Canadian Institue Of Planners

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Preethi Anbalagan

Preethi Anbalagan




Brief Biography 

Preethi prefers she/her pronouns and is a passionate city builder and community organizer from Hamilton, Ontario with a background in urban-rural policy and planning. Preethi obtained an Honours Bachelor of Science degree studying earth and environmental sciences at McMaster University and is currently completing a Master of Science Degree from the University of Guelph’s School of Environmental Design & Rural Development with research focused on urban/rural Indigenous community planning. Alongside the SHHRC-funded research group, “Global Minerals & Local Communities,” Preethi is researching and advocating for inclusion and equity for Indigenous women in development projects within resource-based communities.

In the private and public realm, Preethi has worked for McMaster’s multiple research institutes, United Nations Institute for Water Environment Health, YouthfulCities and the City of Hamilton’s Department of Planning & Economic Development. She has also consulted for the Township of Centre-Wellington for identifying best practises on cannabis growth operations and for Chippewas of the Thames First Nation on developing land acquisition strategies. Preethi currently chairs the City of Brampton’s Environment Advisory Committee where she continues to promote civic engagement, activation of Brampton’s public spaces and engaging her diverse community in municipal vision planning and decision-making.

Preethi’s experiences greatly inform her passion for planning and alternative policy frameworks that center inclusion and anti-colonial practises. Preethi is dedicated to continue facilitating inclusive spaces, advocating for transformative change, and creating platforms for others to do the same. In her spare time, Preethi can be found reading a book or volunteering at her local Farmer’s Market.