The Our Greenway plan is deeply rooted in the strength of community. The team and supporters behind it have come together to ensure that northwest Toronto benefits from investments supporting the creation of a resilient and equitable city.
Our Greenway Conservancy's Board of Directors and Staff
Darnel Harris, MES (Board Member / Executive Director)
Darnel is a planner and community advocate focused on breaking down barriers to mobility for all ages and abilities in Toronto’s northwest. With a passion for space animation, mobility and sustainability, he has forwarded research and facilitated dialogue towards advancing equitable and dignified mobility. The community action plan he produced is the foundation of the Mobility Greenway. For his leadership, he has been recognized with a Green Talents Fellowship (Gov't of Germany) and NextGen Award (Canadian Urban Institute).
Jessica Medina, LLB / LLM (Board Member)
Jessica utilizes her legal experience in assisting diverse and sustainable businesses in corporate, commercial and real estate law to ensure that organizations can fulfill their charitable mission and vision. She works closely Board of Directors to manage the legal compliance of the Conservancy. Jessica is a city person with a green heart; she thoroughly believes that harmony between nature and city life through sustainable transportation should be the new normal to ensure resilient neighborhoods and a healthy planet.
Sam Starr, M.Eng. MEL (President / Sustainable Urban Freight Program)
Sam is a Vancouver, BC based independent consultant on a mission to advance sustainable transport and cycle logistics across North America. He brings over a decade of experience in systems engineering, supply chain, logistics, and final mile delivery, including work for FedEx, Newgisitics, Flash Global, and US Pack Logistics. Sam is passionate and educated in sustainable cities and transportation solutions, and has a personal passion for cycling. Sam’s work experiences and interests have led him to pivot his career towards advancing sustainable transport and cyclelogistics.
Manny Zanders (Board Secretary)
Manny is an Urban Planner offering a diverse set of tools through experience as a planning consultant, regional planner and city planner. He has managed the review of land development applications which included attention to resolving transportation issues. He has drafted land use policies and urban design guidelines that were incorporated into comprehensive land use plans and transportation plans to encourage sustainable development. Manny is also experienced in securing funding for various initiatives that have led to the improvement of communities throughout North America.
Francine Harris, B. Comm (Hon), B.Ed. (Board Treasurer)
Francine is a recent retiree from the Toronto District School Board. Prior to obtaining her teaching designation, Francine worked for several years in the Finance, Banking and Insurance industries and obtained her designations in Insurance and Risk Management. As Assistant Director of a Social Insurance Institution, she oversaw sixty-five personnel and successfully conducted union-management negotiations. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team in the areas of accounting, auditing and risk management.
Armi De Francia (Board Member / Transport Equity TO Program)
Armi is an active transportation professional who strives to help more communities receive the benefits of active transportation through community engagement, capacity building, and collaboration. In 2018, she created the initiative, Transportation Equity Toronto and in 2019, she organized one of the few events in Toronto discussing active transportation in the suburbs through a racial equity lens. At Our Greenway, Armi and her team develops and implements programs for raising awareness on mobility equity through an intersectional lens.
Diana Guzmán (Social Media and Research Associate)
Diana is a sociologist, experienced translator, and graduate of Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Fluent in Spanish, English, Italian and German, her areas of research and interest include environmental and megacity challenges, including water management, sustainable mobility and the sociology of language.
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