About Lise

Lise Burcher CV – PDF Format

Lise has served as a City of Guelph Councillor for the past 11 years. Lise empowers our community to strive for what is possible in our city. She is a skilled and committed collaborator, working with residents to seize opportunities and catalyze change. Lise continues to strive for smarter, more resilient and caring solutions to the opportunities and challenges we face in this riding, and throughout our country.

With a focus on sustainable growth, livability and economic prosperity, Lise championed our most successful community initiatives in recent years.

Lise was instrumental in securing over $40 million in Federal and Provincial funding for local infrastructure improvements in our community. Through her lobbying and advocacy work over the past 7 years as a Director of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), Lise achieved tremendous financial investment in our community. The funds were used to build the downtown transit hub, Guelph Station, Market Square, the Guelph Museum and other important transportation projects. Other innovative City projects received funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund, where Lise was appointed as a Director.

Lise was at the FCM table developing federal-provincial infrastructure programs, advocating for a national housing strategy, transit strategy, food and water security plan, Canada-EU Trade Agreement (CETA), municipal status at the UN Copenhagen Summit, and international capacity development programs and funding.

Lise is a well-known and respected figure in the community and amongst federal and provincial politicians and staff. She successfully ran and won three municipal campaigns in Guelph and seven annual elections with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

Professional Memberships
International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) 2014 – present
Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) 2013 – present
United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) 2011 – present
Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), 2003 – present
Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) 1998 – 2012
Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA) 1998 – 2012
Municipal Councillor, City of Guelph 2003 – 2014
Vice-Chair, FCM Women’s Forum 2014
Director, Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. (GMHI) 2012 – present
Director, Habitat for Humanity 2012 – 2014
Vice-Chair, Corporate Administration, Finance and Enterprise Committee, City of Guelph 2012 – 2014
Chair, FCM Governance Committee 2011- 2014
Chair, FCM InternationalAppointed by FCM executive to lead an international program currently funded by DFATD to approximately $120 million to build leadership, governance and municipal service delivery on 5 continents and over 50 countries. 2011 – 2014
Director, Wellington, Dufferin, Guelph Board of Health 2011 – 2013
President, United Cities and Local Governments, Committee on Development Cooperation and Local Government. Appointed President of this division of the international United Cities and Local Governments 2011 – 2014
Chair, GMF Audit Committee 2009 – 2011
Director, Green Municipal Fund (GMF)One of 5 elected municipal officials from across the Country appointed to manage a $550 million Federal fund to drive innovation in the municipal sector through project funding enhancements. 2008 – present
Vice-Chair, FCM International 2008 – 2010
Chair, Planning, Building, Environment and Engineering Committee, City of Guelph 2006 – 2009
Director, Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)One of 72 Directors elected annually throughout the Country that represents over 90% of the Canadian population to advocate to the Federal government on matters of interest to municipal governments. 2006 – present
Chair, Multi-stakeholder City of Guelph “Places to Grow” Growth Plan with the Chamber of Commerce, University of Guelph, Guelph Eramosa and Puslinch Townships 2004 – 2007
Director, Downtown Guelph Board of Management. 2003 – 2010
1996 – 1999
Chair, Joint City of Guelph and Wellington County Community and Social Services Committee 2003 – 2004
President, Old University Area Residents Association 2000 – 2003
Honours & Awards
The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Recipient 2013
The Governor General of Canada. In honour of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Anniversary, the Governor General of Canada honoured Canadians that have made significant contributions and achievements. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities was asked to identify worthy recipients of the medal and developed the following criteria: “Individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to strengthening local government across Canada or in a particular province or territory”. “Elected officials and municipal staff who have made exceptional contributions to FCM projects across Canada and abroad, whether as volunteers in FCM’s international development missions; champions for innovative Green Municipal Fund projects; or as key supporters of women’s participation in local government and other FCM program”.”This distinction highlights the exemplary efforts of all who strive daily to make their community a great place to live. The Governor General has recognized the important role municipalities- and their elected leaders- play in ensuring our collective prosperity and high quality of life”.
Urban Leadership Award. Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) (nomination) 2013
The Urban Leadership Awards (ULA) Program honours individuals, groups and organizations that have made significant contributions to improving the quality of life in Canada’s cities and urban regions. ULA recipients define the very nature of “leadership,” and can be organizations, groups or individuals who demonstrate a calling and a vision, tenacity, creativity, energy and drive. These characteristics combined with the ability to engage others, are what distinguish ULA recipients from the mainstream. The City Builder Award is presented to a leader whose bold vision and ability to implement change represents true city building.
Women of Distinction Award (nomination) 1998
City of Guelph & YWCA-YMCA. The awards recognize those women who through their own initiative, ability and effort, have made an exemplary achievement in their field, women who are outstanding role models because of their goals and the way they have achieved these goals. Whether recognized as trailblazers in their field, or a young woman on the rise, all are pathfinders, bringing forth the key issues facing Canadian women.
Top 50 in 50 Years of Landscape Architecture (nomination – award pending) 2014
Landscape Architecture Program 50-Year Anniversary Celebration at the University Of Guelph. Nominated for my leadership at the local, national and international arenas and for driving innovation and policy changes at all levels to achieve a high quality of life supported by resilient community foundations.

