Cornerstone maintains a compact team of reliable core planners with experience in multi-disciplinary backgrounds including urban and rural planning, engineering, social and environmental sciences, architecture, business, economic development, and community engagement. Our teams broad set of skills enable us to operate creatively in a wide variety of project and organizational contexts. We maintain offices in both Vancouver and Victoria.
Cornerstone Partners have decades of experience in strategic planning and Indigenous engagement. Because we take responsibility for maintaining high quality standards and effective customer service, each Partner plays an active and central role in all projects. We share a commitment to thorough analysis, effective consultation, innovative problem solving, and viable frameworks for moving forward. Our many repeat clients are a testament to the success of our philosophy and approach.
David facilitates engagement and consultation activities between First Nations, government and industry, leading a path to mutual benefits and success for all involved.
David holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria and professional training in project management and public speaking.
Melanie holds a Masters of Science from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Waterloo (systems design engineering).
Quentin attended the University of Ottawa and holds a Bachelors in Applied Science, Mechanical Engineering. He is registered with Professional Engineers of Ontario, Engineer in Training.
David holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a Masters in International Business. He has LEAN accreditation and is a member of Arts Consultants Canada.
Each of our Associates has specific skills and expertise based on their varied educational backgrounds and work experience. Because our planning projects are strategic in nature, all our team members must be able to take on responsibility for particular aspects of the work, while functioning as an integral part of the team. As a result, all our Associates are at an intermediate to senior professional level, which ensures high quality outcomes and deliverables.
Holly’s proficiency at master planning, and the resolution of complex relationships between people, spaces, functions, and design, into often intricate frameworks for implementation, is well regarded.
With LEED AP, and Lean Certification, Holly adds another level of analysis to her work by applying a sustainability and process efficacy lens to her planning palette.
Shannon's work is driven by her natural curiosity and passion for engagement and community development. With a strong and versatile skillset, she is adept at managing complex projects across multiple levels of government, as well as with various organizations and institutions. She is committed to inclusive and equitable planning approaches that prioritize diverse communities' needs and perspectives. As a skilled communicator, Shannon effectively collaborates with stakeholders to achieve her clients' goals while keeping the strategic objectives in sight.
Veronica’s strong leadership and group management skills in multidisciplinary processes help her to coordinate and develop successful and thorough urban policies and regulations for the development of large urban infrastructure projects as well as multi-use developments. She has developed several Master Plans, Community Plans and Land Use and Urban Impact analysis for diverse organizations. Veronica has strong creative problem-solving skills and comprehensive and collaborative team-oriented attributes, that she brings to every project.
Jonathan is skilled in data interpretation and analysis, community engagement, report-writing, data visualization, and project coordination. He is passionate about finding creative solutions to complex problems and finding ways to communicate ideas in easily understandable ways.
Sean holds a diploma in Architectural Technologies, bachelors in Urban and Regional Studies, and post degree diploma in Applied Urban Planning.
Natasha is a member of the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) and sat on the Advisory Committee which provided recommendations to IAP2 Canada to explore how Indigenous inclusion could be integrated into the IAP2 program.
Natasha graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Science, with distinction, in Geography and Environmental Studies.
Dacia is also doctoral candidate at York University in Toronto, Canada. Her research interests include impacts of land reform, the relationship between development and transitions in livelihoods and forced migration, and the processes of territorialization that accompany the challenges of state-building in a new country. Dacia’s areas of academic specialization are political ecology, political geography and forced migration.
Linda is proficient in researching and fact-checking information to ensure the content is not only accurate but is also in a format that is accessible to the target reader. Throughout every project she ensures that the information and documents generated are produced in a concise and understandable format and professionally edited and designed.
MacKenzie’s work experience is wide-ranging, including the development of province-wide marketing initiatives, the creation of blog posts, educational and staff-training materials, social media content creation, and Ontario Parks brand review. MacKenzie also supported and led localized park and zone projects and planning initiatives, such as the creation and implementation of a brand new interpretive educational program across Ontario Parks Algonquin Zone, the creation and piloting of the Ontario Parks pass library lending program, and the completion of an accessibility initiative to make all park facilities and services at Bonnechere Provincial Park accessible.
Cornerstone has developed and maintains ongoing collaborative relationships with a number of highly qualified and experienced professionals in a variety of fields. We incorporate these independent consultants into our project teams to provide our clients with the most effective and relevant expertise while remaining cost-effective. The following selected colleagues illustrate the range of expertise available.
John holds a Bachelor of Arts (International Relations) from the University of British Columbia and a Masters in Political Science. John is certified in conflict resolution and is an accomplished facilitator with invaluable dispute resolution skills.
Paul excels at improving business processes, analyzing problems to identify opportunities for improvements, and innovating through creative ideas and thought leadership. He facilitates executive teams in drafting tolling plans for the Port Mann Bridge to satisfy consumer, municipal, financial, and political stakeholders. He has also managed numerous projects for the Fraser Health Authority, including a new Critical Care Tower, and a Provincial Ebola Unit. His diverse knowledge in various contexts contributes to his versatility on each project.
During his successful career with the City of New Westminster’s Fire Department, Jim was promoted to the position of Deputy Chief. His roles and responsibilities included administration, annual operating and capital budgets, communications, human resources, emergency operations and facility maintenance including oversight of the construction phase of a new fire hall in 2001 – 2002.
In 2008, Jim was appointed to the position of Fire Chief in the District of West Vancouver Fire Department. During his 6-year term, he was a member of the senior management committee responsible for leading the analysis, planning and design of a shared fire/police facility. Over a few years during the planning stages for shared facility, Jim worked closely with Cornerstone Planning Group who directed the functional planning and feasibility study. After retiring from the fire service in 2015, Jim became an independent planning consultant. He also serves as an instructor of fire officer development at the Justice Institute of BC. In 2018, Jim was part of a Cornerstone Team that prepared a Master Plan for the Poundmaker Edmonton Fire Rescue Service (EFRS) Training Site in Edmonton, Alberta as well as a Functional Program for the on-site Training Academy.