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Robyn Brown

Senior Land Use Planner & Land Economist, IBI Group Inc.

Sector: Private Sector
Discipline: Planning/Urban Design
Year: 2015

Robyn Brown

Senior Land Use Planner & Land Economist, IBI Group Inc.

Magic Moment: I started my career in commercial brokerage, I had a lot of fun, and learned a lot about the market, but ultimately it was not for me. The recession allowed me to re-think my career, and I applied to Ryerson University for their Masters in Planning program. Going back to school was reinvigorating for me, gave me a new skill set, and changed my career path for the better.

Key Influence: Audrey Jacob (IBI Group, WLI Champion 2014) – The devil is in the details. Audrey has taught me how to carefully look at assumptions and data in a way I had never previously considered.

Next Big Challenge As An Industry: How are we going to fund future (soft and hard) infrastructure investment? Redevelopment, rapid growth, climate change and aging infrastructure are going to be challenges for the GTA. Our current means of collecting revenue and funding these investments is not sufficient. Additionally, the future of employment lands – we need to protect and plan these areas to adapt to future needs.

On Championing Others… As a member of the WLI Steering Committee, I work with a wonderful group of people to promote women and host events which bring the issue of gender inequality to forefront. I mentor, both at my company, and for ULI, to help be a resource for the future generations of leaders.

One word that captures you: Feisty!