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Stan Leinwand

Acting Chief, Federal Approvals and Environmental Management


Accomplished and passionate planning professional with twenty years of experience working in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. Skilled liaison between disciplines, professionals and lay people; persuasive and articulate, able to achieve results others believed to be impossible.  Experienced in community relations, marketing, partnership building, breaking down silos, research, urban planning and design, and program management.


· Effective Communication· Public Facilitation· Consensus Building

· Research/Strategic Planning· Urban Design· Transit Planning/TOD

· Multi-Disciplinary Approach· Prospecting/Client Cultivation· Fluently bilingual

Work experience

July 2016Present

Acting Chief, Federal Approvals and Environmental Management

National Capital Commission

Recently appointed Acting Chief of Federal Approvals and Environmental Management with the responsibility to supervise a staff of twelve professionals responsible for land use and design approval of all works on federal lands within the National Capital Region.

July 2010Present

Senior Planner, Outreach and Communications

National Capital Commission

Working with leadership to ensure the voice, the mission and the values of the Capital Planning Branch are conveyed to partners, clients, stakeholders and other professionals.

- Develop and coordinate the newly created Urbanism Lab at the NCC
- Coordinate the outreach and communication activities for the Capital Planning Branch including; Federal Land Use and Design Approvals, Master Plans, delegations, conferences
- Recent projects include Greenbelt Master Plan, Horizon 2067: Plan for Canada's Capital, Choosing Our Future sustainablility plan

May 2008Jul 2010

Principal Planning Consultant

GHD Consulting Inc.
  • Projects: Town of Wingate Comprehensive and Downtown Plan, Eco-Industrial Urbanism in Davidson, NC
  • Initiated intensive business development program to build brand identity and market recognition.
  • Successfully raised profile of GHD USA throughout south eastern United States.
  • Drove the introduction of new graphic standards for proposals and marketing materials.
  • Engaged with clients to identify their needs and challenges and provide solutions-oriented solutions.Represented company to clients; developed new accounts; managed client relations.
Jan 2005May 2008

Transit Planner-Urban Design / Project Development Planner

City of Charlotte

Steered planning and design activities for neighborhood transit centers, passenger facilities, and park-n-ride lots.Acted as lead urban design professional for Center City Streetcar Corridor.

  • Managed budget of $750,000 and oversaw work of consultants.
  • Led urban design activities, including custom shelters, amenities, and art-in-transit.
  • Engaged in public involvement plan: meetings with citizens, business owners, etc.
  • Coordinated and communicated with city departments and civic groups.
Jul 2003Nov 2004

Senior Planner

LandDesign, Inc.

Represented company to clients; developed new proposals; worked on various projects. Selected projects include:

  • Village of Flat Rock Strategic Growth Master Plan, Flat Rock, NC
  • Bridgehampton Gateway Mixed-Use Planned Development District Study, Southampton, NY
  • Alachua County Land Development Regulations (TND ordinance), Gainesville, FL
  • City of Wilmington / New Hanover County Unified Development Ordinance, Wilmington, NC
Jan 2000Jul 2003

Urban Design Planner

City of Columbia Planning Department

As the City’s first urban design planner, coordinated planning and design activities in the City Center including review of all new construction, renovation, and civic projects.Acted as project manager for Mayor’s Arts Task Force and Millwood Avenue Corridor Study.General duties included:

  • Provided professional, technical and administrative support to Design Development Review Commission, City’s Brownfield program, and other city departments.
  • Daily interaction with citizens, customers, developers, and architects.

Research Associate in Community Planning Department

Federation CJA



Leinwand, Stan, Carole Després and Robert Verret (1999). Analyse des accommodements reglementaires actuels en rapport avec le logement supplementaire de banlieue (Analysis of current regulations regarding accessory housing in Quebec suburbs). Quebec Housing Corporation, Quebec. ISBN 2-550-35380-3

Leinwand, Stan (1992). The Octagonal Park of Saint-Michel, in A Topographic Atlas of Montreal, Jeanne M Wolfe and Francois Dufaux (Editors).McGill University School of Urban Planning, Montreal, Quebec.



Ontario Professional Planners Institute


Ordre des urbanistes du Québec


Canadian Institute of Planners


American Institute of Certified Planners