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Moiz Behar, OAA, MRAIC, MCIP, RPP
Planner, Urban Designer, Architect
President

Moiz Behar’s Résumé

 

Moiz Behar has more than 35 years of experience in planning, urban design and architecture in both the private and public sectors.

 

Between 1987 and 1998 he served in senior capacities in the municipal sector (cities of Etobicoke and North York) as an urban designer, architect and planner. Before establishing his own planning and urban design consulting firm (MBPD Inc.) in late 1998, he was the Director of Urban Design in the City of North York and Etobicoke. As the senior official in charge of urban design in Etobicoke and North York, Mr. Behar supervised the approvals process for many developments and directed several major design studies for large urban areas and development sites in both cities.

 

Currently, through his firm Mr. Behar provides consulting services to municipalities and other public sector clients, as well as development companies. He is currently working on an urban design and zoning study for the Town of Innisfil and is advising the Town on development proposals. Mr. Behar conducts architecture and urban design peer review for development applications in the Town of Caledon. Mr. Behar has recently completed the Kerr Village Revitalization Study for the Town of Oakville, heading a multi-disciplinary team of professionals. He is also working in several municipalities in Southern Ontario representing development applicants. Mr. Behar has provided expert evidence at the Ontario Municipal Board as a planner as well as an architect and urban designer.

 

Mr. Behar is a member of the Mississauga Urban Design Panel and is a founding member of the Urban Design Working Group (UDWG) of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI).

Chris Pereira
Planner, Urban Designer, RPP, MCIP
Associate

Chris Pereira’s Résumé

 

Chris Pereira is an Associate with MBPD Inc. who brings his wide range of private sector experiences in Planning and Urban Design from Ontario and Western Canada.  As a private sector planner since 2006, Chris possesses progressive land use planning, policy planning, land development and community consultation experiences.

 

Chris provides project management and support services through the preparation of municipal planning documents (Official Plans, Secondary Plans, Master Plans and Zoning By-laws); as well as Plan Amendments, Zoning By-law Amendments, Plan of Subdivision, Plan of Condominium, Site Plan Control, Consents and Minor Variances.  Chris also has been involved in a variety of land use and growth management studies, policy review and formulation, preparation of development concepts, subdivision design, Planning and Urban Design Justification Reports and Urban Design Guidelines.

 

Furthermore, Chris has significant experience in preparing for and attending community consultation events such as Council Meetings, Public Open Houses, Design Charrettes and Workshops associated with various developments.

 

Chris is a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and Registered Professional Planner in the Province of Ontario.

Sophia Kanavas
Junior Planner, Urban Designer, M. Pl.

Sophia Kanavas’s Résumé

 

Sophia Kanavas is a Junior Planner and Urban Designer with MBPD. Sophia provides project management, land use planning, and urban design services on a variety of projects for private and public sector clients.

 

Upon completing her Masters of Planning from Ryerson University, Sophia worked at the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and was responsible for development review at the local scale by responding to public inquiries on lands within the Parkway Belt West Plan and associated Minister’s Zoning Orders. Additionally, she processed applications to amend and implement the Parkway Belt West Plan and Minister’s Zoning Orders, and reviewed and prepared summary reports regarding Official Plan Amendments and subdivision applications to be transferred to Dufferin County.

 

Sophia is currently a candidate member of the OPPI and is working towards her designation as a Registered Professional Planner and full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Bev Behar
General Manager

 

Beverly Behar has been providing the administrative support and office management for M. Behar Planning & Design Inc. since 2004.