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On behalf of the Partners at MHBC, we are pleased to announce that Gerry Tchisler has been promoted to Partner.  

Gerry joined MHBC in 2017 after previously working at the City of Hamilton and the County of Brant. Over the course of his time with MHBC, Gerry has been instrumental in helping grow the  Burlington office.  Gerry has emerged as an effective leader that brings a positive attitude to the company and MHBC is very excited to have Gerry join the partnership.

Gerry can be reached at or by phone at 905.639.8686 x234


MHBC is pleased to announce that Talar Thomasian and Katherine Rauscher have been promoted to Associate in the Woodbridge and Burlington Offices respectively.   

Talar joined MHBC in 2020 and immediately exhibited her abilities to manage projects and staff. This promotion reflects our recognition of Talar’s work ethic and her high level of commitment to the standards of service and professionalism that we value. Talar can be relied on for her valuable experience in managing our landscape team and extensive knowledge in design and construction. 

After graduating from the Toronto Metropolitan University planning program in 2011, Katherine worked at other consulting firms and home builders prior to joining MHBC as a Planner. With almost 10 years of experience, she has seamlessly transitioned to MHBC where she has become an integral part of the Burlington office and now manages several complex development projects throughout Ontario. Katherine has earned this opportunity based on his professionalism, leadership, client development and hard work.    


MHBC is very pleased to announce that Trevor Hawkins and Kory Chisholm have been promoted as a Partner within MHBC.

Trevor Hawkins joined MHBC in 2017 after over fifteen years within the municipal sector, with the District of Muskoka and City of Waterloo. Most recently, Trevor was the Manager of Applications and Implementation at the City of Waterloo. He has significant knowledge and experience in the full range of development applications and all aspects of land use planning. Trevor has been successful in obtaining approvals for infill and redevelopment projects in core areas and major transit station areas, including taking the lead on extensive public consultation components. Trevor also has experience working on community planning, preparing secondary plans and with developments in small urban centres. Trevor’s experience in the public sector affords him a unique perspective on the financial challenges that municipalities face with infrastructure planning, policy development, accommodating growth and recreation and parks planning. Trevor is a leader in the Kitchener office and his positive attitude and solutions oriented approach has built strong relationships with clients, municipal staff and consultant teams.

Trevor can be reached at or by phone at 519.576.3650 ext 729.

Kory Chisholm joined MHBC in 2016 after graduating from the University of Waterloo and completing his Masters in Resource Efficiency in Architecture and Planning from the HafenCity University in Hamburg Germany. He has excelled in his role as a leader in our Barrie office and has earned the trust and confidence of our clients and colleagues throughout central Ontario. Kory combines his previous experience in the municipal sector with an in depth knowledge of the development industry and has provided strategic advice and led major development projects for both private and public sector clients which have included Official Plan and Zoning By-law amendments, plans of subdivisions and condominiums, as well as various other development related approvals in urban, resort and rural settings.  

Kory can be reached at or by phone at 705.728.0045 ext. 224.


On behalf of the Partners at MHBC, we are delighted to announce that Andrea Sinclair has been promoted to Partner.  See attached. 

Over the past 13 years Andrea has earned the trust and confidence of MHBC clients through her commitment to service and sound advice based on a thorough understanding of planning fundamentals and policy framework. Andrea's land use planning experience includes obtaining development approvals, project coordiation, management and presentations to committees, Council and the general public. Andrea has also been qualified as an expert witness at the Ontario Muuicipal Board and Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. 

For several years, Andrea has led the urban design team in MHBC's Kitchener office and specializes in providing urban design services to public and private sector clients across Ontario. Her experience includes the application of urban design intiatives through policy preparation, site design analysis, community visioning, design briefs and design guidelines. He has also conducted a number of design charrettes on behalf of municipalties and private sector clients. 

We are very fortunate to have Andrea join the partnership and strengthen our team for the future. Andrea can be reached at 519.576.3650 x750. 