My service work covers a broad spectrum – from local municipal contributions to regional efforts to significant advocacy and the driving of innovation and policy change at the national and international levels. Contributions to federal advocacy efforts through The Federation of Canadian Municipalities have resulted in tremendous financial and policy achievements with $50 billion contributed by the federal government to municipal infrastructure funding and an additional $120 billion pledged by the provincial government. Indexed gas taxes and GST rebates have also helped to fund municipal infrastructure. As well, with policy changes advocated by my organization, FCM, we have also bee able to create opportunities to fund partnerships with institutions and the private sector for innovation in sustainability, brown fields redevelopment and integrated energy projects.

My service work provides an excellent vehicle for highly engaged community practice creating very dynamic and integrated opportunities for student learning within a “real time and context” setting and a realistic framework with respect to regulatory considerations.

Over the past year, with the support of FCM, the City of Guelph and the University of Guelph, I have been exploring the establishment of a Centre for Innovation in Municipal Infrastructure, to be located in Guelph, in partnership with the Cities of Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge and with Wellington County as well as the Universities of Guelph, Waterloo and Laurier. The project is to be industry funded and will establish partnerships between applied research industry implementation to drive innovation in this very critical economic platform of municipal infrastructure.

This exploration has evolved and with our potential partners, we are now looking to establish and fund a centre for innovation in infrastructure as it relates to mid size and smaller communities. This work will be completed early winter 2015 with reporting on the proposed scenarios and market uptake.


My applied research continues to focus on two primary areas- civic space analysis-and civic engagement strategies for the successful design of civic and urban space and the pedagogy of teaching and learning.

My research and community work focuses on a foundation of community engaged practice and addresses goals of best practice knowledge transfer and dissemination. These include both peer reviewed environments and professional platforms for dissemination which include conferences, summits, workshops etc. both regionally, nationally and internationally. As well, aspects of my policy development at the national and international level also contribute to my research and dissemination efforts.


Significant focus has been directed towards the scholarship of teaching and learning and this has been applied directly in the classroom to the development of learning strategies and the associated enhancement of learning as demonstrated through increased assessment of learning outcomes.

I have had four peer-reviewed presentations accepted over the past two years, which include an international presentation to the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (EDRA), an international presentation this year to the International Society of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL), and two presentations to The Learning Institute (TLI) at the University of Guelph.

One of my introductory design courses is the subject of a four-year longitudinal study to assess learning outcomes over time, throughout the four-year time frame of the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Program. Both my teaching assessments and quality of course deliverables and learning outcomes continue to increase as I bring planned teaching strategies to the classroom environment.

