Access Planning is built on decades of experience working with regions, cities, communities and organizations to pursue innovative and progressive solutions to local planning and development challenges and opportunities.

Our Team

TAMIM RAAD, Principal

Tamim is a DEDICATED urbanist with two decades of experience shaping the strategic agenda in cities.

He brings visionary leadership and skill as a planner with a proven track record of results in tackling the toughest of problems. Tamim has a strong business and political acumen, he is highly adept at advising executives, boards and elected officials to shepherd difficult decisions through their fiscal, community and political realities. He maintains a keen focus on driving to long-term objectives.

Tamim’s experience stems from two decades’ experience in planning, with more than 15 years of leading and directing project planning for complex transit and transportation infrastructure at TransLink. He brings direct public agency experience and perspective to his advisory work.

Additionally, Tamim has been an instructor in Simon Fraser University’s City Program since 2002. 


  • Strategic planning and public policy.

  • Structured decision-making.

  • Advising executives, boards, and elected bodies.

  • Urban design and land use planning.

  • Transportation and infrastructure planning.

  • Rapid transit planning an development.

  • Transportation funding, project finance, and system pricing.

  • Stakeholder and community engagement, negotiation and dialogue.

Contact Tamim at: [email protected]


Karen is a community planner with two decades of hands-on experience listening to and working collaboratively with cLiENTs to develop tailored Planning and Development APPROACHES.  

She has worked extensively with First Nations, local governments, and the not-for-profit sector on a wide range of projects from enterprise specific business plans to integrated resource management and community plans.  Prior to private practice, Karen worked at Ecotrust Canada as Director of Community Programs where she focused on working with coastal BC communities on a broad range of local planning, capacity and governance initiatives. She has deep experience in both facilitating groups as well as teaching and training, including instructing classes at Simon Fraser University, the Native Education Centre and Seabird Island College. Karen has an M.A. Planning from the School of Community and Regional Planning at UBC.


  • Project management and implementation.

  • Process design, facilitation and engagement.

  • Community and economic development planning

  • Business planning and enterprise development.

  • Comprehensive planning research and analysis.

  • Training, teaching, and capacity building.

Contact Karen at: [email protected]

MO BOT, Senior Associate

Mo Bot is a dedicated city-builder looking for the next opportunity to co-create great places for people.

She is a committed project manager specializing in multi-modal transportation policy development and infrastructure design. Mo is collaboratively minded and insatiably curious, with a strong focus on processes to support evidence-based decision-making. Mo is always keen to hear all perspectives and give voice to those who may not be at the table. She is encouraging of playful public space interventions and exploring new urban ideas.

Contact Mo at: [email protected]

MARCUS BOWMAN, Planning Associate



Marcus is passionate about realizing the potential of integrated transportation and land-use planning in Canadian cities. He has experience working in the municipal, provincial and private sectors that informs his ability to map the perspective of stakeholder agencies and address their concerns through the planning process. His work has included a diverse set of project experience ranging from intergovernmental coordination to bus terminal functional designs. In all his work, Marcus enjoys turning detailed research into concise and relevant deliverables. 

Contact Marcus at: [email protected]

JESSE KOEHLER, Associate Principal

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Jesse specializes in the strategic management of large, high-risk projects and initiatives, particularly those characterized by intergovernmental complexity and stakeholder diversity. He is a seasoned and effective communicator, facilitator, and consensus builder. Prior to joining Access Planning, he spent more than a decade as public sector staff at transportation authorities in Canada and the United States. Jesse’s work is highly focused on the alignment and integration of the technical, organizational, and political ingredients of decision-making, thus enabling outcomes that are supported, resilient, and effective.


  • Major infrastructure project development and project management oversight

  • Project business casing and funding strategy development

  • Project finance and procurement, including alternative procurement models

  • Strategic/agency-level financial planning and forecasting

  • Project/organizational governance design and decision-making

  • Community and area/corridor planning

  • Regional and strategic planning

Contact Jesse at: [email protected] 

LISA SALSBERG, Managing Associate

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Lisa is a strategic policy and planning professional with 25 years of experience in the public sector at the local, regional and provincial levels. 

Lisa’s professional focus spans urban and regional land use, transit, multimodal transportation and sustainability planning and strategy. She brings technical knowledge together with strength in developing processes that engage stakeholders in multi-faceted public policy challenges. 

Her recent career includes 10 years with Metrolinx - the Regional Transportation Authority for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) - managing regional planning, strategic policy and transportation system planning teams and projects. Previously she held leadership roles at the City of Toronto, the Ontario Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal and the Ministry of Transportation.

Lisa has led several notable initiatives, including the policies for the 2006 Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, which won the Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan from the American Planning Association. Most recently, she led the team to develop the 2041 Regional Transportation Plan for the GTHA. 

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University and an MBA from the University of Toronto. 

Contact Lisa at: [email protected]

NADINE NAVARRO, Managing Associate

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Nadine is a strategic thinker and collaborative leader with nearly 20 years of experience in strategic planning and project development across complex environments.

