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Facing change and guiding Ontario into the next quarter century
Heather Swan, PEng, MCIP, RPP, PMP, is a Partner with Dillon, a professional engineer and registered professional planner. Since beginning her career 16 years ago, her focus has included consultation/engagement, Environmental Assessments, impact assessment, infrastructure planning, land use planning and Traditional Knowledge/Traditional Land Use Planning. Through this work she has worked with Indigenous communities in Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. Throughout this work, she worked closely with the Indigenous Community staff, community members and elected officials. She has designed consultation/engagement programs for many projects and played a role in engaging community Elders, youth, consultation coordinators and other community knowledge holders for projects including Land Use Plans, Infrastructure reviews, Climate Change, and various Environmental Assessments. Heather has also attended various courses related to Aboriginal Law and Rights, and delivered many presentations that highlight projects which included First Nations engagement and how that positively influenced the project outcomes, as well as focusing on building relationships and capacity. She has thoroughly enjoyed her past experience working with and for Indigenous communities and strives to continue this work.