Welcome to the team!
Over the past few months, The Biglieri Group Ltd. (TBG) has expanded and is proud to welcome six new members to our Team:
Michael Auduong, RPP brings over a decade of experience in planning consulting across the GTA. His previous projects include small rural developments, large master-planned communities, and everything in-between. He enjoys working with clients, municipal staff, and the public in navigating the planning approval process. Michael is also a qualified witness at the Ontario Municipal Board.
Mark Jacobs 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 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.
Cassandra Alves joins TBG as an urban designer. As a graduate from the Sustainable Urban Design Program at Lund University in Sweden her master’s thesis focused on linking Toronto’s laneways into walkable & bikeable path systems which enabled diversified laneway development.
Alexis Woods joins TBG as our Office Manager.
Frances Gilgour joins TBG as our Office Administrator.
Publications in Fall 2017 issue of Plan Canada
Our Samantha Biglieri recently authored/coauthored two articles in the Fall 2017 issue of the Canadian Institute of Planners' Plan Canada Magazine. See the abstracts below for a preview:
Biglieri, S. "Dementia + Planning: Expanding Accessibility through Design and the Planning Process"
Abstract: Contrary to popular belief, over two thirds of Canadians with dementia live in the community as opposed to congregate living. This begs a question that has not been adequately explored in planning practice or academia: How can we as planners who deal with land-use, community design, and public consultation every day, understand and meet the needs of people with dementia (PWD) who are citizens just like everyone else? After examining existing work on the relationship between the built environment and PWD, I argue a dementia-specific approach to planning practice and research is needed in the Canadian context.
Hartt, M. & Biglieri, S. "Is Ontario Ready for the Silver Tsunami?"
Abstract: For the first time ever, Canadian seniors outnumber youth. In this article we examine the extend of current, and projected, aging in Ontario municipalities. We assess if, and to what extend, local governments have begun to plan for older adults. We find that senior dependency is expected to rise in every Ontario municipality. Small municipalities are particularly vulnerable as they are expected to experience the most severe aging and are least likely to have initiated community age-friendly planning.