2019/2020 Council



Mac Hickley


Mac Hickley, RPP

Mac Hickley is a seasoned planner with a strong background in strategic policy development, sustainability planning and stakeholder engagement. For five years he worked for the Government of Alberta, developing regional plans for the Land Use Secretariat, working on consultation policy with Indigenous Relations and promoting watershed resiliency with Environment and Parks. For ten years prior to that, he led a volunteer-driven non-profit organization delivering urban environmental planning advice to the city and citizens of Calgary. In all of his work, Mac facilitates and integrates local knowledge and experience into planning processes. He has degrees in philosophy and planning and he brings a passion for new knowledge with him wherever he goes.


Erin O'Neill  

Erin O'Neill, RPP


Erin O’Neill is the Director of Provincial Recovery Coordination within the Alberta Emergency Management Agency at the Province of Alberta.  Erin was heavily involved in the recovery of Fort McMurray following the 2016 wildfire and is proud to be able to support recovery efforts across the Province.  Erin worked in Fort McMurray for 9 years holding positions within the Recovery Task Force, Lane Administration, Long Range Planning and Current Planning.  For 2 years, Erin was the Manger of Planning & Development with the Town of Sundre and held various planning positions at the City of Ottawa.  Erin graduated from the University of Guelph – Master of Science, Rural Planning & Development in 2007 and became a full member of APPI in 2009. 



Kate van Fraassen


Kate van Fraassen, RPP


Kate van Fraassen is a Senior Planner at the City of Calgary. Previously, Kate worked as a Development Planner for the Town of Canmore, and gained experience working for MakeCalgary and Sustainable Calgary while she was a student at the Faculty of Environmental Design. From mountain towns to downtown, Kate is a lover of vibrant places and passionate about building resilient communities. This will be Kate’s third year on APPI Council, and she is honoured to have an opportunity to contribute to the institute. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria, and a Masters of Environmental Design from the University of Calgary and is a member of the Faculty of Environmental Design’s Alumni Advisory Council.


Glinis Buffalo  

Glinis Buffalo, RPP


Glinis Buffalo is a member of Samson Cree Nation and is a proud mommy to her daughter and son. Glinis is a Planning Lead with AECOM, a registered professional planner with over 15 years of experience within the public and private
sector. Her background includes extensive indigenous planning, extensive indigenous and stakeholder engagement, municipal planning, environmental assessment and supporting women in leadership.  Glinis is passionate about the land and environment and strongly supports positive approaches and best practices with engagement and consultation to contribute to thoughtful and meaningful relationships with Indigenous Peoples. Glinis loves immersion in her Neyihaw culture while learning about other cultures; and in her spare time, hiking and travelling.


Bernice Gonzalez  

Bernice Gonzalez, RPP

During the course of her career, which has taken her across borders and countries, Bernice has participated in projects ranging from compact urban centres to rural communities and regions. A passionate and active advocate for the planning profession. She has extensive educational background: bachelor’s degree in environmental design, interdisciplinary master degree in urban design, and 4 years of postgraduate work in public space and public art as well as writing and lecturing on transdisciplinary areas worldwide. Her self-motivation for personal and professional growth helps her add new perspectives and ideas to dialogues and negotiations gaining her the trust of elected officials, fellow staff & professionals, and residents alike.




Amanda-Brea Watson  

Amanda-Brea Watson, RPP

Amanda-Brea is a Planner and Project Manager working for Dillon Consulting at the Yellowknife Office in the Northwest Territories. After graduating from the University of Waterloo in 2006, Amanda-Brea joined the Alberta Municipal Internship Program and worked with the Country of Grande Prairie. In 2011, Amanda-Brea became a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and a Registered Professional Planner with the Alberta Professional Planners Institute. Prior to working with Dillon Amanda-Brea was employed as a Planner for several municipalities in the NWT, Alberta and Ontario. Working within various parts of Canada has allowed for a wide range of experience in dealing with planning, development, community building and politics in both urban and rural contexts.



Chelsea Whitty  

Chelsea Whitty, RPP

Chelsea holds a Master of Planning degree in Urban Design from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Education with a major in Biological Sciences from the University of Alberta. She has lived abroad, studying at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and working as cultural program coordinator in Japan. In the field of planning, she has worked in Calgary and Edmonton, holding positions in both the public and private sectors. Currently, Chelsea is an Associate at DIALOG, on the Urban Design and Planning team. Her portfolio of work spans across traditional policy development, broad scale master planning, urban design, and public engagement.



Gary Willson  

Gary Willson, RPP

Gary is Principal of GW Associates Planning Consultants. He has a MEDes (Urban and Regional Planning) from the University of Calgary and Bachelor of Arts (Urban Geography) from UBC. His 40 plus years of experience with a diverse range of planning issues throughout Canada - watershed planning and management, siting of hazardous wastes facilities, environmental impact assessments for resource and transportation projects, climate change initiatives and government relations, he has developed a keen interest in and respect for the attributes people value in their environments. His work with Indigenous communities has further sharpened this interest. A recipient of APPI’s Appreciation for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession Award, Gary’s continuous involvement with Alberta planning began with the Institute’s predecessor AACIP, including seven years on Council two as President. Active with CIP he chaired its Awards Jury for eight years and co-chaired its now defunct Climate Change Committee for three years. A former Certified Trainer with IAP2 he served on the Association’s international board as member and president. He was also actively involved with the boards of the Alberta Real Estate Foundation and Bridges Social Development.


Public Member

Marilyn Hooper  

Marilyn Hooper

Marilyn Hooper was most recently Executive Assistant and Outreach Co-ordinator to Mayor Don Iveson. She retired June 2016 after 10 years with the City of Edmonton. She has had a long history working in the public sector and feels she still has some public service left in her. She served as Outreach Coordinator for the NDP Opposition from 1998-2004 and Constituency Assistant for 2 years before that.  She spent two years as Instructional Assistant with the American Sign Language Training Program at Grant MacEwan College and one year as a freelance sign language interpreter. Marilyn holds a diploma in Counselling Women from the U of A Women’s Studies Program.  As a passionate music lover, she is an active volunteer for CKUA Radio Station.