Be the Change: Policy Panel

The Policy Panel workshop allows participants to join an interactive discussion with a focus on how policy can be used to drive change in environmental decision making from a variety of perspectives. With a panel of five individuals having different professional and personal backgrounds, this panel offers voices from the local community, an Indigenous perspective, Urban and Land Use Environment planners, and a Municipal government perspective from the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Panel Members

Erin Hayward – B.Sc, M.Sc, GIS.Cs  

Erin Hayward (Kwe Ekoowaandang Beka Minidowaabo) is Mohawk and mixed European (Irish, British & German), turtle clan, born and raised in Scarborough Ontario, traditionally from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Erin is a Professor of Indigenous Perspectives in the School of General Arts and Sciences at Fleming College. She currently sits as the Chair of the Niijkiwendidaa Anishinaabekwewag Services Circle board of directors, is a member at large on the Nogojiwanong (Peterborough) Friendship Centre board of directors, and a member of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Indigenous Knowledge Interest Working Group. Erin is an advisor to the Laidlaw Foundations Indigenous Youth & Community Futures Fund, and recently successfully defended her M.Sc thesis in Environmental and Life Sciences through Trent University. In her masters research, Erin focused on aquatic ecotoxicology; specifically at how wastewater inputs from upstream wastewater treatment facilities adversely affect freshwater mussel populations living downstream in the Grand River Watershed.

Kent is the Principal Planner at EcoVue. Born and raised in Peterborough, he graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Planning in 2008 with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (B.E.S.). Since coming back to the area and joining the firm in 2009, he has developed excellent skills in policy development, land use analysis, effective community consultation and project management. Kent is currently the planner of record for the Townships of Ramara, Brock and Otonabee South-Monaghan, and the Village of Burk’s Falls.

He provides planning and project management services for a number of private clients in municipalities from Dufferin County and Simcoe County in the west, to the Region of Durham and the County of Northumberland to the south, the County of Haliburton to the north and the County of Hastings to the east, as well as the City of Kawartha Lakes, and the County and City of Peterborough. Kent has appeared numerous times before the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal (and its predecessor, the Ontario Municipal Board) as an expert witness in land use planning and development.

Kent Randall – B.E.S, RRP, MCIP

Beverly Saunders – B.Sc., M.Sc, EP

Beverly is a Land Use and Environmental Planner at Ecovue Consulting. With 9 years of experience in the field, she advises municipal clients on environmental policy implications and helps the local community members and developers move forward with land use planning projects. In addition to her work with EcoVue Beverly also mentors and teaches up-and-coming land-use planners, as a professor in the Applied Environmental Planning Certification Program at Fleming College.

Prior to joining EcoVue, Beverly developed a wide range of skills while working in environmental planning and policy development positions at various governmental organizations. These organizations included local Conservation Authorities, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and a regional planning agency in Wisconsin. This broad background has equipped Beverly with a well-rounded understanding of provincial, federal and international environmental planning policies and practices; knowledge she continues to use effectively in her work with EcoVue.

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