Sonja Macdonald is a Co-founder and Principal at Civicplan. Sonja has over 15 years of experience in community development. She designs and manages participatory budgeting campaigns, neighbourhood renewal strategies, and organizational evaluations. Sonja’s work blends strategic planning, public engagement, and civic analytics to inform more effective decision making and build stronger communities. She holds a Masters in Communication, and she is a member of the Canadian Communication Association, as well as the International Association for Media and Communication Research.
Paul Shaker is a Principal and co-founder of Civicplan. Paul has over 15 years of experience in the realm of progressive placemaking. His work blends strategic thinking, planning policy, research, and public engagement into concrete plans that help citizens shape their communities. Paul’s project experience includes participatory planning campaigns, award-winning district development plans, neighbourhood renewal strategies, and alternative transportation planning. The breadth of his experience spans the private, non-profit and public sectors at both the federal and municipal levels, which gives him an understanding of community planning in a variety of environments. Paul holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning. He is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and a Registered Professional Planner in Ontario.
Andrea is an Associate with Civicplan. She brings extensive expertise in community engagement, facilitation, multi-stakeholder decision-making, and strategy and process design. She has diverse experience with a range of portfolios including food systems and access, civic and political engagement, the built environment, injury prevention, and network development. She has advised various levels and sizes of government, non-profit groups, and First Nations communities. Andrea holds a Baccalaureate degree in International Development Studies and Psychology, and a Master’s of Public Health.
Graeme is an Associate with Civicplan. He is a writer, teacher, researcher, and digital communications professional. He specializes in using digital tools to build brands and communities by engaging diverse audiences online. His past research work includes projects with the North-South Institute, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, FOCAL: The Canadian Foundation for the Americas, and others. Graeme holds a Master’s degree in Global Governance and a Master’s degree in History.