Brian Shifman | Executive Director
Prior to joining Smart Commute NTV, Brian represented travel-tourism clients while working for a leading public relations-marketing agency. Brian holds an Executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, where he completed core educational elements in Canada, US, China, Latin America and Europe. He also holds a B.A. (Honors) from Queen’s University and a Public Relations post-graduate certificate from Humber College
Brian is the Executive Director of Smart Commute – North Toronto, Vaughan. Brian has 13 years of progressive senior management expertise and a unique portfolio of experience including business, politics, change management, government relations, issues and crisis management, marketing, transportation and the environment.
He is an enthusiastic, results-driven team-builder with a unique understanding of the not-for-profit sector. In his role as Executive Director, Brian oversees marketing, finance, operations and human resources while representing our membership and providing support to the board. He has spoken at various conferences and events, guest lectured at Ryerson University, and addressed councils, committees and task forces at all levels of government.
Brian is the Vice Chair of the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce board, a Director of the Art Starts Board, and an active committee member with the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT). He is also passionate about charitable and community activities.
Lauren Bates | Program Manager
Lauren’s role as Program Manager enables her to encourage sustainable transportation options in the GTHA through programs that reflect her experience in action and solutions.
Lauren holds an Honour’s B. Sc. in Psychology Research from the University of Toronto, with emphasis on behaviour change related to environment and sustainability. She also holds a Master’s degree in Environment and Sustainability from Western University, with a focus on stakeholder engagement, sustainable business, risk management, and consulting practices.
Lauren has been involved with the Citizen’s Climate Lobby in Toronto as a core volunteer, promoting the adoption of climate policy in Canada and the United States, and has volunteered with the Toronto Sustainability Speaker Series, an organization that promotes conversation and solutions among sustainability thought leaders.
As Program Manager, she uses her enthusiasm and love of problem-solving to take initiative on finding the best transportation solutions for each workplace she works with.
Stewart Slaymaker | Program Manager
Stewart joined Smart Commute – North Toronto, Vaughan in November 2014. He previously worked for Travel for Cambridgeshire in the UK, an organization with the same goal of reducing single occupancy car journeys. Stewart worked with Cambridgeshire employers to help them deliver sustainable travel initiatives for their staff, managed projects and developed TDM services and tools.
Having commuted by bicycle for 7 years in the UK, and now by walking, subway, bus and the occasional streetcar in Toronto, Stewart is passionate about and well versed in sustainable travel.
Stewart holds a postgraduate MSc degree in Transport Planning & Management from the University of Westminster (UK), and an undergraduate BA Geography degree from the University of Plymouth (UK).
Between moving from the UK and starting with Smart Commute, Stewart and his partner spent two months travelling around Canada, taking in the sights of Toronto, Niagara Falls, Algonquin, the Rockies, British Columbia, Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec.
Tyler Seed | Marketing Manager
Tyler brings a deep passion for sustainability and a wealth of experience to his role as Marketing Manager for Smart Commute – North Toronto, Vaughan. Prior to Smart Commute Tyler held positions as Marketing Strategist for a leading marketing consultancy serving communities and non-profits, and as Communications Officer for the Canadian branch of a global sustainability-focussed network of organizations.
Tyler holds a Master’s of Science in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Karlskrona, Sweden and a Bachelor of Humanities Degree from Carleton University. His creativity and keen eye for detail enable Tyler to keep Smart Commute NTV’s communications fresh and engaging across a wide variety of platforms.
Jay Roberts | Program Assistant
Jay graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto. He grew up in Hawaii and while failing to tame the waves, he couldn’t help but notice the importance of living with nature. After graduating from university he worked in Tanzania for six months for Jane Goodall. Not as an object of her observation mind you, but instead helping student and community groups build environmental, animal, and community focused projects. Jay loves adventure, and keeps a mental bucket list which he periodically revisits. He incorporates his appreciation for facts and strategy in his work while supporting day-to-day operations at Smart Commute NTV.
Khushpal Brar | Program and Outreach Coordinator
Before joining Smart Commute NTV, Khushpal worked with a variety of non-profit groups including Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and Ancient Forest Alliance, leading outreach and environmental education programs. She is a graduate from the Department of Geography at York University and although she grew up in BC, the rich culture and amazing work of Smart Commute NTV has lured her back to Toronto! Khushpal looks forward to contributing her efforts towards encouraging even more of the community in North Toronto, Vaughan to make smart, sustainable transportation choices.