WELCOME TO URBAN SOLUTIONS

UrbanSolutions Planning & Land Development Consultants Inc. is a team of professionals specializing in securing development approvals for a broad range of residential, commercial, mixed use, institutional and industrial uses. Having proven success with urban infills and public consultation, our firm has over 60 years of combined experience providing planning services to the public and private sectors throughout the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area and Southwestern Ontario.

As the premier planning consulting firm operating from Hamilton, Ontario, UrbanSolutions understands development within the municipal approvals context. We are well positioned to assist at the early onset of conceptual ideas and carry projects through the municipal review process to secure final approval. We take a comprehensive and supportive approach to the planning process that is unique to our client’s needs. Our planners cultivate strong relationships with clients, community members and municipal staff, working cooperatively to achieve development results.

Meet the Team

Sergio Manchia

Principal

After 27 years practicing as a Registered Professional Planner, Mr. Manchia retired from consulting and resigned, in good standing, from the Ontario Professional Planners Institute in December, 2022. Over the course of his planning career, he is proud to have been involved in many award winning projects across the province.

As a co-founder and Principal, Mr. Manchia continues providing mentorship to the UrbanSolutions team and continues to be a very active member within the Hamilton community taking part in numerous volunteer projects and associations.

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Matt Johnston, MCIP, RPP

Principal

As a Principal, Mr. Johnston is independently responsible for representing the interest of development clients, both public and private, through the planning and development process. In addition to consulting, Mr. Johnston utilizes experience gained working for development corporations and in public sector municipal planning departments to assist clients in achieving their development objectives. With his varied experience, Mr. Johnston leads teams of consultants and coordinates all aspects of the development process starting at the initial conceptual design through to the final Municipal approval stages. In addition to the planning and development process, Mr. Johnston is responsible for conducting a wide range of land use planning studies for public and private sector clients.

Mr. Johnston is responsible for negotiations and liaison with various levels of Government and technical review agencies as well as leading and coordinating consulting teams comprised of other professionals such as lawyers, engineers and surveyors. This area of practice has brought Mr. Johnston before many municipal and regional committees and councils, conservation authorities and the Ontario Land Tribunal as an expert witness.

Mr. Johnston was the 2018 President of the Hamilton-Halton Home Builders’ Association where he continues to dedicate his knowledge, time and energy. In his spare time, Matt enjoys spending time with his family and cheering on the Toronto Blue Jays!

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Manon Wishnousky, BA (Hons.)

Accounting Analyst

Manon Wishnousky is a graduate from McMaster University, Honours Labour Studies program (1995) and has a certificate in Human Resources Management.  Her career spans the not-for-profit sector promoting skilled trades and technologies to young people to the automotive industry to healthcare and finally, owning and operating her own restaurant (2018-2022).  Today, she is assists the accounting team at Urban Solutions on a part time basis.

Manon enjoys the culinary arts and is proud to be the wife of a paramedic and mother to two terrific young adults.

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June Ma, CPA, CGA

Controller

Ms. Ma recently joined UrbanSolutions as the Controller.  She obtained her CPA designation in 2010 and has over 15 years of professional experience in financial accounting, real estate property management, and construction management. She has extensive experience in analyzing financial reports, preparing, and maintaining construction budgeting, managing cash flow. Her education includes a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Application from Sichuan University, and Honors Diploma in Business Administration Accounting from Centennial College.

In her spare time, Ms. Ma enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, hiking, and trying out new recipes.

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Annie Le, CPA, CA, MAcc

Director of Finance and Accounting

As the Director of Finance and Accounting at UrbanSolutions, Ms. Le supports the ongoing growth and success of UrbanSolutions as it relates to financial planning and reporting. She is responsible for managing cashflow and corporate accounting & finance. Ms. Le qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2016 after graduating from the University of Waterloo with a Master of Accounting. In her spare time, Ms. Le enjoys playing basketball, cheering on the Toronto Raptors and exploring diverse cuisines.

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Curtis Thompson, RPP, BURPl

Senior Planner

Curtis is a Registered Professional Planner (RPP) with experience in both the municipal and private sectors. His main areas of focus are on development approvals, including subdivision & site planning, transportation & streetscape design, and project feasibility. Curtis is tuned into macro land value economics as it pertains to our development growth pattern, and its affects on both developer & municipal finances. This insight helps communicate the overall value of well-designed, compact developments, and financially productive places to decision makers and the public.

Curtis received his Bachelor of Urban & Regional Planning from Ryerson University in 2015 and graduated from Mohawk College’s Urban & Regional Planning GIS Technician program in 2013 with Honours.

Beyond the office, you might find him on the water barefoot waterskiing, heading to a drum & bass rave, (regretfully) building another coach house, or volunteering on municipal Transportation Advisory Committees.

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Scott Beedie, MCIP, RPP

Planner

Mr. Beedie is a planner with an academic background in Urban & Regional Planning and Geography. At UrbanSolutions, Mr. Beedie’s work includes writing planning justification reports for development applications, policy research, diligence investigations, project management and guiding complex projects through the Planning Act process.

Mr. Beedie received his Bachelors of Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University in 2019. Following graduation, Mr. Beedie worked briefly as a policy analyst for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing in the Building and Development Branch. Additionally, Mr. Beedie is proficient in strategic policy analysis, allowing him to lend his skills to ensure project objectives are realized. He has a passion for sustainable design, strategic thinking, the public realm, and the potential to make the world a better place through impactful urban design.

