Canadian Institue Of Planners

Shaping our Communities
Sustaining Canada's Future.

Christina Laura Sgro MCIP, RPP

 
A planner and lawyer with a passion for community building, law, health promotion, and technology, Christina founded her own consulting firm with a multi-disciplinary focus that encompasses precisely those interests. Managing a number of large-scale projects for corporations and government agencies across the country, her company oversees an eclectic and wide-ranging portfolio, with a solid foundation in land use planning, development, and law, and, in recent years, new software applications and cutting-edge technologies. Having worked previously in the public sector, Christina also led a number of initiatives around active and sustainable transportation, complete streets and healthy design, planning for public facilities, and the design and development of metropolitan/urban centres.
 
Christina enthusiastically supports aspiring planners. A frequent speaker at her alma mater, Christina decided to give back by committing to the creation of a scholarship for undergraduate students with a special interest in geography and/or urban studies. The scholarship has since supported many students in their scholastic endeavours, particularly those in need of financial aid. Christina has also become a fixture at other universities and colleges across Ontario, sharing her experiences with students and participating in panel discussions about present-day planning issues and the young planner's role in addressing mounting challenges that could impact the future of Canadian communities. Having recently advocated for a fresh approach to planning education, Christina’s proposal to establish a new post-secondary planning program that would meld theory and practice, via an intensive curriculum and a bold focus on practical application, recently became a reality. In addition to her entrepreneurial ventures, writing projects, and teaching commitments, Christina oversees all aspects of the program, having forged partnerships with government agencies at the Local and Federal levels, public and non-profit organizations, and businesses, to create an extensive selection of professional learning opportunities for planning practitioners.
 
Christina is an active member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, the Ontario Professional Planners Institute, and the Commonwealth Association of Planners. She also maintains an avid interest in community initiatives, having served as Chair of a local community task force tackling concerns around land use, and as a current member of a number of organizations, including CivicAction's Emerging Leaders Network and the Urban Land Institute.