Other Teaching Activities

Created an opportunity for five undergraduates and one graduate student to collaborate with a team of urban designers at the City of Guelph over a 5-month period to create community design scenarios for two large suburban districts slated for re-urbanization. Their work was showcased at the City’s Urban Design Summit in May of 2014 and formed the foundation material for mobile workshops at these sites. The graduate students participating served as the project coordinator. The Summit was attended by the planning and design sector throughout Ontario and was fully subscribed at 160 participants. My role was to provide instructional inputs in guiding the design development of the student work and to serve as a liaison and consultant to the City team in developing the detailed program for the two-day event. I also served as a moderator for the event and co-guided a mobile workshop.


Refereed Books, Monographs, Compilations, Manuals

  1. Burcher, L. (1997). Journal of Landscape and Urban Planning Community Design. Elsevier.
Presentations of Refereed Papers – International
  1. Burcher, L. (2014). Emerging Best Practices in the Design of the Public Realm: Case Study of a Multi-faceted Approach to Civic Space Re-design. International Making Cities Livable Conference, Portland, United States of America.
  2. Burcher, L. (2013). Effective Citizen Engagement Strategies for Large Scale Urban Intensification: Creating long-term capacity for citizen driven engagement in the planning and design of urban core areas. International making Cities Livable Conference, Portland, United States of America.
  3. Burcher, L., Hall, S., & Kenny, N. (2013). Visualizing an Outcomes Based Approach to Design Education. Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA), Austin, United States of America.
  4. Burcher, L. (2005). Urban Character and Viewscape Study: Community Visioning Prototype as the Basis for Urban Land Use Regulation. International Society of Community and Regional Planners, Bilbao, Spain.
  5. Burcher, L. (2003). A Model for Undergraduate Study in Urban Design. Association of the Collegiate Schools of Planning, Baltimore, Maryland.
  6. Burcher, L. (2002). A Holistic Process for Community Based Design: Integrating citizen driven and professional consultation within a civic planning context. Making Cities Livable Conference, Carmel, California.
  7. Burcher, L. (2002). Urban Design at the Undergraduate Level: a Proposal. Making Cities Livable Conference, Carmel, California.
  8. Burcher, L. (2001). Service Learning as an Effective Design Education Strategy. Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, San Luis Obispo, California.
  9. Burcher, L. (2000). Community Design as a Vehicle for Learning and Leadership. Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, Guelph, Canada-Ontario.
  10. Burcher, L. (1998). Landscape Architecture in the New Millennium. International Federation of Landscape Architects, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
  11. Burcher, L. (1998). Landscape Architecture in the New Millennium. International Federation of Landscape Architects, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
  12. Burcher, L. & Hall, S. (2014). Case Study Exploration of the Application of the Outcomes of the Course Re-design Institute Applied to First Year Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Studio. The Learning Institute, University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada. Caldwell, W., Landman, K., Kelly, S., & Burcher, L. (2013). Community Based Learning: The SEDRD Model. The Learning Institute, University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada.
Presentations of Refereed Papers – National
  1. Burcher, L., O’Donoghue, A., & Grady, J. (2008). Value Based Collaborative Strategies for Community Mobilization. OISE Learning Democracy by Doing: Alternative Practices in Citizenship Learning and Participatory Democracy, Toronto, Canada.
Presentations of Refereed Papers – Regional
  1. Burcher, L. (2008). Between Elections: community mobilization strategies. Communities In Action, Guelph, Canada-Ontario.
    Description: Presentation of community mobilization strategies developed and utilized for the Guelph model between municipal elections of 2003 and 2006.

Non-refereed publications

Invited Papers

Burcher, L. (2000). Landscape Architecture in the New Millennium Landscape Design: the Journal of the Landscape Institute.

Professional Development
2013-2014: Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Niagara Falls, Ontario. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Conference. Niagara Falls, 2014

2013-2014: The Federation of Canadian Municipalities National Sustainability Conference. Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

2012-2013: The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Conference. Vancouver, British Columbia.

