ASH Volunteer of the Year 2008-2009

Giulio Maffini

A resident of Robinson Village, Giulio has two degrees in architecture and thirty years experience as an entrepreneur, with particular experience with start-ups, creating profitable businesses inside large companies and advising executives on how to grow their businesses through partnerships and new technologies.

Giulio has been working closely with ASH for over a year, particularly in urban planning, transportation and development issues. His focus has been on the Nicholas Mann (Gateway) lands in the south of Sandy Hill, which he feels are currently underutilized and a barrier to pedestrians and the community. In Giulio’s view, these lands have the potential to be used for a variety of public, educational and private purposes that can stitch our community back together while creating opportunities for residential intensification. Properly developed, they have the potential to intensify the core and at the same time reduce development pressures on the rest of Sandy Hill. Giulio was one of a three person ASH team who secured vital Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation funding to develop options in conjunction with other stakeholders for the Nicholas Mann lands. ASH is using an innovative and design charette approach in this proactive participatory planning process. This is an ongoing process that will continue to require Giulio’s efforts and those of other members of ASH and the broader Sandy Hill community.