John Smit

Director, Economic Development and Long-Range Planning, City of Ottawa

Mr. Smit has a Bachelor of Environmental Studies Degree in Planning and an Urban Design Diploma. He is a full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and is a Registered Professional Planner.

Mr. Smit has been employed by the City of Ottawa since 1985 and over the course of his career has held a variety of planning and management positions where he has been directly involved in many facets of planning –  heritage, transportation, urban design, community planning, policy and development review, and more recently in Economic Development.

In his current role, Mr. Smit directs and oversees the work of a team of professional planners, engineers and economic development officers dealing with the development and implementation of policies and programs dealing with Land Use and Natural Systems, Community Planning, Urban Design, Zoning,  Research and Forecasting and delivering key economic development initiatives.