2012-2013: The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Conference. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

2012-2013: The Federation of Canadian Municipalities National Sustainability Conference. Windsor, Ontario.

2011-2012: The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Conference. Whistler, British Columbia

2010-2011: The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) National Sustainability Conference. Ottawa, Ontario.

2009-2010: The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Conference. Toronto, Ontario.

2009-2010: The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) National Sustainability Conference. Victoria, British Columbia.

2008-2009: Open Public Urban Spaces Conference, Stavenger, Norway. Conference co-hosted by Stavenger University and UC Davis

2008-2009: The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) National Sustainability Conference. Ottawa, Ontario.

On-campus / Institutional Service


2010-2011 – 2013-2014: Musagetes Foundation. Partnership with Musagetes, City of Guelph in “Guelph Creates”. Appointed SEDRD representative in Musagetes partnership in the City of Guelph in the “Guelph Creates” project.

2013-2014: OAC: Developing a proposal for a Research Chair in Sustainable Infrastructure to be funded by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). The exploration of the Chair position has engaged FCM, the Green Municipal Fund and others including the Canadian Urban Institute, the Columbia Institute, the Smart Region Project (with The Region of Waterloo, the City of Guelph, the Universities of Waterloo, Laurier and Guelph), the City of Guelph and Wellington County.

2013-2014. The project has expanded to explore the creation of an innovation centre on campus focused on driving innovation in municipal infrastructure. This would serve as a demonstration/pilot project for FCM with the intent of replicating this across the country.

Other Institutional Service Activities

2008-2009: Articulation Agreement with Malmo University: Establishment of a university wide student exchange agreement between Malmo University and the University of Guelph. University of Guelph, School of Landscape Architecture

1997-1998: Women in the Profession- A Ten Year Retrospective on the Profession of Landscape Architecture: Keynote speaker.

Other Scholarly and Professional Service Activities

Service to the Profession

Board Member: Advisory Board

1998-1999: Ontario Association of Landscape Architects, Toronto, Canada
Task group for membership entrance requirements.

Board Member: Board of Directors

2008-2009 – 2014-2015: Green Municipal Fund Board Member, Ottawa, Canada (National). Director of the Board of the Green Municipal Fund (GMF).
The $550 million sustainable fund was established by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) through funding from the Federal Government, to drive innovation on infrastructure, brown field and civic projects within the municipal sector and in partnership with institutional and private sector projects. The intention is to enhance the sustainability and energy efficient quotient of the projects by funding more innovative solutions and to disseminate the knowledge derived from these across the country to further drive sustainable innovation.

2004-2005 – 2013-2014: Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
Elected to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Board of Directors on an annual basis. I have served on the Sustainability, International Relations, and Women in Municipal Government Committees. One of approximately 75 elected Directors to the Board, representing over 90% of the Canadian population. FCM serves as the national voice of Canadian Municipalities to advocate to the Federal Government on matters of interest to local governments. Highlights of successful advocacy include the Federal commitment o the new 50 billion dollar infrastructure fund (also leveraged provincially with 120 billion coming from the provincial government).

Committee / Task Force / Organization: Chair

2013-2014 – 2014-2015: United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)
President of the Committee on Development Cooperation and Local Government, Ottawa, Canada. The Presidency of the Committee is based on the appointment of the Chair of the International body assigned to the leadership role. In those case the role is assigned to me as the Chair of FCM International.

2011-2012 – 2014-2015: Federation of Canadian Municipalities International Program (FCMI), International, Canada.
Chair of FCM International from 2011 to 2014. Responsible for the governance of the committee with representation from the FCM Board members from across the Country. Responsible for program development and oversight of our DFATD supported capacity building programs to enhance local governance and service delivery in over 50 countries on 5 continents with approximately $120 million in funding. Also responsible for contributions to, and oversight of, proposal and program development for new programs. In this role, I also provide leadership and oversight for our peer-to-peer municipal knowledge sharing programs with volunteer participation of municipalities, their professional staff, and elected municipal officials.

