Smart Growth Canada Network E-Courses 

 Project Type 

NGO, Sustainable Cities Capacity Building, Canadian Success Stories  


Former Founding Executive Director/

Chief Editor 

Workshops With Experts on  Affordable  Housing 

 Project Type 

Royal Architectural Institute of Canada , MetroVan's

Built City Speaker Series 


Thought Leader


Former Founding Executive Director + Chief Editor,

Smart Growth Canada Network  

Nine visually enhanced  e-courses on smart growth principles,  developed with the top two smart growth researchers in Canada, Dr. Don Alexander + Dr. Ray Tomalty, plus others.

-Funded by NRCAN + REFBC

-Based on Canadian communities'  success stories of implemented smart growth principles 

-Case studies 

-Reflective questions

-Crossword puzzles 


Thought Leader

Royal Architectural Institute of Canada,


Built City Speaker Series

Keynote Speaker: Gordon Price, Urbanist, SFU Centre for Dialogue

"A Deeper Dive Into Affordable Housing-A Workshop With Experts"


Experts included:

-Graham McGarva, FRAIC, Founder, VIA Architecture

-Darren Kitchen, Cooperative Housing Federation of BC

-Robert Brown, Catalyst Community Developments Society

-Colleen Hardwick, PlaceSpeak, GEO Located Online Community Consultation 

-Danny Oleksiuk + Rachel Selinger, Abundant Housing Advocacy 

Central Lonsdale Planning Study

City of North Vancouver 

Project Type

Master Planning + Density Bonusing for Rental Housing Policy + Feasibility Study


Urban Design + Planning  Project Lead  

City of North Vancouver 


Urban Design + Planning Project Lead

Central Lonsdale Planning Study was an urban design/master planning feasibility study, working with in-house expertise on proformas, land value for density bonusing for cost-free non-market + market rental housing construction, demographic + housing stats. Developed massing, floor plate and urban design scenarios on where to locate the density within the study boundaries of  23rd Street down to 8th Street  +St. Georges Ave to Chesterfield Ave. 8 month process.

Results included:

-Capacity building for 12 member Council Appointed Steering Committee on planning tools + concepts on zoning wrt Official Community Plan, social diversity, the need for housing verity + affordability, what density bonusing is, snap shot of current housing stock + future projections, principles of pedestrian oriented streetscape design + retail success, parking reductions, TOD etc..

-Steering Committee returned a near unanimous recommendation to Council on density + building form.

-Public realm + open space planning for amenity  hubs along Lonsdale Avenue as Ceremonial Gateways, Destination Greenways/Playspace, Seniors Gathering + Outdoor Brown Bag, Transportation/Multi-modal + Info, Office + Outdoor Brown Bag 

-Side Street + Laneway amenity + character programming for residential streets, greenways, bikeways and transportation  

+ Post-Covid Recovery  +  Economic Equity  Climate Friendly Cities   Walkability + Vibrancy + Social Media vs Place Based Social Connectedness + Affordable Housing +  Equity Public Spaces + Social Resiliency + Micromobility + Curbside Management + Autonomous Vehicles + Data Collection + Privacy Smart Tech + Democracy + Public Capacity Building + Process + Happiness

Integrated Livability