Planner-in-Residence 2018-2019

Each year, the School of Planning hosts a Planner-in-Residence, an expert who teaches and conducts seminars. The program gives students and professors the opportunity to interact with professionals who are leaders in their field. The Planner-in-Residence program is funded by the University of Waterloo Planning Alumni of Toronto.

The School of Planning is proud to announce the 2018-19 Planner-in-Residence, Dana Anderson, FCIP, RPP.

Dana Anderson is a professional planner with 30 years of experience in the field of urban planning in both the private and public sector.

Dana has worked for all levels of government, both directly and through her pPhoto of Dana Andersonast and current consulting practice. She has developed, managed and authored new Official Plans, Secondary Plans and Zoning By-laws for municipalities across Ontario and has carried out policy studies and prepared plans on a wide range of issues including housing, commercial policy, employment land conversion and neighbourhood character. As the former Chief Planner for Oakville, Ontario, she managed the completion and implementation of the Livable Oakville Plan and the InZone project.

Dana provides strategic advice and manages complex planning projects across Ontario for landowners, the development industry and national corporations. Her practice includes residential intensification projects, commercial plaza redevelopments and new community and neighbourhood plans. She has provided expert planning evidence before the Ontario Municipal Board (now Local Planning Appeal Tribunal) on all aspects of land use planning and development.

Dana has been an active member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) and the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) throughout her career serving on OPPI Council and several committees. She was also Co-Chair of CIP’s National Membership Standards Committee and chaired CIP’s Task Forces on Ethics and Planning School Accreditation.

Dana has co-taught a graduate course in Project Planning at the University of Waterloo and continues to contribute as a speaker, panel member and guest lecturer on a wide range of planning issues and on ethics for practicing professionals.

Dana is a Partner with MHBC Planning, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture in the Burlington office. She is a fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners, a Registered Professional Planner, member of Lambda Alpha, and a champion of the Urban Land Institute’s Women’s Leadership Initiative.

Previous Planners-in-Residence

  • Lee Ann Doyle, former Executive Director & Chief Building Official, City of Windsor
  • Bill Green, GSP Group
  • Paul E. Johnston, Johnston Litavski Ltd.
  • Dan Leeming - The Planning Partnership
  • Aristotle Christou - The Christou Group
  • Lori Martin - Senior Cultural Affairs Officer, City of Toronto
  • Glenn R. Miller - Vice President, Canadian Urban Institute
  • Paul Puopolo - Associate, IBI Group
  • Ian MacNaughton - President MHBC Planning
  • Paula Dill - Commissioner of Urban Development Services - City of Toronto
  • Bob Lehman - President of Meridian Planning Consultants
  • Brian Tuckey - Commissioner of Planning and Development Services - Region of York
  • Daniel Burns - Public Policy Consultant - Government of Ontario
  • Ray Simpson - Senior Consultant - Hemson Consulting Ltd.
  • Antony G. Marcil - Senior Policy Advisor
  • Marilou McPhedran - Director, International Women's Rights Project
  • Cameron Kitchen - Senior Consultant
  • John Farrow - Consultant
  • Helen Cooper - Municipal Consultant
  • Ron Farrow - Former Special Advisor for Policy Development
  • Henry Stewart - Planning Consultant
  • Gardner Church - Consultant
  • John Sweeney - Former Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing