About

Greetings, Aanii, Boozhoo, Tánishi, Ndio!/ Kwe!, Sekoh,

I’m Susan, the Principal Planner of People Plan Community.

As a French-speaking Scottish/Irish Settler born and raised in Anishinaabe territory, my goal is to build meaningful relations between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous peoples through environmental initiatives for a better future together.

With over 20 years experience in watershed planning, community engagement and Indigenous relations, I believe in advancing Treaty relations through respectful collaboration. I am a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and a Registered Professional Planner in Ontario. Award-winning and notable projects I’ve supported include the restoration of the Historic Council House at the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, the Shared Path/Le Sentier Partagé, the Credit Valley Trail Strategy, the Credit Valley Trail Indigenous Experience Plan, Indigenous engagement sessions within the Great Lakes with various levels of government, the Indigenous Municipal Engagement Program, and the Moccasin Identifier. Please see my Projects section for more information!

Susan Robertson-Principal Planner
I am committed to achieving the 3Rs in Indigenous/Non-Indigenous Relations: Recognition, Respect and Reconciliation. I have worked with First Nations, Métis and Indigenous communities ancestral to the Greater Golden Horseshoe for over fifteen years. I have an honours undergraduate joint degree in Cultural Anthropology and Human Geography and have studied Indigenous cultures around the world. I was the first person to be nominated and awarded The Credits Award by the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation for contributions to promoting Indigenous cultural heritage and serve as a Board Member on the Shared Path Consultation Initiative. In recent years, I have completed training in Duty to Consult and Accommodate and with Indigenous Corporate Training Inc.
 
I am committed to safeguarding land and waters for all our relations. I have a graduate degree in Environmental Planning and have worked in Watershed Planning for Ontario’s largest Conservation Authority for nearly a decade. I have had the opportunity to sit on various boards and committees promoting conservation planning, including as a former Commissioner for the Niagara Escarpment Commission and presently, as a Director-At-Large for the Board for Ontario Nature. In my environmental planning work, I actively strive to connect Treaty Rights into land use decision-making.
 
People Plan Community consists of me and leading experts I collaborate with, to meet the needs of your project! For more information, please review my CV or connect with me through LinkedIn.