Gillian is a social geographer and planner holding a Masters degree in Cities, Space and Society from the London School of Economics, and has worked in Canada, the United Kingdom and Mexico on issues of sustainability, social justice, behavior change, climate adaptation, and inclusion in the urban environment. Gillian’s career has focused on supporting local governments, First Nations, and institutions plan for and reach their sustainability goals.
Gillian has been involved in many projects that bridge science with planning and public awareness including climate change and adaptation plans, strategic sustainability plans, State of the Environment reports, and sustainability needs assessment and implementation plans. Currently, a main component of her work involves designing and facilitating public and stakeholder consultation processes that engage communities in discussions around sustainable development. She is a registered member of the International Institute for Public Participation (IAP2), and is known for her innovative and creative approach to gaining access to hard to reach audiences, bringing energy to engagement events, and facilitating engagement on technical issues. For the last 3 years Gillian has worked closely with Coastal First Nations to support them in pursuing energy independence.
Before founding Pinna, Gillian worked locally with Stantec Consulting Ltd and The Sheltair Group, and abroad with LEAD International in London, UK. In addition to her consulting career, Gillian is a faculty member with the Geography Department at Langara College.