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Our Project Team

Mr. Michel Frojmovic

Michel Frojmovic, MCIP RPP
Project Manager (Consultant),
Canadian Institute of Planners and Director, Acacia Consulting & Research
430 Parkdale Avenue Ottawa ON K1Y 1H1 Canada
Tel: 613.728.0335 (Canada)
Tel: 868.345.1092 (Trinidad)
Fax: 613.728.2467
Email: michel@acaciaconsulting.ca
Skype: michel.frojmovic
www.acaciaconsulting.ca

Project Manager

Mr. Michel Frojmovic, MCIP, RPP

Mr. Frojmovic has practiced in Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Asia since 1993 as an Urban Policy and Local Governance Specialist. Michel has directed, managed or participated in well over a hundred projects, with particular expertise in the areas of strategic planning, monitoring & evaluation and policy analysis. He has worked on a continuous basis in the Caribbean since 1998 in the areas of municipal governance and community planning.

Michel is the Director of Acacia Consulting & Research (acaciaconsulting.ca), established in 1999 to help urban, municipal and community-based organizations make better use of data, information and knowledge in order to inform policy and effect change.

He holds a Master of Urban Planning and Bachelor of Arts (Honours Political Science) from McGill University, and is a full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners.

José L. Canjura

Josť L. Canjura
Project Coordinator
Canada-Guyana Partnership for Community Planning Project 2009-2012
Central Housing & Planning Authority Annex
Lot 237 Camp Street
Georgetown, Guyana
Tel: 592.671.7901
Email: jlcanjura@gmail.com

Project Coordinator

Mr. Josť L. Canjura, B.A., M.Plan., MCIP

Josť Canjura joined the C-GPCP as an intern in April 2010; he became Project Coordinator in July 2011. Josť has worked as a Planner, Researcher and Policy Analyst. His professional experience includes: strategic planning, health promotion, program evaluation and project management. He also has experience in Urban Design, Community Development and Public Consultation.

Josť most recently worked as a Research Consultant with the Social Planning & Research Council of BC; and as a Policy, Planning and Research Analyst with the Canadian Cancer Society in Vancouver, BC.

He possesses fluency in both English and Spanish; and is a Canadian Citizen who was born and raised in El Salvador.

Josť has a Masters in Planning Degree from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia (2005), and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography (Honours) from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC (2002).

Karin

Karin Kronstal
International Program Coordinator
Acacia Consulting & Research
430 Parkdale Avenue
Ottawa ON K1Y 1H1
Canada
Phone: 613.728.0335
Email: karin@acaciaconsulting.ca

International Program Coordinator

Ms. Karin Kronstal

Karin is a program coordinator and research analyst at Acacia Research and Consulting providing support to the Worldlink International Internship Program for Aboriginal youth and young professional planners. Her interest in international capacity-building in planning grew during her experience as a Worldlink intern in Grenada, where she worked on the Greater Sauteurs Local Area Plan. Karin's policy and planning experience encompasses a range of clients from the public and not-for-profit sector, including the Government of the Northwest Territories, Halifax Regional Municipality and Dalhousie University School of Planning. Karin holds a Bachelor of Arts in international development from McGill University and Master of Planning from Dalhousie University.

Anissa Nasr

Anissia Nasr
Administrative Assistant
Canadian Institute of Planners
141 Laurier Ave. West, Suite 1112
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5J3
Phone: 613-237-7526
Email: ANasr@cip-icu.ca

Administrative Assistant, National & International Affairs
Adjointe, Affaires Nationales et Internationales

Ms. Anissia Nasr, B. Soc.

Anissia Nasr has been volunteering for Non-Governmental Organizations since the age of 15. She eventually went on to work in the International Development field providing support to numerous projects funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). In 2007, she travelled to Egypt to assist in the development of the project work plan for a CIDA funded project that supported the improvement of the educational system in rural Egypt. She currently works for the Canadian Institute of Planners, where she is coordinating a number of national and international projects and committees.

