Clair-Maltby: It takes a team

Clair-Maltby: It takes a team

Clair-Maltby

It takes a team

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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)

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

We protect our environment with the help of

  • Wayne Galliher – water
  • Dave Belanger – water
  • Emily Stahl – water
  • Tim Robertson – water
  • Alex Chapman – climate change
  • Bryan Ho-Yan – climate change

And ensure we all have spaces to play and explore.

  • Luke Jefferson – open space planning
  • Tiffany Hannah – parks planning
  • Martin Neumann – 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