Kristi Beunder


Kristi has over twenty three years of solid urban and rural planning experience. Her career’s primary focus has been in service to private developers, but she has a background in the public sector as a planner for several municipalities. As a result, she offers her clients a rich experience and knowledge in municipal land development and policy matters, as well as private sector land use planning approvals.

Kristi has been the project manager and lead planner for numerous complex land development projects. She brings an unparalleled level of expertise, insight, and sensitivity to each project.  Kristi seeks out creative and achievable solutions to all planning challenges. She takes pride in her mature partnerships within the land development industry, including: engineering, surveying, environmental science and construction firms.

Kristi is an effective communicator who crafts a unique approach for each stakeholder and approving authority. She is a qualified expert witness at the Municipal Government Board, The Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board, and the Court of Queen’s Bench. In 2005 Kristi was awarded an Alberta Centennial Medal for outstanding contribution to her community.

David White


David is a leader who provides his land development clients qualified planning and urban design analysis to craft solutions-oriented project programs. He manages those programs, as well as internal and external teams, to achieve project goals.

With over ten years of professional practice and a passion for urban design, David’s work is most often centered on the coordination and synthesis of input from a multi-disciplinary project team to build urban design solutions for a variety of land use and development scenarios. This synthesis requires a sound understanding of the fundamental relationships among a range of design disciplines, including: planning, urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, and civil engineering. David ensures that all project outcomes are measured against context, policy, opportunities for innovation, and the degree to which the urban design solution is communicated with clarity.

David’s professional philosophy of fostering genuine stakeholder engagement has been influenced by several years of volunteer activity with his local community association in Hillhurst-Sunnyside. As a former Chair of his community’s Planning Committee and Director of the Board, David‘s commitment to progressive planning and fostering community vitality extends beyond the workplace.

Jayne Taylor

Financial + Office Administrator

With an MBA and BSc (Hons) Marketing Jayne brings a wealth of business management experience from working in such diverse environments as local government, social housing, bereavement, publishing, venture capital and IT service industry.  Accomplished, energetic and passionate about client care she has a proven record for successfully managing customer care teams, large budgets, multiple priorities and projects whilst building and sustaining strong relationships with colleagues and clients.  Jayne supports her colleagues at CivicWorks through all operations from finance to service delivery.

At home Jayne walks her (very cute) dog, dabbles in decorative painting, tries to understand Calgary gardening and obsesses over owls in all forms.  Oh, and she also knows all the words to every ABBA song.

Brady Rokosh

Urban Planner

As a planner at CivicWorks, Brady contributes to various planning and urban design projects with multidisciplinary teams at the site, neighbourhood and district scale. Brady holds a Master of Planning degree from Dalhousie University, a Bachelor of Science in Geography with a concentration in GIS from The University of Lethbridge, and training in graphic design from The Alberta College of Art + Design.

Brady’s previous experience in environmental planning complements his land use planning, urban design and public engagement work that impacts the built and natural environment.

Jocelyn Appleby


With a Master of Planning degree from the University of Calgary and an educational background in sociology, Jocelyn has always been fascinated by different cultures and the people and places that make them unique. This led to the opportunity to study abroad in Denmark, where a class about the evolution of Copenhagen led her to a new found passion in urban planning.

Previous work experience in the dynamic region of Wood Buffalo as well as the private sector in Calgary and surrounding municipalities has given Jocelyn unique experience and perspective on planning.  Jocelyn is passionate about positively contributing to the sustainable growth, health and prosperity of all communities and strongly believes that collaborative efforts and strategic planning creates resilient communities.

Jocelyn excels at fostering collaborative relationships with clients and approving authorities to work towards common goals, sustainable design and complete communities. She gives back to her community by volunteering with the Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association on the planning committee.


Joanna Patton


As an Urban Planner, Joanna applies a creative and design-oriented mindset to different scales of planning and urban design projects. Joanna holds a Master of Planning degree from the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Alberta College of Art + Design. Her previous experience coordinating running races, festivals, and other events has shaped her community-oriented approach to stakeholder engagement. While at graduate school she was awarded the Alberta Professional Planners Institute Danny Makale Silver Medallion for her work on a neighbourhood-level Land Use and Development study for Bridgeland-Riverside, a project which focused on proactively fostering a vibrant, connected, and equitable community.

Zach Hoefs

Urban Planner

As an Urban Planner with CivicWorks, Zach enjoys using a mix of analytics, policy, and design savvy to contribute to the planning solutions the team proposes in both its urban and rural projects. Zach possesses a Master’s degree in Planning from the University of Calgary and prior degrees in Education and Global Development from Queen’s University. His education degree helped him to hone his engagement skills, imparting in him the ability to quickly establish rapport and to meaningfully converse with large and diverse groups of people.

Zach’s previous experience working in Planning and Development at the City of Calgary’s Parking Authority provides him with context regarding municipal processes and planning tools, which he employs strategically in his work.

In Zach’s spare time, he loves to travel. Taking in the history and culture of cities in North America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania provide him with a global lens that aid him creatively in his city building and place making pursuits.

Ben Bailey

Urban Planner

As a planner with CivicWorks, Ben brings a passion for healthy and livable community design and lends his planning and design expertise to projects of all scales for municipal and private sector clients. Framed from a degree in social psychology from the University of Alberta and a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Calgary, Ben’s work emphasizes the linkages between policy, implementation, and how people engage with their urban environments. He brings a strong background in his work as a planner, having contributed to a number of planning and design projects with various responsibilities, including: spatial analysis and open space planning, urban design guidelines and downtown revitalization, land use planning, policy development, and public engagement.

Ben is committed to continuous professional learning, and works to ensure best planning practices and smart urban design principles are the central element of any plan. He has been recognized for his contributions to progressive planning, having recently been part of a multi-disciplinary team awarded the 2016 Alberta Provincial Planners Institute Award of Planning Merit for the Bragg Creek Revitalization Plan.

Ben is a long-serving volunteer with his local community association planning committee and is a member of the Faculty of Environmental Design Alumni Advisory Council.

Boris Karn

Urban Planner

As a planner with CivicWorks, Boris provides his urban planning and design experience to various projects that focus on land use and development planning, urban design, and stakeholder engagement. His work is focused on projects that contribute to the vitality and vibrancy of Calgary’s built environment, with a keen consideration of political and economic factors.

Boris holds a Master of Planning and Bachelor of Health Science degree from the University of Calgary. His multidisciplinary experience includes numerous public and private projects spanning the fields of urban and regional planning, stakeholder engagement, communications, and health research. As a planning and design consultant, he believes in the power of a clear and considered message, tailored to its audience. To deliver strategies that actually work, Boris grounds his solutions in rigorous analysis and creative design-thinking, making use of an ever-growing supply of social, spatial and economic data.

Sandra McElroy


Sandra is a creative and technically proficient land development designer. She has worked within the local land development industry for over 20 years. Sandra enthusiastically brings a broad range of graphic and information architecture experience to each project. Using the latest 2D and 3D software tools, she supports the team in taking project design from concept to completion. Sandra is a graduate of Ottawa’s Algonquin College.

When she is not busy at CivicWorks Sandra volunteers her time with the Okotoks Oilers Athletic Association.