SCI works with a number of associates within Canada and internationally who bring a wealth of experience in urban planning and urban sustainability to SCI's projects.

Salvador Herrera Montes


Salvador Herrera Montes is the Director at Urbanística, a planning firm that focuses on mobility, public space and housing. Opened in 2014, the firm runs 10 projects in transport, public policy, urban research & urban design for housing subdivisions.

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Prior to joining Urbanística, Salvador was the Deputy Director of the Centre de Transporte Sustentable in Embarq México, were he lead numerous initiatives on low carbon cities and urban reform in Mexico.

Salvador also served as the Director of the Urban Planning Institute of the City of Chihuahua from 2005 – 2008. During this time, he published Chihuahua’s and Mexico’s first Mobility Plan. Before working at the City of Chihuahua, Salvador worked in a coordinator position for the Urban Planning Institute of the City of Querétaro.

Salvador has a Master in Landscape Architecture from the Universidad Iberoamericana Leon, Mexico and a Bachelor in Planning from the Aguascalientes State University, Mexico. In 2011 he completed a specialization in Management at the Universidad Iberoamericana Santa Fé, Mexico.

Cecilia Valencia


Cecilia is a design and climate change planning professional with over 18 years of experience in the academic, private and public sector.

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As the co-founder and director of DPI Territorial Consulting Inc, she provides community, environmental, land use and climate change planning services, as well as urban design and landscape architecture for rural and urban areas to First Nations and indigenous groups, governmental and non-governmental, as well as non-profit organizations, academic institutions and the private-sector land development industries.

Prior to foundoung DPI Territorial Consulting, Cecilia worked as an environment consultant on a variety of projects, including carbon offsetting projects in Mexico, a community sustainability indicator scheme for the town of Rossland, BC, or the implementation of the Sustainable Development plan for Tapalpa, Mexico.

Cecilia has also held multiple research positions at the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia, or the US Forest Service, Idaho.

Cecilia obtained her Master of Science in Forest Resource Management from UBC. She also has a Bachelor in Biology from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Mexico. With an additional professional diploma in Graphic Design, Silvia created her specific expertise in environmental conservation and design.

Alastair Moore, CEM, LEED AP (BD+C)


Alastair's professional interests focus on promoting green buildings, mitigating climate change, and generally enabling more sustainable cities.

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Reflecting the multi-sectoral nature of the stakeholders involved in creating more resilient and low-carbon cities, Alastair has held a variety of energy and environmental positions in Canada and the UK with local and regional government, public utilities, the not-for-profit / NGO sector, academia, and private business. At the centre of his research and policy work is an interest in understanding how broad-scale societal changes occur and what useful leverage points can be accessed to support these. Alastair is co-founder of Greenworks Building Supply Inc., Principal of D&A Planning Inc., and Director of the One Earth Initiative Society. He is a doctoral researcher with Royal Roads University as well as the Centre for Urban Resilience and Energy at the University of Manchester where he is examining the role of intermediaries in housing energy retrofits.

Dick Ebersohn


Dick Ebersohn leads Climate Change for the City of Calgary. Most recently he lead Strategic Planning and Policy for Waste and Recycling Services with the City of Calgary, guiding several strategic plans and studies toward The City's 80/20 goal.

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He was responsible for developing The City’s 2020 Sustainability Direction, embedding sustainability into the Business Plans and appraising several plans. In the past 10 years, Dick played a key role in projects such as Plan It Calgary and imagineCALGARY, the Sustainable Suburbs Study, Ecological Footprint and developing policies for the Municipal Development Plan and Transportation Plan.

Prior to working for The City of Calgary, Dick worked on the integration of segregated communities in South Africa via local sustainability projects. Dick has Bachelors in Anthropology and Urban Geography as well as a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning. In the past 20 years he has worked and studied in the fields of Sustainability, Strategic Urban Planning and Implementation in South Africa, Sweden and Canada.

Dominica Babicki


Dominica has been working in the sustainability, environment and planning fields locally, nationally and internationally for close to 25 years.

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Her background includes extensive work experience with the non-profit sector, government (federal and local), and academia. The role she has had with the many organizations she has been involved with reflect her desire to contribute to research and bridge ideas between continents, levels of government, and organizations on
issues related to the environment and sustainable development.

This includes her 15 years with the International Centre for Sustainable Cities (later Sustainable Cities International –
(SCI)); her role as researcher and lecturer at the University of Manchester, and as energy manager for the District of North Vancouver. Over her career she has also had the opportunity
to sit on numerous boards and committees including as a board member of Sustainable Cities International, founding board member of the Vancouver Chapter of the Urban Land
Institute, board member of the Community Energy Association, and member of the International Committee of the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Her studies also reflect her passion for trans-disciplinary thinking and international collaboration (B.A. – UBC, Political Science/French Literature; M.A. – Carleton, Political Economy; M.R.M. – SFU, Resource and Environmental Management). This is further evidenced by her current academic endeavor, a PhD in geography on issues related to climate change, energy and eco-districts which is jointly supervised by scholars from Aix-Marseille University in France and the University of Western Ontario in Canada.


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