2022 Toronto and Region Conservation Authority Field Trip

Back to Basics: Catalyst for Urban Renewal

October 21, 2022 | 9:30 am to 4:00 pm ET

This year’s conference theme explores the value and importance of impact assessment in Ontario by exploring the fundamentals of good impact assessment practice. In this site visit and interactive session, participants will be given a guided tour of the new Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) Administrative Building and learn about the sustainable vision and practices of the organization. In the afternoon, participants will explore Black Creek Pioneer Village (the Village) and provide insights into best practices for community engagement and civic transformation as TRCA plans for the next generation of programming and community use at this important public attraction.

Site 1: Envisioning the Future – TRCA’s New Administrative Building

9:30 AM to 1200 PM: 5 Shoreham Drive, Toronto

As a leader in the development of resilient communities TRCA works closely with municipal partners, businesses, and residents within our jurisdiction to promote and demonstrate sustainable practices. TRCA’s new administrative office building is no exception and throughout the design, tendering and construction process the requirement to erect an environmentally responsible building has been the guiding principle. In line with TRCA’s vision for the project, the new building continues to strive for ambitious sustainability and wellness targets, including Toronto Green Standard (TGS) Level 2, LEED Platinum for New Construction, WELL Standard Silver certification, and Canada Green Building’s Council’s (CaGBC) Zero Carbon Building Standard.  The building has also been designed considering the ravine context of the Black Creek with strong connections to the ravine, trail, and nearby transit stops to support wellness and active transportation.

Join us for a guided tour of the four story, 86,000 square foot mass-timber building with TRCA staff.

Please note that FULL PPE IS REQUIRED for this portion of the field trip. Please bring your Green Patch safety boots, hard hat, and safety vest to participate.

We have limited PPE available on site. Please indicate on the registration form whether you require PPE to participate.

Site 2: Reimagining the Past – Black Creek Pioneer Village

12:00 PM to 4:00 PM: 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto with Boxed Lunch (Free to Participants) at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

The Black Creek neighbourhood is home to a diverse population of about 25,000 residents. High-rise residential buildings and single-family homes, as well as commercial and institutional developments characterize the neighbourhood. Income, safety, and food security are top-of-mind concerns for residents of the community, which is located in one of Toronto’s Priority Improvement Neighbourhoods.

Following a boxed lunch, we will have a guided tour of the Village and consider how the Village can be a catalyst for community change. Following the tour, Village and TRCA staff will lead a facilitated workshop inviting you to share your professional expertise and knowledge to help TRCA develop an engagement strategy for re-imagining the future of the Village. We will focus on sharing experiences with community consultation, best practices, and best-in-class examples of major civic transformations. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended for this portion of the site visit.

Your Hosts at TRCA

Beth Williston, H. BA, MCIP, RPP

Beth Williston, H. BA, MCIP, RPP, has a degree in Geography with a specialization in Urban Development from the University of Western Ontario.  She is a member of OPPI and CPI.  Beth is part of the Senior Management Team at the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority where she is the Associate Director for Infrastructure Planning and Permits. Beth is the OAIA Treasurer and President Elect.

Darryl Gray, BA

Darryl Gray, BA, is the Director of Education and Training at TRCA. He leads a diverse Team that focuses on advancing community knowledge and practice related to sustainability and watershed management through professional and community learning. Darryl and his Team are responsible for leading edge programming at major public facilities such as Black Creek Pioneer Village and the Kortright Centre for Conservation, along with sector-focused programs including Partners in Project Green, SNAP, Sustainable Technology Evaluation Program and others. Darryl holds a Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University and a Diploma in Municipal Administration.

Chris Ellis, H. BSc

Chris Ellis, H. BSc, has a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Guelph. He is the Manager of Major Contracts at TRCA and is responsible for the TRCA New Administration Office Build Project. Over the years at TRCA, Chris has been responsible for coordinating design development and implementing numerous building retrofits, as well as infrastructure replacements and upgrades, for multiple TRCA properties across the GTA.

Steve Heuchert, RPP, MCIP, MRTPI

Steve Heuchert, RPP, MCIP, MRTPI, has a Masters in Environmental Planning from the University of Nottingham, England. He is the Associate Director of Development Planning and Permits at TRCA. As a Registered Professional Planner, Steve is responsible for advancing the protection of life and property from natural hazards, and the protection and restoration of the natural environment.  His responsibilities include strategic management of the development review and permitting services for the TRCA’s jurisdiction within the City of Toronto and the eastern part of TRCA’s jurisdiction.

Bernie McIntyre, BSc, MSc

Bernie McIntyre, BSc, MSc, is Senior Manager Corporate Sustainability and Community Transformation with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). He has more than 32 years of experience working in the field of environmental science. Bernie has a wide variety of experience including environmental assessment and biological treatment of acid mine drainage, resource management with the federal and provincial governments, watershed management, energy efficiency, climate mitigation and sustainability at TRCA. Bernie received a BSc (Hons.) in Zoology and an MSc from the University of Manitoba in 1987.

Wendy Rowney, MA

Wendy Rowney, MA, manages heritage operations and visitor experiences as General Manager at Black Creek Pioneer Village.  After completing an MA in History from Western University and a Masters of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto, she has spent more than two decades working in heritage. As Co-Director of a research study into visitor engagement in history museums across North America, Wendy builds and maintains successful visitor experiences within a heritage setting.

How to Register and Join

Participation in the field trip is open to OAIA conference attendees. Please register for the workshop here.

The field trip is limited to 45 participants so please register early. We will confirm your registration 24 hours before the event. Registration for the field trip closes on October 14, 2022.

For more information please contact us at info@oaia.on.ca.

We look forward to welcoming your participation at the 2022 OAIA Field Trip.