Ann McAfee

Biography: Dr. Ann McAfee FCIP | CIP

From 1974 to 2006, Dr. Ann McAfee worked for the City of Vancouver as Co-Director of Planning, Director of City Plans, and Senior Housing Planner. During her thirty years at the City, she held two main positions. She was responsible for Vancouver’s Housing Programs from 1974-1988. From 1994 – 2006 she was responsible for Strategic Planning including guiding the public process leading to adoption of CityPlan – Vancouver’s first city-wide plan since 1930. She was responsible for City advice 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 on strategic planning. This includes projects funded by the World Bank, Canadian International Development Agency, Institute of Public Administration for Canada, Canadian Urban Institute, and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Dr. McAfee served as: Canadian Project Manager for an award-winning two-year review of Community Development options for Shanghai; a member of a four-person Audit Panel charged with reviewing the Melbourne 2030 Plan; an advisor to the Canadian government on Decentralization and Local Governance funding in Ukraine; an advisor to the City of Auckland’s first Unitary Plan; and Canadian representative on an American Planning Association Sustaining Places Task Force.

Dr. McAfee has been Chair of the Vancouver Hospital Board of Trustees, President of the UBC Alumni Association, and on boards of the Canadian Housing Design Council and several social policy agencies. She has served on the UBC Senate and selection committees for CMHC Scholarships, ACT Housing Grants, and FCM Green Municipal Funds. Her current activities include the Board of the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport and the Coquitlam Economic Development Advisory Panel.

Dr. McAfee is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners and is recognized by a variety of organizations including Lambda Alpha International (Honorary Land Economics Society), International Downtown Association, Urban Development Institute, and the Canadian Housing Design Council for her contributions to affordable housing, strategic planning, and creative public processes. She was the first recipient of the UBC Distinguished Geographer Award for “Contributions to her profession and the community”. In 2007 she was co-recipient of the Kevin Lynch award for distinguished planning practice from M.I.T.

Dr. McAfee graduated from SCARP in 1975 with an Interdisciplinary Doctorate in City Planning and Urban Land Economics.