Current Work: Deputy Director, Community Development Department, City of North Vancouver
I’m a 2000 graduate of the UBC SCARP Master’s program and have worked my way up through my career to my current position as the City of North Vancouver’s Deputy Director of the Community Development Department.
In my role with North Vancouver City, I manage the long-range, community and development planning functions for the City, and assist as Deputy in overseeing the lands and business services, bylaw services, and permits and inspections divisions for the City as well.
SCARP (1998 – 2000) was my jumping off point as a planning professional. The time I spent in my Master’s studies was pivotal to my ability to focus on the big picture. Enthusiasm for the planning profession that I gained in those years carries me through to the present day.
My project work has been recognized by diverse organizations such as the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the BC Community Energy Association, the Union of BC Municipalities and the Planning Institute of BC. I’ve written widely on urban design and planning, including the PlanGirl Travels column in Planning West magazine, and I am currently writing a book on the history of urban design ideas in Europe. In addition to my SCARP degree, I hold an SFU Urban Design Certificate and I’m working on a Local Government Administration Certificate from Capilano University. I’ve instructed at Royal Roads University and have enjoyed additional opportunities as a guest lecturer and presenter. I’m entering a maternity leave for my third child, and I consider public sector planning careers to be a good prospect for people wishing to achieve work-life balance.