The Halton Hills Public Library and the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Georgetown hosted a virtual expert panel to discuss the growth targets for Halton Region, on Thursday June 10, 2021 at 7pm.  

The purpose of this expert panel was to educate the public about Regional planning and explore the implications of the growth options in areas of food security, housing choice, health, municipal finances, the local economy and climate change. Panelists answered questions from the audience.


Karyn Poad – Senior Planner, Halton Region

Karyn Poad is a Senior Planner for Halton Region with a focus on growth management and transportation planning. She is member of the Regional Official Plan Review Integrated Growth Management Strategy team. Karyn has over 15 years of progressive experience in land use planning, including over 10 years at Halton Region. Karyn is a Registered Professional Planner and a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners. She holds a Masters in Planning from Dalhousie University and an Honours BA from McMaster University where she majored in Geography and specialized in GIS and Spatial Analysis. 

Nancy Comber – Chair, Halton Agricultural Advisory Committee 

Nancy is a resident of Milton. She is the Chair of the Halton Agricultural Advisory Committee and has been volunteering on this committee more than 10 years. Nancy also provides administrative support to the Halton Region Federation of Agriculture and has been doing so for the past 20 years.  

Nancy is a graduate from McMaster University specializing in political science and enjoys the thought processes engaged in reviewing public policies and funding criteria.  

Nancy grew up in Halton’s agricultural community and was active in Halton 4-H as a youth, as a club leader and President.   

Marina Huissoon – Architect, President CFUW Milton, Sustainable Milton 

Marina is a resident of Milton, Ontario, where she is a practicing architect. She has been the team leader for many commercial & institutional projects over the past 37 years, and is the director of Green Propeller Design. Employing best practices to achieve a life without fossil fuels, she promotes energy efficient strategies and sustainability in all of her work.  

With a background in Architecture and Urban Planning, Marina has a rich understanding of the factors that influence our built environment, and consequently, our energy emissions.  

long time advocate for passive energy sources and respect for the natural environment, Marina is currently a board member of Sustainable Milton.  

Moderator - Jane Fogal – Local and Regional Councillor – Halton Hills, Past President CFUW Georgetown

Jane has served as a Councillor for 22 years in the Town of Halton Hills. She is a Past President of CFUW Georgetown. Currently she is the Chair of the Town’s Low Carbon Transition Strategy Committee, Active Transportation Committee, and is also Co-Chair of Halton Hills Climate Action.