|J. Phillip Nicholson
BA Hons Geography (Carleton University)
MA Economics and Politics (University of Oxford)
MCP City Planning (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
CMHC Graduate Fellow in Environmental Design (taken at M.I.T.)
Mr. Nicholson has extensive professional experience gained through more than 25 years of consulting for some 250 government departments, central agencies, crown corporations, Royal Commissions, academic institutions, industry associations, voluntary organizations, private enterprises and Aboriginal institutions.
Mr. Nicholson's consulting career in the public sector began with service as a research consultant on a 1971 CMHC task force developing alternative approaches to federal urban renewal programs. From 1972 to 1975 he served in the Privy Council Office. As a member of a small team supporting the Priorities and Planning Committee chaired by the Prime Minister, he assisted in the planning and coordination of the government's national priorities framework, and in the development of the government's central planning system. In addition, he undertook several special Cabinet studies to develop national policy objectives in the areas of population growth, immigration, national land use and urban development.
Since 1975 he has served as a consultant specializing in public policy development and corporate affairs. In 1979 he founded the present firm, consisting of a multidisciplinary network of senior associates. In the capacity of President and senior staff consultant, Mr. Nicholson participates in major and sensitive projects of the firm, drawing upon his broad academic background, his extensive knowledge of the public policy process, and his experience in business/government relations and strategic planning.
Mr. Nicholson's projects have ranged in scale from the organization of one-day workshops to the development of major national policies and programs. He has authored or co-authored some 90 policy and program submissions to Cabinet, spanning a full range of issues in the social, economic, environment, health and general planning, governance and management domains. He has served as policy advisor to every major department and agency of the federal government, and numerous provincial, local, private and not-for-profit organizations and Aboriginal institutions. A skilled facilitator and experienced analyst who has designed and conducted some 300 consultation and planning sessions, he is considered an expert in public and stakeholder consultations and in strategic planning.
Mr. Nicholson has lectured in departments/schools of geography, politics, public administration, architecture, planning, resource management and/or communications at Carleton University (Ottawa), Dalhousie University (Halifax), Simon Fraser University (Burnaby), Queen's University (Kingston), York University (Toronto), Algonquin College (Ottawa), Ritsumeikan University (Kyoto), and Kwansei Gakuin University (Osaka), and at M.I.T. (Cambridge), where he was a Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Graduate Fellow.
An active volunteer, Mr. Nicholson has served as: the first Chair of the Ottawa Cycling Advisory Group; co-founder, first President and now Governor of the National Capital Sommelier Guild; President of Carleton Preschool Inc, the first school-based child care facility in the national capital region; Board Executive of the Gloucester-Ottawa Kingfish Swim Club; President and Coach of Glebe Little League Baseball; founder and President of Gloucester High School Alumni Association; and Advisor to the Ottawa School-Based Childcare Network.
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