Mary Pynenburg has been employed by the City of New Westminster, British Columbia as the Director of Planning since 1992. She is the Chair of the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) Technical Advisory Committee, a group of municipal directors of planning and government agencies involved in planning the regionís future. She also chairs the GVRD Housing Task Group, which focuses on housing issues related to the implementation of the GVRD Liveable Regional Strategic Plan.
Born in Perth, Ontario, in 1956, Ms. Pynenburg is the seventh of eight children, and grew up on the farm owned by her parents. She graduated from Carleton University in 1979, receiving a Bachelorís degree in Architecture, and completed her Masters of Planning from the University of Ottawa in 1984. Ms. Pynenburg is a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Canadian Institute of Planners.
Before taking the position of Director of Planning, Ms. Pynenburg worked in Canada, the U.S., England and Saudi Arabia. She has worked for Public Works Canada, Canadaís Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canadian Pacific Hotels, and architecture and design firms.
Ms. Pynenburg lectures on a variety of issues on planning and development. She is on the advisory committee for the Applied Planning Assistant Program at Langara College where she has lectured on Official Community Plan processes and techniques. She is a guest lecturer for the Urban Design program at Simon Fraser University. She is also a former President of the New Westminster Rotary and is on the Massey Theatre Board.
Ms. Pynenburg and her husband, Jacques Leger, live in the community of New Westminster.