By Sarah Klein
The University of Manitoba has established a new Campus Planning Office (CPO) meant to further development properties on campus and establish a vision of creating liveable communities.
On Wednesday, the university announced it had appointed its first-ever director — an urban planner and U of M alumna.
Michelle Richard will have the new role, and has previously worked for the provincial government, as well as co-ordinated the OurWinnipeg plan for the City of Winnipeg. Richard has a master of city planning and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Manitoba.
“We have an unprecedented opportunity to develop our properties to make the University of Manitoba and surrounding neighbourhoods even better places to live, to work and to study,” U of M president David Barnard said in a statement. “The Campus Planning Office will work in partnership with governments, the university community, area communities and the private sector, and will seek public input to ensure we are leaders in quality, sustainable urban development.”