Strategic Regional Research Alliance

 

Strategic Regional Research Alliance (SRRA) is a not-for-profit organization, collaborating with both public and private sector organizations to provide strategic, non-partisan public policy research on the connections between infrastructure, land use and future economic welfare of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).  

SRRA is a partnership created by public and private entities to bring together their experience and perspective, develop unbiased, evidence based research and inform the decision making process.  It is modeled on the Regional Planning Association (RPA), which has been serving this function for the New York City region since 1922.


Our Team

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Iain Dobson

Iain Dobson has devoted the last 16 years of his career to public policy and city building with an emphasis on the importance of aligning development and public transit. Prior to 2000, he spent 25 years in the commercial real estate industry. In 2006, Iain Dobson along with Glenn Miller and the Canadian Urban Institute formed a working partnership to develop solutions to the ever growing problem of connecting...

Iain Dobson has devoted the last 16 years of his career to public policy and city building with an emphasis on the importance of aligning development and public transit. Prior to 2000, he spent 25 years in the commercial real estate industry.

In 2006, Iain Dobson along with Glenn Miller and the Canadian Urban Institute formed a working partnership to develop solutions to the ever growing problem of connecting home to work and the solutions to congestion. This partnership of urban planning and commercial real estate prompted the creation of Strategic Regional Research Alliance (SRRA) to conduct research on the problems of aligning transit infrastructure with development.

He has received numerous industry awards and has spoken at many of North Americas leading real estate associations, including NAIOP, SIOR, Canadian Land Economists, Real Estate Forums and has appeared on radio and TV programs such as Metro Morning and Cross Canada Check Up among others.

He currently serves on the Board of Metrolinx. He has also served as a member of the Transit Investment Strategy Advisory Panel, a member of the CivicAction Commercial Building Advisory Panel, and on the expert panel on the Sheppard transit corridor.

Active in the community, he volunteers as a member on the advisory panel of LIGHTS, which is a unique program working in partnership with Community Living Toronto to help house the intellectually disabled citizens in Toronto. He has previously sat on the UTS Alumni Board and was former Chair of the Jackman Institute of Child Study Daycare. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trent University.

Glenn Miller

For more than 20 years, Glenn Miller led the Canadian Urban Institute’s education and research program, focusing on growth management, downtown revitalization and the impact of demographic change. He is now a Senior Associate with the CUI, which is co-founder of the Strategic Regional Research Alliance (SRRA), a not for profit organization dedicated to providing non-partisan...

For more than 20 years, Glenn Miller led the Canadian Urban Institute’s education and research program, focusing on growth management, downtown revitalization and the impact of demographic change. He is now a Senior Associate with the CUI, which is co-founder of the Strategic Regional Research Alliance (SRRA), a not for profit organization dedicated to providing non-partisan research on the connections between infrastructure, land use and the regional economy. SRRA is a joint venture between CUI and Real Estate Search Corporation.

Glenn holds a masters in urban planning from McGill’s School of Urban Planning and an Honours B.A. in Urban Studies from Concordia University. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners and for 25 years was editor of the Ontario Planning Journal (1986-2011), the professional practice magazine of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute. He has taught at Seneca College’s Centre for the Built Environment, Ryerson University’s School of Urban and Regional Planning and in 2012 was Planner in Residence at the University of Waterloo. Glenn is also a member of the City Institute External Advisory Board at York University.

Catherine Annau

With a 20+ year leadership track record in arts management and communications, Catherine knows how to engage and influence audiences and drive outcomes. She has extensive experience building and leading high-functioning multi-disciplinary teams to plan and deliver multi-format communications strategies that win awards. Experienced leading teams of 30+ and managing...

With a 20+ year leadership track record in arts management and communications, Catherine knows how to engage and influence audiences and drive outcomes. She has extensive experience building and leading high-functioning multi-disciplinary teams to plan and deliver multi-format communications strategies that win awards. Experienced leading teams of 30+ and managing budgets in excess of $5 million. A motivating leader who provides oversight to strategy and execution, creating and amplifying messaging that inspires action.


CHARTER

Mission: To enhance the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Region’s economic health, environmental sustainability and quality of life through evidence-based research, planning practices and investment strategies in a collaborative environment involving both private and public sector partners.

Strategies:

  • Undertake strategic, non-partisan, research and analysis on long-term planning and priorities for infrastructure investment in the Region.
  • Develop strategies to integrate transit, land use planning, economic development policy and growth plans to create a stronger, healthier Region. 
  • Collaborate with and help build capacity in organizations across the region, whose work the SRRA research impacts. 
  • Convene a dialogue between decision makers in the private and public sectors in order to evaluate and communicate the benefits and application of the research.
  • Communicate the findings within the GTHA community to inform the debate associated with public policy development and long-term investment strategies.

PARTNERS

Partners consist of corporations and organizations in the public and private sectors that are interested in furthering SRRA’s research work and mission, including:

a) Funding Partners: Representatives from the following stakeholder groups:

  • Governments and government agencies (municipal, provincial, and federal)
  • Commercial and residential real estate companies and developers in the GTHA
  • Employers in the GTHA

b) Associate Partners: Non-profit research, academic and planning organizations.