2017/18 OPPI Council


Jason Ferrigan, RPP

Jason Ferrigan"I would like to actively contribute to this exciting stage in the evolution of the profession. My objective is to help ensure that members can be part of a strong and vibrant self-regulating profession, take advantage of accessible and high quality professional learning opportunities and continue to lead and shape the public policy debate on issues that are central to creating healthy and sustainable communities"

Jason Ferrigan is an award-winning planner with 19 years of progressive experience in the public, private, institutional and non-for-profit sectors. His work has taken him across Ontario and into Quebec, the United States and the Caribbean, where he successfully completed a wide range of challenging assignments. Jason’s efforts have been recognized for excellence and innovation at the provincial and national levels.

Jason currently serves as the Director of Planning with the City of Greater Sudbury where he is responsible for leading a dynamic team of professionals who deliver a comprehensive range of planning services to the community. Prior to this, he served as Laurentian University's Director of Planning and Capital Projects, a Senior Planner with the City of Greater Sudbury, a Planner with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing's Northeast Municipal Service Office, and a Senior Planner and Associate with Urban Strategies Inc. Jason is actively involved in his community. He has been recognized as one of Sudbury's top 40 under Forty, was named Rotarian of the year and was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow for his service to his community.

President Elect

Justine Giancola, RPP

Justine Giancola"I wish to serve on Council to continue to give back and advance our profession. I feel Council has an important role to play in the changing needs of the profession, and hope to continue to find ways to make the organization valuable and relevant to our members. I hope to bring energy, passion, dedication and determination to my role as Director on Council."

Justine has served OPPI as the Toronto District Chair, a member of the Planning Knowledge Exchange and the Program Chair of the Toronto District since 2010. During this time, she has led a talented and dedicated group of volunteers with a focus on providing the utmost value to our membership and enhancing the professional environment in which we practice.

Justine is an Associate and Project Manager with Dillon Consulting, who counsels her public and private sector clients through a range of land use planning challenges across the province. Her passion for healthy and sustainable communities shines through in her work and in her day-to-day life.

Director, Secretary/Treasurer

Paul Lowes, RPP

Paul Lowes"In my nearly 30 years of practice, urban planning has become far more complex and diverse. The policy led planning regime is now complex and multi-layered. The complexity and diversity of the profession attests to the need for continued quality professional learning for our members. I am excited to help the planning profession continue on this road to strengthen each of us individually as planners and the Institute as a whole."

Paul has been a practicing planner since 1986 and an OPPI Member since 1990.   He has served in a number of volunteer roles with OPPI over the past two decades. Paul is one of the founding principles of SGL Planning & Design Inc.  His planning practice takes him across Ontario where he provides planning advice to small and large municipalities and to a range of private sector clients.

Director, Public Interest Representative

Nathan Hyde

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"I feel that with my combined education and public/private sector experience I would bring a unique perspective to the Board. I hope to use these skills to add value to the discussion and direction of the organization."

With more than 15 years' experience in the public sector, Nathan has worked for municipal, provincial and federal governments in Canada and the UK in public affairs, government relations, and policy advisory roles. He has served as Chief of Staff in the Office of the Regional Chair within the Region of Peel, and as past National Director of the Public Affairs Association of Canada. He currently serves on the Headwaters Hospital board of directors, and as past Director of the Dufferin Board of Trade and Chair of the Association of Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario's Zone 4. Nathan is currently CAO of the Town of Erin.


Jeffrey Port, RPP

Jeff-Port.jpg“I believe that it is the duty of every professional planner to provide volunteer service to his/her profession over the course of their career. I have performed several volunteer functions with OPPI over the years, and serving as a Director would be the culmination of all my past years of volunteer service. I have closely followed the changes in the planning profession over the past 30 years, and I’m pleased that we have continued to ensure that planners exhibit a high degree of competence in their chosen field.”

Jeff has served OPPI in various capacities over the years, including: Northern District Committee member; Membership Outreach Committee member; and Nominating and Governance Committee member (and past Chair). He is currently Director of Planning and Development for the Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls. 


Tracey Ehl, RPP

Tracey Ehl

“Professional - Accountable - Future-driven - Collaborative - Progressive. OPPI’s new Strategic Plan will be officially launched in October 2016. It was an honour to be a part of the strategic planning team and to hear the ideas and hopes of hundreds of stakeholders. It holds many opportunities for OPPI, its members and for the public. I am putting my name forward to assist with the process of change, translating this strategic direction to positive action for OPPI members. I am a committed team member and advocate for our profession. I support OPPI’s strategic focus of quality professionals and quality practice in the public interest.”

Tracey brings strong collaboration and communication skills, creativity, commitment and a sense of adventure to this position. An RPP since 1997, she has served as an examiner since 2005, and is currently serving as the OPPI representative on the Professional Standards Board Accreditation Committee for University Planning Programs.

