The Calgary Regional Partnership operates in a result-oriented work environment, focusing on delivering outcomes that will benefit everyone living in the region - now and in the future. Our entrepreneurial spirit is reflected in how we address regional issues and how we develop solutions. Our team is “mobile” in every sense of the term, from being flexible in working with projects to taking advantage of technology to ensure a high level of collaboration despite not working in a traditional office environment.
Our key project areas are:
· Economic Development
· Regional Geographic Information System
· Growth Management & Planning
· Regional Servicing & Calgary Metropolitan Plan Implementation
Colleen is the Executive Director of the Calgary Regional Partnership (CRP) Incorporated (CRP). For the past 10 years Colleen has directed the development of the Partnership's flagship initiatives including the Calgary Metropolitan Plan (CMP) and it’s companion the Calgary Regional Transportation Plan.
The CMP guides growth associated with the forecasted 2 million new residents and 800 thousand new jobs expected to come to the region in the next 40 years. Colleen works closely with a board of 13 Municipal Mayors and Council Members from across the region including the City of Calgary.
She collaborates with a wide range of municipal, industry and citizen stakeholders. Colleen actively collaborates with other Metropolitan Regions in Canada and abroad. She has a passion to support the efforts of emerging regions and is co-leading an emerging Network of Canadian Metropolitan Regions focused on collaborating to compete.
Shelley Armeneau - CRP Office Manager
Shelley Armeneau joined the CRP team in 2007, making a career change after a decade working in the legal field, and another decade at home raising a family. Shelley is responsible for the day to day operations and management of the office, and provides administrative leadership to the CRP team. In addition, she manages the Executive Committee members meetings, General Assemblies and is the liaison between the Government of Alberta and Executive Director Colleen Shepherd, who relies on Shelley's executive assistant skills to support her as Office Manager of CRP.
Quincy Brown - CMP Implementation & Regional Servicing Lead
Quincy is a Registered Professional Planner with the Alberta Professional Planners Institute and a full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners. He holds a Master Degree from the University of Manitoba in City Planning and a Bachelor of Science Degree (Geography) from Brandon University.
Having worked as a planning professional for more than eight years in both a parks planning and land use planning function he faces new challenges with enthusiasm and an open mind. Quincy bases his professional practice on a collaborative approach in which he values working relationships with his peers, community leaders, and the public.
Quincy joins the CRP team in the role of Calgary Metropolitan Plan Implementation and Regional Servicing Lead. He is excited about he opportunity to connect with CRP member communities and building capacity around a ‘made in Calgary’ helping the region approach planning in a collaborative and meaningful way.
Ettore Iannacito - Regional Transit Program Manager
Ettore graduated with an Urban and Regional Planning Bachelor of Applied Arts degree from Ryerson University in Toronto. He has over thirty years of public transit service and operational planning experience at the Toronto Transit Commission, Mississauga Transit, and York Region Transit in Ontario. As the Regional Transportation and Complete Mobility Program Manager at the Calgary Regional Partnership, Ettore’s main focus in the coming years is to support and implement regional transit services to accommodate projected population growth.
Alison Graf - CMP Implementation & Regional Servicing and Transportation & Complete Mobility Program Coordinator
Alison supports the leads for Transportation and Complete Mobility and CMP Implementation & Regional Servicing at CRP. She graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies and Architecture and has a diploma in Architectural Technology from SAIT Polytechnic. She is passionate about supporting public transit and affordable housing in the Calgary Region. Alison enjoys focusing on collaboration and working together with stakeholders to achieve common goals in her role at CRP.
Regional Geographic Information Systems
Jessica Letizia - Regional GIS Coordinator
Jessica’s appreciation for the earth’s beauty led her to a Bachelor of Science in Geography, during which time she was increasingly drawn to the more technical applications of earth science, and subsequently pursued an additional applied degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). As an analytical thinker who appreciates order and logic, GIS was the perfect choice for her and she’s been working within the GIS field for over 7 years. Jessica is also an award winning cartographer.
Bob Miller - Economic Prosperity Lead
BA (Economics), M.A. (Community & Regional Planning), RPP, MCIP
Bob has worked as a professional Planner in the Calgary region for three decades. His expertise encompasses the areas of downtown/inner city planning, growth management and annexation, integrated land use and transportation planning, Municipal Development Plan, forecasting, regional and inter-municipal planning and Corporate-wide strategic planning.
From 1999 through 2009, Bob worked in the City Manager’s Office in the City of Calgary, assuming a unique and innovative role as Manager, Strategic Initiatives. For a decade, Bob worked creatively with Calgary’s Mayor and Council to shape and facilitate Council’s Strategic Planning Processes, creating successive 3 Year Council Priorities documents and evolving through a complex transition from annual budgeting to The City’s current 3 Year Business Plan and Budget process and documents.
In 2006, Bob was invited to work with CRP staff and elected officials to develop the Calgary Metropolitan Plan. Upon retiring from The City of Calgary in 2009, he joined the staff of CRP, evolving the role of Strategic Planner and Research Coordinator. Most recently, Bob has taken on additional responsibilities as Lead, Regional Economic Prosperity.
Over the past 15 years Bob has work closely as an advisor, consultant and Board Member with many of Calgary’s Business Revitalization Zones (BRZs). He is currently serving in his third year as Chair of the Steering Committee for THRIVE, Calgary’s community economic development network.
Cheryl Knapp - Economic Prosperity Program Coordinator
Cheryl joined the CRP team in the spring of 2014 and currently supports the CRP lead for Economic Prosperity. Cheryl has over 20 years experience in a wide variety of jobs in municipal government and has served on a number of regional and municipal committees. Having previously lived all across Canada, Cheryl is pleased to call the Calgary Region her ‘forever home’.
Communications and Marketing
Karl Yeh - Digital Communications and Regional Marketing Lead
An accomplished communicator, marketer and public relations practitioner with over twelve years experience in a variety of fields including:
- web/digital communications
- corporate communications
- media relations
- community consultations
- content strategy
- digital marketing
- content marketing
He's big believer in "Digital Darwinism" (where society and technology are evolving faster than we can adapt) and the mentality of adapt or die. In the ever-changing environment of communications/PR/marketing focus on solving problems and answering questions are keys to success.
Karl's always looking for creative ways to integrate digital and social into communications, marketing and business goals but always through the lens of sound strategy. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree specializing in Criminology and Psychology and an MBA specializing in global management and urban economics.
Ruby Gill - Digital Communications and Marketing Advisor
Bringing fifteen years of experience in marketing, public relations. journalism and design to her role at CRP, Ruby is a creative communicator with a focus on establishing connections through the digital world. With roots throughout Western Canada's businesses and industries, Ruby has experience in establishing appeal across a wide spectrum, and specializes in creating strategies that link strong imagery with precise verbiage.
Ruby communicates vision and strategy through effective marketing and communication campaigns. The digital communications role at CRP allows her to fuse her multiple passions into the single goal of familiarizing stakeholders with the mission and values of the Calgary Regional Partnership.