2019 Speakers

Winter Cities shake-up offers speakers spreading "cool" ideas about living in cold climates!

Who do you want to see?


2019 Speakers

Winter Cities shake-up offers speakers spreading "cool" ideas about living in cold climates!

Who do you want to see?

Winter Cities Shake-Up 2019 Speakers

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Amardeep Dugar

A trained architect and an advocate for all the elements of lighting – design, education and research – Dr. Amardeep M. Dugar is the founding principal of Lighting Research & Design. After completing a Masters degree in Architectural Lighting from University of Wismar/Germany, he pursued a Ph.D. from Victoria University of Wellington/New Zealand to solidify his academic and professional leadership role into a career at a higher level. Aside from working on high profile projects and teaching at several architecture schools, he has been instrumental in conducting lighting workshops educating students and professionals about the importance of lighting in urban spaces.

Ana Karinna Hidalgo

Doctoral studies in Environmental Design (2018 - University of Calgary), Master of Planning (2013 - University of Calgary), MEd in Higher Education and Educational Research (2009), Specialist in Urban Environmental Management (2008), and BA in Design (2001). Researcher in history and theory of design and urban planning (streets, environmental psychology and winter cities). Experience teaching studio and seminar courses in design, architecture and arts (2001 - 2011), and assisting and mentoring in urban planning, urban design and landscape architecture graduate programs (2013 -2017)

Avi Akkerman

Professor of in the Department of Geography & Planning, and in the Regional and Urban Planning Program, University of Saskatchewan. Latest publication: Phenomenology of the Winter-City (2016, New York: Springer).

Chad Carlstrom

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Born and raised in northern BC, Chad Carlstrom is a community consultant with Urban Systems. He strives to improve the places we live in and encourages applying creative thinking tools to arrive at implementable solutions. Chad is always searching for solutions across multiple disciplines to support a happier society. Chad embraces winter city design principles and seeks to implement strategies and thoughtful design to create livable communities in all seasons, for all ages.

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Dan Penner

Dan is a community planner based in Winnipeg with experience providing municipal land use planning, comprehensive development planning, First Nations planning, public consultation and local governance services to clients across western Canada and Ontario. Dan attended the University of Manitoba where he was enrolled in the Master of City Planning program out of the Faculty of Architecture. He also completed an honours degree at Carleton University in Political Science, with a focus on local government.

Hailey Rilkoff


Hailey Rilkoff is a current student in the Master of Community Planning (MCP) Program at Vancouver Island University. Her research interest in planning for winter conditions evolved through observations of the adverse effects winter conditions can have on mobility and the use of outdoor public spaces. She believes that winter should be a celebrated season and aims to influence communities to shift their perceptions on what it means to design and program the public realm for year-round use and enjoyment. She is interested in working in small to mid-sized communities within Canada once she has completed the MCP program and currently lives in Vernon, BC.

Isla Tanaka

Isla Tanaka is a planner with the City of Edmonton's WinterCity Office. She holds a Master of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies degree from UNBC, where she explored urban outdoor recreation spaces in winter cities. She has helped plan two international winter cities conferences, and has presented on winter design in Canada and Mongolia. Isla has raised two children in northern communities in Alberta and BC, and her favourite winter sport is cross-country skiing.

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Liz Wreford & Peter Sampson

Liz Wreford (OALA, AALA, MALA, SALA, CSLA) and Peter Sampson (OAA, MAA, FRAIC) are the co-founders and principal designers of PUBLIC CITY, a hybrid urban, building, and site architecture practice working in Winnipeg, Toronto, and Calgary. As landscape architect and architect, Liz and Peter work collaboratively in design without division or professional territory. They continue to focus their professional efforts towards a design practice that is open, comprehensive, raw, and playful. In doing so, they have produced award-winning landscape architecture and architecture commissions at a variety of scales and have been recognized by Azure and the Globe and Mail as one of Canada’s most exciting emerging architecture practices.

