CNU Ontario Installs New Board Leadership

At the recent Annual General Meeting of the Ontario chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism  the new board of directors was installed.  Following are the names of CNU Ontario’s new directors and the terms they will be serving.



Wendy Meininger-Dyk

4 years

Biju Karumanchery

4 years

Helen Huang

4 years

Michael Stott

4 years

Olivia Labonte

4 years

Taylor Gascoigne

4 years

Anu Dogra

2 years

Congratulations to the newly elected directors!  The chapter greatly appreciates the service and leadership provided by the outgoing board.

Many events are being planned for the upcoming year, beginning with the CNU Ontario’s new urbanism film festival in the coming months – please watch your email inbox for more chapter updates.

Annual General Meeting of Members – March 23, 2017

All CNU Ontario members are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the Town of Richmond Hill Town Hall – Committee Room 1 (first floor), 7:00 p.m.

Key items on this year’s AGM Agenda include:

  • The receipt and approval of the 20126 Financial Statement (copies have been emailed to all CNU Ontario members)
  • The appointment of CNU Ontario Officers for 2017
  • Consideration and, if appropriate, approval of all past proceedings of the Directors and Officers
  • Introduction of the New Board of Directors 2017 – 2020

The Town of Richmond Hill Town Hall is located at 225 East Beaver Creek Rd. in Richmond Hill.

All members are encouraged to attend.  This will be your opportunity to meet and engage your new Board of Directors.  If you have any questions regarding this event, please email

For ongoing updates please watch for CNU Ontario emails in your inbox and follow CNU Ontario on the following social media channels:

Twitter – @cnuontario
Facebook – CNU Ontario



Urbanism on Tap Report for Hamilton


CNU Ontario Directors, Carlos Salazar (l.) and Vibha Singh at the CNU Ontario Urbanism on Tap Hamilton Session.

Back in 2014, the CNU Ontario chapter launched its “Urbanism on Tap” talk series to address some of the most pressing urbanism matters across the province.

These interactive and informal sessions are held in different communities and tap onto local expertise and interest to understand local issues. On September 11, 2015, CNU Ontario hosted an interactive, Urbanism on Tap session with its membership and general public, the purpose of which was to provide background on the topic of “Hamilton: Resurgence in the Ambitious City” from various political, planning and development perspectives, and gather input from attendees.

We are pleased to make available the document that provides a summary of our findings – please click here to download.

Futureproofing our Cities for the Next Generation


Will the next generation force us to redefine the way in which we plan and design our communities?

The traditional notions of where we choose to live, how we travel, where and how we shop and how we choose to recreate is continually being challenged. What do our cities need to do to achieve resiliency for generations to come?

The mic is open – come join the conversation on June 16th! All our welcome to share perspectives on city building ideas related to the topic of futureproofing our cities.

Where: The Graduate House – Green Room (University of Waterloo, 200 University Ave. W., Waterloo, ON).

When: June 17, 2015

  • 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – PechaKucha Presentations
  • 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Open Mic Session
  • 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Networking

Cost: $5.00 CNU/OPPI members; $10.00 non-members; $5.00 students

Register online by June 16th:

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Join Your Peers at CNU23 in Dallas!

CNU23 Postcard

This April, over 1500 architects, designers, planners, developers, and leading urban thinkers from the U.S. and Canada will gather in Dallas–Fort Worth, TX for the 23rd annual Congress for the New Urbanism: Meeting the Demand for Walkable Places. Over four days in the heart of North Texas, attendees will have the opportunity to connect and collaborate on strategies for building better places — from revitalizing historic downtowns to retrofitting sprawling suburbs for walkability. Neighborhood tours and hands-on workshops will explore current placemaking tactics and challenges in the context of the Dallas–Fort Worth region.

Discounted early-bird registration is available now through March 27th. Learn more about the event and register online at To learn more about the Congress for the New Urbanism, visit


Open Mic Night on Winterizing our Cities


Have you ever wondered why people in some cities embrace winter, while people in other cities hibernate?

Come and join the conversation on how we can make Toronto a more winter-friendly city.  The mic is open for all to share their city building ideas…so come prepared!

When: January 22, 2015

Where: The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave.


  • 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m – PechaKucha introductions by Toronto area planners, designers and architects – each providing different perspectives
  • 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Open Mic Session

Cost: $5.00 CNU and/or OPPI members; $10.00 non-members

Register online by Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 – click on button below to register NOW:



World Town Planning Day Presentation

Celebrate World Town Planning Day with a community presentation on new urbanism at the Newmarket Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive, Newmarket). Presentation is at 6:30 p.m. on November 10, 2014, but there will be a “Drop-in Open House” earlier in the day between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  This event is presented by CNU Ontario and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute, and hosted by the Town of Newmarket.  See below for more details.

World Planning Day

Transportation Reform Summit – Oct. 1 – 3 - front street

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The annual CNU Project for Transportation Reform Summit brings together planners, engineers, designers and public officials dedicated to creating and advancing transportation standards and policies that “support urbanism and promote equity and equitable development.”

“Equity + Transportation” is the theme for the 2014 Summit. The Summit agenda will focus on the interaction between equity and transportation and the ways in which transportation standards can be redefined to support safe, vibrant and equitable streets.

This year’s Summit happens October 1-3 in New York City at the Ford Foundation Building in Midtown Manhattan (320 East 43rd St.).

The cost to CNU members is $200 (non-members $250).

For more details and registration information please visit

CanU6 Summit September 18-20


The Council for Canadian Urbanism (CanU) will hold its 6th annual National Summit – CanU6 – at the North York Centre in Toronto from September 18-20.  This year’s Summit topic is “Cities at the Edge – Urbanizing Suburbia in the Regional City.”

Additional details are here: Program and Registration Information

To learn more about the Council for Canadian Urbanism visit:


Don’t Miss This CNU Summer Event in Toronto

Event: The Grange Park Walking Tour and Meet-Up
Date: Wednesday August 13th, 2014 – 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 pm

CNU Ontario Event 3 - The Grange Tour and Meet-Up

This August, representatives from Thinc Design and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will share their plans to revitalize the privately owned but publicly loved space known as the Grange Park.  Join us as the representatives guide us through an interactive tour of the park and learn about the transformative plans to breathe new life and reinforce a sense of place and identity within this community gathering place. Then follow us to Sin & Redemption Pub across from the AGO for complimentary appetizers and networking with colleagues.

Date and Time:

  • August 13th, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


  • Meet at the end of Grange Rd., west of Above Ground Art Supplies


  • $20.00 CNU Ontario/OPPI members
  • $25.00 non-members


  • Register online before August 11th using the link below

NOTE: This is a rain or shine event.



Please register by clicking on the link below: