Partner, Urban Strategies Inc
Sector: Private Sector
Discipline: Planning/Urban Design
Magic Moment: After five years of working on city building strategies for the Central Transit Corridor in Saint Paul, Minnesota, being able to ride the “yellow line” once it had opened and seeing the results of our work in real time.
Key Influence: Sybil Frenette, Director, Kitchener Housing- Lessons – She taught me to think creatively and solve many problems at once; effectively and tenaciously advocating your ideas.
Next Big Challenge As An Industry: Thinking and acting as the third largest city region in North America. For example, we need to overcome our backlog in investment in transit and mobility at the regional scale. This will require collaboration, cooperation and strong leadership within communities and between levels of government and agencies. The industry can play an important role by setting the expectation that this will happen.
Secret Talent: To be secretive………..
On Championing Others… I have had the pleasure to mentor, support and watch the growth of many young professional planners. I try hard to listen and provide honest advice, thinking about the longer term trajectory of their careers.
One word that captures you: Sincere