MHBC is pleased to announce that Kory Chisholm has been promoted to Associate. Kory has made a significant contribution to our Barrie office in the areas of client service, business development and project management. His focus has been undertaking development approvals for a variety of private sector clients. Kory can be reached at 705.728.0045 x224. 


MHBC is proud to announce the University of Waterloo 2018-19 Planner-in-Residence is Dana Anderson, FCIP, RPP. Dana is a Partner from our Burlington office.


MHBC is proud to announce that Dana Anderson was inducted into the College of fellows - the highest honour CIP can bestow to recognize a planner's achievements.

MHBC Recognized as a Top 10 Employer of RPPs

MHBC is pleased to announce that it was recently recognized in the OPPI Journal as one of the Top 10 Employers of Registered Professional Planners (RPPs) in Ontario. This recognition is especially important considering that eight of the other Employers are public sector, and MHBC was the only Urban Planning firm recognized. Congratulations to all offices. 

David McKay honoured with the University of Toronto Arbor Award

MHBC is pleased to announce that Vice President David McKay was recently awarded the University of Toronto Arbor Award for 2018. This award is presented to individuals who have made outstanding voluntary contributions to the University of Toronto Department of Geography, its programs, its students or its alumni. 

This is the third time David has received an award from the University of Toronto (previously in 2011 as the UTAGA Outstanding Service Award, and in 2017 as the UTAGA Fenton Chin Outstanding Service Award). Congratulations David!

Nick Miele honoured with the David Erb Memorial Award. 

The award is named after David Erb who was an outstanding volunteer in furthering the goals of OALA and his example set a truly high standard. The award is the best way to acknowledge the one outstanding OALA member each year whose volunteer contributions over a number of years have made a real difference. Through nearly 20 years of volunteering, Nick Miele’s positive contributions have helped a multitude of candidate landscape architects along their career path. In addition to his work with candidate Landscape Architects, Nick is a long-standing member of the OALA Examining Board, joining the Board in 2005, and stepping up to fill the role of Chair.

Congratulations Nick on this well-deserved award!


MHBC is very pleased to announce that Neal DeRuyter and Scott Allen have been promoted as Partners within MHBC.

Neal has been working at MHBC since 2009 after graduating from the University of Waterloo in the Honours Planning Co-op program. Neal has worked as a Planner in the private and public sectors with experience in aggregate resource, development and municipal planning.

Over the past 8 years Neal has earned the trust and confidence of key MHBC clients through his commitment to service and sound advice based on a thorough understanding of planning processes and policy frameworks. Neal has worked hard to get ahead of emerging issues and manage development applications including zoning by-law amendments, official plan amendments, and licence and site plan applications under the Aggregate Resources Act. He is certified by the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry to prepare site plans under the Aggregate Resources Act. He has participated and authored several research studies and articles related to aggregate resource management.

The addition of Neal to the partnership at MHBC will ensure that we will continue to be leaders in our field and well positioned to take on and deliver complex projects for our valued clients. Neal is located in MHBC’s Kitchener office and can be reached at or by phone at 519.576.3650 ext. 733.

Scott joined MHBC in 2012 after working in both the public and private sectors for over 15 years. He brings a combined expertise in both land use planning and environmental assessment work. Since joining the MHBC London office, Scott has demonstrated his strong work ethic and commitment to client service, business development and project management.

Scott will continue to serve existing and new clients with the same commitment and attention to detail in order to ensure successful outcomes for their projects.

The London office provides a wide range of land use planning services to an extensive client base in south western Ontario. Scott’s promotion to Partner will reinforce the firm’s presence in London and surrounding regions. Scott can be reached at or by phone at 519.858.2797 ext. 223.



MHBC is pleased very pleased to announce that Jamie Robinson, MCIP, RPP, has been promoted as a Partner with MHBC. 

Jamie began his career in 2003 with Meridian Planning and became an Associate in 2011. In 2013, Jamie became part of the MHBC team through the merger of Meridian Barrie and MHBC. Jamie is a highly respected professional in the field of land use planning and provides high quality planning services to public and private sector clients. 

The Partners recognize Jamie's professionalism, project management and facilitation skills as well as his leadership qualities and we are excited to welcome Jamie into the Partnership group. 

