President, Ward Land Economics Inc.
Discipline: Planning/Urban Design
Magic Moment: I’ve had several “magic moments” in my career which are a source of inspiration and the reason why I continue to enjoy working in our industry. Thinking back, it’s not about a particular project or an event, the “magic moments” are about the people, the teams, and the experiences. I’m fortunate to associate with so many intelligent and creative people in our industry and fortunate to work on interesting and challenging projects which have shaped my journey and my career. I have no doubt that our emerging young leaders will also be inspired by the interesting people and meaningful projects provided by our industry.
Key Influence: I’ve had several mentors over the years. The three key lessons demonstrated by my mentors are: know your work, provide a balanced approach, and enjoy what you do.
Next Big Challenge As An Industry: Over the past 30 years, I have seen a lot of change and evolution in the retail industry which continues to shape our communities. It will be interesting to see how our shopping areas and community structures might evolve with internet shopping and autonomous cars. The challenge is to forecast and plan for change, and to balance land supply and demand in order to provide a successful and vibrant city-region.
On Championing Others… I’ve had the great pleasure of mentoring young professionals and providing them with opportunities to achieve their career goals. I’ve mentored and sponsored dozens of candidates for membership into our industry associations and have hired and guided over 50 urban planning students. I love to see their accomplishments.
Secret Talent: I’m a Royal Conservatory of Music pianist.
One word that captures you: Diligent