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NPG Planning Solutions – Leadership Announcement – May 2023

by | May 17, 2023 | News and Updates

NPG Planning Solutions is pleased to announce our expanded leadership team as the firm continues to evolve and grow. NPG has an incredible team of dedicated planning and urban design professionals who are integral to the success of our clients and our firm. We are committed to our employees and recognize the importance in developing future leaders across the company.

NPG is pleased to announce the following appointments:

Mary Lou Tanner, FCIP, RPP


Mary Lou moves to this role succeeding John Henricks, MCIP, RPP, the firm’s founding President.

John Henricks, MCIP, RPP

Founding Partner

In this role, John will continue to support clients and the NPG team as a senior mentor, advisor, and planner.

Aaron Butler, MCIP, RPP

Principal Planner, Niagara

Aaron Butler also joins the partnership of NPG as one of five partners. He leads NPG’s Niagara office and works on behalf of our private sector clients.

Heather Sewell, MCIP, RPP

Principal Planner, Hamilton

Heather Sewell leads NPG’s Hamilton office and work on behalf of our public sector clients.

Beth Macdonald

Business Manager

Beth Macdonald leads all financial, IT, and human resources functions for NPG.

The joy of being an urban planner is at the core of my work and professional career. NPG is an amazing firm to be part of – we undertake exciting projects, work with wonderful clients, and are committed to positive development in Niagara and across the province. The staff team at NPG are incredibly talented and do outstanding work on behalf of all our clients. I’m grateful to John Henricks for his leadership of NPG and look forward to helping to lead our evolution as a firm as NPG’s President.

Mary Lou Tanner, President

This is the most rewarding and fulfilling job I’ve ever had. I took on this opportunity to build a planning firm that would outlast me, and our new leadership appointments confirm this achievement. NPG was created to initially serve Niagara with a view to growing further over time. We grew from one team member in 2017 to 17 people in 2023, serving clients across Ontario. I’m so proud of the entire team. I thank all of our staff for making my job so much easier than it otherwise would have been, and certainly more fun and enjoyable than I expected! To my team: remember my #1 office rule – “laugh out loud at least once a day, but more than once is strongly encouraged!”

John Henricks, Founding Partner