Nancy MacDonald

Nancy MacDonald

A fascination with cities drew Nancy to the world of planning. She loves the way they change, grow, and fit together, combining diverse people and places to make something greater than the sum of its parts. Experience has taught her that urban planning works a bit like cities. With the right mix of people and disciplines, there’s no limit to what a great planning team can achieve for communities and clients.

She’s seen this play out in the public and private sectors in the past 20+ years, on infill housing projects and brand-new neighbourhoods, on university campuses and community master plans, in meticulously detailed plans for a single building, and in projects that imagine the transformation of whole city districts.

As our Urban Planning lead in Canada, as well as Interim Director of Urban Places for North America, Nancy is heavily engaged in creating smart cities that are inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable by marrying technology to community needs. She’s currently part of the Stantec team working with Sidewalk Labs (an urban innovation subsidiary of Alphabet Inc.) on infrastructure design services for its proposed Quayside development in Toronto. As she explores how technology is evolving our cities, Nancy is excited to work with governments, non-profits, and the private sector to advance action towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal #11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities – by future-proofing our communities to serve current needs but also the changing future.