New Position: Executive Director at Vancouver City Planning Commission

I’m happy to announce that effective July 6, 2016, I am the new Executive Director of the Vancouver City Planning Commission (VCPC).

The VCPC is an advisory body of citizen volunteers appointed by City Council with a broad mandate to consider and advise Council on planning and development issues in the City, and may report to Council on any proposal likely to have a significant effect on the future of the City.


The Commission fulfills this mandate through special projects on relevant issues, and by providing comment on specific matters relating to Council’s agenda. In carrying out this work, the Commission organizes conferences, consultations, competitions, presentations and research on a variety of topics. Some recent topic include housing, public realm, transportation, public engagement and neighbourhoods.

I will be the primary resource and support person for the VCPC. My duties include providing strategic advice, project coordination and administrative support to assist Commissioners in carrying out their mandate.

I am replacing Elizabeth Ballantyne, who is heading to the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning, where she will begin her PhD studies in September.

As this is a part-time position, I will continue my role as Community Builder as Strong Towns, as well as taking on select community engagement and communications projects.

Yuri Artibise

Yuri Artibise is an experienced policy analyst, community engagement practitioner and social media specialist. I have a Master of Public Administration degree with over 10 years of public policy research, analysis, and advocacy experience.

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