About Us

logosmallThe Ontario Smart Growth Network brings together over 200 organizations and individuals, each with specific interests and expertise, all with a common goal of supporting smart growth across Ontario. From planning experts to community volunteers, we all share the same vision of Ontario as being a great place to live.

The OSGN was founded in 2003 by groups working to replace urban sprawl with compact, livable communities. We were successful – the Province of Ontario introduced the Places to Grow Act (2005) and the Greenbelt Act (2005).  We have the legislation, now we face a new challenge – designing and creating better communities!

How we are organized

Project Host

The OSGN is administered as a project of the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition.

Steering Committee

The OSGN is administered via a Steering Committee of Network members working under the policies of our host organization, the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition. Steering Committee members are appointed periodically at a meeting of the network membership, or by a member survey.

Current Members

Lorna McCue (Chair), MSW, Executive Director, Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition
Lorna has over 25 years of experience in developing and managing not-for-profit, community-based organizations and services. She received a Master of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1986 with a concentration in Community Development and Social Planning. As Executive Director of the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition, she leads a team of staff and regional consultants in providing training, consultation, educational resources and networking opportunities to many diverse community organizations and collaboratives within Ontario. She thrives on collaboration, innovation and system change. She shares her knowledge and passion for healthy communities through presentations and articles, and has a long history of voluntary community service.

Kate Daley
Kate Daley is a community advocate, researcher, and communications strategist in Waterloo, Ontario. She is a co-founder of Smart Growth Waterloo Region, a grassroots group started in 2013 to raise awareness and support for local and provincial smart growth policies. Kate is completing her PhD at York University in political science, where her dissertation research focuses on how the Region of Waterloo embraced smart growth planning approaches, and how elected officials come to understand policy issues.

Kate Hall – M.Sc. Pl
Kate is a planner with twenty years of experience working in community development as a professional and leadership volunteer. Over the past decade Kate’s work has focused on engaging communities in active transportation planning and design. She developed the WALK Friendly Communities designation with Green Communities Canada (Canada Walks) in Ontario and managed the program for four years. Kate has worked with Communities in Action – Haliburton County since 2004, which has been recognized for its leadership in planning and promoting active transportation in small, rural communities. Kate is a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals and a board member with the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition.

Melanie Hare
Melanie is a Partner in Urban Strategies Inc. With a background in urban policy, strategic planning and urban design, Melanie brings a range of experience and skills to her projects. Her understanding of community dynamics, urban form and economic realities has led to relevant and practical solutions to a variety of urban development challenges. She has prepared master plans and reinvestment strategies, managed RFP processes, and completed extensive research on growth management policies.

Mark Winfield

Mark Winfield is an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at York University. He is also Co-Chair of the Faculty’s Sustainable Energy Initiative, and Coordinator of the Joint Master of Environmental Studies/Juris Doctor program offered in conjunction with Osgoode Hall Law School. Prior to joining York University Professor Winfield was Program Director with the Pembina Institute and prior to that Director of Research with the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy. He has published articles, book chapters and reports on a wide range of environmental and energy law and policy topics. His new book, Blue-Green Province: The Environment and Political Economy of Ontario was published by UBC Press in 2012.

Chris Winter
For nearly 30 years, Chris Winter has been a leading advocate for conservation in Canada.  He is currently heading up a new national initiative, Climate Action Canada, to promote climate solutions that provide social benefit. As Executive Director for the Conservation Council of Ontario, he drafted a provincial conservation strategy and designed projects and campaigns to promote conservation, including the Community Action program and the Great Green Directory. Chris was a founder of Jane’s Walk, now an internationally successful annual event that sees local leaders host free community walks. He helped the City of Toronto design the Live Green Toronto membership card, giving green consumers rewards for shopping at local green stores. In 2012, he won the Green Toronto Award for leadership.

Paul Young
Paul Young is a landscape architect and planner with over 25 years of experience. He has designed streets, trails and parks for communities in Ontario. He is also a health promoter at a Community Health Center in Toronto where he works to engage people in planning for a healthier community. Paul has conducted  numerous public engagement workshops to build understanding and commitments towards improving supports for walking, cycling and accessibility. He reviews policy and conducts speaking engagements aimed at facilitating “sprawl repair”.


To join, groups are requested to review and agree to the guiding principles of the Network, which are on our membership application page. Membership in the Network is free, and the work of the Network is supported through sponsorships and project partnerships.