BFA, MArch, MSc in Cities Founder and Executive Director of No.9

Andrew Davies received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Queen's University, a Masters in Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture and a Masters of Science in Cities from the London School of Economics. Through his extensive career in the visual arts, first at MoMA and then as a public art consultant in Toronto, Davies has learned the power and influence that art and culture can have on our society. In 2006, he founded the charitable arts organization No.9: Contemporary Art & the Environment in support of artists and their quest to bring awareness to pressing environmental issues. Under Davies direction, No.9 has produced and commissioned more than 30 public art installations in Toronto and delivered hands-on sustainable design education to over 3,000 students across Canada.

In 2018, No.9 launched Canada’s first Sustainability and Reconciliation Centre called No.9 Gardens. This alternative educational facility empowers students through creative hands-on learning to lead a revolution in building sustainable communities.

Davies has taught at Eyebeam Atelier in New York and at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada. He has spoken at lectures, reviews and symposiums around the world including MIT Media Lab, Columbia University and MoMA. He served on the Educational Advisory Committee at the Art Gallery of Ontario and currently sits on the Environmental Advisory Committee for the Toronto District School Board. He resides in Toronto with his wife, Elizabeth and their two children, Hanna and Rupert.

Program Developer / Lead Architectural Educator Imagining My Sustainable Community

Elizabeth Lenell Davies received a Masters of Architecture from The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles, California (1995). Over fifteen years, pursuing an interest in art and architecture, Elizabeth assumed the role of a team designer for numerous architecture and design firms in Los Angeles, New York City and Toronto. She assisted the Director of ACE Gallery LA/NYC with drawings and models for a Contemporary Art Museum in Bangkok (1995-1997). She worked for Rogers Marvel Architects in NYC designing the head office for Kate Spade. (1997-1998). She joined Architects Alliance in Toronto on design work for The Four Seasons Hotel/Residences (2003-2007). Elizabeth has her own architectural practice. She designed a house on Fishers Island, NY and is currently co-designing a new Educational Centre for No.9 Gardens and a new Cultural and Language School in the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in Ontario.

Passionate for teaching, Elizabeth, her husband, Director of No.9, Andrew Davies and Barb Lilker co-developed Imagining My Sustainable Community (IMSC), a program that uniquely ties with grade 7-9 curriculum. Partnering with the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the Toronto District School Board, the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board and several Independent schools, Elizabeth uses her experience and education in art and architecture to teach the next generation how to communicate ideas for positively transforming future communities through planning, design and presentation. Elizabeth is a co-recipient of the 2018 Community Art Educator of the Year award from the Ontario Arts Education Association.

Program Developer / Lead Architectural Educator and Project Manager Imagining My Sustainable Community

Barbara Lilker graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Toronto in 1996. She is founding partner of the multidisciplinary design firm Lilker Hecht Design Studio, which concentrates on small-scale residential and commercial architecture. Since 2001 Barbara has developed and taught architecture programs to children of all ages as a faculty member of the Avenue Road Arts School, an outreach instructor for Vibe Arts and for various public and private schools in Toronto. Barbara’s focus has been to use architecture as a vehicle to integrate the arts, science and social studies objectives of the Ontario curriculum. Barbara co-developed and is an educator for No. 9 Contemporary Art and the Environment’s program: Imagining My Sustainable Community. This program, in partnership with the Toronto District School Board, teaches grade 7 and 8 students about sustainable urban design and architecture with a focus on enhancing eco-literacy. Barbara has taught the Imagining My Sustainable Community program to over 3000 Toronto students as well as in Chicago through a partnership with The Chicago Architecture Foundation and with the Hamilton Wentworth School Board. Barbara is a co-recipient of the 2018 Community Art Educator of the Year award from the Ontario Arts Education Association.

Lead Bilingual Architectural Educator Imagining My Sustainable Community

Sandra Iskandar graduated from the School of Architecture at Carleton University in 1999. Sandra is a community minded individual who enjoys blurring the lines between Art, Architecture and the Public Realm. As an educator, she strives to empower students to think like city builders. Through her workshops, Sandra encourages an open dialogue in the classroom to allow synergy and collaboration amongst students in order to promote ideas for constructing healthy inclusive communities. As a bilingual Lead Architectural Educator with No.9 Contemporary Art & The Environment; Arts Educator with Inner City Angels in Toronto and Hamilton and her involvement with Waterfront Toronto’s Underpass Park, Sandra has been instrumental for guiding the design ideas and supporting the evolution of public realm in this rich urban context, otherwise termed as ‘designing future cities’.

