Board of Directors


Alisha Mody, RPP, MCIP

Alisha is the Manager of Planning and Development for the Town of Peace River. She has expertise in strategic and regulatory planning, and policy development and dabbles in urban design and transportation planning. Alisha has a Masters of Planning degree from the UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning.  [email protected]


Vice Chair (North)

Nick Lapp, RPP, MCIP

Nick Lapp

Nick Lapp is the Director of Planning and Development with the County of Grande Prairie. Nick began his career with the County of Grande Prairie in 2007 as an intermediate planner. He has been the Director of Planning and Development since 2014. He has a B.A. in Regional and Urban Development from the University of Saskatchewan. Nick has been a member of the CPAA board since 2015.  [email protected] 780.830.8897


Vice-Chair (South)

Hilary Janzen, RPP, MCIP

Hilary Janzen

Hilary Janzen is the Supervisor of Planning and Development with Lethbridge County.  Hilary enjoys the challenges and opportunities that working for a rural municipality can bring.  She has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Queen's University.  [email protected]  403-380-1580



Dnyanesh Deshpande, RPP, MCIP

Dnyanesh, GSA Consulting Inc.’s founding Principal, has extensive public and private sector experience in urban design and land use planning projects in Western Canada ranging from urban to rural municipalities. He has served as a member on the Edmonton Design Committee where his expertise of urban design best practices has been applied to development applications. Dnyanesh also instructs the undergraduate and graduate Urban Design Studio courses at the University of Alberta.



Robert Nygaard

Robert Nygaard

Robert is an active member of his community in Faust. He has served at the Faust Fire District as Deputy Fire Chief for the last 15 years, and has represented his hamlet of Faust as a member of Council for two consecutive four-year terms. The last six of those years, Robert was chairman of the Municipal Planning Commission (MPC). In 2021, he was elected Reeve and has enjoyed the challenges of working with a whole new Council. Robert’s experience as Councillor and chair of MPC has been invaluable in his role as Reeve. He understands the importance of working together as a team with Council, Administration, the ratepayers, and any stakeholders in order to accomplish their goals. [email protected] 780 523 8391 

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

Daniel MacGregor, RPP, MCIP


Daniel is an Associate with B&A Planning Group and has over fourteen years of experience in the planning and development field. He has both public and private sector experience in developing neighbourhood plans, land use redesignations/rezonings, development permits, subdivisions, due diligence and public engagement and assessing proposed development activities surrounding pipelines. [email protected] 


Geoff Tiffin


Geoff Tiffin started his municipal career in 2008 after graduating from the University of Guelph with an Honours Bachelor of Science and Engineering and moving to Alberta. Since then he has worked for the County of Newell in various departments, primarily as Manager of Engineering Services, managing major capital projects such as transportation, water, sewer, and storm infrastructure, rural addressing, municipal census, and a $54 million rural water distribution system. In 2019, Geoff took over management of the Planning, Development and Engineering Services department. The department is currently undergoing a re-structuring and process overhaul to improve on the efficiency of the services they provide.  Geoff has three young children and lives on a small acreage outside Brooks.


Mary-Ellen Tyler PhD, CSLA

Mary Ellen has forty years of Canadian and International experience in a variety of community planning, regional planning, environmental planning and planning education roles. She has worked in both the private and government sectors and has been a tenured professor at three Canadian Universities. Mary -Ellen has worked in community development and local services delivery with rural and remote First Nations communities and Tribal Councils in British Columbia and Yukon, urban and rural regional municipalities in Ontario, Manitoba, and Alberta. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in planning policy, regional planning, environmental planning, and professional planning practice at the Universities of Waterloo, Manitoba, and Calgary. She is a former Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS) and interim Associate Dean (Planning and Landscape Architecture) in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape (formerly EVDS) at the University of Calgary. 


David Schoor, RPP, MCIP 

David is a Registered Professional Planner and has 22 years of experience managing multi-stakeholder, municipal and private, and urban and rural land use planning projects. In the last 15 years with ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd. he has managed more than 100 projects and has developed a highly effective communicative approach and collaborative environment for his clients and stakeholders. During the formative years of David’s career, he worked for the City of Edmonton and City of Winnipeg. David has also facilitated land use planning courses for the Elected Officials Education Program, Municipal Affairs, City of Edmonton, and Edmonton Real Estate Board. 


Student Directors

Lawenz Decano

Lawrenz is a University of Lethbridge student majoring in BA Urban and Regional Studies. He emigrated to Canada from the Philippines and has resided in Drumheller and Edmonton before settling in Lethbridge, Alberta. Lawrenz is involved in the World University Service of Canada and its flagship initiative, the Student Refugee Program, that aims to sponsor a student annually at the University of Lethbridge. In his free time, his passions include graphic design, painting, and art history.


Alima Pal

 Alima Pal

Alima is a Master of Planning student at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, at the University of Calgary. She has a background in Architecture and Landscape Architecture. With professional and academic experience from her home country India, her focus is on an interdisciplinary approach towards community planning. She loves to explore new parks and public spaces in the city. 

Param Shah

I am a masters student in Urban and Regional Planning at University of Alberta. My undergraduate was in Civil Engineering. I am passionate for working on global warming issues the world is facing. Currently, I am doing my research themed on increasing the urban green space in Edmonton to limit the increase in Urban Heat Island effect. I am also working with E Engineering Inc. as a student intern. Apart from the academics and work, I love to wander in the nature and so always book my free time to explore a new hike in the city.


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