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BA (Toronto), MA (Toronto), LLB (Osgoode), of the Bar of Ontario
John Mascarin is a partner with Aird & Berlis LLP and member of the Municipal and Land Use Planning Group. He practices in the areas of local government and municipal law, development, land use and planning law, and building and construction regulation. He provides advice, counsel and representation to both private and public sector clients on all matters relating to municipal law as well as land use planning and development matters, including development charges and various contractual arrangements. Mascarin appears regularly before municipal councils, committees, public authorities and boards, administrative tribunals (particularly the Ontario Municipal Board) and the Ontario Courts. John is also a Certified Specialist in Municipal Law: Local Government and Land Use Planning and Development by the Law Society of Upper Canada
Jeffrey Squire has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and African Studies, a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies and a Doctorate in Urban and Regional Planning. Jeffrey’s research, writing and teaching focuses on the complex interaction between urban environmental issues and public health in relation to sustainability and development. He has previously taught courses at York University, Ryerson University, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo. Jeffrey is currently a member of the Board of Directors of LAMP – a community-based healthcare provider in the Etobicoke-Lakeshore Area. His community involvement deals with issues around advocacy, social justice and equity.
Donia Zhang is a research associate at the York Centre for Asian Research and the City Institute at York University, and has held a visiting appointment at McMaster University. Donia is a graduate of Oxford Brookes University (BArch, MA, PhD) in the UK and Brock University (MEd) in Canada. Her area of expertise is in Chinese courtyard housing development in the inner cities of Beijing and Suzhou, China’s heritage preservation policies and practices, and the cultural dimension of sustainability. Donia has 7 years of work experience in the architectural industry in Toronto and Chicago, and 10 years of teaching experience throughout Ontario colleges. The subjects she has taught include: History of Art and Architecture, Interior Design, and AutoCAD. Donia’s future research will focus on The Philosophy of Sustainability and The Philosophy of Architecture, which will encompass both Eastern and Western, historic and contemporary, approaches to obtain a comprehensive view.