Dr. Ann McAfee, FCIP, BA, MA, PhD, graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1975 with an interdisciplinary doctorate in City Planning and Urban Land Economics. She has taught courses in planning, urban land economics, and municipal management at UBC, Queens, Sydney University, and Simon Fraser University.
From 1974–2006, Dr. McAfee worked for the City of Vancouver as co-director of planning, director of City Plans, and senior housing planner. Dr. McAfee was responsible for Vancouver’s housing programs from 1974–1988. From 1994–2006, she was responsible for strategic planning including guiding the extensive public process leading to the adoption of CityPlan — Vancouver’s first citywide plan since 1930. Ann was also responsible for City input to regional planning; co-managing with engineering and finance city-wide plans for industry, transportation, financing growth, and sustainability; plans for sustainable suburbs; and Vancouver’s Business Improvement Program. In mid 2006, Dr. McAfee established City Choices Consulting, a firm specializing in advice on strategic planning and public processes.
Dr. McAfee has advised cities in North America, China, Philippines, Mexico, Brazil, Poland, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Ukraine, and Ethiopia. She recently served as a member of a four person audit panel charged with reviewing the Melbourne 2030 Plan and completed a several year contract advising the Canadian Government on decentralization and local governance funding to Ukraine. During 2011, Ann was the Canadian member on the American Planning Association Sustaining Places Task Force. Current local activities include the Board of the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport and the Coquitlam Economic Development and Investment Advisory Panel.
Dr. McAfee is a fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners and has been recognized by a variety of organizations including Lambda Alpha International, International Downtown Association, Urban Development Institute, and the Canadian Housing Design Council for her contributions to affordable housing, strategic planning, and innovative public processes. In 2007, she received the Kevin Lynch award for distinguished planning practice from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.