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)

Marty Paradine

Marty Paradine

Marty Paradine is the CAO and Development Officer for the Town of Valleyview.  As a Professional Engineer, he truly appreciates the value in integrating the two disciplines of planning and engineering. Prior to making the move to the public sector, Marty worked in the resource sector as a project manager and operations engineer.
[email protected]  780.524.5150


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



Edgard Farah

Edgard Farah

Edgard is an architect and an urban designer with over 5 years of international experience in town planning and urban development. Edgard is working as a Planner with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
[email protected]  403.383.8740



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.

Tom Johnston, PHD


Tom is an Associate Professor, Department of Geography with the University of Lethbridge.
[email protected]  403.329.2534


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.
[email protected]  403.215.8880 ext 4363


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


Jessi Fry

 Edgard Farah

Jessi has a Bachelor of Arts and has previously worked in journalism and disability management. She has completed the Master of Planning at the University of Calgary. Jessi enjoys volunteering for affordable housing projects and is interested in healthy and accessible communities. She is currently working as a planner for the City of St. Albert.
[email protected]  587.988.9436


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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