Simon O’Byrne, Vice President, Urban Planning, Stantec

Simon O’Byrne, Vice President, Urban Planning, Stantec

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Simon is a registered professional urban planner and designer and is Vice President of Stantec’s Urban Planning. Simon has significant experience in a wide range of current and long-range planning projects. He has provided strategic input and has led multi-disciplinary teams in the planning and successful delivery of large, complex and politically charged projects. Simon’s experience ranges from regional land use to detailed design, public consultation and transit oriented development planning. Notable projects have included intensive urban revitalization in the Bronx, New York, the Downtown Arena and Entertainment District in Edmonton, the redevelopment of the Alberta Legislature Grounds, Saskatoon City Centre Plan, Century Park Transit Urban Village, the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan and the Capital Region Land Use Plan. In addition, Simon has been the principal planner on the creation of many master planned communities and transit-oriented developments.

Well recognized as an urban design and planning expert, he is frequently quoted in the media in both Canada and the US and is a sought after speaker to professional, community and leadership groups. Simon has also given a TEDx talk on how to create vibrant communities. Alberta Venture magazine named Simon as one of the 50 Most Influential People for 2012. Three years earlier, in 2009, Avenue magazine named Simon as one of the Top 40 Under 40.

In addition to Simon’s professional experience he currently volunteers with the following: Board of Directors of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce (Chair), Downtown Vibrancy Task Force (Chair), Board of Directors of the Habitat for Humanity National Leadership Council, City of Edmonton’s WinterCity Strategy (WCS) (Co-Chair), and the WCS Urban Design (Co-Chair).  Simon has also volunteered with the following: Renewable Energy Task Force, Greater Edmonton Regional Chambers of Commerce (Past-Chair), Community Sustainability Task Force (CSTF), Local Business Development Sub-Committee of the CSTF (Past-Chair), Urban Development Institute, University of Alberta, Alberta Professional Planning Association.  This volunteer experience has enabled him to have a well-rounded, comprehensive and practical understanding of many socio-economic, political, financing, and sustainability issues.

Simon has a Master of City Planning Degree from the University of Manitoba. He has also completed a Master of Science in Environmental Planning scholarly exchange at the Pratt Institute in New York City. Simon’s first degree was a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta.