Matthew Boscariol is an urban planning and policy professional with an extensive background in many different sectors, including both public and private industries; real estate development, development review, building code services, building materials, advocacy, and engineering. He is the youngest Chief Planner in Canada, recently taking on the task of leading the planning, engineering, assets and infrastructure, building code and development application department at the City of Thompson.
As a dedicated planner and urbanist, he is most interested in the politics and planning of cities. Always striving and seeking out the best modes of change, he is interested in creating places and spaces of meaning.
Conceptualizing spaces and projects through a comprehensive lens, Matthew is taking a collaborative approach to the department in Thompson moving forward. He is also determined to spearhead revitalization plans for Thompson’s core, by connecting the conversation of several separate initiatives such as housing, aboriginal affairs, recreation and culture, and economic development into one cohesive vision.
He still remains active on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Association of Planning Students (CAPS-ACEAU: Canada’s official urban planning not-for-profit for students, emerging professionals, scholars, and professionals), recently serving as Chair of the Board and Chief Administrative Officer. He believes that education is the second most important asset we have, next to time. Several years ago, he became involved in the organization, and attributes much of his project management and leadership skills to the organization. Previously, he operated the Chairman of the Toronto Transit Commissions office, and spearheaded several community consultation panels on mid-rise development in the North York borough of Toronto.
Matthew received a combined honours degree from the University of Ottawa in Geography/GIS and Political Science, and a Masters of Environmental Studies degree in Urban Planning (politics and planning) from York University.