Yousaf Shah, Hemson Consulting: Demand forecasting for land use and transportation planning in the GHTA

November 9, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sandford Fleming Building, ITS Lab and Testbed, Room SF3103
10 King's College Rd 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M5S 3G8
Pat Doherty

Over the previous decade, planning agencies across the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton Area (GTHA) (as well as the broader Greater Golden Horseshoe) have endeavoured to better align land-use and infrastructure planning in accommodating the goals of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The Growth Plan, as well as related plans, are based on a series of quantitative exercises to understand the dynamics between demographics and development. Over the course of this presentation, Yousaf Shah will walk through the components of Hemson forecasting process to provide an overview of how they determine the demand inputs for land-use and transportation planning in the region.

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Yousaf Shah

Yousaf Shah is a Consultant at Hemson with over six years of professional experience in forecasting, urban planning and sector-specific studies. Mr. Shah has worked on a number of forecasting assignments for public agencies across Canada. He has prepared forecasts for the Cities of Toronto and Brampton, the Region of Peel, Metrolinx, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) and Enbridge Gas Distribution in Ontario as well as a number of clients in Western Canada. He has also undertaken economic development and economic impact studies for various clients across Ontario, including the City of Toronto’s Planning Downtown: The Outlook for Office and Institutional Employment to 2041.

In addition to his work as a planner at Hemson, Mr. Shah is also pursuing the Certificate in Big Data and Predictive Analytics at Ryerson University, where he is learning how to apply machine learning techniques to his work at Hemson Consulting. Mr. Shah moderated a panel of smart city and transportation experts at the Smartweek 2014 conference at the University of Toronto and co-curated the “Big Data in Planning” issue of the Ontario Planning Journal (June 2017).

Mr. Shah is a Registered Professional Planner (RPP), a Professional Land Economist (PLE) and a LEED Accredited Professional with the US Green Building Council (USGBC).