Governance Summit


Randy Blankenhorn, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Randy BlankehornRandy Blankenhorn is executive director of CMAP, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. Under his leadership, CMAP developed and is now guiding the implementation of GO TO 2040, metropolitan Chicago's first comprehensive regional plan in more than 100 years.  The plan's four themes -- Livable Communities, Human Capital, Efficient Governance, and Regional Mobility -- address the fundamental challenges that shape residents' daily lives.  Randy and CMAP staff work closely with seven counties, 284 municipalities, and scores of stakeholder groups to implement the plan's strategies for aligning public policies and investments, which will maximize the benefit of scarce resources as the region adds more than 2 million new residents in the next three decades.  With GO TO 2040's integrated approach to transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment, and other quality-of-life issues, CMAP is dedicated to strengthening the region's communities and ensuring economic prosperity.  Prior to joining CMAP in 2006, Randy was Bureau Chief of Urban Program Planning for the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), coordinating activities of the 14 metropolitan planning organizations across Illinois. 

MPP Dipika Damerla, Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Dipika DamerlaDipika Damerla is the Member of Provincial Parliament for Mississauga East Cooksville. Her interest in politics began as a result of her television journalism career where she built a strong reputation for reporting on political and social issues. Before being elected as the MPP for Mississauga East-Cooksville, she worked as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Trade.  In this role, she focused on bringing jobs to Ontario during one of the worst recessions to hit the province.  Currently, as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Infrastructure, the Hon. Bob Chiarelli, she is working hard to make sure that infrastructure continues to be a priority in Ontario. Dipika has an MBA from the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto.

Iain Docherty, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Iain DochertyIain Docherty BSc PhD CMILT is Professor of Public Policy and Governance and Head of Management at the University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School. Iain’s research and teaching addresses the interconnecting issues of public administration, institutional change and city and regional competitiveness, with particular emphasis on the structures and processes of local and regional governance, policies for delivering improved economic performance and environmental sustainability, and the development and implementation of strategic planning and transport policies. His total research and consultancy awards in the last six years exceed £2 million, and he is currently Co-Director of the Scottish Cities Knowledge Centre and Co-Investigator on two major UK Research Council projects on sustainable transport and low carbon transitions. Iain has worked with and advised a range of private sector, governmental and other organisations including governments and public agencies in the UK, US, Australia, Canada and Sweden, and the OECD. He served as Non-Executive director of Transport Scotland, the national transport agency for Scotland, from 2006 – 2010, and in 2011 was appointed as one of the inaugural members of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland.

Harry Kitchen, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

03Harry Kitchen is Professor Emeritus in the Economics Department at Trent University. Over the past thirty years, he has completed more than 80 articles, reports, studies, and books on a range of issues relating to local government expenditures, finance and governance in Canada and abroad. In addition, Harry has served as a commissioner, advisor, and consultant for a number of municipal and provincial governments in Canada, the federal government in Canada, and has worked on projects in Russia and China. Much of Professor Kitchen’s recent writing has concentrated on financing municipal services with a special emphasis on the structure and implementation of user fees, especially for financing public transit and transportation networks. They include “Financing Public Transit and Transportation in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton: Future Initiatives”, “A State of Disrepair: How to Fix the Financing of Municipal Infrastructure in Canada”, and “Municipal Infrastructure Financing: A Prescription for the Future”. Harry holds a BA and MA in economics from McMaster University.

Rob MacIsaac, Mohawk College, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Rob MacIsaacOn February 1, 2009, Rob MacIsaac became the 7th President of Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology. Under Rob’s leadership, Mohawk has initiated the largest campus renewal project in the college’s history, initiated the first environmental plan among Ontario colleges, established Mohawk as a leader in applied research and forged a first-of-its-kind partnership with Sheridan College to co-locate programs. Rob was the first Chair of Metrolinx, the transportation authority responsible for planning and governing transportation in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTHA). Prior to his work at Metrolinx, Rob served as mayor of the City of Burlington between 1997 and 2006. During this time, he became well-known for his regional approach and progressive growth management ideas for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Rob completed his undergraduate degree in Economics at the University of Waterloo in 1984 and received a Law degree at the University of Western Ontario in 1987. He was called to the Bar in 1989.

