Rev. Dr. John Stephenson (moderator) is the senior priest of St. Timothy’s’ Anglican Church in Scarborough. Ordained in 2001, John came to the priesthood after a career in Christian higher education during which he taught theology and Biblical Hebrew to undergraduate and graduate students both in Canada and internationally in Russia, Ukraine, and Cuba. His pastoral ministry in Scarborough has made him apply his academic background to the realities of an “inner suburb” context. Serving in an area with a growing number of homeless and marginally housed people, John has had to lead his parish in caring for the immediate needs of the neighbourhood while also becoming involved in advocacy, neighbourhood-centred programming, and cooperation with local social service agencies. This has led to a role as pastor to the neighbourhood, a role that brings both great blessings and challenges to parish life.
Caitlin Colson works as a Project Manager and Consultant at Meta Strategies. For the past year, Caitlin has been working on ShapeMyCity.com – a network that is increasing connectivity and supporting collaboration among community organizers and initiatives in Toronto. As the former program director at the national non-profit organization Meal Exchange, Caitlin supported a national network of post–secondary students in developing strategies and fresh approaches for working with community organizations and on–campus food service providers toward sustainable and equitable food systems. Caitlin is a 2015 Centre for Social Innovation Agent of Change and holds a master’s in Philosophy from York University.
Andray Domise is a community activist, and co-host of the Canadian politics podcast Canadaland Commons. His columns have appeared in Toronto Life, Torontoist, Hazlitt, Canadaland, and the Toronto Sun. By day, he is trained as a senior financial advisor, having worked in the financial industry since 2004. Born and raised in Toronto, Andray attended the University of Windsor, and graduated with a degree in political science.
Ken Greenberg is an urban designer, teacher, writer, former Director of Urban Design and Architecture for the City of Toronto and Principal of Greenberg Consultants. For over three decades he has played a pivotal role on public and private assignments in urban settings throughout North America and Europe, focusing on the rejuvenation of downtowns, waterfronts, neighborhoods and on campus master planning, regional growth management, and new community planning. Cities as diverse as Toronto, Hartford, Amsterdam, New York, Boston, Montréal, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary, St. Louis, Washington DC, Paris, Detroit, Saint Paul and San Juan Puerto Rico have benefited from his advocacy and passion for restoring the vitality, relevance and sustainability of the public realm in urban life. In each city, with each project, his strategic, consensus-building approach has led to coordinated planning and a renewed focus on urban design. He is the recipient of the 2010 American Institute of Architects Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Design Excellence and the 2014 Sustainable Buildings Canada Lifetime Achievement Award. Involved in many grass roots and community initiatives he is a Board Member of Park People, a non-profit dedicated to the improvement of Toronto’s parkls. He currently teaches at the University of Toronto where he an Adjunct Professor in the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. He is also a co-founder and a Visiting Scholar at the new City Building Institute at Ryerson University in Toronto. A frequent writer for periodicals, he is the author of Walking Home: the Life and Lessons of a City Builder published by Random House.
Michael Shapcott is recognized as one of Canada’s most respected community-based housing and homelessness experts. He is co-founder of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness and a founding partner of the Canadian Homelessness Research Network. Since starting as a community organizer in downtown Toronto’s east end in the 1980s, Michael has developed hundreds of units of not-for-profit housing, and worked on housing research and policy at the local, national and international level. He worked for three years at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Urban and Community Studies managing the Community-University Research Partnerships Unit and, for the past decade, has developed and led the housing practice at the Wellesley Institute, an independent research and policy think-tank. Michael is currently on an 18-month secondment to Prince’s Charities Canada, where he has managed a national youth employment project that engages five of Canada’s largest businesses in neighbourhood-level work in Toronto, Halifax, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver with youth who are facing multiple barriers to employment. Michael is an active Anglican, a candidate for diaconal ministry at the Church of the Holy Trinity – Trinity Square, and is working towards a Masters of Theological Studies at Trinity Divinity at the University of Toronto.