Melody Culanag


Melody Culanag has both an Engineering and Interior Design background. Her passion in lighting began in Singapore with more than 10 years’ experience in lighting industry. She completed her Master’s degree in Architectural Lighting Design and Design Management with distinction from renowned lighting design school, Hochschule Wismar/Germany. She recognized the need for professionals working in lighting design to tackle spaces in a far more holistic approach; addressing socio-cultural, environmental, and economic factors which is beyond traditional quantitative approach and recently founded LightandMe - first company in prairies practicing Architectural Lighting Design and one of the few in Canada. Most recently, Melody, together with 4 other lighting designers, were shortlisted out of 90 entries in the PLDC’s 2017 International Future Urban Lighting De-sign Competition in Paris, France. Her Master Thesis, “Human Behaviour and Perception Through Different Lighting Strategies” was one of the selected academic posters for the Illuminating Engineer-ing Society (IES) 2018 Research Symposium on Light + Human Health in Atlanta, GA, USA.


Ryan O’Connor

Ryan O’Connor is an urban planner who specializes in projects related to public realm and active transportation. At 8 80 Cities, Ryan leads inclusive and creative community engagement strategies and works with diverse partners to launch low-cost, high-impact urban projects. Through this work, Ryan is committed to ensuring everyone can participate in the creation of public space and mobility networks in their city. He holds a Master’s in community and regional planning from the University of British Columbia.

Sabine De Schutter

Sabine De Schutter is an independent lighting designer and entrepreneur. She founded her architectural lighting design practice – Studio De Schutter" in 2015 in Berlin. She has worked on projects ranging from creative lighting for working environments, to museum lighting and installations for public spaces. With her human-centred approach to design and architecture, she strives to blend this mindset into all her projects and collaborations. As a multifaceted entrepreneur, she also works at the Faculty of Design at Wismar University of Applied Sciences and at the HPI School of Design Thinking.

Sebastian Desand

CEO and founder of Ingrid Cloud. Automated high-fidelity flow simulations that enable fast, easy and accurate wind simulations in urban areas.

Susan Holdsworth


Sue is the manager of the WinterCity Edmonton initiative. She was the project manager during the development of the WinterCity Strategy and is now the lead for implementation of this broad and holistic award winning initiative. An urban planner by background, she has worked in 3 countries for an NGO and 3 local governments. She was the chair of both the 2015 and 2017 international Winter Cities Shake-Up conferences in Edmonton.

Tracey Klettl


Tracey Klettl’s roots run deep in the mountains and valleys of Jasper National Park. Her ancestors were the indigenous guides and scouts that originally inhabited the area, and Tracey was born and raised hiking and horse back riding along these same ancient trails. Tracey combines her experience with a life long pursuit of education and has become a qualified instructor in Hunter Education, Archery, Horseback riding and other guide training and tourism programs. She has kept true to the skills that have come naturally to her and utilizes this knowledge in her programs. Painted Warriors is an indigenous owned outdoor education company that was brought together from the combined idea of Metis operator Tracey Klettl and her husband Tim Mearns who is from the Cote First Nations of Saskatchewan. They operate within the tourism industry and as a training facility for traditional indigenous guides. Tracey and Tim’s Mandate is to educate and promote outdoor and cultural skills to students as well as visitors, they enjoying helping people to rebuild their relationship with the land.

Tyler Golly


Tyler Golly is Toole Design’s Western Canada Market Lead with over 15 years of experience in multi-modal and active transportation policy, research, planning, and engineering projects. Tyler has developed cycling master plans and network plans for communities in Canada, the United States, and New Zealand with a focus on implementation. Through these projects, Tyler has applied evidence-based research to create the frameworks for the network plans while integrating the local priorities to evaluate and establish robust, implementable, and effective plans to meet community goals and objectives. With experience working in both the private and public sectors, Tyler understands the complexities of planning and designing multi-modal systems for all seasons and the care that is necessary to engage diverse interests in the decision making.

Tyler Rittinger

Tyler Rittinger is an Outdoor Educator in Saskatoon, SK. He teaches the Ecoquest Grade 8 Program which uses an experiential/holistic model to teach the curriculum which includes a variety of day and overnight trips within Saskatchewan. Cycling and Urbanism are two key interests which have been imprinted into his teaching. He currently sits on the City of Saskatoon's Active Transportation Advisory Group and Saskatoon Public School's Move2Grow Committee