Joyce McLean, Toronto Hydro Corporation, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Joyce McLeanJoyce McLean is the Director of Strategic Issues and manages the Office of the President at Toronto Hydro.  She has been responsible for communications and policy for the renewable energy portfolio over the last decade.   Joyce was involved in the installation of North America’s first urban wind turbine at Exhibition Place and a proposed Lake Ontario offshore wind farm.  Prior to joining Toronto Hydro, Joyce spent twenty years working in a number of roles, including: senior political policy advisor to two Ontario Environment Ministers; Chair of the Canadian Wind Energy Association; and Founding Chair of the Community Power Fund.  She studied political science, marketing, negotiations and journalism at York University, Ryerson University and Harvard Business School.

Nancy Olewiler, TransLink and Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, Canada

47Nancy has been a member of the Board of Directors of TransLink since 2008, and appointed its Chair in January 2011.  She is a Professor and Director of the School of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University.  Prior to coming to the Economics department at SFU in 1990, she was a professor in the Economics department at Queen’s University.  Her PhD is in economics from the University of British Columbia.  Nancy’s areas of research include natural resource and environmental economics and policy.  She has published in academic journals, edited books, has written two widely used textbooks and produced numerous reports for the Canadian federal and provincial governments on a wide range of environmental and natural resource issues, including studies on energy and climate policy, natural capital,  and tax policy.  From 1990 to 1995 she was Managing Editor of Canadian Public Policy. Nancy is a member of the National Statistics Council, National Accounts, and Environmental Statistics Advisory Committees for Statistics Canada, and previously served on the Board of Directors of BC Hydro and several of its subsidiaries.  She also is a member of advisory committees for WWF-C, Sustainable Prosperity, and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.

Timothy Papandreou, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, California, USA

Tim PapandreouTimothy Papandreou has worked for public and private agencies in the transportation and land-use planning field for over 15 years in the US and Australia. As Deputy Director of Transportation Planning at the SFMTA, he supervises a team of 30 planning, engineering and policy staff and matrixes with all the agency’s units to develop and lead the implementation of the agency's economically competitive, sustainable mobility goals through integrated, multi-modal (bicycle, walking, transit, car-sharing, parking and taxi) transportation plans, street design projects, and complete street project integration policies and programs. Timothy oversees the development and implementation of the agency's 6-year Strategic work plan to meet the city's ambitious quality of life performance goals. He also represents the agency on several bodies including the California Transit Association, National Association of City Transportation Officials, American Public Transportation Association, and Transportation Research Board and is an advisor to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation and several international city and transport organizations. Timothy has an undergraduate degree in urban and regional planning from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and master's in Urban Transportation Planning from the University of California in Los Angeles.

David Quarmby, Royal Automobile Club Foundation for Motoring, London, England, UK

39David Quarmby is currently chairman of the RAC Foundation – a roads and transport thinktank, carrying out research and policy advocacy.   Over the last 16 years he has been a board member and chairman of the Strategic Rail Authority;  chairman of the Docklands Light Railway;  a board member of Transport for London; and a Director of planning consultants Colin Buchanan.  David has also been chairman of the Transport Research Institute at Edinburgh Napier University as well as the British Tourist Authority. In 2010 David led a major government review on the Winter Resilience of England’s transport systems and advised the Heathrow Airport Winter Resilience Enquiry.  Prior to 1996 he was for 12 years main board director for logistics and then Joint Managing Director of UK supermarket chain Sainsburys.  Before that he was  a Board Member of London Transport  and for six years Managing Director (Buses), following senior appointments in operations research and planning.  In the 1960’s he took his PhD in modal choice and was an economic adviser at the Ministry of Transport.  David has honorary degrees from Huddersfield University and Edinburgh Napier University.

David Stambrook, Virtuosity Consulting, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

David has worked for 30 years as an economist, strategist, policy advisor and communicator across a broad range of fields including transport and infrastructure. For the past 12 years he has led Virtuosity Consulting on projects for the federal government, private sector and international clients such as the OECD and World Bank. David has consulted on issues of transportation infrastructure financing and governance including case studies, best-practices and lessons learned related to urban parking, land transport and public-private partnerships (P3).  He has presented findings in this area to the Council of Ministers of Transport, International Conference on Transport Infrastructure Financing, the Australasian Transportation Research Forum and many others. While Director-Policy Integration at Transport Canada, he chaired and led a Federal/Provincial Task Group on the potential role of P3s for Highway Development and a Federal/Provincial/Industry Task Group on Road Pricing for Canada.  The first project led to expanded roles for P3 in new road projects (especially in Alberta and the A-30 Montreal project). The second project has, to date, made little impact. He holds a BA-Honours (Economics), MA (Economics), MBA (Finance) and is currently pursuing his PhD (Economics).