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Facing change and guiding Ontario into the next quarter century

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David O'Hara


Manager, Fort York National Historic Site, City of Toronto

 A Landscape Architect and Registered Professional Planner, David has over 25 years of experience working on wide variety of public realm projects, both as a park planner and more recently as Manager of Fort York National Historic Site. A strong interest in history and cultural landscapes combined with his background in urban planning and landscape architecture allow David to bring a unique city-building approach to his role at Fort York and towards ensuring that the massive amount of development occurring around the site is done in a manner which respects the site as Toronto's founding landscape.

David has lead all aspects of Fort York's revitalization over the last decade, transforming the site from a relatively unknown 7 acre site to one of the City's most significant urban spaces at 43 acres in-size.  Currently coordinating the implementation of the site's Master Plan, work includes several landscape restoration/rehabilitation projects, the award-winning Fort York Visitor Centre, the Fort York Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge (Garrison Crossing), and implementing the first phase of The Bentway, which stretches across the southern portion of the National Historic Site.