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Appointee Biographies



David Crombie has a long history of public service and engagement. As Mayor of Toronto, he was instrumental in the city's urban reform movement and oversaw the creation of the St. Lawrence neighborhood, the development of affordable housing, and a new downtown plan. He served as a Member of Parliament from 1978 to 1988, during which he held several Cabinet positions. From 1988 to 1992, he served as the Commissioner of the Royal Commission of the Future of the Toronto Waterfront. Mr. Crombie is the President of David Crombie and Associates Inc. and holds several board appointments. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a member of the Order of Ontario.


Dr. Laura Taylor is Assistant Professor of environmental planning and urban ecologies in the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University. Her research interests are in exurbia, and natural and cultural heritage conservation. She is also a consulting planner in the Greater Toronto Area, a registered professional planner with the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, American Planning Association and the Canadian and American Associations of Geographers.


Deborah Martin-Downs is the Chief Administrative Officer of Credit Valley Conservation Authority, a position she has held since August, 2013 after eight years as Director of the Ecology Division with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. Prior to joining the public sector, Ms. Martin-Downs spent 16 years as an environmental consultant with Gartner Lee Limited. Over her career she has held progressive roles managing teams of technical specialists in geoenvironmental, watershed planning, terrestrial and aquatic ecology, flood risk and infrastructure, water resources engineering, source water protection, and environmental monitoring. She has a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Science degree in Zoology and Environmental Studies.


Leith Moore is a business leader in the residential development sector and is the principal of Waverley Projects. He was previously the vice-president of development at the Sorbara Group. He is the past chair of the Building Industry and Land Development Association and the former 2012-2013 president of the Ontario Home Builders' Association, and was a member of the advisory panel for the Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review and the 2013 Ontario Transit Investment Strategy Panel. He served as a past chair and member of the Board of Evergreen, a national non-profit environmental charity. Mr. Moore is a graduate of and previous adjunct professor at the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Waterloo.


Wayne Caldwell is a Professor in Rural Planning in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph. He has previously served in interim positions as Dean of the Ontario Agricultural College and as Associate Vice-President Research. His interests include planning for agriculture, farmland preservation, and community-based approaches to economic and environmental issues. His recent books include: Planning for Rural Resilience and Farmland Preservation: Land for Future Generations. He has served as Chair or President of a number of local, provincial, and national organizations.


Kevin Eby is a registered professional planner and president of Eby Growth Management Planning Services. He served as director of community planning for the Region of Waterloo for over 15 years, and held several other management roles. He was instrumental in delivering the region's official plan, including changes to address growth management, source water protection, landscape ecology and rural cultural diversity. Mr. Eby has presented at major regional and national conferences on the topics of growth management, demographics and housing.


Pamela Blais is an urban planner and Principal of Metropole Consultants Ltd. Her focus is on creating better cities by integrating planning, economic, and environmental thinking in the analysis of urban issues and the development of innovative policy. Dr. Blais's work has included reorganization strategies; long term regional growth planning; municipal economic development strategies; urban regeneration strategies; and research on the impact of technology on urban form. She is the author of "Perverse Cities: hidden Subsidies, Wonky Policy and Urban Sprawl", which was shortlisted for the 2011 Donner Book Prize, awarded for the best Canadian public policy book of the year. Dr. Blais has a Master's degree in Planning from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in Urban Economic Geography from the London School of Economics.


Debbe Crandall, of Caledon, has been involved with the Save the Oak Ridges Moraine Coalition (STORM) as a volunteer board member and Executive Director. Ms. Crandall has represented STORM on a number of provincial initiatives concerned with landscape-scale, conservation planning and regional growth management. She has been appointed to the Oak Ridges Moraine Advisory Panel, which developed the framework for the Oak Ridges Moraine legislation, as well as the Central Ontario Smart Growth Panel. Ms. Crandall received the Ontario Heritage Foundation Community Recognition (Town of Caledon) in 1999 and the Queen's Golden Jubilee Award in 2003.


Linda Pim lives in the Greenbelt in the Town of Caledon. She is an environmental biologist and registered land use planner. She is a Commissioner on the Niagara Escarpment Commission, the Ontario government agency that leads implementation of the Niagara Escarpment Plan, one of the three Greenbelt land use plans. Over the past 40 years, Ms. Pim has held several environmental and land use policy positions with both the Ontario government (most recently, 10 years at the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs) and environmental/conservation non-governmental organization. She maintains a section of the Bruce Trail in Grey County.


Marcy Burchfield is the Vice President of the Economic Blueprint Institute at the Toronto Region Board of Trade. Marcy has worked at the forefront of regional planning for almost two decades, informing provincial policies including the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt Plan and the Regional Transportation Plan, the Big Move. Marcy has used her quantitative, spatial analysis expertise to develop methods for measuring and monitoring how city-regions change over time. During her 17 years at the Neptis Foundation, a Canadian think-tank, Marcy’s expertise culminated in the conceptualization and build-out of the Neptis Geoweb, a web-based mapping and information platform that helps the public understand the forces shaping growth and change in the Toronto region. Marcy has contributed to numerous publications that examine patterns of change in urban regions, including the peer-reviewed Quarterly Journal of Economics. She is frequently invited to speak and provide opinion and analysis on provincial planning matters at professional forums and in media. Marcy volunteers her time on advisory councils and governance boards, most recently on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Urban Institute, the Greenbelt Council, and the Toronto Island Residential Community Trust.


Heather French lives on a grain farm in the Town of Caledon surrounded by the Greenbelt, Oak Ridges Moraine. She is self employed and is owner operator, along with her husband, of a large-scale grain farm and a Sales Representative for Pioneer. Heather is a director on the Albion & Bolton Agricultural Society and the Peel 4-H Council. She is the recipient of the Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Town of Caledon Volunteer Community Recognition Award.


Pat Molloy is the president of The Ticket People and a former mayor/councillor at Township of Uxbridge. Pat’s community involvement includes serving as a member for 100 Men Who Care Uxbridge, Uxbridge Age Friendly Committee, and Uxbridge Cottage Hospital Foundation.