Jason Ferrigan, the director of planning with the City of Greater Sudbury, has been named the new president of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI).
Ferrigan previously served on the OPPI council, as president-elect and as a director, and has been an active volunteer with the organization.
As president, he will work with council, professional planners and key stakeholders to advance INSPIRE OPPI, the institute’s strategic plan.
"I look forward to advancing the planning profession in Ontario,” Ferrigan said in an Oct. 4 press release.
“My objective is to help build a strong and vibrant self-regulating profession, ensure that decision-makers understand the value of our professional designation, promote positive change in the planning system, and ensure that our members have access to the information and tools necessary to support their work.”
Ferrigan is described as an award-winning planner with 19 years of progressive experience in the public, private, institutional and non-for-profit sectors. His work has taken him across Ontario and into Québec, the United States and the Caribbean, where he successfully completed a wide range of challenging assignments. Ferrigan's efforts have been recognized for excellence and innovation at the provincial and national levels.
Ferrigan’s previous experience includes being director of planning and capital projects at Laurentian University, a planner with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing's Northeast Municipal Service Office, and a senior planner and associate with Urban Strategies Inc.
Ferrigan is actively involved in his community. He has been recognized as one of Sudbury's top 40 under Forty, was named Rotarian of the year and was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow for his service to his community.
OPPI represents close to 4,500 members in the planning profession across Ontario.