Gerry Couture, FCIP is President of Urban Edge Consulting, a company he established in 2006. He brings to his clients over 25 years of experience in long-range development planning, visioning, public consultation, public sector management, governance practices, performance management, and service-based reporting.
Prior to establishing Urban Edge, Mr. Couture held the position of Senior Consultant in Strategic Management at the City of Winnipeg where he provided professional planning and policy advice to the Chief Administrative Officer. Over his 19 years at the City of Winnipeg, he worked in various capacities from urban design to long range development planning to strategic planning to corporate planning. Among other projects, Mr. Couture was responsible for developing the City’s long range policy plan, Plan Winnipeg: 2020 Vision, and the City’s award winning downtown plan, CentrePlan. He was educated at the University of Manitoba, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies (1981) and a Master’s degree in City Planning (1986).
Apart from his practice, Gerry is an adjunct professor in the City Planning Department at the University of Manitoba and has taught as well in the Environmental Studies Department at the University of Winnipeg. He also provides mentorship in the Urban and Regional Planning Department at Ryerson University in Toronto. Over the years he has been involved extensively in the planning profession including two terms as president of MPPI and a term as president of CIP. Combined, this accounts for more than twenty years of service.