Bill 108 / Housing Supply Action Plan Forum

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9:30 am


Infinity Convention Centre


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Bill 108 / Housing Supply Action Plan Forum

Monday, June 24th, 2019
Infinity Convention Centre

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There’s no other opportunity like this. Come hear it all at once from the leaders in their fields as they unpack recent changes and their implications for your business.

9:30 AM – Arrival/Registration
10:00 AM – LPAT and Hetitage Act (Jacob Polowin, Gowling WLG, Roberto Aburto, Gowling WLG)
10:45 AM – Parklands (Ursula Melinz, Soloway Wright LLP)
11:30 AM – Excessive Soils (Dylan Hemmings, Stantec)
12:00 PM – Address by Provincial Government Representative
12:30 PM – Lunch
1:00 PM – Conservation Authorities/Endangered Species Act/Environmental Assessment Act (Loretta Hardwick, Stantec)
1:30 PM – Development Charges and Community Benefit Charge (Robert Howe, Goodmans LLP)
2:00 PM
– Wrap Up
* More details to come*


Roberto Aburto,
Partner, Gowling WLG

Roberto is a municipal law partner at Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP in Ottawa. His practice focuses on real estate and development disputes, including before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, the Assessment Review Board and the Courts.

Roberto has recently successfully appealed decisions of municipal councils and committees of adjustment, and defended similar appeals for proponents and municipalities. This has included in the official plan, zoning by-law, minor variance, subdivision and site plan context. Roberto also regularly appears and advises on matters pursuant to the Development Charges Act, Ontario Heritage Act, Municipal Act, 2001, Expropriations Act and Assessment Act.

Loretta Hardwick, M.Sc.
Senior Enviromental Planner, Stantec

Loretta Hardwick, M.Sc., is a Senior Environmental Planner at Stantec, and a member of the Ontario Association for Impact Assessment and the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. She has 21 years of experience in environmental impact assessment, environmental permitting and regulatory requirements for a variety of sectors, including community development, transportation and municipal infrastructure. Loretta’s expertise includes environmental assessment, strategic planning and policy development, agency consultation and permitting. She has proven professional experience in the planning and approval of projects for multiple levels of government. She routinely provides regulatory advice to clients and assists proponents with permitting requirements. She has a solid understanding of the federal and provincial legislation, policies and procedures for environmental assessment and environmental approvals.

Dylan Hemmings,
Vice President, Stantec

Dylan is a Vice President at Stantec in Ottawa and manages operation for 400 staff in Ottawa, Sudbury and North Bay. He has over 15 years of consulting experience working for private and public sector clients across Canada and brings a client focused approach to providing environmental services for multidisciplinary projects. His project experience ranges from site assessments to emergency spill response and large complex remediation projects and is experienced with both provincial and federal environmental regulations.


Robert Howe
Partner, Goodmans LLP

Rob is a partner Goodmans LLP. His practice focuses on municipal law matters for both landowners and municipalities regarding development proposals throughout Ontario. He appears regularly before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (formerly Ontario Municipal Board) and the Ontario Court of Justice, and before municipal councils on land use planning matters including major residential, mixed-use, industrial and retail development. He has also been involved in significant hearings regarding municipal official plans engaging topics that include environmental feature protection, Growth Plan policy and land budget/urban area expansions.

Rob also specializes in servicing and financial matters related to land development, including the negotiation and drafting of complex infrastructure funding agreements and landowner cost-sharing agreements. Rob also routinely represents landowners regarding development charge by-laws at the municipal level and in appeals before LPAT and the Courts.

Jacob Polowin
Associate, Gowling WLG

Jacob Polowin is an associate and member of the Business Law Group in Gowling WLG’s Ottawa office, with a practice focusing on development, municipal, and planning law and other development issues.

Jacob completed his JD at Osgoode Hall Law School. During his studies, he served as president of the Osgoode International Law Society and completed a one-year intensive placement at the Osgoode Mediation Clinic, where he mediated disputes at Small Claims Court. In addition, he volunteered with Law in Action Within Schools, a collaborative academic and extracurricular education program assisting at-risk students in some of Toronto’s most challenging high schools, and captained the Osgoode Intramural Hockey Team.

Jacob earned an undergraduate degree in history with honours at Queen’s University, where he also studied at the Bader International Centre and played for the Queen’s rugby team.
Jacob serves on the Ontario Bar Association’s Municipal Section Executive as a Member at Large.

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