Planning Staff

Bonnie Brunner, RPP, MCIP
Senior Planner

Bonnie has been with ORRSC since March 2007.  She is a native southern Albertan and graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a degree in Urban and Rural Studies with Distinction.  She also holds a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Queen’s University.  Bonnie has over 11 years of professional planning experience in both urban and rural settings.  She previously worked as a transportation planner and community planner in southern New Hampshire and was lead planner for the Land Use Division in Mesa County, Colorado.  Bonnie presently provides planning services for the Village of Coutts, Village of Stirling, Village of Warner, Town of Milk River, Town of Raymond, and the and the M.D. of Taber.

Mike Burla, Senior Planner
Mike graduated with a degree in Urban and Regional Studies from the University of Lethbridge. He is a senior planner at ORRSC and has been with the organization for over 30 years. He brings in-depth knowledge of planning law and practice in Alberta to the organization. Over the years Mike has been an integral part of the creation of numerous regional plans, municipal development plans, intermunicipal development plans, area structure plans and other long-range planning documents.

Mike is the planner for eight communities including: Cardston County, M.D. of Ranchland, M.D. of Willow Creek, Municipality of Crowsnest Pass,  Town of Granum, Town of Pincher Creek, Village of Glenwood and Village of Hill Spring.

Ryan Dyck, Planner
Ryan is a southern Alberta native and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Urban & Regional Studies from the University Lethbridge. Prior to coming to ORRSC in April 2013, Ryan worked as a Planning Assistant with the Town of Taber, Development Officer with the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass, and Planning Officer with the City of Medicine Hat. Ryan has a passion for small communities, redevelopment planning and a strong interest in planning law. Ryan presently provides planning services for the Town of Cardston, Town of Coaldale, Town of Magrath, Village of Nobleford and Vulcan County.

Steve Harty, Senior Planner
Steve provides over 14 years of professional planning experience to our ORRSC member municipalities. He is a native southern Albertan and graduated in 1994 from the University of Lethbridge on the Dean’s Honour List with a degree in Urban and Regional Studies. Steve began his career in the Town of Taber and has worked at ORRSC since 1998. In addition to his ORRSC responsibilities, he has also served on various government committees, including the 2001 provincial Land Use Strategy Core Action Team (Agricultural Land Use Committee), and the Oldman River Watershed Council.

Steve presently provides planning services for the County of Warner, Lethbridge County, Town of Picture Butte, Village of Champion and the Village of Carmangay.

Diane Horvath, Senior Planner
Diane has been employed with the Oldman River Regional Services Commission since 2000.  Raised on the family farm in southern Alberta, Diane has a keen interest in rural and small-town community planning and development.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with  majors in both Economics and Geography from the University of Lethbridge.

Diane’s experience at ORRSC has included work on various planning projects including the preparation statutory plans, growth studies, transportation corridor studies, as well as involvement in the initial stages of the pilot project for the Urban GIS project for the region. Since 2005, Diane has taken on the role of full-time planner with day to day responsibilities for the Village of Arrowwood, Village of Barnwell, Village of Barons, Village of Milo, Town of Coalhurst and the County of Newell.

Cam Klassen, Assistant Planner
Cam has been with the Oldman River Regional Services Commission since January of 2014 and is a native of the area, growing up on a farm in Lethbridge County. He attended University in Abbotsford, BC at the University of the Fraser Valley, graduating, with distinction with a Bachelor’s degree in Geography with a specific focus in Urban Studies, as well as with certificates in GIS, International Studies and Professional Communications. Prior to joining ORRSC, Cam was able to participate in two planning internships with the City of Abbotsford, assisting in the development of design schemes for the redevelopment of the City of Abbotsford Civic Precinct area, as well as in public consultation efforts. Cam also participated in an international internship to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where he studied planning methods and helped create original mapping, with the use of GIS, for settlements and areas of the City that had been drastically effected by flooding.

Since joining ORRSC Cam was heavily involved in the rural-to-rural Intermunicipal Development Plan Project, completing 11 different rural Intermunicipal Development Plan’s for 7 municipalities. He also assists in the writing, research and public consultation of various other planning projects.

Ian MacDougall

Cameron Mills

Stacy Olsen, Assistant Planner
Stacy has been with ORRSC since early 2016 where she covered a 1-year maternity leave for the position of Subdivision Technician. Originally from Saskatchewan, Stacy earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Geography with a minor in Geology from the University of Regina in 2011. Prior to moving to Lethbridge Stacy specialized in GIS within the oil & gas sector where she worked for the provincial government to implement both GIS and Intrepid software to manage high pressure pipeline attributes over a large geographic area.

Currently Stacy is working on implementing new software within ORRSC and creating digital records for over 60 years worth of subdivision files. She is also working on tax assessment appeals this year and will be aiding the planners with other projects as necessary.

Gavin Scott, Senior Planner
Gavin has been employed as a planner with ORRSC since March 2007. He is a native of small town Saskatchewan and was educated at the University of Saskatchewan and SIAST holding a BA in Studio Art, a diploma from SIAST as a CADD Engineering Technologist, and an Honors BA in Regional and Urban Development.  Gavin has worked as a CAD Operator for Transport Canada in Winnipeg, a GIS Analyst for the City of Saskatoon Electrical System and a Redevelopment and Planning Analyst for the City of Mesquite, Nevada.  He presently provides planning services for the Town of Claresholm, Town of Fort Macleod, Town of Nanton, Town of Stavely and the M.D. of Pincher Creek.


Subdivision Staff

Jennifer Maxwell, Subdivision Technician
Jennifer has been with the Oldman River Regional Services Commission since 2015. She has a Diploma in Business Administration from the Lethbridge College, an Applied Land Use Planning Certificate from the University of Alberta and is currently completing a Bachelor’s of Professional Arts with a major in Governance, Law and Management from the University of Athabasca.

Jennifer has several years of experience working in municipal government including 5 years as the Development Officer for the Town of Coaldale. She is responsible for processing subdivision applications.