My name is Nick Gallant. I am a recent BA grad from UBC (Vancouver) in Geography and Economics who's intending to begin a Masters in Urban Planning come Sept 2009.
I've been passionate about planning as a career path since being introduced to it by PLAN 425, an undergraduate level course taught by Tom Hutton at UBC's School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP). Since then this passion has been re-enforced by a series of amazing mentors including Greg Mitchell (City of Surrey Planner), Michael Mortenson (formerly City of Vancouver Planner, now Senior Development Manager with Grosvenor Canada), and Larry Beasley (former Co-Director of Planning, City of Vancouver and founding principal of Beasley and Associates Planning Consultancy).
I very recently moved from Vancouver to Toronto to be with my partner, Nadia, who's beginning her Masters in Public Health at U of T. During the year that I have off from school I am trying to gain work exposure to land-use or transportation planning. It's been a bit tricky given my lack of planning education beyond an introductory course at UBC's SCARP, but I am plugging away at it. Any suggestions from the community about how I might find a job niche in the planning field would be greatly appreciated!
I hope that this initial post is the beginning of a long series of contributions that I make to this community. My expertise mainly lies in Vancouver issues so if anyone needs assistance or input relating to my former home I'd be happy to be of assistance.
Warm regards to you all!