Our Board

Trina Wamboldt

Urban-Matters-Trina-W-UMTrina is our lead consultant in the areas of collective impact, shared value, and social procurement. She also leads our Bridging the Gap program and serves on our Board of Directors.

Trina is a certified management consultant and offers expertise in community engagement, strategic planning, and organizational development. Trina is well-versed in Indigenous community relations and has worked closely with Elders and Cultural Knowledge Keepers to understand cultural-based employment competencies. She holds a master’s degree in professional communications and is a certified PROSCI change management practitioner. Trina is passionate about helping communities and organizations build socio-economic capacity.

Leighton Ginther

As an urban planner and design specialist, Leighton has worked with public, private and non-profit clients in small and large communities across Western Canada for more than 20 years. During this time, he has worked on a variety of projects ranging from site-specific housing development analysis to design guidelines, master plans, neighbourhood plans, and major downtown redevelopment projects.

Leighton is a strong advocate for a collaborative process. He regularly leads workshops that engage municipal council, staff, and community stakeholders, including the general public in identifying issues, exploring potential approaches and generating solutions, together.

Leighton is based in Calgary, AB, where he lives with his family.

Karley Scott

Urban-Matters-Karley-Scott-UMKarley currently works with Indigenous Communities on community engagement efforts, developing strategic plans, and implementing governance tools. She has extensive work experience with the federal government (INAC) throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta, where she worked to address issues for urban indigenous people. She also has experience developing strategic plans, governance tools, and community engagement programs for indigenous communities.

Karley holds a degree in English Literature from the University of Saskatchewan and a law degree from the University of Calgary. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the John Howard Society.

Karley is a proud member of the Métis Nation of Alberta. She was raised in the Cree community of La Ronge, SK, and is now based in Kelowna, BC, where she is raising her family.

Martin Bell

Urban-Matters-Martin-Bell-UMMartin is the CEO of Urban Systems Ltd. an award-winning professional services firm owned by its 400 people with 12 offices across western and northern Canada. He is also a Founding Director of the OGO Car Share Co-op in the Okanagan Valley. Martin’s experience is in partnerships: helping regions, governments, companies and organizations work together to integrate their thinking and actions, particularly in matters of land use, infrastructure, finances and service delivery.

He holds a BA (Honours) in Political Science from St. Francis Xavier University and a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Queen’s University.

Martin is an urbanist and active road cyclist based in Kelowna, BC.

Jody Rechenmacher

URban-Matters-Jody-R-UMJody is a civil engineer and is also the Board Chair and co-founder of the Engineering Leadership Council, a non-profit dedicated to shifting the paradigm of the engineering profession to realize better social outcomes of infrastructure projects. As a professional engineer, Jody draws on her technical background, international experience with Engineers Without Borders, and facilitation and process expertise to translate and integrate diverse perspectives, leading to system-level solutions.

Jody holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Calgary.

She is a competitive road cyclist and is based in Vancouver, BC.


Matt Brassard

Urban-Matters-Matt-Brassard-UMMatt is a Principal of Urban Systems with over 15 years of progressive experience. He plies his craft as an engineer and community consultant with a focus on land use and infrastructure planning and economic development initiatives for indigenous communities.  Matt is a Director with a number of not-for-profit and for-profit organizations, and most recently Urban Matters.  Matt brings an entrepreneurial, high-energy can-do approach to initiatives.

He lives in Edmonton AB with his wife Karin, and 3 awesome kids.

Meghan Aebig

Meghan is a Community Consultant with over 10 years of experience working on a variety of public projects including flood recovery, infrastructure replacements, road construction and building site servicing projects. Her focus is on developing trusted and lasting relationships with her clients. Meghan believes a collective, systems based approach is required to address the increasingly complex problems that communities are faced with. She is a big-picture thinker with a strong ability to connect with others and because of these strong connections, she is often able to bring the right people to the right table to facilitate conversation and action.

Meghan is a Principal at Urban Systems and serves on the Board of Directors for Urban Matters. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Calgary. Meghan is an avid traveler who resides in Calgary, AB, where she and her husband enjoy an active urban lifestyle.

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