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Josée Dion MCIP, urbaniste

Josée Dion MCIP, urbaniste


Region 6: Quebec (Acclaimed)



I have worked in the planning field for the past 20 years. I graduated with a master’s degree in urban planning and public administration and I am currently completing a real estate certificate program. I have worked internationally in South-East Asia on environmental impact management under World Bank and Asian Development Bank projects, funded by a research grant from the Canadian International Development Agency. Currently employed by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), I plan and implement initiatives on the National Housing Strategy as Senior Specialist, Research in the policy and research sector. Before that I managed social and affordable housing programs in the provinces and territories as Senior Program Analyst, which led me to evaluate the operational risks involved in programs associated with the enterprise appetite for risk framework; assess key procedures and internal control mechanisms; and coordinate a team that implemented action plans. Prior to that, as Senior Researcher, I developed research projects and managed research teams centred on housing needs for decision-making purposes.
Previously, as a municipal planner, I worked in support of the economic development of the cities of Montreal, Gatineau and Saint-Jérôme, where I planned and implemented neighbourhood revitalization programs; coordinated interdepartmental teams; minimized the impact on clients and maximized the socio-economic benefits for municipalities.

During my professional career and over the course of my real estate studies, I have developed expertise in real estate financing, housing project analysis and project management. As a strong proponent of continuous training, I am active in my professional order, the Ordre des urbanistes du Québec, as a member of the continuous training committee.

Expression of Interest
As a dynamic and engaged professional, I would like to pursue my commitment to the planning profession at the national and international levels by collaborating with colleagues from across Canada, while increasing the CIP’s outreach, means of action, impact and results as they relate to current and future issues in the planning field.
I would also like to contribute to the CIP’s mission and enhance its leadership in Quebec through a network of professionals active in various fields, such as the environment, health, the economy, culture, science and communication. As an undeniable asset in a community growing ever more complex, collaborative networks play an increasingly important role in identifying and contemplating professional perspectives.
From a personal standpoint, I believe that collaborating with colleagues across Canada will enrich my professional thought process and deepen my knowledge of the profession’s Canadian and international outlook.
Lastly, I would like to make effective use of my professional expertise in government management, strategic planning, program development and analysis, project, risk and issue management, as well as operational procedure and control development and communications. Given my commitment, skills and professional experience, I am convinced that I can contribute to the Canadian Institute of Planners, its mission, values and future.