2011-2012 – 2013-2014: Green Municipal Fund Governance Committee, Ottawa, Canada. Chair, Green Municipal Fund Governance

2011-2012: C2HMHill and Federation of Canadian Municipalities “Community Sustainability Awards” (National).
Appointed Chair

2010-2011 – 2011-2012: Green Municipal Fund Audit Committee. Chair, Ottawa, Canada

Committee / Task Force / Organization: Member

2012-2013 – 2014-2015: FCM Student Scholarship Committee, Ottawa, Canada.
Co-founder of FCM’s Women’s Forum Scholarship Program. Initiated in 2012 to encourage young women to engage in the exploration and promotion of young women as leaders in their communities through elected office or other leadership roles. The scholarship awards women university students with scholarships in the range of several thousand dollars to write about the challenges and opportunities for women in leadership roles in their communities, provincially and nationally. The scholarships have also been extended to secondary level students to encourage greater consideration of this area of study and practice as students are preparing for post-secondary educational choices.

2006-2007 – 2014-2015: Federation of Canadian Municipalities – Ottawa, Canada.
Forum to Increase Women’s Participation in local Government.

2006-2007 – 2014-2015: Federation of Canadian Municipalities
Member – Environment and Sustainability Committee, Ottawa, Canada.

2006-2014 Conference: Developer, Moderator / Facilitator

2013-2014: Delivering Change on the Ground.
City of Guelph Urban Design Summit, 2014, Guelph, Canada. Served as the moderator for the “Delivering Change on the Ground- Guelph Urban Design Summit.”

Conference: Organizing Committee

2013-2014: Delivering Change on the Ground.
City of Guelph Urban Design Summit, 2013, Guelph, Canada. Co-creator and co-program developer of a national urban design summit hosted at the City of Guelph in May 2014. Developed a program for a 2-day event including a public forum with keynote speakers and a site-based professional workshop. The “hands-on” event attracted participants from across the country with keynote speakers from Ontario, BC and Texas. The summit will now be an ongoing event every couple of years, showcasing the award winning successes of Guelph Urban Design and Re-urbanization strategy. The event served as an active working session to test and further develop strategies aimed at creating significant change on the ground. (In this forum, I created learning opportunities for a half dozen students in engaging them with the City’s professional Urban Design staff, as well as the City’s consulting UD staff in the development of case studies that were used in the forum as tools of engagement).

Graduate Students: External Examiner

1983-1984: Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Board (International).
Guest examiner of the uniform national exam.

Invited Lecture / Keynote Address

1998-1999: International Federation of Landscape Architects
Cambridge, United Kingdom (International).

Other Professional Service Activities

2008-2009: Federation of Canadian Municipalities & CH2M Hill (National).
Juror for Sustainable Community Awards.

2008-2009: Federation of Canadian Municipalities to Latin America and the Caribbean for the International Program.
Re-appointed Governance Representative

2003-2004: City of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario.
Engaged by the City of Guelph to develop, facilitate and assess citizen driven neighborhood planning and design processes that will serve as prototypes for all neighborhood processes. Key objective is to actively engage a broader demographic including youth, children and seniors. Techniques utilized include visioning workshops, cognitive mapping and design charrettes.

2002-2003: City of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario.
Worked with the “Smart Guelph” visioning and Policy Development Initiative to establish a “healthy communities” and sustainable foundation for all future planning within the City. Engaged by the City as a “Professional Advisor” for workshops with department heads and councilors and as a “keynote” speaker for capstone to community visioning process.

2002-2003: On-line Course Development Program Cal Poly 2002.
Grant recipient for the development on an on-line course titled ‘The Contemporary Landscape’ for delivery within the program and as a university-wide extension offering.

2001-2002: Service Learning Through Community Design.
Cal Poly grant recipient (2001) for a research project in “Institutional Programs for Student Learning and Progress”. Objective is to develop a prototype for the delivery of an interdisciplinary and community based outreach studio project.

