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    Florence MacLean
    Economic Development Officer @ Township of Manitouwadge
    807- 826-3227 x 242
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    Mike Tocher
    Project Manager @ thinc design
    416-236-3335 x 302

    Mike will be the project manager and primary client contact for this study. He will also be the principal author of the plan and direct the work of the team. He will be involved in all aspects of the study including background review, inventory and analysis, design recommendations and implementation strategy. 

    Mike has been involved in trail planning and design projects since the beginning of his over 20 year career. In 1995 he was involved in the planning and design of various natural surface trails for the Grand Concourse Authority in Newfoundland. In 2003 he reviewed the over 4000 kilometers of trail in Ontario and prepared a detailed cost analysis for a PriceWaterhouse Cooper’s study that assessed the 1800 kilometers of planned but undeveloped sections of the Trans Canada Trail. His work was used to help assess the economic impacts of a connected and operating trail through Ontario. 

    In 2007 Mike was the principal author of the Crothers Woods Management Master Plan. Working with IMBA, the project looked at sensitively integrating a 10 km trail network into the 52 Ha site in the Don River Valley. Since the implementation of this plan Crothers Woods has become one of the greater Toronto Area’s most popular mountain biking destinations. 

    In 2012, Mike reviewed and assessed over 20 informal mountain bike destinations in the City of Toronto to help develop a strategy to strategically locate mountain biking trails and skills parks to minimize impacts on Toronto’s natural areas. 

    More recently, Mike has authored a number of trail master plans and reports for the City of Toronto focused on the integration of sustainable mountain biking into the City’s ravines and natural areas. This includes the Cedar Ridge Trail Master Plan, Ridge Trail Master Plan, and the Concept Plan for the Marie Curtis Bike Park. 

    In 2014, Mike worked with Ken Hoeverman of Happy Trails on the Greens Mountain Recreation Master Plan which looked at developing a recreational area for off-road vehicles. In 2017 they collaborated on a trail project for the Township of Erin. 

    In 2015 Mike was the project lead and principal author of the Township of King’s Trails Master Plan which developed a plan and strategy for implementing a connected trail network which links the Township’s various urban centres and enhanced the existing trail network. 

    Also in 2015, Mike lead a multi-disciplinary team on Kingston’s Waterfront Master Plan which involved the planning, design and implementation strategy for the City’s 280 kilometres of waterfront. This project involved an extensive community engagement process with nine public open houses, stakeholder meetings, working group meetings, and community/user surveys. The plan was endorsed by Council in 2016. 

    Early in 2017 Mike was the landscape architect for the Trowbridge Forest Trails Master Plan for the City of Thunder Bay. 

    More recently, Mike’s master planning work has included a number of major park, trail and waterfront studies for Kingston, Cornwall, Cobourg, Midland, Arnprior and Leamington Ontario. All of these studies have focussed on providing detailed implementation strategies to implement plan recommendations. 

    Mike is a proven project manager with a significant portfolio of trail master planning and design projects involving community and stakeholder engagement which demonstrate his ability to integrate natural and cultural elements with the technical engineering aspects of a project to create quality public spaces. 

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    Jillian Albert
    Technial Support @ thinc design
    416-236-3335 x 308

    Jillian will be preparing all graphic material for this master plan. She will undertake all research, GIS mapping and plan/ report production.

    Jillian is a Landscape Designer at thinc design. She has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph and a Graduate Certificate in Ecosystem Restoration from Niagara College. She is an ISA Certified Arborist with experience in urban forestry. 

    Currently Jillian is involved in a range of thinc design’s projects from master plans to park design and streetscapes including the Town of Arnprior Waterfront Master Plan and Streetscape Master Plan for the Marketo BIA in Toronto. 

    Prior to joining thinc design, Jillian’s experience included designing residential planting plans, building custom landscape features and conducting ecological fieldwork. Having held positions with the TRCA and City of Toronto Urban Forestry Jillian has excellent plant identification skills and is knowledgeable about native and invasive plant ecology. 

    For her honours thesis Jillian reviewed conservation psychology research in order to make recommendations on how to design urban environments to better foster environmental stewardship. For her studies in ecosystem restoration, Jillian developed a restoration report for the Bruce Trail Conservancy to guide the management of a conservation easement. 

    In her role as a landscape designer at thinc design, Jillian assists with all aspects of the landscape architectural design and implementation process. This includes site and tree assessment work, ecological planting design, detailed design and contract drawing preparation. 

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