Ann Joyner is widely known for her contribution to professional planning through her focused commitment to the recognition of the practice through community service and leadership. A life-long advocate for sustainable development, integrated land use, environmental and infrastructure planning, the cohesive approach that Ann advocated for and launched in Ontario has been adopted across Canada. Ann’s practice has been sustained over two decades on projects such as GRIDS and the Airport Employment Growth District (City of Hamilton); integrated sustainability plans across Canada; Toronto Regent Park re-development, and the Toronto Port Lands Master Plan.
Throughout her career, Ann has been at the heart of the profession working as an advocate for planning as a profession, for the protection of the scope of practice for planners in Ontario, and the pinnacle of her work, self-regulation of the profession in Ontario. Ann chaired two committees of professional planners that were central to advancing the profession: the Professional Practice Advisory Group and the Self-Regulation Strategy Group.
A key leader at Dillon Consulting Limited, Ann’s role as the Planning and Design Technical Leader for Canada ensures Dillon staff continues to drive excellence in all areas of the business. Ann supports the President’s Crew (a practice in Dillon to recruit highly talented new professionals to the firm), provides mentorship in all disciplines across the country and champions the corporate sustainability program. Through the corporate sustainability program, over 1% of the company’s pre-tax profit plus staff time is used for projects in communities where Dillon works. Dillon was recognized for this work in 2014 by the Consulting Engineers of Canada with an Award for Excellence and an Outreach Award, Special Achievement.
For over two decades, Ann has advocated the importance of collaboration between academic and applied planning practices. Bringing her consulting expertise to the classroom, she has taught a range of planning courses at York University, Faculty of Environmental Studies.
Throughout her career, Ann has been an advocate for woman. She is currently a Women’s Leadership Institute Champion for the Urban Land Institute and in 2009 was integral in creating a foundational program at Dillon designed to attract and retain women. Through the Women in Dillon initiative, Dillon has shown significant, progressive change in supporting and providing opportunities for women to achieve leadership roles while developing progressive policies for flexibility and a balanced work/home life for all employees.