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Darren Shock

Darren Shock

Darren Shock, a senior consultant in the Hamilton office, joined Millier Dickinson Blais in 2009 with a background as a land use planning consultant and economic development researcher. He completed his Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Honours Planning) at the University of Waterloo in 2006, along with a Diploma of Excellence in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). At Millier Dickinson Blais, Darren has worked with communities across Canada ranging in size from capital cities to rural hamlets, on projects ranging from economic development and sector-based strategies to industrial land needs analysis and organizational performance measurement. Darren’s background as a planning consultant with Armstrong Hunter & Associates often provides him with a unique perspective on the interaction between land use planning priorities and economic policy development; particularly the need to ensure that planning policies are aligned with socio-economic and market conditions. His time in the Economic Development Department at the City of Barrie provided valuable experience from a municipal perspective, particularly in economic development marketing and the applications of GIS in economic development. Maintaining professional development interests in both economic development and planning, Darren is currently working towards becoming a Registered Professional Planner and certified Economic Developer. Originally from Hamilton, Darren currently lives in Guelph with wife Kelly, and particularly enjoys cycling and other outdoor opportunities in the surrounding areas. LinkedIn

Articles Posted by Darren Shock

Turning vacancies into communities

Dealing with previously occupied vacant lands and spaces isn’t a new challenge for communities. Despite booms and busts over the last century, the continued growth More...

Building the foundation for digital fabrication: A real-world example

Despite recent popular interest in 3D printing as a transformative technology, assembly of a full suite of digital machines like those mentioned in the first article (e.g. More...

Vacant land inventory: Are basic tools being overlooked?

How much vacant industrial or employment land does your municipality have? Simple question, but it’s surprising how difficult it can be to answer. It’s not More...

Enabling rural economic development in Ontario

I’m a little disappointed in myself for not immediately noticing the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s (MMAH) release of new draft policies for More...

How will Baxter change manufacturing?

I initially heard about Baxter during my commute last Monday, as technology expert Jesse Hirsh did his weekly piece on CBC Radio One’s Metro Morning. More...

Review: “Aerotropolis”

There’s no doubt that transportation and trade have played a key role in the development of cities. With each advance in trade development and transportation, More...

Housing Gen Y: Experience, not expanse

Recently Neil Takamoto of Cooltown Beta Communities wrote a blog post about housing trends and the preferences of “Gen Y”.