Bio and CV
Scott is an award wining planner that is committed to working along-side First Nations and Indigenous organizations in addressing health inequities and issues of poverty, with the goal of advancing community-driven and Nation-based priorities. He brings extensive experience in community-based participatory action research, program evaluation, strategic planning, policy development, community development, as well as knowledge translation and exchange. He is especially interested in co-designing and co-developing social and health systems that are supportive of the resurgence of Nation-driven pathways to wellness and self-determination. He is currently partnering with several Indigenous organizations and Nations in the work of re-thinking and re-planning how to align community-based programs and services with Indigenous ways of knowing and being. He is honoured to have worked closely with several Gitxsan and Wet'suwet'en organizations over the past 15 years and is especially grateful for being included to support the ongoing resurgence and application of Gitxsan and Wet'suwet'en laws and practices in the areas of governance and human services.
As an inclusive facilitator of organizational development processes, Scott has co-led hundreds of organization and community change projects in the past fifteen years. In this work, he has partnered with many organizations, including: Office of the Wet'suwet'en, Canadian Commission for UNESCO, Canadian Mental Health Association, City of Vancouver, City of Surrey, City of Richmond, City of North Vancouver, College of Health Disciplines at UBC, Columbia Basin Trust, Doctors of BC, First Nations Health Authority, First Nations Health Council, Fraser Basin Council, Ministry of Advanced Education, Ministry of Health, Public Health Services Authority, Public Health Agency of Canada, Public Health Services Authority, Vancouver Foundation, United Way of the Lower Mainland, United Nations Development Programme, Vancouver Coastal Health and many others.
Scott holds a Bachelor of Education (with distinction) and a Masters degree in Theory and Policy Studies from the University of Toronto. He has written extensively on the social determinants of health, including a focus on poverty, food security, mental health and problem substance use, as well as community capacity development for collective action. Scott is regularly invited to collaborate in presenting at conferences locally and internationally, with a view to advancing community-led knowledge efforts that shape planning and policy directions. In addition to his appointment at UBC, Scott serves as the Director of Operations and Planning, Primary Care & Virtual Health and Wellness Services, at the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA). He previously served as the Associate Executive Director at the Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia for ten years prior to joining FNHA.
Scott is a third generation Scottish-Swedish immigrant whose family initially settled on the territory of the Denesuline in northern Saskatchewan. He currently lives with his family on the stolen, unceded ancestral lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Watuth Nations. He is hopeful for a large scale land back movement that will result in Indigenous Nations re-claiming their territories with complete support of all canadians. He is especially grateful to Musqueam for hosting the ICP program on their homelands and serving a leadership role in supporting and celebrating Indigenous community planning and its power to create just and healthy community development. He is engaged in ongoing personal learning and practical actions that work to de-colonize his mind, heart, and related planning practices.