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Co-Creating Stewardship

Cairnstone is a sole proprietorship, technically.  But in my professional journey I've met good people, and carefully maintained my working relationships with them.  They assist me: as research assistants, consultation support; or I subcontract to them: whether they be environmental specialists or architects.  Discuss your needs with me and I can put together the right team, with amazing and motivated leaders in their fields, for projects large and small.

More about me:

Peter Scholz, BA, MA, MCIP, PMP

peter@cairnstoneplanning.com                                                                 1 (587) 876-1663


My focus is getting the job done, and helping people learn how to do their job better.  End-goals always include (but are not limited to) efficiency, sustainable land & resources stewardship, team morale, growth and achievement for all team members, and organizational capacity building.  I use a variety of collaborative managerial techniques to build trust, pride, and respect; while encouraging innovative ideas.  Many of my past employers & employees, clients & colleagues, have become lifelong friends.  Adherence to ethics is non-negotiable.  My clients and employers benefit from my knowledge base, research abilities, pragmatism, holistic and innovative thinking, and dry sense of humour.  I work best in a task-based setting.


Key Accomplishments

2013 – Complete a community plan for the post-war Village of Agwata in northern Uganda.

2013 – Move to completion a community plan and zoning bylaw for Moose Factory, Ontario.


2013 – Complete a project with the elected officials of the City of Calgary to review all possible forms of municipal revenue, in order to better incorporate the principles of Total Cost Accounting and user-pays.  Presentation to Congress of the New Urbanism.

2013 – Complete a community-wide planning, zoning, subdivision design, vacant homes bylaw, and emergency planning project for Old Crow, Yukon.  My approach increases the capacity of staff with the Vuntut Gwitchin Nation.

2012 – Presentation to Canadian Transport Research Forum on the future of the Northwest Passage for oceanic shipping.

2012 – Oversee process to create a new Municipal Development Plan for Red Deer County that includes a wide variety of practical stewardship-oriented policies.

2011-3 – Deliver courses on Resource Planning and Planning Administration at the BC Institute of Technology and University of Alberta.

2011 – After 13 months as Administrator of N’Quatqua First Nation, overseeing 40 staff and a $3.5M annual budget, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) decreases the governance risk assessment from high to very low.  Staff morale improves dramatically.  Other achievements include negotiating an access agreement with BCRail Properties for an archaeological assessment by the University of the Fraser Valley to undertake research relating to an historical land claim on non-reserve land; initiate business feasibility research into mining, forestry, power, and development, and tourism opportunities; create first complete budget and renew personnel policies.  Lead many Council and Community meetings.

2010 – Successful completion of an on-time (5 month timeframe), on-budget community plan and zoning bylaw for a village in BC.  Housing construction rates increase afterwards.

2009 – Subconsulting role in a cemetery design project in Iqaluit significantly enhances the cultural sensitivity of the approved design.

2009 – Negotiate a cross-border agreement between a BC environmental company and a US-based environmental group to create projects to protect salmon habitat in agricultural areas.

2008 – Complete concept designs, business plans, and proformas for small- and medium-sized mountain tourism developments.

2008 – On behalf of Parks Canada, negotiate a Traditional Land Use Study project with Bighorn-Chiniki First Nation.  Named a Brother of the Nation by the Elders.

2008 – As a Blackcomb Ski Patroller, get the injured off the mountain safely, and almost always in good spirits.

2007 – Achieve professional accreditation (MCIP).

2005-7 – As Manager of Community Planning for the Government of Nunavut, oversee 5 remote offices.  Lead process for a dozen Land Use Plans, as well as legislative development, land transfers research, and design many new subdivisions collectively totalling over 1,000 lots.  During a 6-month staff shortage, successfully filled the roles of 5 full-time positions, without use of overtime.  Increase productivity and quality of output significantly.  Thanked by the Elders of one community.

2006 – Founding volunteer leader of the Kugluktuk Gym. 

2005 – As an agent for INAC, play a lead role in getting an Environmental Assessment (EA) for a proposed mine in Nunavut onto an efficient footing through effective project management.  The EA was approved, and the mining project was purchased by a major international mining firm.  Receive employer’s award for this work.

2004&7 – Create displays at Science World Vancouver.

2003 – Found the Iqaluit Fitness Society.  A year later, the first public gym in Iqaluit opens.

2003 – Receive top grade for a project on utilization of fractal mathematics on predictions of urban form.

2000 – Create an effective cartographic technique using GIS to evaluate changes to fish habitat in mid-sized streams.



Consultant                   Cairnstone Planning & Project Management                 P/T – June 2008 – Present

Current Clients:   Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, Town of Ryley Alberta, Moose Cree First Nation,

                         Carcross-Tagish Management Corporation

Past Clients:      Village of Pouce Coupe, Government of Alberta (Serecon Subcontract), Government of BC (NPE Subcontract),City of Iqaluit (CBA Inc Subcontract)                                            


Environmental             Nova Pacific Environmental (NPE)              On-Going and Continuous Since 1998

Consultant                         Vancouver, BC                                                                                                


Government Positions

All positions have included: Land or Resource Planning, Facilitation of Groups, Meeting with Public, Research & Report Writing, and Oversight of Staff and/or Managing Contracts.  Details on Request.

Job Title




Long-Range Planning Manager

Red Deer County

Red Deer Alberta


Band Administrator

N’Quatqua First Nation

D’Arcy BC


Senior Planner

Parks Canada

Jasper Alberta


Manager, Community Planning

Government of Nunavut

Kugluktuk, Nunavut


Environmental Assessment Coordinator

Indian & Northern Affairs Canada

Iqaluit, Nunavut




VP Policy                      Red Deer South Constituency Association of a Political Party                     

President                      Red Deer South Constituency Association of a Political Party                 

Member-at-Large         City of Iqaluit Trails and Walkways Committee, Economic Development Committee, and                                                    Development Appeal Board                                                                  

Firefighter                    Iqaluit Fire Department                                                                                    

Co-Founder and          Iqaluit Fitness Society (IFS)                                                                          

President                                                                              http://www.atiifitnesscentre.com/

Blackcomb                  Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort                                                   

Ski Patrol                                                                             

Bikeways Planner      Resort Municipality of Whistler                                                                                        

Parks Planner             BC Parks                                                                                                                    

GIS Tech                       University of Auckland, Dept. of Geography                                                                 



Bachelor of Arts – Geography1997

University College of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, BC, and Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC

·         Average GPA on graduation was an ‘A-‘ equivalent.

·         Workload was approximately 20% Human Geography (‘A’ average), 40% Physical Geography & Geomorphology (‘B+’ average), 10% Planning (‘A’ average), and 30% Liberal Arts (‘A’ average)


Master of Arts – Community and Regional Planning2002

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

·         Average GPA on graduation was an ‘A’ equivalent.

·         Workload was approximately 20% Facilitation & Negotiation, 30% Urban Design, 40% ‘Practical’ Training, 10% Theory.  High grades in all sections.


I am a lifelong learner. Areas of Interest:   Urbanism, Musicology, Cosmology, Neuroscience, Religion, Banking, Geopolitics, Ancient History, Ethnic Cooking, Fitness


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