Out for a Roll

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Feet flat.

Stand-up straight.

Don’t grip the handle bars too tight .

Lean forward to move forward, lean back to reverse.

The basics of Segway have been taught and the Biglieri Group is now ready to attend the greatest Segway relay rally race we’ve attended.

Meeting on the very centralized (and brick clad) Trinity Street, the Biglieri Group was introduced to the basics of Segway safety, each given a personal hands-on tutorial on how to move and the course laid out before us. Nerves were at full gear and legs were shaky after dismounting - but familiarity is the key to success.

Team 1 and 2 were randomly picked, and then released out into the wilds of pylon dodging, bean-bag carrying, and the toughest challenge of all: bean-bag + pylon carrying / pylon dodging.

The race was close but Team 1 was the decided victor.

However, no contest can go without reward and the entire TBG family was taken out to Mill Street for post Segway dinner - with nerves relaxed and conversation flowing.

Seniors - Let’s talk! Civic EngAGEment Series

On May 7th, The Biglieri Group was honoured to volunteer as facilitators for Toronto Council on Aging’s “Seniors - Let’s talk! Civic EngAGEment Series” focusing on municipal policy related to Toronto Seniors.

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Following a brief round of presentations by Dr. Samir Sinha, Sue Lance, and Councillor James Pasternak the participants broke out into separate tables. Using a world cafe format a brain storm session ensued and comments swashed onto the paper sheets regarding how the City could implement the goals put forth within the Toronto Senior’s Strategy 2.0.

Along with experts from the Toronto Public Library, Toronto Police, Toronto Fire Services, and the Vulnerable Persons Office the Biglieri Group was able to pose topics ranging from Digital Literacy, TCC access, to Fire and Police assistance.

The Biglieri Group was thrilled to participate in such a lively dialogue, encouraging community discussion and assisting the development of community relationships.

For continuing information regarding community outreach, please visit the Toronto Council on Aging

Summaries are currently being prepared and will be presently submitted to the Accountability Table for review and analysis.

 

TBG Opens New Hamilton Office!

"Open" By: Justin Sharp   Taken at Supercrawl 2015, James Street North, Hamilton

"Open" By: Justin Sharp

Taken at Supercrawl 2015, James Street North, Hamilton

The Biglieri Group is excited to announce our first satellite office - in the great city of Hamilton! 

As the planning and development world continues to expand and evolve, we are constantly growing and adapting our practice to meet new challenges.  In our continued efforts to better serve our clients in the west GTHA, southwestern Ontario and Waterloo Region, we have seized the opportunity to be a part of Hamilton - the city recently named the envy of urban planners by Curbed.com.

We are thrilled to have a new home in a city that prioritizes livability and community engagement, as shown through their collaborative city-building projects in recent years. This office will be headed up by two of our best - Mike Pettigrew and Melinda Holland - who with their combined experience and teamwork will continue the tradition of serving public and private sector clients with creative solutions that exceed expectations.

 

 

 

 

TBG welcomes new members to our team!

Back Row (L-R): Isabelle Kim, Alexis Woods, Mark Jacobs Front Row (L-R): Michael Testaguzza, Brayden Libawski, Vivian Gomes

Back Row (L-R): Isabelle Kim, Alexis Woods, Mark Jacobs
Front Row (L-R): Michael Testaguzza, Brayden Libawski, Vivian Gomes

Over the past few months, The Biglieri Group Ltd. has expanded and is proud to welcome seven new members to our Team:

Mark Jacobs, MCIP, RPP joins TBG with a background in municipal planning and land development. He is also a member of the Walk Toronto Steering Committee - a local group that promotes walking and advocates on pedestrian issues.

Isabelle Kim, M.Pl. joins TBG after graduating from Ryerson University's Master of Planning program. She has hands on experience in public engagement, urban design, and placemaking initiatives, and her Master’s research focused on evaluating and learning how to build stronger complete communities.

Michael Enzo Testaguzza, MCIP, RPP joins TBG with a background in private residential, commercial and employment land development. He is a graduate of Ryerson University's Master of Planning program with an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto. He has contributed to papers on Sustainable Brownfield redevelopment research for the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Vivian Gomes, BArch., MSc. joins TBG with a background in sustainable architecture and urban design. She is a Master’s candidate in Environmental Studies in Planning at University of Waterloo. Her research will provide a planning and design framework for children-friendly urban open spaces in high-density neighbourhoods.

Brayden Libawski, MScPl. joins TBG with a background in rural, agricultural, and estate residential planning and development. He is a recent graduate of the University of Guelph's Master of Rural Planning and Development program with an undergraduate degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. He has contributed to research in Farm Diversification at the University of Guelph.

Alexis Woods joins TBG as our Office Manager, with a background in Bookkeeping, Office Management and Client Services. She is a graduate of the Business Administration Human Resource Program at Georgian College and is a member of the Human Resources Professionals Association.

Frances Gilgour joins TBG as our Office Administrator, with over thirty years experience in administrative and management positions.

TBG in the News: Samantha Biglieri interviewed on CBC Radio on preparedness of municipalities in supporting an aging population

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Links:

CBC Morning Edition - K-W    CBC Ottawa Morning                  CBC Ontario Morning (Scrub to 2:15 in the podcast) 

Samantha Biglieri, Planner and leader of the Age- and Dementia-Inclusive Built Environment services at TBG was interviewed by five CBC Radio programmes on January 2-3 for a paper she co-authored with colleague Dr. Maxx Hartt (Cardiff University) on assessing the preparedness of Ontario municipalities in being able to support their aging populations. The research examined two things:

  1.  Population projections for all municipalities in Ontario with populations over 10,000;
  2. Examined whether or not a municipality had an 'Age-Friendly City' Plan. 

The research determined that small municipalities were most likely to have the greatest proportion of older adults 20 years into the future, and they were also the least likely to have started any Age-Friendly Planning. 

For more information or any questions you may have, please see this Press Release from the University of Waterloo, or contact Samantha directly at samantha@thebiglierigroup.com