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Jason Thorne and Roger Weber join Stantec’s Urban Places leadership team

Key hires will grow urban planning and design practice across North America


Stantec, a global leader in sustainable design and engineering, has hired seasoned planners Jason Thorne, MCIP, and Roger Weber, AICP, to join the firm’s Urban Places practice as sector leaders for Canada and the United States, respectively. These two additions expand the firm’s leading-edge capabilities in creating places and infrastructure that increase livability, equity, and sustainability in urbanizing communities.

“Our long-standing Urban Places leader, Nancy MacDonald, has embarked on a new, global role within Stantec,” said Simon O’Byrne, senior vice president. “With this change, we have reassessed the competing demands and challenges in community building and how we grow our practice in response. From rural towns to major metros, urbanizing communities of all scales are seeking to grow sustainably, resiliently, and with affordability in mind. We are thrilled to have Jason and Roger join our Urban Places practice; their global experiences and new ideas align with how Urban Places supports changing and growing communities across North America.”

Based in Stantec’s Toronto, Ontario, office, Thorne brings over two decades of planning and community development experience in Canada and globally. In the last decade, Thorne served as the City of Hamilton’s general manager of planning and economic development. Prior, Thorne led award winning and global initiatives as a planning consultant in the public and private sectors.

“I’ve always believed that the key to great city-building and exceptional urbanism is to bring together the very best thinking and expertise in planning, urban design, engineering, mobility, and sustainability,” said Thorne. “Stantec’s Urban Places team has achieved that in communities around the world, and I am very excited to be joining the team to help create great urban places in Canadian cities.”

Weber joins the firm’s Washington, D.C., office from the U.S. Department of State where he served as a senior master planning and real estate consultant for America's international diplomatic footprint. Weber, whose signature projects span over 50 cities and 5 continents, has held leadership roles in both the public and private sectors, including founding the Washington, D.C. City Design Practice at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

“In the midst of dramatic change across the world, the potential to leverage innovation to shape stronger urban environments across North America in the 21st century is clearly monumental,” said Weber. “The way Stantec’s Urban Places team integrates resources to translate visionary designs into innovative real-world transformations for clients is so impressive and clearly unparalleled in our industry. I am so excited to be joining such a talented group of professionals across such diverse fields.”

Stantec’s Urban Places team is an interdisciplinary hub bringing together leaders in planning and urban design, mobility, resilience and sustainability, mixed-use development, real estate advisory, and smart cities. The team works in cities and suburbs across North America to unlock new economic, social, and environmental value through enhanced livability, equity, and resilience. By blending data and industry expertise with creative approaches, the group equips communities with the tools necessary to proactively manage change and confidently shape the future.

Stantec’s Urban Places team has delivered hundreds of successful projects globally. In Buffalo, New York, the firm was the lead consultant on the Scajaquada Corridor Vision and Mobility Plan, which built community support and reimagined mobility options along an outdated expressway, enhancing equity and investment along the corridor. In Calgary, Alberta, the company worked with the city on the Future of Stephen Avenue, a new governance framework to reinvent the curb appeal of an iconic downtown street. The company also worked with the city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on a new master plan to re-envision a downtown event and entertainment district as a new multifunctional city space for people and businesses to connect, celebrate, and entertain.

Learn more about Stantec’s Urban Places.

About Stantec
Communities are fundamental. Whether around the corner or across the globe, they provide a foundation, a sense of place and of belonging. That’s why at Stantec, we always design with community in mind.

We care about the communities we serve—because they’re our communities too. This allows us to assess what’s needed and connect our expertise, to appreciate nuances and envision what’s never been considered, to bring together diverse perspectives so we can collaborate toward a shared success.

We’re designers, engineers, scientists, and project managers, innovating together at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. Balancing these priorities results in projects that advance the quality of life in communities across the globe.

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