The national projects Anissia has been involved with focus on Climate Change Adaptation within the planning context. CIP has received funding from Natural Resource Canada as well as Indian and Northern Affairs Canada to mainstream climate change adaptation in Canada. Other projects Anissia has been involved with include CIDA funded projects in Guyana (Building Capacity) and an International Internship Program (WorldLink) in the Americas.

Anissia graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science with concentration on Political Science.

Katherine
Katherine Bailey
Past Canadian Intern
Canada-Guyana Partnership for Community Planning Project 2009-2012
Central Housing & Planning Authority
Email: katherinejbailey@gmail.com

Canadian Intern, CIP/CIDA
Sept 11 - Mar 12

Ms. Katherine Bailey, B.E.S.

Katherine worked as a Community Development Planner at the Central Housing and Planning Authority. Her responsibilities included the preparation of community development plans as well as implementation. Katherine also assisted with administrative and reporting duties for the Canada-Guyana Partnership for Community Planning 2009-2012.

Katherine's interests relate to community involvement, housing and land use. Her professional experience has included work in development approvals and policy development in both the public and private sectors. Katherine's most recent work involved the creation of a grassroots community plan which reflected the development issues and needs identified by a low income community. During university Katherine was involved in the Canadian Association of Planning Students (CAPS) and served as Director of Publicity for the 2011 CAPS Conference in Waterloo.

Katherine holds a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies in Planning from the University of Waterloo, completed in April 2011. Katherine's academic focus was on land development, housing, and conflict resolution.

Claire
Claire van Koughnett
Past Canadian Intern
Canada-Guyana Partnership for Community Planning Project 2009-2012
Central Housing & Planning Authority
Email: claire.vankoughnett@gmail.com

Canadian Intern, CIP/CIDA
Sept 11 - Mar 12

Ms. Claire van Koughnett, B.A., M.Pl.

Claire was a Community Engagement Planner with the Community Development department at the Central Housing and Planning Authority. Her responsibilities included conducting household surveys and data analysis, and liaising with local government and community organizations. She has a background in public participation and grassroots democracy as well as land use planning and policy. She has worked for NGOs and in the public sector and has experience coordinating volunteer groups.

Claire's recent planning experience includes working for a Canadian municipality preparing village Secondary Plans, and Official Plan and Community Design Plan updates.

Claire holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and International Development Studies (Honours) from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia (2008) and recently completed a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning with a focus on land use planning, real estate, and public participation at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.

Shawna

Shawna Wilson
Past Canadian Intern
Canada-Guyana Partnership for Community Planning Project 2009-2012
Central Housing & Planning Authority
Email: m.shawna.wilson@gmail.com

Canadian Intern, CIP/CIDA
Sept 11 - Mar 12

Ms. Shawna Wilson, B.A., M.Sc.

Shawna was a Community Engagement Planner with CH&PA who worked closely with local communities in various aspects of community development. Her interests lie in participatory approaches to development, environmental management, and policy development.

Shawna has worked in various countries with local communities, including Indonesia, Germany, and Scotland. She has also worked as a research assistant in environmental sustainability for a community based NGO.

Shawna holds a Bachelorís degree in International Development Studies and Community Design (Honours) from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia (2010). She has completed a Masterís in Rural Planning and Environmental Management from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland (2011), with a focus on environmental planning policy development.

Jennifer
Jennifer Bedore
Past Canadian Intern
Canada-Guyana Partnership for Community Planning Project 2009-2012
Central Housing & Planning Authority
Email: jen_bedore@hotmail.com

Canadian Intern, CIP/CIDA
June 11-Dec 11

Ms. Jennifer Bedore, B.A., M.A.Plan.

Jennifer Bedore worked as a Community Engagement Planner at the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) in Georgetown, Guyana. Her primary duties included liaising with community groups undertaking community development projects, the preparation of community development plans and contributing to a community planning toolkit to be used by the CH&PA. She also assisted with the CH&PA/C-GPCP newsletter.

