What does Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Mean to You?


March 4, 2024

Our team appreciates all those who brought unique perspectives, lively conversations, and a strong sense of connection to our discussion on “What does Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion mean to you?” – Gail Shillingford, Principal of Landscape and Planning at B+H.

On February 29th, to celebrate Black History Month, B+H hosted the inaugural social event for the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA). Members from OALA and the B+H studio came together to exchange perspectives and discuss Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion within the field of landscape architecture.

The event highlighted discussions led by Gail Shillingford, the Principal of Landscape and Planning at B+H. She shared insights into her unique career spanning Master Planning, Urban and Landscape Design. Gail emphasized the values of perseverance, strength, and collaborative community efforts, showcasing her ongoing journey as a designer and mentor to reach new milestones.


Participants were invited to collaborate on the JEDI+B Wall, contributing their individual viewpoints on issues related to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion + Belonging. Attendees shared that this collaboration could design public spaces that promote social interaction, inclusivity, cultural diversity, and health. Alternatively, it might symbolize the empowerment to gain visibility and a voice within the professional realm.

B+H is honoured to host OALA’s event, taking great pride in offering a platform to nurture an inclusive environment and participate in vital discussions on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. We are firm believers that through open dialogue and collaboration, we can actively contribute to advancing these critical issues within the landscape architecture community.

This event underscores our dedication to establishing spaces where diverse voices are not just acknowledged but celebrated, fostering an environment where ideas thrive to mold a more inclusive and equitable future for our profession.