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Mark Seasons PhD, FCIP, RPP

Mark Seasons PhD, FCIP, RPP


Position:Poste:

Director

Bio

What are your hopes for the future of the planning profession? 
  • That we address critical challenges of the day (and future): climate change, economic restructuring, planning for/with Indigenous Peoples.
  • That we use planning process knowledge and expertise as a means to an end, not an end in itself.
  • That planning remains an inclusive, welcoming, progressive and solution-oriented profession.
  • That planners balance the Three E’s: efficiency, effectiveness, and equity.
 
What are a few of your favourite places? 
  • The Lower St. Lawrence (south shore)
  • Ottawa-Gatineau/Ottawa River/Gatineau Hills
  • Calgary
  • Montreal
 
Which person has most inspired your work in planning? 
  • Henry Mintzberg (management theorist) with his life-long interest in organizational behaviour and strategy and strategic planning/management.
  • Len Gertler: a national pioneer in post-war urban and regional planning; an educator of hundreds of Canadian and foreign planning students.
 
Anything else we should know about you?
  • I have had two separate yet complementary, satisfying careers.
  • I have worked as a planner for 40+ years with really varied experiences.
  • The first 20 years[of my planning career was in the public sector (local/provincial/federal governments).
  • The past 20 years I have worked as a professor in Canada’s largest School of Planning; Waterloo.
  • I have been on CIP’s Council/Board at various times in various incarnations since 1999; 10 years of CIP Council/Board experience.
  • I managed/delivered the CIP/OPPI membership course for 20+ years; over 1000 planners completed these courses.