The Halton Hills Public Library and the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Georgetown hosted a virtual expert panel to discuss the pros and cons of Highway 413. 

The purpose of this expert panel was to bring together differing points of view and explore insights into the problem of congestion in the GTA. Each of the panelists brings their expertise to the discussion to explore the pros and cons of the proposed GTA-West/Hwy 413 as an appropriate solution. 

The event was moderated by Jane Fogal, Past President of CFUW Georgetown, and Municipal Councillor for the Town of Halton Hills and Halton Region.

Panelists

Owner Terra Cotta Foods Co, past Franchise owner of two Boston Pizzas.

Jason began his professional career at Menu Foods Ltd., a large-scale pet food
manufacturing company based in Streetsville, Ontario. Jason then became the owner/operator of two Boston Pizza franchises. After seven years of running the restaurants, Jason had the urge to get back into the food manufacturing business and purchased the Terra Cotta Cookie Co., in Georgetown, Ontario.

Now known as Terra Cotta Foods Ltd., the company has grown beyond cookies and now manufactures a wide variety of snack goods under the Terra Cotta banner, as well as for Private Label and Co-Pack customers.

Jason sat on the Board of Directors for the Halton Hills Chamber of Commerce from
2014 to 2019, with his last year as Vice-Chair.

 

President of Transport Action Ontario which advocates for integrated public transportation. 

Peter Miasek is a chemist by training, and worked for over 30 years with a large Canadian oil company in the fields of research, chemicals and environment. Peter is active in advocacy on sustainable transportation, land use planning, drinking water protection and energy planning.  

He is President of Transport Action Ontario, a non-government organization advocating for integrated public transportation across the province.  He is also a director of his local ratepayer group in Markham, vice chair of Markham’s Cycling and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and sits on various other committees in the Greater Toronto area.

Environmental Assessment Engineering Analyst with Credit Valley Conservation.

Rebecca Stewart is an Environmental Assessment Engineering Analyst with Credit Valley Conservation Authority (CVC). In Rebecca’s 6 years with CVC, she has been a part of a team that reviews Municipal Class Environmental Assessments (EA) inclusive of the Terms of Reference, Request for Proposal’s and detailed designs for Municipal Partners within CVC’s jurisdiction. She is passionate and committed to a future of innovation in sustainable and economical approaches to infrastructure development and aiding in creating thriving communities.

MES Registered Professional Planner, Smart Growth Consultant at Lloyd Swail Consulting, promoting sustainable community planning and preservation of farmland and natural areas.

As a former Deputy Mayor/Municipal Councillor Susan is always eager to engage in discussions about creating healthy communities. Susan has a Masters degree in planning, specializing in facilitation and sustainable land use planning policy. She has written or contributed to policy submissions, numerous reports, media articles, and blogs on smart growth. 

From her early days as a community activist stopping the big pipe, she has advocated for farmland preservation, sustainable community planning and protection of our natural areas for future generations. Susan has presented to numerous groups, at conferences, served on Boards of non-profit organizations and led community mobilization efforts to stop the 413 (2015-2018), fix the OMB, and stop Bill 66.