Don McConnell, Planning Director for the City of Sault Ste. Marie, has been a member of OPPI for 26 years. Throughout his career, Don has worked tirelessly to raise the profile of the planning profession in Northern Ontario as well as assumed many integral roles enhancing OPPI’s services and programs. Don’s engagement with OPPI spans decades. He has served as the Chair of the Northern District, as well as the Northern Representative on OPPI Council. He also served on the Nomination Committee and the Discipline Committee.
In addition to volunteering at the District and Provincial level, Don has been a staunch advocate for the North. Through his involvement with OPPI, he has raised the awareness of the unique planning challenges and opportunities in Northern Ontario. Locally, Don is widely respected as a community leader within and beyond his role as Planning Director. His involvement with a wide variety of community development initiatives, outreach programs and local boards demonstrates how his vision and insight is highly revered.