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2017 Speakers

Alan G. Wallace, MCIP

Bio: Alan is the Planning Lead for Saskatchewan with V3 Companies of Canada Ltd.  Alan is based in the Saskatoon office.

Alan is the former Director of the Planning and Development at the City of Saskatoon.  He retired from the City of Saskatoon after 32 years of service where he directed the Planning and Development Division which is comprised of 45 staff engaged in Long Range Planning, Regional Planning, Development Review, and Neighbourhood Revitalization.

Since 1984, Alan has worked in nearly all areas of planning and development with the City of Saskatoon.  

Alan :

  • Is a full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners;

  • Is a full member of the Saskatchewan Professional Planners of Sask.

  • Is a board member of Jubilee Residences in Saskatoon.

  • Was a Director of the Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP),

  • Was Former Director and Vice-President of the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA).

  • Was Co-Chair of the Canadian Institute of Planners National Conference THRIVE2015 held in Saskatoon.

Alan was also an avid community volunteer as a former coach for minor hockey, football and softball.  Alan is married with a daughter and a son who are both attending the University of Saskatchewan.

Session: Building great communities and cities takes more than land, capital and market forces. It requires leadership.  Vision, goals, targets and commitment are driven by leaders.  It is not enough to say it, leaders must show the way. Saskatchewan cities are growing. Saskatoon is at a tipping point and requires leaders to move us from a ‘big’ small city, to a ‘small’ big city.

This presentation will explore some of the choices Saskatoon must make to move to the next level or tier and truly become a city of choice.

Cora Janzen

Bio: Cora Janzen has a Bachelor and Master of Science in Kinesiology and has worked within the health promotion field for over 10 years.  She has developed a keen interest in how communities are built and how the physical and policy environments impact community health and well-being.  Building relationships with those in the community and the municipal sector to connect public health perspectives is a strong focus of Cora’s work as this collaboration can leverage the knowledge and expertise within various disciplines as well as the community.  As a lead in the active transportation and healthy built environment work of Saskatoon Health Region – Population and Public Health, Cora has engaged a number of communities with the goal of helping create healthy, equitable built environments that contribute to improved population health.


Session: There is abundant evidence that demonstrates the built environment’s influence on physical and mental health through factors such as community design, safe and affordable housing, complete neighbourhoods, as well as multi-modal transportation networks that provide access to employment, education, healthcare and social services, recreational opportunities and healthy food.

Planning, implementing and maintaining efficient, convenient, accessible and safe active transportation networks can positively impact the community health and well-being as well as improve health equity*.  
*Health equity exists when people can reach their full health potential, without being disadvantaged by where they live, how much money they make, or other personal circumstances  
Active transportation has many benefits, including health, but it also can be a catalyst for building social capital, supporting economic development and providing economical means of supporting people of all income levels to move around their communities.

Join Cora in this session as she discusses active transportation, public health perspectives for planning for active transportation as well as the many public health benefits.

Nick Pryce, MCIP, RPP

Bio: Nick has over 25 years of planning experience in New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom. Nick obtained his planning degree from Massey University, New Zealand and is currently the Director of the Planning Group for V3. His work experience has been in both the private and public sectors with experience in sustainable development, alternative energy, transportation, governance, municipal planning, mixed land use development, climate change, and commercial and residential development. Nick specializes in the area of policy and regulatory development working for both the government agencies and developers. He has a passion for innovation and changes in technology and how they may influence or impact how we plan our communities.

Session: Active Transportation– “Shifting our Community Design?”

Studies have shown that suburban living is leading to inactivity resulting in a rise of obesity leading to significant health issues where it is expected that children of today will not live as long as their parents. Globally the cost to the health system is anticipated to be in the order of $2 trillion dollars or amounting to 2.8 per cent of the global GDP every year and nearly as costly as smoking and war. The world health organization consider this to be a worldwide epidemic leading them to identify the major source of the problem as inactivity. Our world has changed where you don’t have to get out of your chair to do anything and our technology has made us addicts leading to sedentary behaviors along with the type of food we are consuming. How do we break this cycle and what can planning do to achieve this? A key element in solving the epidemic, identified by health professionals, is to design our communities to encourage active living. Consequently, the planning and engineering professions are being called upon to design communities that not only adopt active alternative modes to transportation and active living environments but also design them to be functional and attractive whereby the users want to use them. So how do we develop active transportation systems that are attractive and cost effective to construct? Nick Pryce will be presenting on the issues surrounding the epidemic we face, how planning is moving forward with addressing the issue. He will present project examples and share the challenges faced with implementation.

