treatment units required at the
new maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) aircraft facility owned by Avianca S.A. in Rionegro Antioquia” in the El Bosque University Journal of Technology.

Natalia strongly believes there are several research topics left to be developed, and the importance of
working towards Sustainability from different backgrounds, knowledge, and cultures to build strong, productive, and resilient communities.
With the vision of growing cities and infrastructure along with nature, always preserving and respecting the ecosystems’ attributes and services, Natalia would like to keep researching and acquiring more experience in Sustainability roles.

Emily Smit

Emily is a second-year PhD student in Geography at the University of Toronto, and a co-operator of a small home renovation company, Magnus Home Improvements. Her research seeks to determine how single-family homes can quickly and best be retrofit to achieve Toronto’s emissions reductions targets – including net-zero by 2040 – as part of the TransformTO climate action plan. Specifically, she will assess the impact of municipal home energy reporting and disclosure programs, as well as produce recommendations for growing the retrofit labour force in ways that attend to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Further, her research seeks to understand how home retrofit activities can be regenerative and produce net-positive impacts for humans and the environment towards transformative, place-based sustainability. When not at her computer, Emily can be found cycling with her kids to and from school or making funky sounds on her analog synthesizer.

Bofa Udisi

Bofa is a sustainability professional with over seven years in the energy and environment industry. He has a Bachelor of Science in Energy and Petroleum Studies from Novena University in Nigeria and graduate certificates in Energy Management and Environmental Project Management from Seneca College in Toronto. In 2020, he graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Master of Environment and Business degree. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Building Science program at Toronto Metropolitan University, researching whole-life carbon reduction in new construction and building renovations.

Bofa‘s work experience is primarily in the built environment, working in the private and public sectors in roles that involve structural and environmental assessment of building structures, HVAC engineering design and sales, and facilities management. Bofa is a member of several industry associations, such as the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), the American Society for Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and the Project Management Institute (PMI). SBC’s bursary will go a long way in supporting Bofa‘s research and his desire to learn.