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Building Better Commissions: Leveraging Design Opportunities through Financing, Grants and Integrated Design Approaches

September 18, 2006
by Canadian Architect

On Friday, September 29, 2006, a panel discussion sponsored by Canadian Architect magazine will take place from 2:00pm-4:00pm at the IIDEX/NeoCon show in Toronto. A panel of Toronto-based experts will present case studies and discuss the following: raising capital; applying for grants; dealing with environmental issues and costs; understanding how public and private capital functions with sensitive and/or strategic civic development; building consensus or excitement through design vision; and appreciating the interdisciplinary and integrated nature of design as a driver for nurturing and maintaining interest in architecture and urban design.

Speakers include Geoff Cape, executive director and founder of Evergreen, a national non-profit environmental organization with a mandate to bring nature to Canadian cities. Also the founding chair of the Sustainability Institute, he was honoured in 2005 with a Green Toronto Award for Excellence in Leadership and the Perfect Planet award for Best Local Project.

George Dark, FCSLA, ASLA, is a partner at Urban Strategies in Toronto. He is an urban designer, landscape architect and Fellow with the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and a full member of the American Association of Landscape Architects. He is currently completing the Bridgepoint Health Don Jail Neighbourhood redevelopment plan and the master plan for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, both in Toronto.

Michael McClelland, OAA, MRAIC, is a registered architect with over 20 years of experience covering urban design, heritage planning and building conservation. He is a founding member of the Canadian Association of Professional Heritage Consultants(CAPHC) and a founding partner of E.R.A. Architects Inc.

Tim Jones is CEO of Artscape, a non-profit enterprise building creative communities and expanding knowledge about the dynamics of creative places. Under his direction since 1998, Artscape has grown from a Toronto-based affordable space provider into an international leader in building creative communities. Tim has worked as a developer, grants officer, theatre and festival producer, capacity building specialist, consultant, activist, and board president.

Panel moderator Ian Chodikoff is the editor of Canadian Architect magazine.

The fee for the panel discussion is $90, and attendees will receive 0.2 CEU credits.

For more information on IIDEX NeoCon, please visit

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