Joseph Tootoosis

Bio:Joseph Tootoosis is a proud member of Canoe Lake Cree First Nation in northern Saskatchewan, and was born and raised in Saskatoon, SK. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2013 with a B.A. in Political Studies, and plans on returning to studies in law at the University of British Columbia this fall. Joseph has been working for Flying Dust First Nation as the Community Planning Coordinator since October of 2015. Flying Dust First Nation was part of a group of First Nations in the Saskatchewan Region that engaged in a pilot project called the Community Development Initiative (CDI), and in the process Joseph was hired to lead the community engagement and planning process . The main responsibilities in his role are the completion of the First Nation’s CCP (Comprehensive Community Plan), LUP (Land Use Plan), and Land Use Laws. The CCP process in Flying Dust has helped to streamline its membership engagement for legislative initiatives like the band’s Membership/Citizenship Act, Election Act, and now the drafting of its own Constitution. These initiatives along with the community planning process are helping Flying Dust First Nation take further steps in the self-government process; economic development projects like Flying Dust’s partnership with SaskPower, and the management of its corporate entity, FDB Holdings, are paving the way towards greater self-determination for Flying Dust and its people.

Session: Comprehensive Community Planning is a process that began in the B.C. Region close to ten years ago, and has since become a successful planning tool for First Nations across Canada. Planning for First Nations in Saskatchewan has generally been consultant driven, which makes the implementation of the plans a challenge for many First Nations. The unique aspect of CCP is that it was designed by First Nations, for First Nations, and has gained a lot of traction in Saskatchewan in the last few years. The development of a professional network in the province and across the country has begun to form, leading to shared plans, best practices, and mentorship from nation to nation. The Community Development Initiative pilot project in Saskatchewan originally started with 7 First Nations, but has now grown close to 20 in total. While some First Nations are currently not part of the CDI, many in the province and other regions have completed their own plans, and use them as governance documents, community visions that guide leadership, and a voice for their people. Flying Dust has a unique relationship with the city of Meadow Lake, being adjacent to one another; Flying Dust has land in Meadow Lake, returned to them as part of a specific land claim in which their land was expropriated by a railway right-of-way in in the 1930’s. Many First Nations choose to also purchase land in urban centers for businesses, and in other areas in the province as part of the Treaty Land Entitlement Framework Agreement signed in 1992 by the Federal Government, the Province of Saskatchewan, and the FSIN. This framework and history is important for planners to understand the opportunities for partnerships with First Nations, best practices, and how planning for cities, towns, and R.M.s can be inclusive of the interests of First Nations to expedite their planning initiatives.

Shannon Dyck

Bio: Shannon is an Environmental Coordinator for the City of Saskatoon, working in the areas of water conservation, waste management, regional food systems, and urban biodiversity. She has a background in both Fine Arts and Environmental Education, and is one of the co-founders of a sustainable housing project in Saskatoon, called Radiance Cohousing.

Session: Healthy Environment, Healthy Community - An interactive session connecting how healthy ecosystems and biodiversity benefit community health. Participants will be asked to consider how we might design our communities to better support nature in the city.

Adrian Werner & Jessica Russell

Bio: Adrian Werner is the Urban Agriculture Program Manager at the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre. Before moving to Saskatoon in 2015 he was a Research Associate and Library Coordinator at the Institute of Urban Studies and the Centre for Inner-city Research Community Learning and Engagement at the University of Winnipeg. In Manitoba he was involved in national and local research projects regarding homelessness, food insecurity, and mental health.

