Session Description: Brian says that the great thing about being a consultant is that you are exposed to a wide range of communities and ways of doing things. You have to learn quickly and keep learning. And, you soon learn that while every community is unique, there are many common threads to the field of parks and recreation that apply universally. Nearing the end of his career, Brian has looked back and synthesized 50 years of learning into a single session of practical applications in the hope of passing on to participants the benefit of those lessons.
Bio: A Manitoba native, Brian went to the University of Manitoba (B.P.E.) and then Loughborough University in England (M. Sc. In Recreation Management) before a short career with the Province of Manitoba as Facilities Consultant and as a Regional Recreation Consultant. He started a private consulting firm (PERC) in 1975 and merged that firm with RC Strategies in 2015 where he is now a partner. Brian has worked on a wide variety of recreation research, planning and consulting contracts over the past 46 years in hundreds of Canadian communities big and small. He has been a guest lecturer often and has published broadly. His main areas of work and influence have been in public policy, long range planning and facility feasibility issues.
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