Almost There Inc.

Professional Planning Consulting

Biography

Mr. Donald F. May is a member of the first graduating class in Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University in 1973. Mr. May began consulting in 1977 and has distinguished himself through a wide variety of planning assignments where he has provided independent professional planning.

Mr. May has received service and recognition awards as a member of Council with the Canadian Institute of Planners and President of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (2003-2005). Specifically, Mr. May has championed important professional practice initiatives. Past and present board memberships include the Hamilton and Halton Home Builders Association, Burlington Art Centre, Ontario Land Economists, Hamilton-Burlington Salvation Army Advisory Board and Parks Recreation Ontario. He is committed to the profession by continuing to speak to College and University planning students. In 2006, Mr. May accepted an opportunity to develop and teach an Advanced Land Use Planning elective within the Bachelor of Technology Engineering program at McMaster University.

Mr. May is an experienced land use planner with over 35 years experience in all facets of planning. His practice has evolved into providing planning advice to major commercial and institutional clients. Over the past 15 years, he has developed a specialty in asset management for large health care facilities.

More recently, Don participating in a team that provided AMO with a handbook for Councillors to maximize assets. This was further implemented through the creation of a Municipal Development Corporation for a municipality.

At present, Mr. May is assisting MPAC to integrate professional planning expertise within the valuation process. In addition, Mr. May is participating in a newly formed Planning Services Advisory Panel researching subjects affecting assessment in Ontario.

Consulting with Almost There Inc., Mr. May is able to provide the resources and flexibility for the task at hand. The company is represented by an inukshuk with the expressed purpose that a positive mark will be left in our communities as a result of the effort and expertise provided. The inukshuk acknowledges the need for collaboration and symbolizes that through cooperation and guidance, we can achieve greater goals.

As a hobby, Don has been turning bowls and platters on a lathe for over 30 years where there is a historical connection to an event or a person as well as where the proceeds are donated through Community events.