Jessica Russell is a student at the University of Saskatchewan in the Regional and Urban Planning program. She is interested in urban agriculture as a way to promote and practice food sustainability and community building in urban spaces.

Session: The Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre Garden Patch and CHEP Good Food’s Askiy project are examples of community based urban agriculture projects dedicated to creating healthy, food secure communities, through education and food production. By exploring the role that these spaces can play in an urban foodscape we will discuss the opportunities and challenges of planning for community urban agriculture

Lesley Anderson

Bio: Lesley Anderson is the  Director of Planning and Development for the City of Saskatoon. Lesley has a Master’s Degree in Planning from Dalhousie University, is a Registered Professional Planner and Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners.

She is responsible for oversight of all aspects of current and long range planning, including the Official Community Plan, Zoning Bylaw administration, regional planning, urban design, neighbourhood planning, attainable housing, heritage and community and demographic research. 

Session: Supporting Communities through the Local Area Planning Program.

This session will discuss the Local Area Planning model in Saskatoon, where community stakeholders play a lead role in developing recommendations to support the success of their neighbourhood.  The session will include activities to discuss how the program can help build upon past success while responding to new community needs and the availability of new planning engagement technologies. Session participants can expect to help identify ways to improve the Local Area Planning program and set it up for continued success in the community.

Robin Adair

Bio: Robin Adair the owner of the green builder inc. has, for many years been learning, reading and advocating for the environment.  The start of his career journey in construction had him building low energy houses, retrofitting houses, and installing solar hot water systems around Saskatoon. During that time the Saskatchewan Conservation House was built in Regina with the Saskatchewan Research Council acting as the project manager.  This house was the inspiration for the Passivhaus Institute (PHI), a not for profit organization that was formed in 1996, in Germany.  Robin attended courses for Passive House training through CanPHI West (now Passive House Canada), to learn more about the building science on energy conservation in building.  Recently Robin was part of the design team for Temperance Street Passive House, a residential duplex built by the green builder inc., and is designed to be Saskatchewan’s first Certified Passive House building.

Session: This presentation will provide insight into the building science of Passive House construction methods used to reduce CO2 emissions, through energy conservation.  This method will demonstrate how we can as planners, designers, and builders create a healthy environment both inside and outside the building.  

Infill Development Panel

Panelist: Charlie Clark

Having served the City for over a decade, Saskatoon’s new mayor Charlie Clark has had his fair share of experience with the planning sector. He is well respected amongst planners and has found himself engaged in relevant topics such as urban development, affordable housing and community safety. His work as a mediator lands him in an excellent position to discuss issues that require diverse opinions, infill development being no exception.

During his time as City Councillor for Ward 6, Charlie was able to aid with several initiatives aimed at the redevelopment of older neighborhoods, namely the Broadway 360 Plan and the New Neighborhood Infill Guidelines.

We welcome Charlie Clark to his second year as a Momentum panelist and anticipate his informed and open minded participatory style

Panelist: Troy Smith, ARCHITECT SAA AAA MRAIC LEED AP

Troy is a Principal Architect at Group2 Architecture Interior Design Ltd. with nearly 17 years of experience. He brings tremendous energy and enthusiasm to bear on complex, multi-user projects, often acting as primary client contact, design lead, and job captain. Having worked with institutional clients including universities and municipal and provincial governments, he understands the systems and processes required to deliver solutions which achieve design excellence and meet the needs of clients and stakeholders.


