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.

Our Advisory Board

Cathy Glover

Cathy GloverAs a Changemaker in Residence with the Institute for Community Prosperity at Mount Royal University, Cathy Glover devotes her time and energies to mentoring, guest lecturing, writing and developing new learning around the topics of corporate social innovation and community investment.  

Cathy recently retired from a 16+ year career as leader of the Suncor Energy Foundation, and brings a wealth of experience in corporate community investment, social innovation leadership, corporate social responsibility, stakeholder/community relations and sustainability in the natural resource sector, among many other competencies. 

As a strong proponent of social innovation, Cathy and her team created a corporate community investment program that brought together unlikely partners to address complex social issues and transformative change at regional and national levels, while at the same time supporting employee initiatives and local priorities.  She also co-led the team that designed Suncor’s organizational commitment to reconciliation.  Cathy has also worked in charitable and non-profit organizations in Calgary, ranging from the Alberta Children’s Hospital and Children’s Cottage to the XV Olympic Winter Games and Junior Achievement.  

Cathy has also been recognized and gifted with the name Aahpii Pitahgii (White Eagle Woman) by Elder Casey Eaglespeaker, who has remarked that he chose this name because of her ability to have a system wide view, to see unique interconnections and to bring people together to create space for collaboration and change.

Paul MacMillan

Paul MacMillanPaul Macmillan has been a management consultant and strategic advisor to government leaders for over 25 years. As the Global Public Sector Leader for DTTL, Paul is responsible for the network’s client service innovation to support public purpose organizations around the world. Paul is the co-author of the book
The Solution Revolution and frequently writes and speaks on topics of government innovation, public accountability, and advanced analytics. 

Paul is Deloitte Canada’s Strategy and Operations practice leader. His more than 30 years’ experience in consulting has focused on enterprise strategy, operations and execution, with a particular emphasis on data analytics and public-private partnerships. His clients have included a broad range of public and private sector enterprises involving all levels of government. An Ottawa native, Paul studied Public Administration at Carleton University and earned an MBA from the University of Ottawa.  

Allyson Hewitt

Allyson HewittWith support from the JW McConnell Family Foundation and the Province of Ontario, Allyson has assisted hundreds of social ventures to become economically sustainable and increase their social impact. She has developed and helps lead the social innovation programs at MaRS, including the national initiative Social Innovation Generation (SiG); the social finance programs of the Centre for Impact Investing; the MaRS Solutions Lab, a change lab designed to tackle complex challenges; and Studio Y, an initiative designed to support youth in thriving in the new economy. She has also been instrumental in growing the social innovation ecosystem; conducting public education; and influencing public policy. She is currently leading an initiative to develop a pro bono marketplace for Canada.  

Allyson is also the Social Entrepreneur in Residence at the Conrad Centre at the University of Waterloo, where she helps teach the Social Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility courses in the Master in Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology Program. She is a sought-after educator, mentor and social venture competition judge for programs that include the Social Innovation Graduate Diploma and the Lougheed Leadership program at the Banff Centre. Allyson is also a member of the Dean’s Council at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, where she helps lead the social responsibility work.  

A life-long social innovator, she last worked at SickKids where she led Safe Kids Canada and was a passionate advocate for children. She was also the Executive Director of Community Information Toronto where she initiated 211, providing streamlined access to human service information.  For her leadership on this social innovation she received the Head of the Public Service Award and several other prestigious awards for meritorious public service.  

Paul Klein

Paul KleinPaul is an internationally respected authority on the social purpose of corporations and civil society organizations. Paul has helped global corporations and leading non-profit organizations to understand and profit from their social purpose. He also writes about corporate social responsibility for Forbes, was selected as one of the Globe and Mail’s Leading Thinkers and has been recognized as one of America’s Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior. Paul sits on the Advisory Board of the Centre for Excellence in Responsible Business at the Schulich School of Business.  

Founded in 2001, Impakt helps organizations benefit from solving social problems that have been identified as United Nations as Sustainable Development Goals. Paul has helped corporations including Baytex Energy,  De Beers, Home Depot Canada Foundation, John Deere, McKesson, Nestlé-Purina increase the value of their investments in social change. Paul also helped many leading non-profit organizations including Let’s Talk Science, Pathways to Education, Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Children’s Wish Foundation to understand their social purpose and improve their impact.  

In addition to leading the Impakt team, Paul helps leaders to improve their performance through one-on-one executive coaching. Paul also provides coaching for non-profit organizations through Innoweave, an initiative of The J.W. McConnnell Foundation and Social Innovation Generation that helps charities and non-profits generate greater impact, more quickly at less cost.  

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