© 2017 by Jason Syvixay

syvixayjason@gmail.com​  |  Tel: 204-997-3040

Hello, I'm Jason.

Profile

Born-and-raised in Winnipeg, Jason has a passion for people and places and has worked towards realizing these human-centered connections through a variety of urban management and city planning roles.

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During his tenure at the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, Jason worked with a highly-creative team to build and inspire a safer, more resilient, and inclusive downtown through creative placemaking and tactical urbanism, stakeholder and political engagement, research and market intelligence, media relations, and community consultation. He is an award-winning marketing and communications professional who, in this role, developed city-wide campaigns that have generated hundreds of thousands of downtown visits from local and out-of-province tourists and millions of dollars worth of earned media coverage. In this capacity, Jason also served as a primary spokesperson for the organization and signing authority for all budgetary expenditures. He is regarded by downtown management practitioners as a consummate collaborator and effective downtown advocate, and was selected as one of four Canadian fellows as part of the International Downtown Association (IDA) Emerging Fellows Program.

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Jason is passionate about helping communities generate ideas for their future. As a Land Use and Community Planner with HTFC Planning & Design, Jason led both both short-term and long-term development planning efforts with Manitoba towns, including Pinawa, RM of Ritchot, Stonewall, Waywayseecappo, and Woodlands. Within city limits, he worked on projects related to corridors and greenspaces, recreation, bridge design, bicycle infrastructure, and Indigenous reconciliation. More recently, Jason joined the City of Edmonton as a Principal Planner, leading policy and development efforts for greater infill in downtown, mature, and core neighbourhoods. As a professional member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), he is committed to bringing about consensus between varied stakeholders and to develop localized capacity in the areas of planning, implementation, and monitoring/evaluation.

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Jason volunteers his time on a variety of Winnipeg boards and committees interested in homelessness alleviation and promotion of the arts. He spearheaded the first CEO Sleepout in Canada, which fundraised close to a million dollars to support employment programs for individuals experiencing homelessness.

Areas of Expertise

HR & Management, Board Governance, Strategic Planning, Land Use/Community Planning, Community Consultation, Plan and Policy Development, Public Programming, Marketing & Public Relations, Sponsorship, Statistical Analysis, Visual Mapping, Budgeting, Urban and City Policy

Education

University of Alberta, Doctor of Philosophy (Urban Planning), 2019 - present

University of Manitoba, Master of City Planning, 2017 

University of Winnipeg, Bachelor of Science, 2009 

University of Winnipeg, Bachelor of Arts, 2009 

Professional Experience

2018–Present: Principal Planner, City of Edmonton

2016–2018: Land Use/Community Planner, HTFC Planning & Design

2016: Emerging Leader Fellow, International Downtown Association

2012–2016: Managing Director, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ

2011–2012: Leader, Strategic Initiatives & PR, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ

2009-2011: President & CEO, University of Winnipeg Students’ Association

2009-2011: Director, Board of Regents & Senate, University of Winnipeg

2009-2011: Nominating Committee Chair, UW Community Renewal Corp.

2007-2009: Researcher, University of Winnipeg Faculty of Science

Publications

2019: "Homing in on a solution." Winnipeg Free Press (July 6, 2019)

2019: "Filling in the blanks." Winnipeg Free Press (May 4, 2019)

2019: "Rivers run through them." Winnipeg Free Press (March 9, 2019)

2018: "Igniting the Pilot Light." Winnipeg Free Press (December 29, 2018)

2018: "City should come out." Winnipeg Free Press (November 24, 2018)

2018: "At the crossroads." Winnipeg Free Press (September 7, 2018)

2018: "Idle, No More." Plan Canada

2017: "Bleak Beauty." Winnipeg Free Press (July 22, 2017)

2016–2018: Duets, Winnipeg Free Press, Monthly Columnist (Section 49.8)

2016: "Indigenous Activism & City Planning in Winnipeg." University of Manitoba

2014: Downtown Winnipeg Trends, Institute of Urban Studies (w/ McCullough), Vol. 4

Cited In

Wideman, T & Masuda, J. "Intensification and neoliberalization: a case study of planning policy in Winnipeg, Canada." (Literature)     
Whitfield, K. "What is the evolution of citizen leadership and how does that leadership influence community planning?" (Course)

Featured Plans

Manitoba Legislative Grounds Framework Plan

RM of Ritchot Main Street Revitalization Study

Grant Park Recreation Campus Plan & Feasibility Study

RM of Woodlands Short Term Action Plan

Pinawa Waterfront Secondary Plan

Arlington Bridge Preliminary Design Concept

St. John's Park Redevelopment Master Plan

East Fort Garry Active Transportation Study

Rooster Town Stakeholder Engagement

Waywayseecappo First Nation Traditional Knowledge Study

Affiliations

Member, Manitoba Professional Planners Institute

Member, Canadian Institute of Planners

Awards

Plan Canada Award (Article of the Year), Canadian Institute of Planners, 2019

University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture City Planning, Mayor's Medal, 2017

Canada 150 MP's Medal for Volunteerism, 2017

MPPI Case in Point, Grand Prize Winner, 2016

CBC Future 40, CBC, 2015

Communicator of the Year, Canadian Public Relations Society, 2014

Community Service

Chair (Sponsorship, Marketing), Canadian Institute of Planners Conference, 2018

Co-founder, Urban Brew, 2016–Present 

Marketing Chair, Winnipeg Art Gallery Art in Bloom & Gallery Ball, 2013–Present 

Committee Member, 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness Data Management, 2014

Treasurer, Winnipeg BIZ Association, 2013

Advisory Council Member, Downtown Food Assessment Food Matters MB, 2013

Committee Member, University of Winnipeg Alumni Association, 2012-2014

Founding Committee Member, Graffiti Art Programming Studio 393, 2012

Students of Colour Commission, Treasurer, Canadian Federation of Students, 2009

Speaking Engagements

Canadian Institute of Planners Centenary, Forward Planning Series, Panelist, 2019

Canadian Institute of Planners Conference Panelist, SOUL Winnipeg, 2018

Art in Bloom Master Talk Moderator, Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2017

Steal This Idea Panelist, Spur Festival, 2015

Conferences

CanU9 Summit Delegate and Communications Committee Chair, Winnipeg, 2017

International Downtown Association, Emerging Leaders Fellow, New York, 2016

Rocky Mountain City Summit Delegate, Denver, 2014

International Downtown Association Conference Delegate, New York, 2013

Canadian Housing Renewal Association Conference Delegate, Ottawa, 2013

Canadian Federation of Students Annual General Meeting, Ottawa, 2009–2011