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Dave Hardy

Dave Hardy is President of Hardy Stevenson and Associates Limited, is a Registered Professional Planner (R.P.P.) and a member of EDCO.  By way of education, he received an Honorary Bachelors Degree (Sociology: Urban Studies) in 1975 and Masters of Environmental Studies Degree from York University in 1978, focusing on Community Development and Community Planning.  He has completed 125 socio-economic impact studies, 15 economic development and strategic plans for municipalities, participated in 75 environmental assessment studies, has designed and completed 250 public communications and consultation programs and as a trained facilitator he has facilitated over 1,600 workshops and public meetings.  In the past Mr. Hardy served as the Co-coordinator of the President and Chairman’s Office of the former Ontario Hydro, at the time Ontario Hydro had 30 thousand employees.  He also served as President of the Conservation Council of Ontario, Ontario’s first environmental organization.  He is one of the founding members of the International Association for Impact Assessment, a global organization of 1,700 professionals that builds the understanding of project impacts.  He is Past President of the Rotary Club of North Scarborough, is a Paul Harris Fellow and served as Assistant Governor for Rotary District 7070. In 2014 Dave led the establishment of the Scarborough Rotary Community Renewal Campaign which focused on advocacy, promoting and attracting resources to Scarborough.  The Campaign resulted in the establishment of the Scarborough Business Association (SBA) in 2015 and community-based Scarborough Community Renewal Organization (SCRO) in 2016.  Dave is the founding member of both organizations.  Also, as a result of the campaign, Dave and colleagues started of the institute for New Suburbanism (INS).  This is a think-tank that promotes dialogue about the suburbs, metropolitan centres and how these communities interact.  He currently holds the position of ‘Executive Director’.  In November 2019, Dave published the text book, “Who These People and Why are They Yelling at Me? The Art and Science of Managing Large Angry Public Meetings”.  In addition to his “Next Normal” Podcast, Dave has completed many media appearances including: Toronto Star and Globe and Mail, CBC, Newstalk 1010 CFRB, City TV, Saint John Telegram and numerous community newspapers.