Dr. Leela Viswanathan RPP, MCIP,
Founder and Principal
As a human-centred planner, I have over 20 years of experience in the not-for-profit and government sectors, and in academia. I focus my skills and emotional intelligence to develop collaborative approaches to planning, policy making, and community relationship building. As an enterprising scholar, I have spent over a decade as an award-winning university teacher and qualitative researcher in urban planning and geography. As a forward-thinking strategist, I am happiest when I am co-creating knowledge and developing strategies for overcoming adversity and solving problems for social impact.
I am client-focused and results-oriented. I meet my clients where they are at and that’s where our journey starts together. I work with my clients to achieve optimal results in meeting project goals that we shape together.
I am an active listener. I actively listen to my client’s stories and will ask questions to inspire their emotional intelligence and reignite their purpose.
I am curious and experiment with new ideas. If something piques my curiosity or my client’s sensibility, I will research it to find out all that I can, whether it is to learn something new or to test old assumptions.
I am a champion of diversity and inclusivity. I have a lifelong commitment to promoting the rights and needs of racialized and other equity-seeking communities, and to learning about, and acting upon my treaty responsibilities and accountability as a settler on Indigenous lands.
I am agile and adaptive. I believe in documenting, sharing, and exchanging expertise, both learned and experienced, through a practice of self-reflection and experimentation with emergent strategies catered to the situation, project, and client.
I can ask tough questions, generate lots of ideas, and execute them to a high standard. I have been trained to ask questions to facilitate discovery and design thinking that get to the heart of the matter, in order to find meaningful answers, and implement solutions with attention to detail.
I am a continuous, lifelong learner. I earned a PhD in Environmental Studies and an MES (Planning) from York University (Toronto) and a BA (Sociology) from McGill University (Montréal). I have in-depth experience as a qualitative researcher, academic, project manager, and Registered Professional Planner (RPP) and am always eagerly seeking and testing out new learning opportunities through courses, travel, and conversations.
I am here for you. Please feel free to get in touch through the contact form!