Clair-Maltby: It takes a team

Clair-Maltby

Stacey Laughlin, Senior Policy Planner

What do you most want to know?

“All of the things I don’t know – never stop learning”

Professional

Years in profession – 15.5
Years at City of Guelph – 11
Years in government – 16
Coffee making skills – 24
Creativity – 77
Project management – 82
Industry knowledge – 86

Personal

Sports team: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir
Food: Chocolate chip cookies
Film: The Greatest Showman
TV show: Criminal Minds
Book: The Harry Potter series
Music: Rock
Vacation spot: The beach

Arun Hindupur, Supervisor, Infrastructure Engineering

Why do you love working for / with the community?

“This is a progressive community which requires everyone to strive to continuously grow and learn.“

Professional

Years in profession – 12
Years at City of Guelph – 7
Years in government – 7
Coffee making skills – 80
Creativity – 80
Project management – 100
Industry knowledge – 90

Personal

Sports team: Toronto Raptors
Food: Italian, Indian and Mexican
Film: The Dark Knight Rises, Man on Fire and Jurassic Park
TV show: Seinfeld
Book: The Audacity of Hope
Music: Everything
Vacation spot: California

Leah Lefler, Environmental Planner (Planner II Environment)

Why are you passionate about the Clair-Maltby project?

“Opportunity for land use planning based on a subwatershed study-based approach”

Professional

Years in profession – 13
Years at City of Guelph – 1.5
Years in government – 3.5
Coffee making skills – 100
Creativity – 75
Project management – 90
Industry knowledge – 90

Personal

Sports team: Toronto Raptors
Food: Farm fresh peaches
Film: Royal Tenenbaums
TV show: Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Book: Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden
Music: Singer/songwriter
Vacation spot: Camping/canoeing in nature

Lisa Drury, Planner 1

Who inspires a sense of adventure in you?

“Spontaneous interactions with new people in new places. Learning about parts of the world I haven’t seen or experienced…yet.”

Professional

Years in profession – 5
Years at City of Guelph – 2 months
Years in government – 5
Coffee making skills – 50
Creativity – 90
Project management – 75
Industry knowledge – 75

Personal

Sports team: LA Crude Rugby
Food: Homemade cookies
Film: Little Miss Sunshine
TV show: The Office
Book: Harry Potter
Music: Alternative/Indie
Vacation spot: The mountains

Melissa Aldunate, Manager, Policy Planning and Urban Design

Why do you love working for / with the community?

“Community members are the most valuable asset in planning for the future of our city; they have so much to offer in terms of their experience and their values.”

Professional

Years in profession – 19
Years at City of Guelph – 14
Years in government – 19
Coffee making skills – I am not a coffee drinker
Creativity – 65
Project management – 75
Industry knowledge – 80, there is always something new to learn

Personal

Sports team: Whichever team my children are playing on
Food: Italian
Film: I don’t have a favourite
TV show: The Handmaid’s Tale
Book: As an avid reader, I can’t pick just one
Music: Alternative
Vacation spot: Anywhere with a beach

Terry Gayman, GM, Engineering and Transportation Services

What do you most want to know?

“Was Kawhi ever seriously close to staying in Toronto!?!?”

Professional

Years in profession – 15
Years at City of Guelph – 4
Years in government – 4
Coffee making skills – 75; we just added a frother!
Creativity – 50 – my brain works in the middle of technical and creative
Project management – 90 – this has been my bread and butter, but you can always improve!
Industry knowledge – It’s a huge industry with tons of scope, innovation and change, so I am always learning more.

Personal

Sports team: I’ve been a huge Raptors fan since I was a kid.
Food: Burritos are a go to – as long as its spicy and has melted cheese!
Film: I’m not a huge movie person, but the Lord of the Rings Trilogy is probably the one if I have to pick.
TV show: Game of Thrones, hands down (although the ending was a let down for me!)
Book: My kids are little and super active, so reading a book isn’t in the cards these days!
Music: Anything with an acoustic guitar or ukulele works, and I’m down with most pop and hip-hop.
Vacation spot: Italy is by far my favourite destination. The culture, history, architecture, food and drink are incredible!

Todd Salter, General Manager, Planning and Building Services

What makes Guelph different / unique from other communities?

“Its unique history as a planned community”

Professional

Years in profession – 31
Years at City of Guelph – 8
Years in government – 31
Coffee making skills – 80
Creativity – 50
Project management – 75
Industry knowledge – 85 (there’s always more to learn!)

Personal

Sports team – I’m not a sports team kind of person. I like watching curling competitions.
Food: Bacon
Film: Star Trek Movies, all of them (except for maybe Star Trek III – The Search for Spock bleh!)
TV show: Star Trek Discovery (seeing a theme here?)
Book: Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Music: Electronica
Vacation spot: Somewhere warm and beachy, or a place full of culture and history, or natural splendour (Iceland ticked the last two boxes, but definitely not the first one)

Kealy Dedman, Deputy CAO, Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services

Why are you passionate about the Clair-Maltby project?

“It’s an opportunity to start from scratch and demonstrate how Guelph is a leader in putting the environment first.”

Professional

Years in profession – 22
Years at City of Guelph – 5.5
Years in government – 18
Coffee making skills – 50
Creativity – 75
Project management – 100
Industry knowledge – 90

Personal

Sports team: Minnesota Vikings
Food: Caprese salad
Film: Wonder Woman
TV show: Big Bang Theory
Book: The Glass Castle (most recent favourite)
Music: 80’s
Vacation spot: Costa Rica

To help us out, we’ve brought together City employees with expertise in various fields. It really does take a team.

We’ve got planners who help give us a sense of home and keep our small town vibe
  • David deGroot – urban design
  • Stephen Robinson – heritage
  • Chris DeVriendt – development
  • Rory Templeton – landscape
  • Jason Downham – planner

And those who help us move around freely.
  • Gwen Zhang – transportation planning
  • Jennifer Juste – sustainable transportation
  • Robin Gerus – transit
  • Jason Simmons – transit
  • John Osborne – emergency services
  • Terry Dooling – roads and right of way

And ensure we all have spaces to play and explore.
  • Luke Jefferson – open space planning
  • Tiffany Hannah – parks planning
  • Gene Matthews – parks operations and forestry

When planning a new community, it’s important to create value so we’ve got people looking out for that too.
  • Rino dal Bello – business community connection
  • Christel Gregson – City finances

We also don’t do this alone. We invite and welcome partners to join us in the planning process.

  • Elizabeth Howson – Project Manager and Planner, MSH
  • Ron Scheckenberger- Project Management and Stormwater Management expert – Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions
  • Laura Werner, Grand River Conservation Authority – planner
  • Sarah Wilhelm, representing Township of Puslinch and County of Wellington – planner