Our Team

John Gladki, FCIP, RPP

President

John Gladki has more than forty-five years’ experience working with government agencies and private sector organizations on affordable housing, planning, development approvals, public engagement, land use and policy planning, urban regeneration, local economic development, strategic planning and management. He has appeared as an expert witness at the OMB and LPAT many times and understands how to formulate planning policy to withstand scrutiny at the Tribunal. Prior to Gladki Planning Associates Mr. Gladki worked as a senior director at the City of Toronto’s Planning and Development Department and as a principal consultant at GHK International.

He managed the preparation and implementation of the award-winning Regent Park Revitalization Plan for Canada’s largest public housing project. He has been involved in developing regeneration strategies for Toronto’s Waterfront and planning and implementation strategies for municipalities across the GTA. He has worked on numerous urban and regional strategic planning and economic development initiatives in cities in the Middle East, Europe, North America and Latin America.

Throughout his career he has focused on expanding planning practice to embrace human rights, economic and environmental sustainability. John is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners and a Registered Professional Planner.Prior to Gladki Planning Associates Mr. Gladki worked as a senior director at the City of Toronto’s Planning and Development Department and as a principal consultant at GHK International. He managed the preparation and implementation of the award-winning Regent Park Revitalization Plan for Canada’s largest public housing project. He has been involved in developing regeneration strategies for Toronto’s Waterfront and planning and implementation strategies for municipalities across the GTA. He has worked on numerous urban and regional strategic planning and economic development initiatives in cities in the Middle East, Europe, North America and Latin America.

Andrew Davidge, MCIP, RPP

Principal Planner

Andrew Davidge is a Principal Planner at GPA with a substantial body of work on urban revitalization, growth management, and public engagement. He has provided advice to municipalities across the GTA and Ontario on the use of planning tools – including OP policies, zoning by-laws, CIPs, and design guidelines – to meet broad city-building objectives at an area- and municipality-wide scale. He has led public and stakeholder engagement processes that involve diverse communities in planning discussions and is a practiced facilitator attuned to the dynamics of both small and large groups.

Andrew has over 15 years of experience leading multi-disciplinary projects requiring extensive cross-divisional consultation and public engagement. Andrew has been the lead author of many reports and studies addressing some of the most pressing issues confronting Ontario municipalities: growth management, climate change mitigation and adaptation, health-supportive built form, and the promotion of inclusive neighbourhoods.
Andrew is currently leading secondary plan updates for Vaughan Metropolitan Centre and Markham Centre. His work within the City of Toronto includes the Sherway Area Secondary Plan study, development approvals for Seneca College, the development of Official Plan indicators and planning work supporting the redevelopment of Regent Park and Lawrence Heights. 

Andrew’s work has been recognized through awards for planning excellence by the Canadian Institute of Planners (2021 – Reimagining the Mall study for the City of Mississauga) and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (2015 – Active City report for the City of Toronto). Prior to Gladki Planning Associates Mr. Gladki worked as a senior director at the City of Toronto’s Planning and Development Department and as a principal consultant at GHK International. He managed the preparation and implementation of the award-winning Regent Park Revitalization Plan for Canada’s largest public housing project. He has been involved in developing regeneration strategies for Toronto’s Waterfront and planning and implementation strategies for municipalities across the GTA. He has worked on numerous urban and regional strategic planning and economic development initiatives in cities in the Middle East, Europe, North America and Latin America. Throughout his career he has focused on expanding planning practice to embrace human rights, economic and environmental sustainability. John is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners and a Registered Professional Planner. Andrew is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and a Registered Professional Planner.

Akanksha Chopra, AICP, MCIP, RPP

Senior Planner
Akanksha is a versatile and impact-driven planner working with the goal of providing context-sensitive and meaningful solutions to the communities she serves. She brings a unique blend of experience in the fields of planning and urban design, and has delivered a range of projects, policies and guidelines over the last 12 years working across public, private, and non-profit sectors in Canada, US and India. A key focus of her work has been on delivering area specific plans, master plans, and policies oriented towards creating sustainable, equitable and complete communities.

Akanksha brings an extensive body of work in the areas of integrated transit-land use planning, smart growth, active transportation, green infrastructure, placemaking, complete communities and urban revitalization. She uses her skillset and experience as an urban designer and planner on advising on development feasibility through massing studies and site level design, developing master plans varied in size and scope, and developing long-range policies and guidelines. She is currently leading the revision of Scarborough Centre Secondary Plan working with a large interdisciplinary team of sub-consultants and multiple zoning by-law technical papers to inform comprehensive zoning by-law update for City of Richmond Hill.
Some of Akanksha’s key past projects include Alexandra Park TCH Housing Phase 2 masterplan, Toronto (ON), Official Plan update for St. Albert (AB), Smart Growth Plan for City of Duluth (MN), PCBC Award-winning TOD Master Plan for Old Warm Springs, Fremont (CA), TOD policy for Delhi Official Plan, Walkable Watershed Plans in San Francisco Bay Area, and U.S. EPA Environmental Justice Primer and Community Action Roadmap. Akanksha is a current member of American Planning Association with AICP accreditation, a member of Canadian Institute of Planners and a Registered Professional Planner.

Robert Walter-Joseph, MCIP, RPP

Senior Planner
Robert Walter-Joseph is the Senior Planner with experience in land use analysis and development approvals. He has worked to advance multiple affordable housing, mixed use, commercial, industrial development and residential projects across the GTA, leading teams of sub-consultants to advance approvals. His work on development approvals has provided him with valuable insights into planning policy and zoning issues. He has experience in social, demographic and economic research and policy development.

Robert uses GIS to understand and communicate the spatial dimensions of urban development and the ways in which social, economic and demographic phenomena are represented across the urban landscape In recent years, he has led multiple projects to deliver affordable housing across the City of Toronto including providing planning consulting services to the City’s Rapid Housing Initiative response, evaluating candidate sites and navigating the approvals process. He is currently providing planning support to the Learning Enrichment Foundation’s in an application for planning approval for a 130-unit affordable housing and community facility in Mount Dennis.
Robert is also a regular speaker on the issue of inclusive planning practice, zoning and housing with ULI Toronto, McGill University, York University and the University of Waterloo. Robert is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and a Registered Professional Planner.

Lindsay Toth, MCIP, RPP

Planner
Lindsay is an urban planner who brings public voices into planning policy and development projects. As Engagement Lead for several high-profile public sector projects, Lindsay designs public and stakeholder engagement programmes that encourage equitable participation and meaningfully integrate feedback with technical project components. For development projects, Lindsay conducts outreach with neighbours, stakeholders and the broader community to communicate development objectives, understand community concerns, and respond in a way that improves project outcomes by various measures. Lindsay has training in plain language communication, adult education, and assorted consultation methodologies. She is a confident public speaker and expert facilitator who approaches communities facing change with empathy.

Lindsay’s planning practice includes Official Plan and Zoning By-law policy work, development applications, research, and supporting Ontario Land Tribunal appeals. Previously a public health practitioner, Lindsay brings a healthy communities lens to projects. She recently authored a series of zoning by-law technical papers for the City of Richmond Hill on Aging in Place, Community Uses, and Residential Short-Term and Shared Accommodations.
For the Region of Peel, she led a Region-wide assessment of the age-friendliness of the built environment and proposed policy and programming recommendations. Much of Lindsay’s current development work assists non-profit organizations to provide supportive and affordable housing. She prepares reports to accompany development applications including Planning Justification Reports, Draft OPAs/ZBAs, Housing Issues Reports, Community Services & Facilities Studies, and Public Consultation Strategy Reports. She integrates inputs from technical subconsultants and manages the response to comments. Lindsay also has experience coordinating minor variance applications and providing representation at Committee of Adjustment hearings. Lindsay is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and a Registered Professional Planner.

Natalie Barcellos

Planner
Natalie is planner with GPA with a background in community development. She brings experience with stakeholder engagement, planning and policy analysis, outcome evaluation, visual communication, social planning and research. Complementary to this, Natalie has had experience working on strategic plans with volunteer non-profits in the capacity of a Board Director and staff member.

Natalie is a skilled facilitator with experience leading creative and inclusive workshops, focus groups, reflections and trainings with diverse communities and populations including, seniors, youth in care, and Indigenous peoples. Recently, Natalie has coordinated and supported stakeholder consultations and public meetings for the Bloor-Yorkville Secondary Plan, the Markham Centre Secondary Plan and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Secondary Plan. Using asset-based community development principles, Natalie has served as a project manager coordinating community programs and applied-social research projects. She brings enthusiasm, curiosity, and an interdisciplinary perspective to her work.
Natalie is an MA Candidate in the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo and a student member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Ontario Professional Planning Institute.