Our Staff

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Daniel Paquette


B.E.S., Honours Urban and Regional Planning
University of Waterloo, 1982


President, Paquette Planning Associates Ltd. (2003-Present)

Currently providing consulting services to the private and public sectors in the areas of land use planning, land development, subdivision design, securing project approvals, financial analysis, issue resolution and OMB testimony.

Clients include the City of Ottawa, French Catholic School Board, Petro Canada, First Professional Shopping Centres, Minto Developments Inc., Shenkman Corporation, Canderel Corporation, Cardel Custom Homes, Mobius Corporation and Brigil Construction.

Director of Planning, Minto Developments Inc. (1992-2003)

Directed the planning and development of several residential communities for the company’s Ottawa operation. Responsibilities included financial analysis and site acquisition, subdivision design and obtaining all necessary approvals leading to house construction. Responsible for the following major projects: Emerald Meadows in Kanata ( 200 acres), Chapman Mills in Nepean ( 1000 acres), Upper Hunt Club in south Gloucester (85 acre infill site) and Avalon in Cumberland ( 650 acres).

Managed the company’s research and promotion of alternative development and zoning standards leading to the approval of such new standards in the municipalities of Kanata, Nepean, Gloucester and Cumberland. New standards incorporated by Minto have maintained the company’s position as Ottawa’s single largest builder.

Represented the company at the committee and Board of Director level of the Ottawa-Carleton Home Builders` Association (OCHBA). Chaired OCHBA`s Builder Developer Council for two years. Successfully coordinated the efforts of the local housing industry in lobbying for reduced development charges.

Senior Planner and Associate, Weston and Associates (1988-1992)

Planning Consultant and Project Manager to the municipal sector and land development industry in the Greater Toronto Area. Responsible for providing land use planning services on a wide range of development projects industrial and residential plans of subdivision as well as commercial developments including retail and office buildings. Involved in the preparation of development feasibility investigations as well as proformas to assess the financial feasibility of development projects.

Coordinated the activities of architectural, engineering and market sub-consultants on several multi-disciplined assignments. Responsible for liaising with public agencies to resolve outstanding issues. Represented clients at public meetings and hearings. Managed the preparation of evidence utilized at OMB Hearings. Appeared as expert witness before the OMB.

Involved in the preparation of Official Plan documents and Secondary Plans in the municipalities of Richmond Hill, Newmarket, Barrie, Whitchurch-Stouffville, Innisfil and Markham.

Planner, M.M.Dillon Ltd. (1982-1988)

Managed and coordinated a wide range of public and private land use planning assignments. Specific responsibilities included data collection and analysis, preparation of planning reports, presentation of findings to various appointed and elected committees as well as the public.

Coordinated the company’s northern Ontario planning program; this effort involved the preparation of Official Plans and Zoning B-laws as well as the provision of consulting advice to a wide range of municipalities in Northern Ontario including; Hearst, Cochrane, Sault Ste. Marie, Little Current and Kapuskasing.

Involved in the following types of projects:

  • Environmental assessments for transportation, waste management and water supply studies;
  • Official Plan and Zoning By-law documents
  • Streetscape and community improvement strategies
  • Energy Conservation through land use planning studies
  • Recreational and tourism development studies


  • French and English

Memberships and Awards

  • Canadian Institute of Planners ( since 1984 )
  • Recipient of Ottawa Carleton Home Builders Association’s Colonel Boss Award 1996
  • Ottawa Carleton Home Builders Association Board of Directors member 1995-2004
  • Regroupement des Gens D’Affaires de la Capitale Nationale, Prix D’Excellence, 2009
  • City of Ottawa Urban Design Award, 2007

Sharanne P. Paquette


  • Currently enrolled in the Horticultural and Landscaped Design ,
    Program, Part-time , Algonquin College, Ottawa (1999 - ongoing)
  • B.E.S. Honours Urban and Regional Planning, University of Waterloo, Ontario
    Final Thesis: Future Housing Designs (1979-1982)


Ongoing Landscape Designer, Sharanne’s Landscape Designs (2002 - ongoing)

Responsible for conceptual and detail landscape designs for large and small residential developments. Co-ordinate clients needs, site conditions, local development controls and plant selection . Strong emphasis on blending the different elements of spatial design into a comprehensive plan for landscape development. Create hand drawn design plans and construction details.

Member of City of Ottawa Committee of Adjustment (2003- 2006)

Member of a five person panel responsible for the consideration of minor variances/permission/consent applications for the suburban area of the City of Ottawa.

Landscape Designer, John Szczepaniak Landscape Architect (1999-2002)

Assistant to prominent local Landscape Architect. Responsible for the development of landscape designs for large residential developments and commercial sites. Produced detailed hand drawn design plans , artistic elevations and rendered drawings.

Contract Intermediate Planner, Policy Division of Planning & Property Department of the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton (1992-1993)

Responsible for the review , analysis preparation and circulation of Regional Official Plan Amendments. Coordinated , evaluated and mediated agency comments, private initiatives and local municipal considerations according to Regional Planning directives. Prepared staff reports and presented at Regional Planning Committee. Dealt with public inquires on Regional Official Plan matters

Intermediate Planner, Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Plans Administration Branch-North and East, Toronto, Ontario (1982-1987)

Responsible for the analysis, review, preparation and approval of municipal planning documents such as Official Plans, Official Plan Amendments, Subdivisions, Zoning by-laws and Minister’s zoning orders. Responded to public inquiries on behalf of the Minister of Municipal Affairs. Mediated outstanding conflicts between affected agencies and the proponent. Organized and made presentations at public meetings as well as at Committee and Council meetings. Prepared documentation for referrals to the OMB.