Our People

James vanHemertJames van Hemert, MCIP, RPP
With 25 years of community and regional planning experience, James has a successful track record in empowering communities to create resilient and healthy futures.

His practice focuses on healthy community strategies, implementation tools such as zoning bylaws and brownfield renewal incentives, and facilitating public engagement.

He is a thought leader in planning healthy communities and co-authored the Planning Healthy Communities Practice Guide for the Canadian Institute of Planners and developed and taught one of the first graduate level courses on planning healthy communities at the University of Colorado.

He led the creation of the Health Profile for Our Cowichan Community Health Network, the development of an Age Friendly Plan for the City of Duncan, BC and has conducted walking audits for communities in both BC and Colorado.

He directed the prestigious Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute in Denver where he convened conferences on critical planning themes and developed innovative tools to help local governments and developers implement plans for healthy and sustainable futures.

He has worked with citizens and stakeholders in developing community and neighbourhood plans in Ontario, Mississippi, Colorado, and British Columbia.  His planning efforts in Colorado earned the Town of Fowler a governor’s award for sustainability.

James van Hemert’s full CV

Shannon Senti, MLS, Support Services

Shannon Senti is a professional librarian and proofreader. She provides research, editorial, and proofreading services to support the work of van Hemert & Co. She also assists in providing logistical and facilitation support for community engagement exercises.
She received her MLS from the University of Pittsburgh and served as a librarian for the Memphis/ Shelby County Public library and the Jefferson County Columbine (Colorado) Public Library.  She has provided proofreading services for the Christian Reformed Church Board of Publications (Grand Rapids, MI) and for recent clients of van Hemert & Co., including the Town of Lake Cowichan, the Islands Trust, and the Township of Esquimalt.
Shannon for seventeen years conducted professional training workshops as a licensed trainer for Effective Reference Performance, Transform Inc. (Maryland), and an information delivery retraining for the Memphis / Shelby County Public Library and Jefferson County Public Library. She is the founder and moderator of PUBYAC, an international Internet listserve forum for discussion of issues relating to Children and Young Adult Services in Public Libraries, since 1993. She served as a reviewer of books on technology and the Internet for the School Library Journal (SLJ) and has written articles on technology and youth for the Journal of Youth Services, Tennessee Librarian, and the American Library Association. Following the Columbine High School shootings she wrote “Shelter from the Storm: Resources to Help Children and Young Adults Cope with Grief and Trauma,” School Library Journal, January 2000, p. 40, co-written with Martha Reid.