The Vancouver City Planning Commission has a new Executive Director. Yuri Artibise is replacing Elizabeth Ballantyne effective July 2016.
Yuri is an experienced public sector professional, with a passion for urban planning, public participation and social media. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree and has over 18 years of public policy research, analysis, advocacy, and digital communications experience. He has spent a large part of his career focusing on various aspects of housing, urban planning, and community engagement in both Canada and the United States.
Yuri is also the principal at Yurbanism, a strategic communications and urban engagement consulting practice. His previous roles include Project Manager for Re-Imagine Downtown Vancouver, Director of Community Engagement at PlaceSpeak, and Policy Advisor with the Assembly of First Nations, where he worked on the housing discussions leading up to the 2005 First Ministers’ Meeting on Aboriginal Issues in Kelowna.
Earlier in his career, Yuri worked in policy coordination positions with various Government of Canada departments in Ottawa, including the Privy Council Office and Treasury Board Secretariat. He also spent time as a senior research analyst at Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy in Phoenix.
The Executive Director acts as the primary staff resource for the Commission, providing strategic advice, project coordination and administrative support to assist Commissioners in their mandate to consider and advise Council on the future of Vancouver.
Elizabeth Ballantyne, the outgoing Executive Director, is heading to the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning, where she will begin her PhD studies in September.