Speaker Bios


Day 2: Energy and Community

Betsy Agar

Betsy Agar, Senior Analyst, Buildings and Urban Solutions, Pembina Institute

Betsy Agar is senior analyst in the Buildings and Urban Solutions Program at the Pembina Institute, Canada’s leading clean energy think tank. She designs policy and programs for the retrofit of our B.C.’s residential building stock.

Prior to joining the Institute, Betsy was a founding member of Renewable Cities at Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue, where she collaborated with colleagues from around the world to expose barriers to implementation for communities fully powered by renewable energy.  Betsy is a LEED Green Associate, a building science engineer (PEO), and holds a Master of Applied Science from McMaster University.

Bringing her building science expertise together with her love of old cities, Betsy views rehabilitation as an opportunity to help practitioners, policy makers, and communities capitalize on energy-efficiency returns, make the urban “ecosystem” sustainable, and anchor a community’s sense of place.

When Betsy’s not working or volunteering, she is at home or travelling with her husband and teenagers — although her favourite place in the world is the South Magnetawan River, north of Parry Sound, Ontario. She has also developed an eclectic set of skills, such as producing podcasts, knitting, choral singing, and most recently swimming.

Pembina Institute
Randy LeClair

Randy LeClair

Randy LeClair has been working in institutional money management for over 30 years.  Most of his career he has managed or advised on Canadian fixed income portfolios for mutual funds, an insurance company, and two Ontario municipalities.  He has won several awards while managing mutual funds as well as being a commentator on the Business News Network (BNN).

Randy has worked in municipal finance for 10 years with the last three years at the City of Toronto and was recently promoted to Manager, Capital Markets.  He currently sits on four legacy pension funds and was the project lead for the City’s transition to the prudent Investor standard – the first of its kind for a municipality in Ontario.  He is also involved in the City’s borrowing program and recently completed their first “green” bond offering which was the largest for a municipality in Canada.

Randy has his Chartered Financial Analyst designation along with a Bachelor of Arts (ACS – Finance) and a Bachelor of Education degrees.

City of Toronto

Day 3: Transportation and Health

Brian Hollingworth

Brian Hollingworth

Brian Hollingworth is Director of Transportation Planning and Parking for the City of Hamilton.  He is a Transportation Planner and Engineer with 24 years’ experience in integrated multi-modal planning.  Brian has managed or directed a wide range of projects including numerous Transportation Master Plans and multi-modal studies.  In his previous role in the private sector he acted as a consultant to the City of Hamilton on a wide range of projects including the 2007 TMP, Cannon Street Cycle Track, the Rapid Ready Plan, the 2010 HSR Operational Review and numerous traffic and parking studies.  He is now leading a new Division which is responsible for a number of key City initiatives, including the management of the Hamilton Municipal Parking System, the delivery of the new Transportation Master Plan, the ongoing work on the City’s Sustainable Mobility Program and TDM initiatives, the Cycling Plan, Truck Route Master Plan, and Pedestrian Master Plans, as well as the traffic and transportation reviews of development applications and operationalizing the Complete Livable Better Streets Policy for the City.

 

Fran Scott

Dr. Fran Scott, MD, FRCPC, MSc

Fran Scott MD FRCPC MSc is a public health physician who has worked in Hamilton, Niagara and Toronto. She is an Associate Professor (part-time) at McMaster and Acting Director at the Institute for Healthier Environments. She was recently the Director for the new Master of Public Health Program, is a member of Clean Air Hamilton and co-chairs the McMaster Community Poverty Initiative.

McMaster Institute for Healthier Environments
Jason Hammond

Jason Hammond

Jason Hammond is the President of Wroute Inc., providing Ontarians with all-electric passenger services that fill in the gaps of existing networks. Seeking to reinforce legacy service providers where they need it most, the goal of the Wroute team is to empower people to choose being a passenger more often. Jason is motivated by the urgency of the climate crisis, inspired by all the co-benefits that sustainable transportation delivers across other sectors, and informed by over a decade in leadership of mobility innovation projects.

Jason Thorne

Jason Thorne

Jason Thorne is a professional planner who leads the Planning and Economic Development Department at the City of Hamilton, Canada. He oversees a team of 800 staff working across multiple portfolios including planning, building, development engineering, transportation planning, parking, arts, culture and economic development.

Born and raised in Hamilton, Jason has been working in planning and community development his entire career. As a Manager with the Ontario Growth Secretariat, Jason was one of the key architects of the Province of Ontario’s Places To Grow initiative. As Director of Policy and Planning for Metrolinx, Jason was one of the lead authors of the Big Move, the regional transportation plan for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

Jason also worked as a planning consultant for communities across Canada and in Africa and Latin America as a Partner and Principal with the Toronto-based planning, architecture and design firm planningAlliance.

Jason has also worked for a wide range of non-governmental organizations including the Bay Area Restoration Council, Bruce Trail Association and Coalition on the Niagara Escarpment.

Jason is a passionate advocate of community-based planning, sustainable and inclusive development, and the creation of complete, vibrant cities. Most importantly, he is a proud Hamiltonian who is excited to be back working in his hometown.

Marty Gray

Marty Gray

Marty is Uber’s Manager of Public Policy in Ontario. Since 2016 he has worked with governments and cities across Australia, New Zealand and Canada on reforms to the vehicle for hire sector.

Prior to joining Uber, Marty worked in various public policy roles for the New South Wales Government focusing on Transport, Planning and Infrastructure. He holds a combined Bachelor of Commerce and Arts and Graduate Certificate in Urban Planning.

Dr. Matt Adams

Dr. Matthew Adams, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Toronto Mississauga

Dr. Matthew Adams is an Assistant Professor in Department of Geography at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Matthew obtained his PhD from McMaster University in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences, he also holds a HBECs degree and MES degree from Lakehead University.

Dr. Adams’ research background is in environmental analysis. His research examines human exposure to environmental pollutants. His research group focuses on urban air pollution and relies on real-time and passive observations, analytical work, spatial statistics and computational modelling.

University of Toronto - Mississauga
Rebecca Bassett-Gunter

Rebecca Bassett-Gunter

Rebecca Bassett-Gunter is an Associate Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences at York University. She completed her PhD in the area of Health and Exercise Psychology at McMaster University. Her research program seeks to understand physical activity promotion, with a focus on the development of strategies that target psychosocial predictors of behaviour. She is particularly interested in physical activity promotion among children and youth. Rebecca lives in Ancaster with her husband Justin and son Benjamin.