Board of Directors

The PDC Annual General Meeting was held June 8, 2015. The 2015-2016 Board of Directors was elected at that time. The Board Members are:

Sara Jellicoe

Sara is a Master of Planning student at Dalhousie interested in active transportation, urban density and public space. She has a bachelor’s degree in architecture and several years of experience working for architects in the private sector; this got her excited about urban design, project management and drawing software. She’s currently completing her co-op work term with UPLAND Planning and Design Studio in Halifax. Her favourite non-planning activity is singing with her beloved choir, Xara Choral Theatre.

Beth Lewis – Health Information Project Manager, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Health Canada

Beth holds a Diploma of Engineering, a Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies (Architecture) and a Master of Urban and Rural Planning. Her nearly fifteen years of diverse work experience includes projects ranging from neighbourhood level community design and engagement to larger-scale Community Health Plans that include several levels of government partners. Beth’s work has provided her with opportunities to work in locations as close as her North End Halifax neighbourhood and as far as Mysore, India.

Neil Lovitt

Neil holds a Bachelor of Community Design from Dalhousie University and a Diploma in GIS & Urban Planning from Fanshawe College. His past work experience includes a range of public and private sector positions, often with an environmental twist. Neil is a Planning Consultant at Turner Drake and Associates in Halifax. In his life outside of work, a keen interest in making cities better for humans has led him to volunteer for municipal committees and citizen-led projects. Neil has worked closely on PDC’s Switch: Open Street Sundays project.

TJ Maguire

TJ  is the Urban Designer for Waterfront Development, working to enhance our waterfront destinations in Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford and Lunenburg. Born and raised in the Halifax area, TJ is a graduate of both the Centre for Geographic Sciences and Dalhousies School of Planning. He has over 15 years experience in planning and design covering both private and public sectors across Canada. TJ is skilled in public place design, mixed-use development design, streetscape design, public engagement, architectural design and graphic communication.  Active as volunteer, TJ is involved in many community projects through Fusion Halifax (Barrington Benches Project and Get Down Halifax), Downtown Halifax Business Commission (Beautification Action Team and Mingle on Argyle Street) and now the Planning & Design Centre.

Frank Palermo – Director, Cities & Environment Unit

Frank holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Toronto and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University. His experience includes working as an architect with WZMH in Toronto and as Director of Downtown Planning for the City of Calgary. Since 1984 he has been a professor in the Faculty of Architecture & Planning at Dalhousie where he has also held the positions of Head of the Planning Department and Dean of the Faculty. Frank has been a member of the National Capital Commission Advisory Committee on Planning and Real Asset Management, and HRM’s Urban Design Task Force, the group that guided the development of HRMbyDesign, downtown Halifax’s urban design plan.

Kyle Shaw

Kyle Shaw is editor of The Coast, Halifax’s award-winning weekly newspaper and always-on website ( Kyle founded The Coast in 1993 with a group of friends united by the goal of telling the city’s stories better than mainstream media do. Over the nearly two decades since its founding, The Coast has grown from a bi-weekly run on volunteer labour, to a weekly with paid staff, a publishing arm that specializes in City Guides and a water cooler. Over the same period, the rise of the internet has caused havoc in the traditional media business, but further legitimized The Coast’s approach: When a world of information is widely available, it becomes clear how rare and necessary it is to have local, reliable reporting. Kyle often speaks about alternative journalism on TV, radio and in classrooms. He can be found on Twitter @kyles if you’re into that sort of thing.

Lisa Roberts

Lisa Roberts is a freelance journalist and a community organizer in the North End of Halifax.  She worked for five years with CBC Radio’s Information Morning, currently teaches part-time in the School of Journalism at the University of King’s College, and has written for Halifax Magazine, the Chronicle Herald, and – years ago, but it was cool – the Lonely Planet.  She’s part-time community facilitator with the North End Community Circle, a project that promotes community belonging through potlucks, barbecues, workshops and community gardening. She has an interest but no expertise in urban planning; Happy City by Charles Montgomery is her favourite read of the first half of 2014.

Lisa has a Masters in Development Economics and a BA in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University.  Her Twitter handle is @lisa_robe

Ali Shaver

Andrew Reid

Andrew Reid holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Brunswick in English and Philosophy and a Masters of Planning from Dalhousie University. Andrew has worked closely with the PDC as a forerunning intern. He has brought local and international experience to work on a number of projects including Switch Open Street Sundays and Cities Alive. He currently works for Halifax Regional Municipality as a Legislative Assistant. 

Leonard Preyra

Leonard is a community activist, political scientist and former Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage and Member of the Nova Scotia Legislature.  He holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science and an M.A. from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. from Queen’s University.  He is currently enrolled in a Master of Laws program in Alternative Dispute Resolution in Toronto at Osgoode Hall.  Leonard believes that a city thrives when diverse individuals and communities care about each other and share a strong sense of pride and engagement in influencing its progress.

Sam Austin