Canadian Institue Of Planners

Shaping our Communities
Sustaining Canada's Future.

Linda L. Allen FCIP (d)


After more than three decades as a community planner, I still am excited by every community I visit, or have the opportunity to work in. Every settlement pattern is different; every community has a story to tell.
My early career was in the public sector — with Alberta Municipal Affairs, and the City of Ottawa, in progressively senior planning and project management positions.
A move to Victoria BC brought an abrupt lifestyle and career change – motherhood and volunteering. And,I still enjoy both.
In 1986, Gwyn Symmons and I founded CitySpaces Consulting. The firm has grown and diversified, with corporate offices in Victoria, Vancouver and Calgary. Now celebrating its 28th year of business, CitySpaces continues to "work to build lasting, livable communities" throughout Western Canada.
My specialties include research and analysis; writing and editing; advising colleagues and decision-makers; and mentoring.