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Gordon Smith LPP, MCIP, FCSLA

Gordon Smith LPP, MCIP, FCSLA




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What are your hopes for the future of the planning profession?

I want our profession to embrace diversity as we continue to develop reputations as leaders in community building and climate change adaptation and mitigation.

What are a few of your favourite places?

Any place with snow, especially if it is ski-able, snowboard-able or skate-able,.  At the other extreme, my heart also lies in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana.  My roots to my family home, Port Hood Island in Cape Breton Nova Scotia, are also particularly deep.

Which person has most inspired your work in planning?

Michael Hough, who wrote the book, Cities and Natural Process on the integration of urban ecology into planning and design, that I studied at university and whom I had the honour and challenge to work with following graduation.  His approach to systems thinking and respect for natural processes continues to profoundly influence my practice.

Anything else we should know about you?

I am an avid skier, snowboarder, and sailor.  I am a committed postal historian with a strong interest in Port Hood and Botswana.  These hobbies connect me to my favourite places.  Check out my website at or my Instagram account #stampgraphics.