The City of Thompson Planning & Community Development welcomes you!
Hi, I’m Matt. I’m from Ontario. I was raised in the Waterloo Region, and studied and worked in communities across Ontario - notably Ottawa and Toronto. I’ve worked in numerous city divisions and non-profit organizations in various capacities – from being an analyst to various leadership roles. Anybody that knows me will tell you that I strive to place emphasis on collaborative approaches to project execution and planning projects.
I have a passion for urbanism. This work is what gets me up in the morning, and sometimes keeps me up at night. I find myself pondering over numerous ideas and theories that can help shape the way we live, and wondering how the implementation of these ideas will influence communities over the long-term. I’m dedicated to both seeking out - and striving to - create the best modes of change so that our city has spaces and places that you want to go to.
I recognize that planning communities is not easy. It takes a delicate balance of theory, technical analysis, understanding, new and unique ways of collaboration, and the belief and willingness to realize the potential. After spending most of my life in southern Ontario, I have come to Thompson at the perfect time. We are at a tipping point. Residents are wanting to join in this very important conversation in our cities history. How do we diversify our economy to take us into the next 50 years? How do we mobilize to create different housing types to ensure that our residents have the highest quality of life? How do we create a vibrant downtown where our residents want to be? I am dedicated to work with you to solve these questions.
I graduated from the University of Ottawa with a combined honours degree in geography, GIS, and political science. I also obtained a Masters of Environmental Studies degree in urban planning (politics and planning) from York University, and am dedicated to continuing the journey of education.
Thompson has some very fundamental city-building blocks. The beautiful University College of the North campus is a hub for higher education, research, and health. The Thompson Regional Recreation Centre provides cultural hub spaces, space for collaboration, health, recreation, and outdoor amenity areas. Our museum, industrial, health and transportation centers create a cohesive economic portfolio that the City can build on. I’m hoping that we can collaborate and help plan Thompson together.
The Departments Role and Biography
Planning is everywhere you go and everything you do. It’s where you sleep at night; where you live, work, and play; and where your friends and family live; how you get to and from your destinations of interest; where your children go to school; what kinds of businesses are located in your city; how you communicate to one another; and consultation on deciding all of the above. All of these variables can shift if the climate of opinion changes. It’s important!
The Planning and Development department is responsible for approving all forms of development in City of Thompson. We are also responsible for vision-based, long-range planning that improves the City’s quality of life, economic base, and environmental footprint, while providing the highest quality service to our residents. We will strive for interdepartmental collaboration with heavy emphasis on community-based partnerships in all of our projects and initiatives moving forward. We are also responsible for implementing Thompson’s Development Plan in order to foster sustainability and connectedness in all of our future projects.