Nina-Marie Lister

Nina-Marie Lister, Principal, MCIP, RPP, Affiliate ASLA

NinaMarieListerNina-Marie Lister is the Founding Principal of plandform studio. A Registered Professional Planner (MCIP, RPP) with a background in landscape ecology and environmental planning, Lister’s career has spanned public and private sectors over 20 years, working with developers and designers, policy makers and planners. From the City of Toronto to the Ontario Ministry of Environment to Canada’s National Roundtable on Environment and Economy, her work is known for creative, effective and accessible integration of science and policy with planning and design. In 2006, she launched her creative studio practice to explore the relationship between landscape, ecology, and urbanism through an integrated design-research approach. Her research, teaching and professional practice work in synergy, and are currently focused on the resilience of landscape infrastructure and ecological processes within urbanising regions.

At Ryerson University in Toronto, Lister is Associate Professor and Associate Director of Urban + Regional Planning. She is currently Visiting Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Toronto, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape + Design. From 2009-2013, she was was Visiting Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University, Graduate School of Design. In 2012, Lister was named Senior Scholar with the Centre for Humans and Nature.  She is co-editor of Projective Ecologies(with Chris Reed, Harvard GSD and ACTAR Press, 2014) and theThe Ecosystem Approach: Complexity, Uncertainty, and Managing for Sustainability (with David Waltner-Toews and the late James Kay, Columbia University Press, 2008), and author of more than 30 professional practice and scholarly publications. These include contributions to Ecological Urbanism (Harvard GSD with Lars Müller Publishers 2010) and Large Parks (Princeton Architectural Press 2008, winner of the J.B. Jackson Book Prize). She recently served as Guest Editor of the Journal of Ecological Restoration for a special issue on landscape connectivity (Dec. 2012).

Her work has been featured in several planning and design exhibitions, including the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montréal, the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the Toronto Design Exchange, and the Van Alen Institute in New York. Lister served as the Professional Advisor for the 2010 ARC International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition, which developed the concept designs for a wildlife bridge to be built at the Vail Pass in Colorado. The concepts designs are part of a public exhibition on wildlife, infrastructure and urbanism: XING – (Re) Connecting Landscapes which launched in Toronto at Evergreen Brick Works in 2013 and opens in Calgary in 2014.


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.