For the last 12 years, Tracey has been the Principal of Ehl Harrison Consulting Inc., with a focus on stakeholder consultation, communication and community development. She is also a Certified Professional Facilitator, recently completed a certificate in Sustainability at the University of Toronto, and has now embarked on doctoral studies.


Bruce Curtis, RPP

Photo-Bruce-Curtis-2-1.jpg“I would like to continue my contribution to the planning profession, and in particular to OPPI, to help ensure the continued growth, stability, consistency and relevance of the profession and the Institute. OPPI needs to continue to provide support, learning and development opportunities, and professional regulation to candidates and members to contribute to the evolution of planning and planning policies.”

Bruce's experience with the planning profession and the Institute includes a wide range of volunteer contributions spanning 30 years. He has served on both the national and provincial Institutes, including being the Chair of the 1992 National/Provincial Planning Conference, two Planning for the Future Task Forces, two terms on OPPI Council (1991-1995), and was the Founding Director and Secretary Treasurer of the Professional Standards Board for the Planning Profession in Canada (2012-2016). He recently retired as Regional Director for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing in the West Region of the Province.


Adam Wright, RPP

Photo-Adam-Wright-2.jpg“It is with great humility that I submit a nomination to serve on OPPI Council recognizing the formative work of previous OPPI colleagues in the development of the planning profession in Ontario. OPPI’s commitment to nurturing future planners is evident and I am excited about the potential ways in which I can contribute to these ongoing efforts. Additionally, I am eager to work with my fellow Council members in the continued development of an organization that provides its members with relevant and accessible learning opportunities. My desire to contribute in a leadership role is rooted in a passion for creating meaningful planning processes as well an ambition to continue building on the strong foundation laid by my OPPI colleagues and predecessors.”

Adam has been actively involved with OPPI since he first volunteered as a student representative for the University of Guelph in 2011. He then served as OPPI Student Delegate where he had the opportunity to sit on council as well as Chair of the Student Liaison Committee. Adam currently works as a Special Project Officer with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. 


Claire Basinski, RPP

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"The planning profession has given me my life’s work and continues to allow me to be passionate and committed day to day. I want to be able to not only give back to the organization that has supported me but also communicate and collaborate with planners throughout the Province of Ontario to demonstrate the value and benefits of practicing as a planner, shaping our communities, our future and our quality of life."

Claire has served OPPI as Chair of the Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter of the Southwest Ontario District Leadership Team (DLT) for four years and as Vice Chair for the past year. She also actively participates in promoting and communicating the principles of the planning profession beyond her network through webinars and presentations through ITE, TAC, OALA and OPH with the goal of creating a greater understanding of the planning profession and our value. Claire is currently Project Manager, Transportation Planning at WSP in Kitchener.


Matthew Cory, RPP

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"Having volunteered with OPPI on the Planning Knowledge Exchange Committee for almost five years, I have often been on the periphery of strategic and professional practice matters. I have a passion for this profession and advancing its practice and recognition in Ontario; I believe a position on OPPI Council will be the ideal role for harnessing this enthusiasm and furthering the interests of Council and the membership. I am committed to advancing OPPI’s new initiatives, and am driven to advance the brand of Registered Professional Planner within Ontario and look forward to doing this as a Director of OPPI Council."

Matthew has served OPPI through his volunteer work with the Planning Knowledge Exchange Committee and as a Contributor to Project Management for Planners and Applied Project Management course materials. A professional Land Economist and Project Manager, he began his career more than 15 years ago in the public sector, then moved to private sector consulting. Matthew is currently Principal, Planner, Land Economist and Project Manager at Malone Given Parsons Ltd.


Eldon Theodore, RPP

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"I have always felt a personal drive to contribute to the advancement of the profession. From my first volunteer position on the OPPI Toronto District to my current role as chair of the Community Design Working Group, I choose to volunteer because I believe in giving back for the betterment of our profession as a whole. Given the recent rapid changes in provincial policy, regulation and governance, the current public perception on planning, and our steady move toward self-regulation, I believe that our profession is at a critical juncture where the decisions we make today will have lasting impact on the future of our profession."

Eldon has served OPPI through his work as Chair of the Community Design Working Group and as past Toronto District Program Committee Chair in 2007. He is past Director for the Congress for the New Urbanism Ontario Chapter, steering committee member for the Cambridge Forum Emerging Leaders Conference, and the current Chair of the University of Waterloo Planning Alumni of Toronto. His work experience includes a broad range of projects related to development approvals, urban design, intensification, master planning, design guidelines, planning policy preparation, design concept development, visioning exercises, community engagement and public consultation. Eldon is currently a partner with MHBC.