School of Planning alumni profiles

John JungLeader and expert on development

Find out how John Jung's vision, dedication and tireless efforts have benefited the prosperity in the Waterloo Region.

Aaron StauchSelfless drive for the benefit of others

2013 Waterloo Region's Top 40 Under 40, Aaron Stauch spends his time helping in the community, managing a not-for-profit agency.

Brent ToderianAlways on the move

Brent Toderian is a recognized leader and expert in urbanism and city-making. He consults for developers in multiple engagements across the globe.

Joey Puopolo headshotThe paper pioneer

Learn how this Planning alumnus is revolutionizing how we print with one of the countries hottest environmental start-ups.

Devin Causely surrounded by ice wearing sunglassesHelping cities adapt to climate change

Devin Causely (BES '98, MES '06) works for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities developing practical ways cities can apply sustainability practices while improving their bottom line at the same time.

DudeTransportation and traffic expert

After completing his Masters in Regional Planning and Resource Development at University of Waterloo in 1993, Dr. Ali Rafsanjani earned his PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wales in 1996.

Mike Labbe standing in front of a brick wall, looking to the rightMaking home ownership an option

As president and CEO of the non-profit organization Options for Homes, Urban & Regional Planning grad Mike Labbé has helped over 3700 families achieve home ownership.

Ali Memon sitting in crowded library with book openShaping the planning field in New Zealand

A respected scholar with an international reputation, Dr. Ali Memon received his Masters in Planning in 1970. Since then, he has authored or edited 11 books, 22 book chapters and 75 refereed journals.

Smiling headshot of Todd Pokrywa in a dark suit and red tieOverseeing Florida's largest "green certified" community

With 18 years of experience in Florida land use development, Todd J. Pokrywa serves as a Corporate Officer and Vice President of Planning of Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, Inc.

Joseph dal molin headshotBringing I.T. into healthcare

Joseph Dal Molin, president of E-Cology, and a 1976 Geography graduate is an established global leader in the implementation of EHR worldwide.

MacKenzie KeastFind the best way of doing things, always

Co-author of “Make This City: The State of Urban Manufacturing,” Mackenzie Keast looks at how to rebuild and foster local manufacturers.

John lounds headshotBeneath every city, a once great landscape

John Lounds has made it his career fighting to preserve Canada’s biodiversity and protect some of the country’s most threatened landscapes without sacrificing the potential greatness of the city.

Scott Lowrey headshotTaking environmental awareness into the classroom

Scott Lowrey has taken both the academic and personal lessons he learned while at the School of Planning into his own work as an elementary school principal for the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board.

Srdjan Pejcic headshotA slam dunk in environmental design

Srdjan Pejcic has pursued one of his professional aspirations that he nurtured while at the University of Waterloo. He’s now a professional basketball player in Italy.

Ian MacNaughtonPlanning's first grad truly a pioneer

One of three students who graduated in the first-ever Planning class, was Ian MacNaughton, an entrepreneur who went on to found one of the more influential planning consultancies in the province.

Mary Reimer headshotFrom bus to train to tube

Mary Riemer followed her passion for city planning through her entire career at the University of Waterloo, to her current position as planner with Translink in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Tim CaneHome town transportation hero

Tim Cane is a dedicated planner, change agent, and public servant, who doesn’t accept the status quo.

Johnny Carline Pioneer in sustainability

Johnny Carline's successful leadership, project management, and multidisciplinary approach helped transform the Vancouver Region into a model for global sustainability.

Wanjiku ChiuriInternational gender expert

Wanjiku Chiuri has built her impressive academic and consulting career on the pillars of education, gender and the environment. 

Derek ColemanA passion for ecological planning

Dr. Derek Coleman is a forerunner in environmental policy in Ontario Planning.

Anne-Marie MaraisDedicated to volunteerism

 As the Faculty of Environment’s first official class champion, Anne-Marie Marais has made being an active and engaged alumnus a rewarding part of her life in addition to her work in digital media. 

Aaron Aubin Giving back to the Indigenous community

Aaron Aubin founded Aubin Consulting Inc. (ACI), with the goal of pursuing projects that empower meaningful dialogues between Indigenous communities, governmentS and corporations. 

Mikele BrackSensational entrepreneur

Mikele Brack is CEO of Urban Living Futures, a company devoted to connecting smart city innovators with opportunities to pilot their technologies in the built environment.

Thomas MuellerLEEDer in green building

As president and CEO of of the Canada Green Building Council (CaCBC), Thomas Mueller leads the Council’s national green building strategy, programs and standards. 

Neil SmileyProud planner

Neil Smiley, a successful lawyer specializing in complex real estate transactions, planning and development, is also a loyal champion of the School of Planning.

Lee Anne Doyle"Public service is a privilege”

Lee Anne Doyle has held leadership positions in planning, building, by-law enforcement and municipal administration, working on many highly visible community policy initiatives with positive impacts on communities. 

Sheryl KennedyOne of Canada’s most powerful women

A trailblazer in the finacial sector, Sheryl Kennedy also gives back to Waterloo as a member of the University of Waterloo’s Board of Governors.

Brad BradfordBuilding sustainable and inclusive communities

 Brad Bradford is about building community – and politics provides him with a platform to affect real change.

Tim MurphyDedicated mentor 

Tim Murphy has worked closely with the ENBUS capstone project instructors to develop practical student projects aimed at integrating sustainability into business – something he is highly familiar with as Vice President, Environmental Performance at Walker Industries. 

Catherine PanDedicated to planning and environmental education 

Catherine Pan is a Development Manager with the Sorbara Group of Companies, where she integrates principles of sustainability into designs, and is co-founded the Bethune Environmental Action Team (BEAT), educating high school students on sustainability.

Kevin O'ReillyResponsible resource management

With more than two decades of environmental and social justice advocacy, Kevin O'Reilly is a national expert on abandoned mines, the perpetual care of contaminated sites, and independent environmental monitoring and oversight boards.  

Frank CairoMore than just a businessman

Frank Cairo of Caivan Communities is a prominent real estate developer in Ontario, building thoughtfully planned communities that stand out.

Scott ThompsonSelfless public servant

Scott Thompson has steadily rose through the ranks of government to his current lofty position as Deputy Minister of Finance for the Province of Ontario.

Bryan Tuckey30+ years serving the public 

Brian Tuckey is known amongst his peers for his unique ability to look after the public interest and serve the community while carrying out his responsibilities with a sense of purpose, dignity and respect for others.

 Sam NabiCommitted environmentalist

Sam Nabi has started and supported many local initiatives to advocate for social justice and inclusive communities such as the first Older Adults Housing Directory.

 Chris Rickett sittingBringing mom and pop shops into the digital age

Chris Rickett is a proud public servant and civic innovator with interests in urban planning, economic development, technology, municipal infrastructure, and political economy. He is the co-founder of and advisor to Digital Main Street, a not-for-profit focused on assisting main street businesses with technology adoption.