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Relying on its staff and network of associates, ACR is capable of assembling multi-disciplinary, multi-lingual, multi-city project teams.

Michel Frojmovic MCIP, RPP, PMP
Director

Michel holds a Master of Urban Planning (1993) and Bachelor of Arts (1991) from McGill University, and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, Ontario Professional Planners Institute and the Project Management Institute. He has practiced in Canada and overseas since 1993 as an Urban & Community Planner and Project Manager and has directed, managed or participated in numerous projects in the areas of strategic planning, monitoring & evaluation and policy research & analysis.

Michel is the Director and Owner of Acacia Consulting & Research, established in 1999 to help urban, municipal and community-based organizations make better use of data, information and knowledge in order to inform policy and effect change. Through his company, Michel has served as primary consultant offering comprehensive support to Canada's leading local indicator and reporting projects. These include the Canadian Council on Social Developments' Community Data Program (since 2005); the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Quality of Life Reporting System (2002-2015); and the Community Foundations of Canada's Vital Signs Reports (2006-2010).

Michel's professional development has a strong Caribbean influence. Following a year of study and research at the University of the West Indies' Department of Land Survey in Trinidad, Michel's first professional assignment (1993-1994) was with Trinidad's National Housing Authority. He has split his time between Canada and overseas ever since.

Building on these networks, Michel has developed and led international cooperation programs in planning since 1998. These include the WorldLink International Internship Program for Planners, which provided over 150 Canadian young professional planners with 6-month overseas placements in over 30 countries; and a series of Canada-Caribbean Planning Partnerships, providing professional planners opportunities to work with their Caribbean counterparts to advance and promote good planning practice.

Michel has lived in Ottawa's Wellington Street West area since moving from Montreal (via Trinidad & Tobago) in 1995. He has taken on an active role in neighbourhood development over the past decade, notably in issues related to community planning and design. In 2004, he founded Creative Neighbourhoods, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing good planning and design to Ottawa's old west end. In 2006, he led a process which resulted in the formal establishment of the Wellington Street West Business Improvement Area.

Michel operates his company from 430 Parkdale Avenue, a mixed use residential and legal non-conforming commercial property and former automotive repair garage which is now home to commercial catering, studio and gallery space, and a family home. TOP

Michael Ditor
Senior Analyst

Michael works on various knowledge-sharing and monitoring initiatives, focussing on the creation and dissemination of sustainability indicators that track local trends and inform policy. Projects involve engaging multiple stakeholders, production of reports and shared databases, as well as providing online tools with access to content, data and rigorously maintained metadata. Projects have included Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Quality of Life Reporting System the Canadian Council on Social Developments' Community Data Program, the Community Foundations of Canada's Vital Signs Reports and the Sustainable Community Indicators Program, a joint project undertaken by Environment Canada, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

He has worked on these initiatives as project coordinator, researcher, analyst, content authour, working group animator, technical and web support and database manager. Michael holds a Joint Major B.Sc. in Biology and Environmental Sciences from McGill University, a B.A.Sc. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Waterloo and an M.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the Interuniversity Research Centre for the Life Cycle of Products, Processes and Services at the École Polytechnique de Montréal.

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Trish Ta
Associate, Web development and database management

Trish holds a Bachelor of Information Technology from Carleton University and an Advanced Diploma in Interactive Multimedia and Design from Algonquin College. Her professional experience include data visualization, web/graphic design, web development and database development. She works with web technologies such as HTML, XML, CSS, Javascript (JQuery, D3.js, Paper.js), Flash (Actionscript 2 & 3), PHP and ASP. She has developed a wide range of data-driven tools including data collection/retrieval web applications, dynamic charting libraries and interactive online reports.TOP

Mark Clarke
Data and research analyst

Mary contributes research and data analysis for projects in Community Analytics and provides support for the Community Data Program in the areas of training and capacity building. Her skill set includes research, report writing, networking, meeting facilitation, building indicators, and data management. Her experience is in research, networking and information sharing in the affordable housing sector.

Mary holds a Masters of Urban Planning from McGill University, focusing on housing that is both affordable and environmentally efficient, and she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Geography at the University of Ottawa. Originally from Ottawa, she now lives in the Town of Duncan in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island.TOP

Vivianne Vacias
Data Analyst & Community Outreach

Vivianne Vacias holds a Master's degree in Sociology (thesis program) from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor's degree in Animation et recherche culturelles (cultural activity and research) from Université du Québec à Montréal. She has developed a strong interest in research related to social development, local economy, environmental sustainability and cultural studies. Her desire to better understand the world around her has led Vivianne to acquire skills in research-action and evaluative research. She currently works with Acacia Consulting & Research as a data analyst, research and community outreach coordinator. She aspires to help improve the well-being of members of the society one step at a time. Vivianne is based in Richmond, British Columbia. TOP

Chris Lawson
Associate, Web Developer

Chris Lawson is a web designer, developer and web strategist with over 20 years experience with web site maintenance; advanced page creation; application development; site conceptualization and design. He worked as the New Media Communications Officer for the Public Service Alliance of Canada from 2009 to 2016 and as the Senior Officer New Media for the Canadian Union of Public Employees between 1999 and 2009. While at CUPE, he developed, organized and implemented the first web site redesign for Canada's largest union. The site won the Canadian Association of Labour Media's award for best web site for the year 2000 and for 2006. As the project lead for PSAC's 2013 redesign, he produced an award-winning re-design that had eluded the union for nearly a decade. Chris launched his own web development and strategy consultancy, Jungle Internet, in March, 2016. TOP

Asad Mohammed, Ph.D.
Associate

Asad has practiced throughout the Caribbean since 1983 in the areas of urban planning, land and housing issues, public policy analysis, programme development and evaluation. During this time, he has prepared numerous studies and technical reports, organized and coordinated short courses, conferences and training workshops, and published and presented papers on the subjects of development planning, low income housing and human settlements planning, land administration and tenure, transportation policy, social infrastructure, informal sector development, and EIA/SIA. He is presently Coordinator of the Graduate Programme in Planning and Development and Head, Department of Surveying and Land Information, UWI. In that capacity, he has served as a principal participant in action research programs in the region addressing socially sustainable cities and community planning in low-income marginalized urban communities. He has also done extensive public service, including serving as the Chairman of the (Interim) National Physical Planning Commission. His social development activities have included serving as a founding director of Sou-Sou Lands and working with the National Land Tenants and Rate payers Association. He is presently working on the establishment of an East Port-of-Spain Revitalization Council and the formation of a participatory process of planning in East Port-of-Spain and a Council of Community Leaders for that area. Asad holds a Master’s degree in Regional Planning and a PhD in City Planning from Cornell University.TOP

Julie Lam
Data Analyst

Julie is a young professional with experience in quantitative and qualitative research, the collection, management and analysis of data sets, report writing and presentations. She served as a Community Researcher with the Wellington West Business Improvement Area in the summer of 2015 and 2016, conducting a business census and modal choice survey, maintaining an online member directory, and prepared charts and graphs to report on the data. She is an active volunteer in the mental health community. Julie completed a Bachelor of Commerce and Economics at Carleton University after having completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Ottawa.TOP

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