Sandra has recently founded her own architectural practice Sandra Iskandar Architect and has been commissioned by Clear Water Farm for the design of a new Youth Engagement Centre with the intention of serving the local Georgina Community. Professionally, she is a licensed Architect and project managers, with accumulated experience, in the fields of Arts and Culture, Adaptive Re-Use, Heritage, Community and Sports. As Project Manager for the TO2015 Pan Am Games, she delivered 10 Capital Competition Venues that have greatly added to Ontario’s cultural legacy.


Sandra Tarantino, a resident of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts through Ontario College of Art and Design and participated in the off-campus Florence (Italy) program. She has also received a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology and Bachelor of Education, while continuing to actively participate in the artistic community as Founder and Director of C1 art space from 2004-10 and Cofounding Director of AWOL Gallery and Studios Co-operative from 1996-2012. She is a recipient of the Visual Artist Grant (2007, 2005, 2003), Exhibition Assistance Grant (2006, 2005) and Artist in Education Grant (2008-12) from the Ontario Arts Council. Her work is in private and corporate collections across Canada, U.S.A and Europe. She currently teaches visual arts at Avenue Road Arts School and brings programming to communities through her work with VIBE Arts organization. Tarantino’s artwork incorporates elements of both painting and sculptural modes through her shaped canvases and ceramic sculpture.


President, Esprit Orchestra Board
President, Max Clarkson Family Foundation

He­lene Clark­son is Pres­ident of the Board of Esprit Or­chestra, Canada's only full sized or­chestra ded­icated to commis­sion­ing, perform­ing and promoting new or­chestral mu­sic. She is also Pres­ident of the Max Clark­son Fam­ily Foundation which is a Toronto based foundation with a mandate to support Cana­dian art and cul­ture. He­lene has been a member of the Campaign Cab­i­net for Ev­ergreen Brick Work's $50 million cap­ital campaign. In 2004, He­lene co-founded with her husband Andrew Livingston, the retail concept Neat, which aims to bring the best in house­hold design to Cana­dian consumers.

In her past life she was an actress. She was nom­inated for a Ge­nie for Best Actress in a Leading Role for the film Blood and Donuts, 1996. He­lene is a graduate of Queen's Uni­versity and of the Neighbour­hood Play­house The­atre School.

Barch, OAA Partner

Dean Goodman co-founded LGA in 1989. His insatiable interests in design, construction and technology are inseparable from his aspiration to make the world more humane and sustainable, one project at a time.

For-profit, affordable housing and shelters, and projects with a First Nations focus have been central to his more than 35 years of practice. Dean was LGA’s partner-in-charge on the RAIC Innovation in Design Award-winning addition of two storeys of prefabricated living units to the rooftop of a St. Clare’s Multifaith Affordable Housing building in Toronto. He has led large-scale new-build and renewal projects for Toronto Community Housing and WoodGreen Community Housing and was recently partner-in-charge on the OAA Design Excellence Award-winning Eva’s Phoenix youth residence and skills training centre. Dean’s many projects for Native Child and Family Services of Toronto range from the Centre for Native Child and Family Well Being in the city’s core to a dining hall and ceremonial performance space for NCFST’s summer camp in Grundy Lake Provincial Park. His eclectic interests are reflected in areas of expertise that range from design for aging in place to the design of car dealerships.

Skilled at creatively designing within budget and time constraints, Dean works collaboratively with clients to translate their ideas and goals into innovative designs. His honest and straightforward approach brings clarity to complicated issues.

Executive Director of Friendship In Action

Gerry Mabin is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of early childhood education and has a wealth of experience in teacher training and classroom teaching. She received her training in the UK and taught there before coming to the Institute of Child Study (ICS) in Toronto, where she taught and became principal. In 1980 she founded The Mabin School and in 1998 moved on to help open the Children’s Own Museum, where she was Education Director for three years. In 2001 she co-founded Words in Motion and first conceived of the Friendship in Action program, which she incorporated into a separate registered charity in 2013.

Design and Communications Consultant

Lee Jacobson is a brand, design and communications strategist and, at heart, a problem solver. He has over 25 years of experience in developing and implementing projects that help achieve results for his clients.

He works with public, private and not-for-profit organizations to help them articulate and express their value in ways that are compelling and tangible to key audiences – from strategy and design to marketing programs and organizational alignment.

Lee has an undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and a Masters Degree in architecture and urban planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a founding member of the Urban Design Group at the City of Toronto and a founding Board member of the Design Exchange in Toronto.