2000-2001: Using the Physical Environment as a Therapeutic Tool: Applied Research in Hospital Settings, San Francisco, California.
Panel contributor, Environmental Design research Association (EDRA) 2000, San Francisco

1998-1999: Elements of Garden Design.
Course text and educational support materials for distance course at the University of Guelph. Served as prototype for development of core courses

1997-1998: Post Occupancy Evaluation of Outdoor Environments for Special needs Populations.
Co-recipient of Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation grant to assess facilities designed for special needs populations.

1991-1992: City of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario.
Member, River Systems Task Force.

1989-1990: City of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario.
Technical Advisor appointed by the City of Guelph to the Steering Committee, directing the development of a land use strategy for the use and enhancement of the river lands throughout the City. Central to the plan was the development of strategies to enhance and promote heritage aspects of the urban landscape.

1988-1989: City of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario.
Christie & Valens Conservation Area. Participated in the environmental analysis, preparation of alternative concept plans, and the design of the final master plans for year round recreation, resource management, and education.

1988-1989: Waterloo Region, Waterloo, Ontario.
Project manager for the creation of a regional open space master plan for the Grand River Conservation Authority. The project involved the comprehensive balancing of land uses with environmental, open space, agricultural, heritage, and urban design and development interests to achieve an integrated, regional open space corridor.

1988-1989: City of Brantford, Brantford, Ontario.
Co-development of the design of streetscape improvements to Brantford’s core commercial area and design recommendations for an urban park and entrances to the downtown.

1987-1988: Blue Mountain Resorts, Collingwood, Ontario.
Monterra Clubhouse – Project manager for the master plan and detailed site design and implementation of a multi-purpose, all-season recreational facility and clubhouse for the golf and tennis facilities.

Ski Resort and Village Core – Project manager for the ongoing improvements to the ski facilities and preliminary design of the Village Core, a mixed-use facility which will serve as a village centre for the entire all-season resort and be the focus of all future commercial and residential development.

1987-1988: Metro Toronto Planning Department, Toronto, Ontario.
Study determined opportunities for, and feasibility of, utilizing visual simulation technology within Metropolitan Toronto’s Planning Department. Requested by the Commissioner, the study thoroughly examined the current planning process and procedures of the seven departmental divisions and made detailed recommendations for the system type, application and operation. Responsible for analysis of division functions and activities, and for making recommendations for system application.

1986-1987: City of New Liskeard, New Liskeard, Ontario.
Responsible for the inventory, analysis and design of improvements to New Liskeard’s waterfront as part of a study on tourism related business opportunities.

1986-1987: Little Current, Little Current, Ontario.
Project coordinator for the inventory, analysis and design of improvements to Little Current’s waterfront and town centre. Key considerations included integrating the core commercial area with the waterfront and addressing the needs of a large summer tourism market.

1986-1987: Manitoulin Island Tourism, Manitoulin District, Ontario.
Project coordinator for the identification of land and water based tourism related business opportunities throughout Manitoulin Island. The project involved the inventory of environmental features and tourism and recreational facilities, and the conceptual design of master plan elements. Capital costs were prepared and a phasing program recommended. The project involved an extensive public process with the business community and the public. Little Current Waterfront Masterplan Project coordinator for the inventory, analysis and design of improvements to Little Current’s waterfront and town centre. Key considerations included integrating the core commercial area with the waterfront and addressing the needs of a large summer tourism market.

1986-1987: Town of Amherstberg, Amherstberg, Ontario.
Masterplan and detailed design and implementation of a heritage park along the Detroit River. The design incorporated interpretive opportunities for the future installment of a replica of the H.M.S. Detroit.

1986-1987: Village of Victoria Harbour, Victoria Harbour, Ontario.
Project manager in the preparation of a comprehensive waterfront masterplan for the Village of Victoria Harbour on Georgian Bay. Key considerations included determining appropriate land uses, identifying recreation and tourism related business opportunities and integrating the Village core with the Waterfront. Remnants of the Village’s heritage were emphasized in the design of the waterfront.

