Melissa Agostino is creative director and co-founder of Sali Tabacchi (www.salitabacchi.com), a branding and design studio with clients in architecture, interior design and other creative sectors. She has over two decades of experience as a designer in Toronto and Amsterdam. Melissa brings a thoughtful, classic and often playful approach to typography, branding, editorial and website design.
Brad believes that as our City grows and prospers we must work hard to ensure the benefits are felt by everyone. By bringing a pragmatic, non-partisan approach to local government, Brad supports community-led change throughout Beaches East-York. At City Hall, Brad serves as the Chair of the Planning and Housing Committee, Vice Chair of Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC), and as member of the Toronto Arts Board and CreateTO Board. With experience as an urban planner, he has a passion for addressing local issues, advocating for those typically left out of the process and making neighbourhoods more accessible. His priorities are to increase affordability and access to housing, make our streets safer, and revitalize Toronto’s main streets. Whether it’s through the regular community meetings or the bi-weekly newsletter, Brad wants to engage with all residents and work with our local leaders to support the communities that make Beaches East-York special.
Michaela MacLeod is from Moncton, New Brunswick, and earned her professional degree in architecture from the University of Waterloo. She was awarded the Ontario Architects Association Guild Medal Award and the Prix de Rome in Architecture for Emerging Practitioners. She and her partner Nicholas Croft are co-founders of Polymetis (www.polymetis.net), an art and architecture studio based in Toronto. The studio’s core work ethos is experimental material applications and phenomenology to inspire new fields of exploration, which are highlighted in their site-specific projects. The studio’s temporary installations were presented at Winterstations, Icebreakers, Winter Light at Ontario Place, Jardin des Métis, Nuit Blanche, and IDS. Permanent sculptural works are included in the public art collection of the City of Mississauga and the City of Richmond. Polymetis has been featured in Twenty + Change: Emerging Canadian Design Practices and Canada 150: 30 Canadian Architecture Firms Breaking New Ground for their innovative work.
Mary-Margaret McMahon is MPP for Beaches-East York and the Ontario Liberal Caucus Critic for the Environment, Conservation and Parks; Tourism Culture and Sport; Seniors and Accessibility; and Public and Business Service Delivery. Mary-Margaret’s proudest achievements while she was City Councillor from 2010-2018 include leading and implementing the City’s first climate change adaptation plan (TransformTO) and and helping to create the Vision Zero road safety plan. She played a huge role with the inception of Winter Stations and it’s first years and remains an advocate for bringing outdoor art, beauty and important messages to citizens near and far. With her endless energy, creativity, and charisma, Mary-Margaret has been able to make Toronto a more livable city and her plans for Beaches-East York and Ontario as a Provincial Member of Parliament are ambitious and positive!
Stefan Novakovic is a Toronto-based writer and editor specializing in architecture and urbanism. Stefan is currently a senior editor at Azure Magazine and has previously served as associate editor at Canadian Architect, and assistant editor at UrbanToronto.ca. He is the winner of a 2020 Canadian National Magazine Award (B2B) and a 2021 Canadian Online Publishing Award.