Outside of the office, Scott is a cinephile who loves to hike, play soccer, travel, and support his beloved Toronto Raptors.

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Matthew LeBlanc, MPL, BA (Hons.)

Planner

Mr. LeBlanc is a planner with an academic background in urban planning and development. At UrbanSolutions, his work involves policy research, diligence investigations, preparing planning justification reports for development applications, and project management. Mr. LeBlanc received his Bachelor of Arts from Western University’s Urban Development Honours program in 2020 where he received the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) award for his academic achievements. In his third year of study, Mr. LeBlanc worked as a Research Analyst intern with commercial real estate firm JLL in Toronto.

Following graduation, Mr. LeBlanc attended Queen’s University in Kingston where he completed his Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning with a specialization in Land Use and Real Estate Development. During his time at Queen’s, he had the opportunity to work on several exciting projects and completed a four-month internship with the City of Kingston’s Planning Department. Outside of the office, you can find Matthew on a hike, bike ride, or trying to fix his slice on the tee block.

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Stefano Rosatone, BES

Planner

Mr. Rosatone is a planner with an academic background in urban planning and environmental studies. Mr. Rosatone attended the University of Waterloo’s School of Planning to achieve his Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree. In his academic studies, Mr. Rosatone achieved a minor in geography and environmental management as well as a specialization in urban design alongside his major of Planning (Hons., Co-op). At UrbanSolutions, Mr. Rosatone’s role is comprised of conducting diligence investigations, policy research, liaison with various City Staff and project team members, and preparing materials for a range of planning application submissions.

As a result of his diverse work experience, Stefano has gained many skills and competencies in the field of planning and land development consulting. His experiences as a student intern at various local and global consulting firms has reinforced his passion for planning and has helped him find ways to implement his design knowledge to create well-informed, practical solutions. Stefano was able to achieve two co-op positions with UrbanSolutions prior to being brought on full-time, and is ecstatic to be back alongside the team at US.

Outside of work, Stefano loves to cook and play piano, but on F1 race weekends, you’ll always find him glued to the screen cheering on Scuderia Ferrari.

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Laura Drennan, BA, CPT

Planning Technician

Ms. Drennan is responsible for performing design and drafting assignments regarding site plans, conceptual drawings, draft plans of subdivision and zoning bylaw schedules. She is involved in conducting research and investigations into sites to develop proposals through the municipal planning application process and onward during Ontario Land Tribunal hearings. Ms. Drennan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Brock University in 2017. At Brock University she was concerned with understanding the human world and its interaction with physical, built, and symbolic landscapes at a local, regional, and global scale.

Ms. Drennan graduated from the Urban & Regional Planning, GIS Technician program at Mohawk College of Applied Arts & Technology in 2019. During her time at Mohawk College she learned land use planning principles, planning law and GIS technologies. She is a full member of the Canadian Association of Certified Planning Technicians (CACPT) and is a member of the CACPT Council, on the Merit Awards Committee and Registration Committee.

Ms. Drennan has interests in creating complete communities that are livable for all ages. She takes interest in innovative infill developments to build within gaps in the existing built environment to preserve the natural rural areas. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, gardening, and exploring Hamilton’s many waterfalls.

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Stephen Erickson, CPT

Planning Technician

Mr. Erickson is a Certified Planning Technician with an academic background in Geography, Urban Planning and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). At UrbanSolutions, Mr. Erickson’s work includes designing Concept Plans, Site Plans and Draft Plans of Subdivision, completing due diligence investigations for clients and project management. Although not by birth, Stephen is a proud Hamiltonian who moved to Hamilton in 2011 to attend McMaster University where he completed a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Geography, minoring in GIS. Following graduation from McMaster, Mr. Erickson completed the Urban and Regional Planning Technician program at Mohawk College where he learned important drafting and design skills that he uses in his day-to-day work. Stephen is passionate about urbanism, infill development and pedestrian-oriented design and looks to implement these ideas in his professional work.

Outside of the office, Stephen enjoys going to concerts, spending time with friends and family and cheering on his favourite Toronto sports teams.

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Lucas Taibi, BA (Hons.)

Planning Technician

Mr. Taibi is a Planning Technician with an academic background in Geography and Urban & Regional Planning. In 2020, Lucas graduated from McMaster University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography. At McMaster, he was interested in understanding how humans interacted with built environments and pedestrian-focused urban design. Lucas graduated from the Urban and Regional Planning – GIS (Co-op) program at Mohawk College in April of 2024. At Mohawk College he gained valuable expereince in design and planning law. In his previous co-op experiences, he gained knowledge and experience in the field of transportation planning and in the land development planning sector. Lucas successfully completed two co-op positions with UrbanSolutions and is delighted to join the team full-time.

At UrbanSolutions, Mr. Taibi’s role includes diligence investigations, policy research, consolidating materials for development applications, liaison with various City Staff and project team members, and preparing materials fo various planning documents.

Outside of the office, Lucas loves to spend time with friends & family, DJ house music, travel, play soccer and cheer on Juventus.

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Evan Miller

Student Project Coordinator

 

Evan Miller is a student project coordinator and is actively pursuing an undergraduate degree in Governance, Leadership, and Ethics (GLE) at Huron University College. At UrbanSolutions, his role consists of policy research, conducting and preparing media files for various project locations, consolidating materials for development applications, and assisting in the preparation and submission of various planning and development documents.

Outside of the office, Evan enjoys playing golf, hockey, watching football, skiing, and spending time with friends and family.

 

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