Director of Planning, City of Kitchener
Sector: Public Sector
Discipline: Planning/Urban Design
Magic Moment: There are too many magic moments in my career to mention them all. But the most important ones have been the seemingly impossible tasks that were only achieved because of hard work, perseverance and outstanding teamwork. It is important to celebrate every victory, no matter how big or how small.
Key Influence: My parents. Their key lessons: Become a lifelong learner, explore every opportunity available and use your creativity whenever you can.
Next Big Challenge As An Industry: Finding solutions to providing more affordable housing and enhanced active transportation networks are going to be challenges for our communities. We need to explore strategic partnerships and leverage opportunities to solve increasingly complex challenges facing our urban environments.
Secret Talent: I can quickly read a room and respond in an inclusive way.
On Championing Others… I believe in helping others identify their goals and then creating strategies to ensure they reach their full potential through educational opportunities, professional development and work experience. In a team environment, success always belongs to the whole team. I believe in crediting others for their contributions and recognizing their accomplishments.
One word that captures you: Fearless.