Investment Manager

John started his invest­ment ca­reer in 1993 at Burns Fry Ltd. He moved to the mutual fund indus­try in 1996 focus­ing on mar­keting, sales and compli­ance and in 1998, join Phillips, Hagar & North Invest­ment Man­age­ment Ltd. where he was a portfo­lio man­ag­er over­see­ing private client and foundation/endow­ment as­sets. John has a B.A. in Eco­nomics (1991) from the Uni­versity of West­ern Ontar­io, has been a Fel­low of the Cana­dian Secu­rities In­stitute (FCSI) since 1998 and holds a Char­tered Financial An­a­lyst (CFA) des­ignation, which he obtained in 1999.

Vice Chair, trustee and a 3rd generation family member of The McConnell Foundation

The McConnell Foundation is one of Canada’s largest private philanthropic foundations. McConnell is known for its dedication to fostering innovative approaches to social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges to support Canadians in building a more inclusive and sustainable society.

As a seasoned fundraising chair and mentor in the not for profit sector and with over 25 years service and experience on numerous boards, including the McGill University Health Network, Sara has devoted much of her time across the spectrum of adolescent health, education and well being. Her passion for those with dreams to succeed is equally matched with her valuable insight and first hand knowledge that foundation boards play a key role in the leadership and stewarding of their respective organizations toward their effectiveness and ultimate success.


Festival Director & Co-Founder of Cloud 9

Reily is a Queen’s University graduate with a B.A.H & M.A in Global Development Studies. She has passionately been pursuing work in local, regenerative food systems for the past five years, which led her to work as an intern at No.9 Gardens during the summer of 2020. As co-founder and director of Cloud 9, she has been instrumental in bringing alive the vision for the festival that she and the curatorial committee share. Her primary responsibilities include overseeing all Cloud 9 operations, supporting and guiding team leads, and being the public spokesperson for Cloud 9. Through Cloud 9, Reily hopes to connect others to the creative and educational opportunities at No.9 Gardens and empower young people to build a force for change together.

Creative Director & Founding Member of Cloud 9

Rupert is responsible for scouting and signing artists, coordinating with the 9 Canadian musicians performing at Cloud 9, managing the staging and sound, and working with many aspects of production to develop the theme and aesthetic of the festival. Rupert is in his senior year at the Berklee College of Music, majoring in Electronic Music and Design and minoring in Creative Entrepreneurship. Rupert has diverse experience in the music industry. He has collaborated with well-established groups such as Zeds Dead and up-and-coming Canadian artists such as Charlie Houston.

Festival Manager & Founding Member of Cloud 9

Hanna runs the weekly general meeting, assigns team leads to different sub-projects, and works with the sub-teams to support the development, execution, and completion of assignments. Hanna is a graduate candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the Mind, Brain, and Education Program. Hanna has conducted award-winning preliminary research on the potential of Optogenetic stimulation to induce neuroplasticity. She has served as Director of Academic Research for Montreal-based non-profit, Convergence, Perceptions of Neuroscience, and a Lead Creative Educator at Toronto-based non-profit, No.9 The Culture of Sustainability. Hanna is also a dancer and a practicing artist, specializing in installations and, more recently, the creation of multiple land art installations.

Festival Logistics & Legal Lead for Cloud 9

As a civil engineering graduate from McGill University, Autumn has the technical, organizational, and problem-solving skills necessary to ensure optimal safety and satisfaction for the festival guests. She is most interested in land development and is enthralled with how to do it in a sustainable way. She is passionate about creative design and interested in integrating natural and built environments to create livable, equitable, and enjoyable cities and communities. In addition to her primary responsibilities, Autumn also works with other committee members to recruit local, sustainable vendors and plays a vital role on the Cloud 9 marketing team. 

Co-Founder & Manager of Partnerships and Volunteering for Cloud 9

Emily is the current No.9 Gardens Manager as well as a Co-Founder and Manager of Partnerships & Volunteering for Cloud 9. She is a recent graduate of Queen’s University with an honours degree in Environmental Biology and Geographic Information Systems. This is her second year working at No.9 Gardens and she is excited about increasing public engagement with the space this year. She aims to pursue a Master’s degree in Agroecology and is particularly interested in the role agriculture can play in climate mitigation, strengthening local food communities, and youth involvement in sustainable food systems. Emily is the lead for coordinating local food and drink vendors and volunteers for Cloud 9 to build community engagement and support local businesses in Rideau Lakes and Kingston. Emily hopes that Cloud 9 will inspire people to find their place in the fight against the climate crisis.