The GTA West Advisory Panel members are Ms. Gail Beggs, Mr. Rodney Northey and Dr. Matthias Sweet.
The Advisory Panel will report back to the government in the form of a Panel Report, which will outline the strategic assessment results, recommendations on next steps and advice on a path forward for the Environmental Assessment process.
Gail Beggs is a former Deputy Minister with the Ontario Public Service, with extensive experience in environment and resource management public policy. Gail led the Ministry of the Environment from 2007 to 2013, the Ministry of Natural Resources from 2004 to 2007, and the Ontario Secretariat for Aboriginal Affairs from 2005 to 2007. Gail is experienced in leading high profile public policy files serving as the Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for coordinating the government response to SARS, as the Chair of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, and as President and CEO of the Ontario Clean Water Agency. Currently a member of the Board of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Gail also serves on boards and committees of several not for profit agencies. A graduate of the University of Toronto, Gail holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees.
Rod Northey is an environmental lawyer and partner in the Toronto office of Gowling WLG. He is in his 27th year of private practice focusing on project approvals tied to the environment. Rod is an adjunct faculty member at Osgoode Hall Law School’s Municipal Law LLM program for its course on environmental protection and is also certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in environmental law. He is author of two books on federal environmental assessment, including a 2015 guide, and published articles on infrastructure planning and federalism and environmental law. Throughout his career, Rod has been active in environmental law reform including Ontario’s 2004 Greenbelt Task Force and its 2005 advisory committee to reform environmental assessment for green energy, transit and waste management projects. He is currently on the federal panel to review Canada’s environmental assessment process. Rod is the former Chair of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and the Greenbelt Fund.
Dr. Matthias Sweet is an Assistant Professor at Ryerson University, with research interests in transportation policy, land use planning and urban economics. His previous work includes investigating the role of transportation services in transportation-land use interactions, regional spatial structure and change, and travel behaviour and services. Currently, he is exploring how Big Data analytics can be employed to better measure and manage road traffic congestion and how congestion influences economic and social outcomes. Matthias teaches courses in transportation planning, and urban service planning, and planning theory. He received his PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012, and holds an MA and BA in Geography from the University of Georgia and Appalachian State University, respectively.