Jon van Heyst, Urban Systems Ltd.

Why did you choose to go into consulting?

I was attracted to consulting by the diversity of projects, and the ability to work with clients to solve problems with innovative design solutions. I also like to understand projects and problems from a high level. Working at a medium-sized consulting firm, I have the opportunity to work with and learn from colleagues with expertise in urban planning, legal survey, landscape architecture, transportation, stormwater, land economics, and many more areas.

What’s an exciting project that you’re working on?

I'm excited to be working on the Montgomery Main Streets project on Bowness Road in Northwest project. This project is taking an older, deteriorated roadway through the heart of a residential community and creating better spaces for people to enjoy while still moving people through the neighbourhood. We are implementing some innovative solutions in the areas of stormwater management, active transportation, and roadway landscaping.

What motivates you the most in your job?

I am most motivated by two things: finding effective solutions to technical problems, and seeing designs, plans, and contracts realized through the construction phase. I find it very rewarding to see a new community or street constructed and enjoyed by the people who live there.

What excites you the most about the future of consulting?

Our world is changing quickly, and communities and businesses are continuing to face new challenges in how to best use their resources to be socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable. Consulting engineers play an important role in supporting corporate and municipal leaders in making evidence-based, forward-thinking decisions. I'm excited to play a role in what ever the future brings!

How does your work affect people’s lives, the environment and the world around us?

My work directly influences the places where people live, work, and play. Some it is is mostly hidden to the average person, like the water and sewer pipes that run under the ground. Others are much more visible like the roadways, sidewalks, and pathways that people use to get around their communities.


 

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