She is a trusted advisor and people leader, experienced in master planning, transportation planning and investment decision-making, with a background in transportation, environmental, and civil engineering. In stakeholder management and engagement, Nadine brings dynamic energy and positivity.

Contact Nadine at: [email protected]

Nick Chaloux, Planning Analyst

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whether evaluating value-capture tools for subway extensions or identifying ridership determinants for the Montreal bus network, Nick brings critical thinking and an equity lens to transport planning projectS.

Since joining Access Planning, Nick has supported Toronto Pearson’s implementation of a new public transport hub and the development of the first regional transport plan for Montreal’s ARTM. Previously, he designed and executed a major survey of Montreal cyclists in the interest of improving existing traffic laws. Nick holds two Bachelor of Arts from York University, a Master of Urban Planning from McGill University, and is a spin class enthusiast in his spare time.

Contact Nick at: [email protected]

Michelle Kearns, Planning Analyst

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Michelle brings a diverse background, having worked in the public sector, with NGOs, and for academic research bodies.

She has experience managing large-scale research projects focused on active transportation and behaviour change, designing strategies for inter-regional coordination, and developing standards to improve connectivity and access to transit. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental and Health Studies from York University and a Master of Science in Planning from the University of Toronto.

Contact Michelle at: [email protected]

Thomas Straatemeier, Senior Associate


Thomas specializes in strategic transportation planning at the city, regional and national levels, with a special interest in promoting cycling and improving transit, transport and land-use integration.

Thomas hails from the Netherlands where he has worked for 20 years for the City of Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam, and as a senior consultant at Goudappel Coffeng. He recently relocated to Toronto for one year and Access Planning is thrilled to add him to our team during this period. Thomas looks forward to building attractive cities and sustainable urban transportation in the Canadian urban context, and bringing his characteristic approach of creative and analytical thinking, storytelling and humour, co-creation and mentoring to this work.

Contact Thomas at: [email protected]

Lorraine Huinink, Associate Principal


Lorraine Huinink brings over 25 years of industry knowledge and experience in planning, land development and corporate real estate.

Prior to joining Access Planning, Lorraine was Vice President, Corporate Real Estate at Metrolinx. There she led the Creation of a Transit Oriented Development framework and strategy. As a Senior Vice President of the Integrated Transit Oriented Development Program at Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario, Lorraine helped to stand up the new Program under the Chief Development Officer.

A qualified land use planner, Lorraine has lived and worked nationally and internationally in the public and private sectors, leading key development initiatives on landholdings from UNESCO World Heritage sites and former military bases to the Pan Am Athlete’s Village in Toronto. This includes extensive experience with P3 projects working at Infrastructure Ontario and the Ontario Realty Corporation.

Lorraine believes at the core of city building is the prudent and sustainable use of land in order to achieve desirable social and environmental outcomes. This belief dovetails perfectly with Lorraine’s work as a volunteer Director on the Board of Habitat for Humanity GTA.

Contact Lorraine at: [email protected]

BRIAN MILLS, Senior Consultant


Brian Mills is a senior transportation planning leader and strategic planner with over 30 years OF experience.

Brian has led a range of initiatives from network visioning and goal development through to system design and implementation for bus and rail networks and hubs across North America. This has included leadership roles in developing: regional, integrated, and multimodal transportation strategies; regional transportation plans; design and implementation of complex multimodal transit systems; transit conceptual, service and schedule design for rail and bus networks; full service optimization programs to increase ridership and customer satisfaction; development and application of service guidelines and standards; transit fleet planning; and transit oriented development planning.

Brian has strong experience planning and implementing transit in large urban regions under various service delivery models with a focus on achieving long term goals. Notably, he led the design of Metro Vancouver’s regional transit network, which is widely recognized as a leader and innovator in North America. He is a Certified Management Consultant and is committed to the CMC-Canada’s Uniform Code of Professional Conduct.

Contact Brian at: [email protected]

Stephan Mehr, Senior Consultant

Stephan brings 30 years of experience in both the private and public rail transit sector with four years at Metrolinx in Toronto where he led the design and implementation team for the Union-Pearson Express project as Director.


His rail transit implementation experience spans over 10 years with work accomplished at various stages of project development, design and implementation from the Surrey LRT under Translink (Vancouver), the Hamilton LRT in Ontario, rail design and implementation for the Reims Tram System in France and the Canada Line in Vancouver. 

This experience includes rapid transit and roadway design from planning through to implementation, strategic planning of new rapid transit systems including branding and commercialization, financing, procurement strategy/management as well as project agreement development, contract management and new system launch management.  Throughout his career he was regularly part of stakeholder engagement programs, and has led multidisciplinary teams that included both internal and external stakeholders. 

He holds both a Bachelor Engineering Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo and is a registered Professional Engineer with PEO and EGBC. 

Contact Stephan at: [email protected]