Canadian Institue Of Planners

Shaping our Communities
Sustaining Canada's Future.

Mary Bishop FCIP


After graduating from the (then) Technical University of Nova Scotia (now Dalhousie) Masters of Urban and Rural Planning Program, I moved to Newfoundland where I have lived and worked for my entire career. After three decades, I’m still here and have had the pleasure of travelling to most of the province’s communities, whether for work, or as a volunteer judge for a provincial Communities in Bloom program. I’ve moved several times between private sector consulting and the public sector including the municipal and provincial levels – sometimes for family considerations, sometimes to take on new challenges. One of the most rewarding aspects of my career was being asked to become the Director of Planning for the Town of Conception Bay South, with a mandate to establish their first planning department, a position I held for 7 years. Today, I work with CBCL Limited, an engineering and environmental firm based in Atlantic Canada.
In small economies, one is fortunate as a planner to work on a wide variety of projects. I’ve had the pleasure of working with experienced and creative people on everything from tourism and economic development plans, to environmental assessments, municipal and regional plans and urban design studies. I enjoy mentoring young planners and watching them as they pursue their own career paths.