Jamie is located in MHBC's Barrie office and can be reached at or by phone at 705.728.0045 x222. 

In addition, MHBC is pleased to announce the promotion of Scott Allen and Greg Johnstone to Associate.

Scott brings over 15 years of experience in land use planning with particular expertise in environmental assessments and regulatory approvals. In addition he has extensive experience in planning analysis and research for residential and commercial development. 

Since joining MHBC in 2012, Scott has made a significant contribution to our London officein the areas of client service, business development and project management. 

Greg is a landscape architect with over 21 years of experience. He is responsible for master plans, landscape designs, vegetation assessment, tree protection and removals plans, detailed site design, document preparation, illustrative graphics, and field review. 

He has experience working on award-winning projects, both public and private, including design for community parks, schools, medical centres, heritate sites, multi-unit residences, and residential landscapes. He has level 2 training with CPTED Ontario and has written reports and landscape audits for sites in Kitchener and Brantford. 



MHBC is very pleased to announce that Dana Anderson has joined the firm as a Partner and will be at the helm of its new Burlington office.

Dana is a highly respected professional in the field of land use planning. Her career has spanned over 25 years in both the private and public sectors. For the past six years, Dana was the Director of Planning Services for the Town of Oakville. As Director, Dana oversaw the Department’s responsibilities for development applications, heritage planning, urban design and policy planning. She led the preparation of the Town’s new Official Plan and new Zoning By-law as well as various other studies and policy documents. 

Prior to joining Oakville, Dana was a Partner in a planning consulting firm and led their Mississauga office. As a planning consultant, Dana gained extensive experience with land development. She led multi-disciplinary teams, conducted community engagement, prepared Official Plan and Zoning By-law amendments, oversaw site plan and subdivision applications and negotiated various development agreements. Dana has also led numerous policy reviews including the preparation of Official Plans, Secondary Plans and Zoning By-laws, commercial and employment studies, growth management studies, and strategic plans.

Dana’s professionalism and work ethic is a tremendous fit with MHBC’s core values. Dana brings to MHBC a high degree of professionalism, exemplary project management and facilitation skills, as well as an in-depth knowledge of the Greater Golden Horseshoe area. Dana’s insight, talent and private and public sector experience will be a tremendous asset to MHBC’s clients and will bolster the firm’s depth. For a full description of Dana’s experience, please see her CV on MHBC’s website at

Dana will be located in MHBC’s newly established Burlington office. Dana can be reached at or by phone at 416-518-8394.

With Dana as a Partner and its new Burlington office, MHBC now has 6 offices in Ontario, 18 Partners and a staff complement of over 60. The MHBC team has prided itself in providing the highest level of service to its clients and this will no doubt continue with the new Burlington office and the welcome addition of Dana to the firm.



The partners of MHBC are pleased to announce several changes in its leadership, effective September 1, 2014. These changes arise from MHBC's strong focus on succession planning and long term strategic planning. 

Brian Zeman, currently Vice President and Director, has been with the firm for 16 years and will become President of MHBC. David McKay first joined MHBC 17 years ago and he will assume the role as Vice President and will become a Director. Brent Clarkson has been named Chair of the Board of Directors. 

Paul Britton will continue in his longstanding role as Vice President, Treasurer and Director of MHBC. 

In addition, MHBC is pleased to announce that Greg Costa, a landscape architect working in the firm's Woodbridge Office, has been promoted to Associate. Amarjit Sandhu, operating in Kingston, and specializing in aggregate resource planning and approvals, has also been named as an Associate. 

These changes are in recognition of the strong leadership displayed by Brian, David, Greg and Amarjit, particularly in the area of client service and business development. They have all made significant contributions to the growth and success of MHBC. Congratulations to each one. 

MHBC's new leadership remains committed to the firm's core principles of client service, integrity, innovation, creativity and excellence. Our commitment is to keep MHBC at the forefront of the planning, urban design and landscape architecture fields and to continue to provide high value and excellent service to MHBC clients. 

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