Lisa Rochon

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When she is up north at her cottage in the Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park, Lisa commutes by canoe. To her delight, the floating conversations really happened on the Connected by Canoe trip and she was moved by the honesty and meaningful dialogue, and that Kristen of Nunavut had the patience to teach her and many others some preliminary throat singing!

Based in Toronto, Lisa is a passionate advocate and advisor for liveable cities and poetic, aspirational design and she is honoured to serve as the chair of the Canadian Canoe Museum’s design committee and, before that, as chair of the architect selection committee. As The Globe and Mail's architecture critic and City Space national columnist (2000 - 2013) she was the two-time winner of the National Newspaper Awards, and recipient of the Award for Architectural Journalism from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Her pro bona work includes advocacy on the TOCore Leader’s Table, and as design jury chair and an organizer of Winter Stations, an international design competition for lyrical sculptures on Toronto's beach attracting some 350 submissions annually.

She holds an M.A. in Urban Design Studies from the University of Toronto.  Before that, she studied international relations at l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris. She is the author of Up North, Where Canada’s Architecture Meets the Land and is a Senior Fellow at University of Toronto's Global Cities Institute.

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