Board of Directors


Tom Burton

Tom Burton

Tom was first elected to council, for the Municipal District of Greenview #16, in October of 2001. And still is the councillor for the municipality. In 2008, Tom was elected as the director for district 4 of the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties, still serving as the director. In 1993 Tom became a member of the DeBolt Fire & Rescue, and was elected chief in 1995, a position still held today. Tom became a certified EMR in 2001 and still actively maintains that certification.
[email protected] 780.512.1558


Vice Chair (North)

Garrett Tomlinson

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Garrett began working with the Lubicon Lake Nation in 2004. Garrett studied Political Science and Native American Studies at the University of Lethbridge. He is an EMT, and he and his wife are local business owners. 780.624.0013



Vice-Chair (South)

Candace Banack, RPP, MCIP

Candace Banack

Candace Banack is a Senior Policy Planner with the Town of Cochrane. She works on various long range policy and current planning projects within the Town.
[email protected]  403.851.2578



Ryan Siersma


Ryan is a planner with Dillon Consulting Limited in Calgary. Ryan graduated from the University of Calgary with a Master’s degree in Planning and from Queen’s University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography.  He has experience in policy planning, land use planning and public consultation.
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Hilary Janzen, RPP, MCIP

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Hilary Janzen has been the Senior Planner with Lethbridge County since 2013.  Hilary enjoys the challenges and opportunities that working for a rural municipality can bring.  

Tom Johnston, PHD


Tom is an Associate Professor, Department of Geography with the University of Lethbridge.


Nathan Petherick, RPP, MCIP


Alisha Mody, RPP, MCIP

Alisha is the Manager of Planning for the Mackenzie Municipal Services Agency. Alisha has expertise in strategic and regulatory planning, and policy development. Alisha has been with the Agency for over five years and has a Masters of Planning degree from the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning.
[email protected] 780-338-3862


Nick Pryce, RPP, MCIP


Nick is the Director of V3’s Planning Group and has over 20years of planning experience in New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom.  His has worked in both the private and public sectors with experiences in public engagement/facilitation, sustainable development, transportation, governance, mixed land use development, climate change and commercial and residential development.  Nick’s specializes in the area of policy and regulatory work.
[email protected] 587.754.2101



Nick Lapp, RPP, MCIP

Edgard Farah

Nick is a Director of Planning with the County of Grande Prairie.
[email protected] 780.830.8897




Student Directors

Jared Candlish


Jared Candlish is a Masters Student at the University of Alberta’s Urban and Regional Planning Program. Jared started his planning education at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Design. His key areas of interest are in transportation, sustainable development, urban design, and land use planning.



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Spencer Mathews

Spencer Mathews is a fourth year university at the University of Lethbridge, he is currently engaged with their co-op program looking to add a co-op designation to his Urban and Rural studies degree. He plans
to build a solid resume to gain admission to an accredited community planning masters program in the future. Eventually, Spencer hopes to become a registered community planner and lead a meaningful career in a field he believes can make a valuable contribution in peoples lives. In the meantime, Spencer looks forward to promote interest in the field of community planning in Lethbridge as the University of Lethbridge's first student director and help include Southern Alberta in the recruitment of future community planners in Alberta.



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