Jenniferís previous professional experience includes establishing best practices for Community Development Plans, Solid Waste Management, Irrigation Management Transfer, Integrated Water Resources Management and community based participatory planning. She also has experience in facilitation, institutional strengthening and gender mainstreaming.

Jennifer has a Master of Arts in Planning Degree from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. (2011) and a Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies (Honours) from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec (2008).

Amy
Amy Peebles
Past Canadian Intern
Canada-Guyana Partnership for Community Planning Project 2009-2012
Central Housing & Planning Authority
Email: urbansynergies@gmail.com

Canadian Intern, CIP/CIDA
Oct 10 - Mar 11

Ms. Amy Peebles, B.U.R.Pl.

Amy is a community planner with a strong passion for citizen engagement through arts and culture. Her professional experience has included work in international and community development, land use planning and strategic planning. She has experience working in the public and private sectors, as well as NGOs.

Amy's most recent work has been building a small consulting practice focusing on arts and culture based community development, with a specialization in youth engagement. In her spare time Amy also volunteered on the Beautiful City Billboard Campaign, which was successful in gaining a billboard fee that would be used to fund art in the public realm.

Amy holds a Bachelor's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University, completed in April 2010. Amy's academic focus was on community development, strategic planning and sustainable design.

Jada
Jada Martinson
Past Canadian Intern
Canada-Guyana Partnership for Community Planning Project 2009-2012
Central Housing & Planning Authority
Email: martinsj@unbc.ca

Canadian Intern, CIP/CIDA
Apr 10 - Oct 10

Ms. Jada Martinson, B.A., BPL

Jada Martinson is a professional planner with 2 years of full time planning work experience in the private sector and 3 years of part-time planning-related work experience in the Municipal sector and Industrial sector. Prior to her work with the C-GPCP, Jada worked for a consulting firm specializing in civil engineering and planning services for projects throughout central and northern British Columbia. She also has experience with the preparation of Official Community Plans, Neighbourhood Plans, Conceptual and Detailed Subdivision Design, Development Opportunity Analysis, Airport Planning, as well as Waterfront Planning.

Jada's role for each project included liaison with contractors and developers, stakeholder and public consultation, conceptual and detailed site design and report writing. In addition to these tasks, Jada has experience with onsite construction management – translating the engineer drawings so that the construction is built in accordance to the Plan. Jada has been introduced to the basics of civil engineering, and has managed projects from vision to completion.

Jada has two degrees from the University of Northern British Columbia (2008): (i) Bachelor of Planning – Northern & Rural Community Planning; and (ii) Bachelor of Arts – Environmental Studies. Jada’s academic focus had special emphasis on First Nations Planning and Ecological Design.

Nancy
Nancy Hofer
Past Canadian Intern
Canada-Guyana Partnership for Community Planning Project 2009-2012
Central Housing & Planning Authority
Email: nancy.hofer@gmail.com

Canadian Intern, CIP/CIDA
Oct 09 - Apr 10

Ms. Nancy Hofer, B.Sc. MS.P.

Nancy Hofer worked as a Community Development Planner at the Central Housing and Planning Authority in Georgetown, Guyana. Primary duties included the preparation of community development plans, developing community project partnerships and implementation, community consultation and research on various planning issues including low carbon development. Nancy also assisted with some administrative and research duties for the Guyana Partnership for Community Planning Project 2009-2012.

Previous professional experience includes leadership roles in various research projects in British Columbia pertaining to post-occupancy evaluation, affordable housing, sustainable neighbourhood assessment and wildlife and forest conservation. She has worked with various planning sectors and at all levels of government. She is the co-author of a recently published book, Kitchen Table Sustainability: Practical Recipes for Community Engagement with Sustainability (Earthscan, 2009). Nancy has also worked as a forest sciences research assistant in Frieburg, Germany.

She has a Masters in Planning Degree from the School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC (2009), and a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Conservation (Honours) from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC (2003).