Russell Schnurr, BA (Hons.), CPT, Professor, GIS and Urban Planning
As coordinator of the GIS & Urban Planning program, Russell promotes collaborative projects that provide students with meaningful, real-world planning experiences that enhance student learning. Russell is a graduate of the Bachelor of Applied Arts (Integrated Land Planning Technologies) program and the Urban Design Diploma program at Fanshawe College, and has over 17 years of GIS and land planning experience within both the private and public sectors. Russell is currently a member of the Municipal Heritage Committee, Community Improvement Committee, and the Downtown Development Board for St. Thomas, ON.
Martin Healy, BA (Hons.), MA, Ph.D Professor, GIS and Urban Planning
Dr. Martin Healy has 30 years of experience in the GIS Industry. In that time, he has worked for municipal and provincial governments and in corporate practice. Professor Healy teaches GIS, Spatial Statistics, and programming at Fanshawe College and presently teaches in the GIS and Urban Planning diploma program, Bachelor of Environmental Design and Planning program, and the Post-Graduate Certificate in GIS program.
William Pol, MCIP, RPP, Professor, GIS and Urban Planning
William Pol has thirty seven years of professional land use planning experience in southwestern Ontario. He is currently a professor in the GIS and Urban Planning programs at Fanshawe College London. His passion is unlocking student potential to understand, interpret and visualize, planning design projects that build community. Through active learning including field trips, design charrettes and competitions, he guides students to professional positions where they can design solutions to existing and future land use problems. As an active cyclist he is a member of the Cycling Advisory Committee for the City of London. He was formerly an Associate with IBI Group in London leading the Planning Group where he was directly involved in renewable wind and solar energy project approvals. He was formerly a Municipal / Planning Advisor with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Senior Planner at the City of London. He is a full member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and the Canadian Institute of Planners. He holds a graduate degree from Western University in Public Administration and an undergraduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University.
Ben Billings, BES, MPA, CIP, RPP, Professor, GIS and Urban Planning
Ben Billings is a Professor in the ILPT and the GIS/Urban programs at Fanshawe College at the London, Ontario campus. Mr. Billings teaches in the urban stream of the program and has an extensive background in urban planning at the municipal government level. He is a Registered Professional Planner (RPP) and a full member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) and the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP).
Richard Oskirko, PhD, PEng, Professor, GIS and Urban Planning
Rick Oskirko, PhD, P. Eng., is currently the coordinator of the postgraduate GIS program at Fanshawe College. Rick has been teaching for 33 years in Civil Engineering and GIS departments at two Ontario colleges. Prior to teaching, two years were spent in consulting in the field of geotechnical engineering. Also, in the last 22 years, computer programming solutions have been created through private consulting with GIS and CAD related corporations.
Chris Harrington, BA (Hons), MSA, Professor, GIS and Urban Planning
Chris Harrington is the Coordinator of the Planning and Research Unit at the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority and is responsible for watershed planning, environmental monitoring, information management and research initiatives. Chris has been a member of a number of working groups at the local and provincial level to advance watershed management, monitoring, research and reporting. He holds a Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University and a Master's Degree in Spatial Analysis from the University of Toronto and Ryerson University.
Brian Hutchison, CPT, Professor, GIS and Urban Planning
Brian Hutchison, CPT has 25 years of professional design & CAD experience working for private development & planning firms as well as having his own consulting business for over 15 years. He has completed projects ranging from small commercial & residential site plans to secondary plans for new residential communities. Brian has been teaching for over 15 years in the GIS & Urban Planning program specializing in AutoCAD, subdivision design, and site planning. Brian holds a 3 year diploma in Urban Design from Fanshawe College. Brian is a full member of the Canadian Association of Certified Planning Technicians. He served on the Executive board of the Association for a number of years including 2 years as President. He regularly hosts workshops on various topics at the association’s annual conference.
Mary MacDougall Sunstrum, MES, ISA Certified Arborist, Professor, GIS and Urban Planning
Mary MacDougall has over nine years of experience working in the private sector with multi-disciplinary planning and engineering teams. Mary is an environmental specialist with a broad base of knowledge in the environmental field, particularly environmental planning, permitting and approvals. In addition to her Masters degree in Sustainability and Bachelors degree in political science, Mary is a Certified Arborist (International Society of Arboriculture) and often conducts inventories of trees to inform decision making and reduce impacts to trees as a result of infrastructure projects. As a professor, Mary strives to make sure that her classes develop a solid foundation for students to thoughtfully consider the environment in their future roles in the GIS and Urban Planning field.