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Here to Stay: The Evolution of Community Engagement in Urban Planning and Development

February 16th, 2021
Zoom webinar, tickets $20

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Pooni Group is an urban planning and communications firm located in Vancouver with projects across the Lower Mainland, the Capital Region and in Toronto. With many years of experience conducting successful stakeholder and public engagement initiatives, Pooni Group was able to pivot public engagement online at the start of the pandemic. Over the past months, the firm has been able to perfect their approach, proving the effectiveness and defensibility of online engagement across numerous municipalities.

This webinar will provide an overview of Pooni Group’s Virtual Open House platform and options for online engagement and will provide insight on how to leverage social media, including key statistics and participation rates.



Gary Pooni
President, Pooni Group

In his role as president and senior planner, Gary drives the firm’s growth and manages major client projects. With over twenty years of planning-related experience, he has spearheaded projects throughout the Lower Mainland, the Sea to Sky corridor, Alberta and Ontario. His expertise includes policy planning, public consultation and advanced negotiation and facilitation. After being appointed President in 2008, Gary was honored as one of Business in Vancouver’s “Top Forty under 40” within a year. Passionate about supporting the community, Gary sits on the board of the Urban Development Institute Membership Committee, is an annual instructor for the UDI School of Development, and serves on the board of Provincial Health Services Authority. Gary holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Design (Planning) from the University of Calgary and a B.A. in Geography from Simon Fraser University, and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners.


Katie Pystchula
Marketing Coordinator, Pooni Group

Katie Pystchula is the Marking Coordinator at Pooni Group, one of Vancouver’s most experienced Urban Planning and Communications firms specializing in public engagement. In her role Katie supports the Pooni Group team with a focus on social and digital media adding value to both the clients and the communities the company works with. Katie recently developed Pooni Group’s online open house platform which has resulted in a number of highly successful online events.


Sophie Perndl
Vice President, Pooni Group

Sophie is a senior member of the Pooni Group team, with a strong background in project management and communications. She has worked on some of our firm’s most complex projects including the Riverview Lands in Coquitlam with BC Housing and Sapperton Green in New Westminster with BCI / QuadReal. Sophie was instrumental in growing Pooni Group’s work in Toronto starting in 2014, developing and executing the public engagement strategy for Mirvish Village which has been praised as an outstanding example of successful collaborative planning in the city. Over the last year, Sophie has collaborated closely with the Pooni Group team to develop our online platform, establish defensible online engagement processes, and increasingly utilize social media to support engagement efforts.

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