CG Tower

An iconic landmark designed to change a city.

The ask: to create a unique and defining landmark project with the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) that supports the City’s vision of the VMC as a transit-oriented, walkable, and vibrant downtown core.

Team Members




The Challenge

The project required a multidisciplinary approach to respond to the City’s vision which encouraged the development of the VMC as a vibrant, modern, urban centre for residents and businesses.

In addition to creating a unique and iconic urban tower within the VMC, the project also had to respond to the natural heritage features located proximate to the site, specifically to Edgeley Pond and Park – the largest City-owned park within the VMC. The Pond and Park provides water quality and flood control, and optimizes ecological function within the VMC. The project required careful consideration so as to limit adverse impacts on the space and to create a defining tower that would transition to and complement the park space.

Our Solution

Bousfields provided strategic planning and urban design advice into the site planning, organization and configuration of the broader Expo City master-planned community.

We attended the City’s Urban Design Review Panel in support of the CG Tower, and presented at the Committee of Adjustment which led to a number of positive design outcomes. In addition, the team worked with City staff to provide for a stratified park to the north of the CG Tower, with a below-ground commercial parking structure, that further provides amenity to residents and businesses in the area.

The Outcome

CG Tower, which is the 5th and final tower of the Expo City master-planned community, will overlook the VMCs’s largest City-owned park, and be a defining feature in the City of Vaughan.

We fulfilled our client’s brief by supporting them through a process that ultimately led to the approval of the landmark project. The design includes a well-articulated 60-storey residential tower proximate to the Vaughan Metropolitan subway station. The design of the building includes stepped silhouettes to reduce the mass of the building, while adding a unique profile to the city skyline. The tower element is also well set back from Highway 7, and is oriented to improve views to the Edgeley Pond and Park and to the new stratified park.

CG Tower

Cortel Group

Address: 2900 Highway 7, Vaughan

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Mike Bissett



Mike is a partner with the firm with experience in a broad range of planning matters including the preparation and management comprehensive development applications for public and private clients throughout Ontario.  Mike has significant experience and a strong reputation as an expert witness before the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT), the Toronto Land Appeal Board (TLAB).  

Mike has a wide range of experience throughout the Toronto and the GTA representing clients through presentations to various Committees and Councils.  Mike’s work includes a range of development forms, including mixed-use, residential, commercial and institutional, in both high-density intensification in urban areas and lower-density greenfield areas.   Mike is known to be a collaborative planner who is respected in the industry, with strong relationships with municipal staff throughout the City of Toronto and GTA . 

Mike graduated from Toronto Metropolitan University with a Bachelor of Appied Arts in Urban and Regional Planning in 1998, interning with Sherman Brown Dryer and Carol LLP.  Since graduating, Mike started his career in the public sector as a planner for the County of Delaware in Ohio, before getting his Masters degree in Geoinformatics from ITC in the Netherlands.  Following his Masters degree, Mike  worked as a land use planner for the Toronto-based law firms of Cassels Brock and Blackwell LLP and Wood Bull LLP,  becoming a consulting land use planner with Bousfields in 2010. is a full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP), a Registered Professional Planner in Ontario (RPP), and a member of the Lambda Alpha International Land Economics Society.

Katie Hickey



Katie is involved in a wide range of planning projects across Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. She is actively involved in the management of various types of development applications and is responsible for the preparation of planning rationale reports and other supporting materials related to development applications. She works collaboratively with municipal staff and multi-disciplinary consultant teams to deliver positive solutions to complex land use issues. In her role, she also has deputed before the Committee of Adjustment, has presented at community meetings, and has prepared and provided evidence at the Ontario Land Tribunal.

Katie became an Associate with the firm in 2021 an holds a Master of Urban Planning degree from Toronto Metropolitan University, having previously earned an Honours Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Guelph. In the third year of her Bachelor’s degree program, Katie participated in an international exchange to Copenhagen, Denmark, where she continued to study Landscape Architecture at the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen. 

Katie is a full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and is a Registered Professional Planner in the Province of Ontario, and a Candidate Member of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA), working towards full membership.