Vice President Development and Planning, Metropia
Sector: Private Sector
Discipline: Planning/Urban Design
Magic Moment: I have been lucky enough to have several moments, but the one that stands out from my early career would be when I qualified to provide evidence at the OMB. As a professional planner this validates your experience and achievements to date as a professional, and allows you to provide an opinion. To top it off, the project was approved based on the evidence.
Key Influence: Diana Santo – I has the pleasure to work with Diana for 8 years. She was very influential in my understanding of planning regulations, mediation and negotiations and much more.
Next Big Challenge As An Industry: The evolving regulation and review process. We need a process that is effective and efficient, that allows for appropriate consultation and design innovation. We should take advantage of technology, ensure that timelines that are set are met by all parties and create methodologies.
Secret Talent: I am able to do a back-flip!
On Championing Others… Many schools emphasize theory over practical skills, and I feel this does not prepare them well enough for the industry. I regularly meet with young individuals to assist them in preparation, and offer advice about the field such as the potential paths that they can explore.
One word that captures you: Organized