Troy is Board Chair for the Broadway Business Improvement District and and active community member in Saskatoon. He leads a sustainable life both in and out of his studio and uses his fold up bike whenever possible.
Panelist: Tanya Bell
Tanya Bell has been Vice President of the Nutana Community Association for the past three years. Tanya moved to Saskatoon from the suburbs of Calgary in 2006 and has lived in the core neighbourhood of Nutana with her family ever since.   Being active with your community association is one of the easiest ways to impact your immediate world and also one of the quickest ways to enhance your connectedness to the community you live in.
Panelist: Curtis Olson
CURTIS OLSON is the CEO of Shift Development—a property development company at the heart of a collaborative, creative community in Riversdale. From the first warehouse-condo conversion in Saskatoon to The Hayloft—a 1930s grocery store turned live/work space and house concert venue—Olson focuses on urban infill projects in Saskatoon’s core neighborhoods. He believes in creating commerical and residential spaces that facilitate rich urban lifestyles, with high walkability and connected to the pulse of the city. This passion is apparent in Shift’s track record. The average walkscore of Shift Development projects is 89.4 and all of Shift’s projects are within walking distance of their office. Curtis has a fondness for everything Icelandic, where he recently visited and traced his family heritage. His admiration for Scandinavian design is apparent in his projects, especially Element Urban Village, with its focus on efficient design and timeless materials. Nurturing his Icelandic connections, every Sunday morning he practises the art of making Icelandic pönnukökurs with his family. Curtis has always been a “hands on” developer who remains connected to the communities he creates and is deeply invested in Riversdale. His office is located in The Two Twenty, a unique workspace for entrepreneurs and creative industries, which includes Saskatoon’s first coworking space--developed by Shift in 2012. He recently moved into Element Urban Village, and is eager to grow a community of neighbours who enjoy condo living and the benefits of being across the street from Victoria Park: the canoe club, the tennis club, and running/biking trails. He can often be seen at the skate park with his wife and two young sons, Eliot (6) and Lukas (3).

Elisabeth Miller MCIP

Bio: Elisabeth Miller, MCIP, is an urban planner with the City of Saskatoon with a specialty in urban safety.

Under her leadership the City of Saskatoon has embedded the philosophy of Safe Growth and the principles of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) as a way to achieve a safer Saskatoon in the city’s Official Community Plan.  Currently Elisabeth is the Neighbourhood Safety Coordinator in Saskatoon and responsible for working with communities to identify issues, carry out risk assessments and safety audits, public engagement, and the implementation of safety recommendations.

Elisabeth chairs the City of Saskatoon's CPTED Review Committee which is a partnership of various civic departments that reviews all civic structures, facilities, and developments for conformance with Safe Growth and the principles of CPTED.  As of 2008, CPTED reviews are mandatory for civic and civic sponsored projects, structures, facilities and developments.  To date over 200 CPTED reviews have been completed 

Elisabeth is also responsible for organizing and co-teaching CPTED courses to ensure that civic staff, and other interested parties outside of the organization, are appropriately trained.  To date, 15 courses have been conducted in Saskatoon and over 265 people trained.

Elisabeth is an active member of the International CPTED Association (ICA) and has been a board member for six years.  She is also on the organizing committee for the ICA bi annual conference in 2017 which brings delegates from around the world to Canada.

Elisabeth is also an active member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and was instrumental in the collation and publication of CIP's "A Kid's Guide to Building Great Communities:  A Manual for Planners and Educators".  Elisabeth views Safe Growth/CPTED process as an important crossover with urban planning and an excellent vehicle for engaging children and youth in their community.

Session: 

Safe Growth and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) in Saskatoon

This presentation will highlight the principles of CPTED and the evolving philosophy of Safe Growth.  These concepts have evolved from a time when we all relied solely on a police service to address crime.

We all have a responsibility to prevent crime and we can do it using these principles.  CPTED is about reducing the opportunity for crime to occur, increasing people’s feelings of safety, and an overall increase in quality of life in the community.

Safe Growth employs these principles and a philosophy of community involvement to attain the safest community possible in which to live, work, and play.  Interdisciplinary, or some use transdisciplinary, teams are critical to the safer design and management of our neighbourhoods and cities.

The City of Saskatoon has formalize Safe Growth/CPTED in the Development Plan and establish an Administrative policy for ensuring the work is carried out in a rational manner.  As of September 2008, all civic structures, facilities, and developments are subject to a CPTED review.  City of Saskatoon has also developed a set of Safe Growth guidelines, for specific types of development, to ensure crime prevention is included in all development.

This interactive presentation will look at the opportunities and challenges to the implementation of the concept of Safe Growth and the principles and processes of CPTED.