1986-1987: City of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario.
Design of streetscape improvements to Chatham, Pitt and Ferry Streets in Windsor’s core commercial area. The project extended improvements from the major pedestrian mall along Quellette Avenue. Key considerations involved providing both continuity and areas of emphasis, and establishing a hierarchy of treatment beyond the main commercial core.

1986-1987: City of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario.
Preparation of heritage streetscape design and building design guidelines for the Sandwich neighborhood.

1986-1987: Town of Tilbury, Tilbury, Ontario.
Detailed design and implementation of improvements to the core area of the community. Project involved the complete reconstruction of the entire main street roadway and redesign of all pedestrian and vehicular areas within the commercial core.

1985-1986: Town of Kagawong, Kagawong, Ontario.
Recreation/tourism study for the town of Kagawong. Part of a multi-disciplinary team responsible for the preparation and evaluation of development concepts.

1985-1986: North Channel Tourism, North Channel, Ontario.
Project coordinator for the inventory and analysis of the natural, social and cultural environment and the conceptual design for land-based tourism related business opportunities in 21 communities.

1985-1986: City of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario.
Preparation of a masterplan including recommendations for renovating established landscape features and incorporation of additional program elements and functions. A landscape maintenance and operations plan was also prepared for the site.

1985-1986: District of Scarborough (Toronto), Scarborough, Ontario.
Preparation of design concepts and guidelines to address the need to screen passenger’s views of the industrial areas while travelling along the Rapid Transit route in Scarborough. The project involved extensive negotiations with the industrial property owners and public consultation.

1985-1986: City of Thunder Bay, Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Design of streetscape improvements and coordination of a marketing and promotional plan for Victoriaville in Thunder Bay. An analysis of market conditions in the retail area guided the type, scale and scope of physical improvements.

1985-1986: City of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario.
Preparation of streetscape design and facade improvement guidelines for the Walkerville heritage neighborhood. Elements were incorporated into the design that attempted to recall the unique history and character of the area. A key consideration included the integration of the marketing and promotional plan with design improvements.

1981-1982: University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
Masterplan for the creation of a pedestrian precinct within the core area of the campus. Collaborated in the preliminary design development and the preparation of design guidelines to direct future development and design of pedestrian circulation and open space areas.

1981-1982: City of Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Collaborated in the development of a masterplan and preliminary design of four major habitat exhibits for the Zoo. Responsible for the site selection and preliminary design of the habitat areas.

1981-1982: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
Co-author of a C.M.H.C. publication involving extensive research across the country of problems commonly encountered with existing housing. Site planning and design guidelines were developed and assembled in a manual format to provide a practical and graphic approach to ‘site renovation’ problems.

Professional Consultations

1992-1993: Dade County, Florida, Dade, Florida.
Invited to participate in professional charette for the re-design of a south Florida community devastated by Hurricane Andrew. Charette was organized and sponsored by Andres Duany of Duany Plater-Zyberk, Architects and Town Planners. Responsible for the streetscape and open space design component of the town design.

1986-1987: City of Sault Ste. Marie, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
Feasibility study for the development of an all season recreational resort on Havilland Bay, north of Saulte Ste. Marie. Responsible for the preparation and evaluation of alternative concept plans and phasing.

1985-1986: District of Scarborough, Ontario.
Review of Zoning Bylaw regulations and preparation of design guidelines to improve the quality of building, site and streetscape design within Scarborough’s industrial areas.

1985-1986: Scarborough.
Extensive public consultation & recommendations for improvements to recreational &cultural facilities and municipal services throughout both the residential and commercial areas of the community.

One thought on “About Lise”

  1. Hi Lise, I heard today that there are appointments to the Canadian senate open and I immediately thought of you. I think you should apply. Canada would be very lucky to have someone with your skills and abilities in the upper chamber.

    Best wishes,


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