David Palubeski, elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners in 2006, graduated from the University of Waterloo in Urban and Regional Planning in 1973. David’s career began in government, firstly with Parks Canada’s western region parks’ townsite planning office in Calgary, as a planner with Manitoba Municipal Affairs, district planner with the City of Winnipeg and in 1979 moved into private sector consulting—where he was engaged in a diverse practice serving the private sector, government, utilities and non-profit agencies.
David was President of Lombard North Group (1984) Ltd, Planners, Landscape Architects and Project Managers, based in Winnipeg, with affiliated offices in Calgary and Victoria. David concurrently served as the Managing Partner of Terrascape Developments Inc. a land holding and development syndicate applying sustainable development principles to its new neighbourhood/ community mixed use residential and commercial developments. One project, Waterford Green, a new neighbourhood in Winnipeg, has received recognition by the Seven Oaks Wellness Centre Foundation as a healthy community focused on creating interconnected, walkable neighbourhoods.
David's breadth of professional practice spanned over 40 years and included co-ordination of urban design initiatives; regional and urban development strategies; financial and socio-economic impact assessments for major development projects; feasibility assessment and project management of industrial, large format commercial and mixed use residential developments; numerous community and neighbourhood plans; and coordination of public consultation initiatives.
David was a Past President of both the Manitoba Professional Planners Institute (1997-98) and the Canadian Institute of Planners (2001-03). Over 2003-11, David coordinated the CIP- China Planning Advisory Services. David served as Chair of the City of Winnipeg Downtown Design Review Advisory Board; as a member of the Montreal Design Awards Review Committee and as a member of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on the Environment and the Economy.
In addition to professional activities, David has served community organizations as a member of the Winnipeg Grace Hospital Board of Management; Chair of the Grace Hospital Building and Property Committee and the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, serving on a number of committees including Advisory Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Advisory Committee on Finance, Civic and Provincial Affairs.
Dave brought an enlightened passion to the profession and CIP in particular. His ability to see opportunities in the face of challenges was a key ingredient to his successful leadership of MPPI and CIP. Dave was a pragmatist and someone who could bring focus to a discussion by listening carefully, distilling the issues and synthesizing ideas. His love for life was infectious and his commitment to his profession and friends was unmatched. His legacy is real in the form of CIP’s work in China, in CIP’s much strengthened relationship with Quebec and his participation with a small group of Fellows who made sure that CIP would come out of 2015 as a more resilient and vibrant national planning organization.