Subway Planning Forum


MPP Jessica Bell, New Democratic Party of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario 

Jessica Bell, New Democratic Party of Ontario

Jessica Bell is the Member of Provincial Parliament for University—Rosedale, and serves as the Ontario NDP critic for Transit. Prior to being elected in June 2018 she served as the founding Executive Director of TTCriders, fighting to improve Toronto transit. She’s been a lecturer at Ryerson University, Director of the California Food & Justice Coalition, and an advocate for environmental justice. She has received several leadership awards, including the Toronto Community Foundation’s Vital People Award. Jessica lives in University—Rosedale with her husband and two children. More info.

 MPP Michael Coteau, Liberal Party of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario

Michael Coteau, Liberal Party of OntarioMichael Coteau was first elected to the legislature in 2011 as the MPP for Don Valley East. He was re-elected in 2014 and again in 2018. Michael served as a Minister under the previous government, and held several portfolios including Community and Social Services, Children and Youth Services, the Anti-Racism Directorate, Tourism, Culture and Sport, the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games and Citizenship and Immigration. Prior to entering government, Michael served as a school board trustee in Toronto. He was also the CEO of a national literacy organization. Michael currently serves as the Ontario Liberal Party Critic for Infrastructure, Energy, Labour, Economic Development, Job Creation & Trade. More info.

 MPP Mike Schreiner, Green Party of Ontario, Guelph, Ontario

Mike SchreinerMike Schreiner is the leader of the Green Party of Ontario and the MPP for Guelph. He was elected in the 2018 provincial election with a resounding 45% of the vote as the Green Party of Ontario won its first ever seat at Queen’s Park. A successful entrepreneur and small business owner, Mike is a leading advocate for small businesses, local food and sustainable communities. Mike is well known for his leadership in co-founding the award-winning Local Food Plus organization and for his successful Guelph-based small businesses, WOW Foods and Earthdance Organics. Mike has been a champion on issues such as campaign finance reform and protecting Guelph’s drinking water from local quarries. He has led successful policy campaigns to push the provincial government to fund the Experimental Lakes Area, protect local food supplies by restricting the use of neo-nicotinoid pesticides, support small business by increasing market access for local craft breweries, and fight for climate action. More info.                        


 David Crowley, transportation planner, Richmond Hill, Ontario

David CrowleyDavid Crowley is a retired senior transportation planner who specializes in travel market research, demand forecasting (including investment grade traffic and revenue studies for toll roads and rapid transit projects), transit service planning, and transportation policy analysis.  His 40 years of professional experience includes seven years in senior service planning positions with the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and over 30 years in consulting, much of which involved the design, conduct and analysis of travel habits surveys (including the Transportation Tomorrow Survey which he helped establish during his time at the TTC Service Planning Department in 1985) as well as parking surveys and related policy studies. David's consulting experience included transportation, parking and/or transit planning and policy studies for BC Transit, Transport Canada, Halifax Regional Municipality, Metro Toronto, City of Toronto, City of Ottawa, Ottawa-Carleton/National Capital Region, Burlington, Oakville, HSR (Hamilton), GO Transit, Mississauga, TTC, Whitby, Lethbridge, Saskatoon, Dubai Municipality (U.A.E.), Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Region of York, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority and the Region of Waterloo.  He also served as a transportation planning/demand forecasting specialist on World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank assignments, and undertook international assignments for Toronto Transit Consultants, the former consulting arm of the TTC. Since he started transitioning from full employment to full retirement, he has focused on trying to figure out why “facts and evidence” related to urban transportation have become almost irrelevant to transport decision making both in the GTA and across Canada.

William Denning, Walmer Consulting, Toronto, Ontario 

William Denning, Walmer ConsultingWilliam Denning is a qualified and knowledgeable transport economist and human geographer with over 30 years of professional experience. He has a strong background in all aspects of transport and spatial policy formulation, advisory and strategy development, economics, and project evaluation.  William recently completed the draft Efficiency Companion Report for the Sustainable Mobility for All Consortium's Global Roadmap of Action.  He managed the Transportation Economics Office for the Ontario Ministry of Transportation before retiring from the government earlier this year.  William worked for several years on international transport economics assignments for the World Bank and Canadian Pacific Consulting Services.  He supervised the Market Research and Planning unit of GO Transit and was posted to Malaysia as a Canadian Trade Commissioner.  William has a BA (Honours) in Geography and Economics from the University of Toronto and an MA in Regional Science (spatial economics) from the University of Pennsylvania.  

David Dimmer, Thales Canada - Transportation Solutions, Toronto, Ontario 

David Dimmer, Thales Canada - Transportation SolutionsDavid Dimmer is the Director of Product Strategy for the Urban Rail Signalling Business Line of Thales Group. He has been a member of the urban rail signalling and train control competence centre since 1987. David played a leading role in the design of the SelTrac™ MS radio based product, which has been installed on more than 20 lines in China including 5 lines in Shanghai and Beijing, and lines in Kuala Lumpur,  New York, Hyderabad, Santiago, and Disney World.  It is currently being implemented in seven other projects worldwide including the Doha Metro, and the MTR Seven Line Modernization program in Hong Kong. David participates in international standardization work. He is the Canadian representative on the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Working Group 40, which is developing the IEC 62290 standards for Communication Based Train Control systems. He is also representing Thales on the IEEE WG2, which has recently restarted and is updating the IEEE 1474 standards. David was also the Technical Leader for the recently completed Next Generation Train Control (NGTC) research project in Europe, led by UNIFE, which investigated synergies between ETCS and CBTC systems and developed solutions for future urban and mainline systems. David graduated from the University of Toronto and has a Bachelor of Applied Sciences degree in Engineering Science.

Shoshanna Saxe, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

Shoshanna Saxe, University of TorontoShoshanna Saxe is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering at the University of Toronto. She investigates the relationship between the infrastructure we build and the society we create, with a particular focus on environmental sustainability. Recent research includes life cycle thinking for transportation infrastructure and examining the timelines of transportation infrastructure delivery. Shoshanna received her Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT (2009) and her PhD from the University of Cambridge in Engineering - Jesus College (2016). Previously, she worked on the design and construction of transport infrastructure in Toronto, including four new subway stations. Shoshanna is an alumna of Action Canada, a member of the Transportation Research Board’s standing committee on Transportation and Sustainability, sits on Waterfront Toronto’s Capital Peer Review Panel, and was recently recognized by Clean 50 as one of Canada’s emerging environmental leaders.

Derrick Toigo, City of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

Derrick Toigo - City of TorontoDerrick Toigo is Executive Director of the City of Toronto’s Transit Expansion Office. With over 28 years of experience, he brings a high level of expertise in engineering, construction, and project management to the city. Previously, Derrick worked at Infrastructure Ontario where he successfully led provincial teams that procured and delivered numerous civil and social projects, such as healthcare and correctional projects, as well as the Pan Am Games sports venue legacy projects. Major transit and highway infrastructure projects included the Eglinton Crosstown project, Highways 427 and 401, Union Pearson Express rail link, the Ottawa and Waterloo Light Rail Transit projects and the GO Transit East Rail Maintenance Facility. He also collaborated in the planning, procurement and implementation for the government’s Regional Express Rail program, together with Metrolinx. Derrick is a Professional Engineer, and a certified Project Management Professional. He is a member of CSA – Technical Standards Facility for Healthcare institutions; the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (CET); and the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA).