Past Chapter Events


Interdisciplinary teams of 4-5 were given one day to design and pitch their plan for creating a sustainable urban neighbourhood in a community in Scarborough. Teams worked to meet carbon emissions, waste, and wastewater reduction targets through innovative design and an effective community engagement strategy.

Teams were given 5-minutes to pitch their design ideas to a panel of expert judges. Winning teams received great prizes, including free admission to the CaGBC Ontario Awards Gala and Vertical Neighbourhoods Summit!

Read about last year's Design Charrette event and the winning projects in the spring 2018 issue of our Toronto FOCUS magazine (page 20).

1. Networking and Team Assembly Meeting 

Date: September 21st, 2018
Registration: 5:30 - 6:00PM
Networking and Team Assembly: 6:00 - 7:30PM
Location: Jason George, 100 Front St E, Toronto ON (Map)

2. Design Charette Main Event

Date: September 22nd, 2018 
Registration: 8:00 - 8:30 AM
Main Event: 8:30AM - 8:00PM
Location: Lassonde Mining Building, University of Toronto, 170 College St, Toronto ON (Map)



Sheila Boudreau 

Sheila Boudreau is a landscape architect (with Seal, OALA, CSLA), and an urban planner (RPP/OPPI, MCIP), with a Masters of Arts (Planning) from the University of Waterloo, and undergraduate degrees in landscape architecture and fine art from the University of Guelph. She brings over 25 years of professional experience and community service in both the private and public sectors to her role as Senior Landscape Architect at the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. From 2011 to 2017 she worked as an urban designer in City Planning, City of Toronto on the development of design guidelines and standards and innovative green infrastructure pilot projects, work that involved the coordination of interdisciplinary working groups with community engagement.

She teaches courses on green infrastructure at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto, is on the Board of Advisors for Ryerson Urban Water, and represents the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects on the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition steering committee. With Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation funding, she is co-leading an Indigenous youth internship program, in partnership with the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, and the University of Toronto. 

Ahmed Allahwala 

Ahmed Allahwala is an Associate Professor (Teaching Stream) in the City Studies program and the Special Advisor to the Dean on Experiential Education at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC). Originally from Germany, Dr. Allahwala holds an M.A. from FU Berlin and a PhD from York University. As a critical urban policy analyst, Dr. Allahwala’s work focuses on urban social policy within the context of contemporary state and economic restructuring in North America and Western Europe.

Dr. Allahwala has taught a wide variety of courses in Germany and Canada on topics including welfare state analysis, immigration and settlement, city politics, community-based research, and urban planning. His pedagogical innovations in experiential learning and community-university partnerships have been recognized both nationally and internationally. He was the recipient of the Government of Canada Award and a teaching fellow at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies in Berlin.

Nadine Ibrahim

Nadine is a civil engineer who is passionate about the sustainability of global cities. She is a triple graduate of the University of Toronto, and holds a BASc (2000), MASc (2003), and PhD (2015) in Civil Engineering, and a Certificate of Preventive Engineering and Social Development.  Nadine has leveraged her industry experience to expand her inquiry into cities through urban and environmental projects in Canada and abroad.  In 2010, she received the Early Career Award, awarded by the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at U of T to one alumnus, in celebration of 10 years of achievements. 

From undergrad research in structural engineering, to sustainable infrastructure in grad school, her vision is to develop urban sustainability strategies to teach and build cities of the future to address the impacts of climate change and urbanization, and she strives to find ways to re-imagine and redefine engineering of the future.

Sandra Leigh Lester

Sandra is Founder and CEO of AFFECTING CHANGE whose clients include architects, designers and agencies working in the “built environment” and change-making organizations that want a high performance facility. Sandra combines unique technical knowledge with the educational background to affect change management. She holds a Bachelors of Technology in Architectural Science from Ryerson University and a Masters Certificate in Organization Development from Schulich.

Sandra has worked with a number of public and private organizations, and aided in the creation of the $500 million Low-Carbon Innovation Fund for the retrofit of College and Universities across the Province.