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Harry Shnider joined MDB Insight with a background in both policy and development planning. Based in Edmonton, Alberta, he has more than 20 years of experience in both the private and public sectors. Prior to joining MDB Insight, he was a senior planner with an urban/rural municipality in the Edmonton Region.
A big-picture thinker, Harry enjoys the wider frame of reference that MDB Insight’s strategic planning provides to clients. He thrives on complex projects, and enjoys working with diverse stakeholders, including government agencies, community associations, and interest groups. His strength lies in explaining technical concepts to the public in plain language.
Harry’s career has taken him to many interesting parts of Canada, including three years in the service of the Government of the Northwest Territories. Living in Rankin Inlet and Yellowknife, he was able to provide project management services to smaller regional communities and helped communities build capacity to manage lands transferred to their control by the Nunavut Land Claim. Harry’s skills as a hockey referee were also appreciated by the communities he worked with and he often packed his equipment bag wherever he went.
He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Saskatchewan, and a BES in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo.
Harry was born and raised in Flin Flon, Manitoba, and always checks to see how the Bombers are doing in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Away from work, Harry is married with two wonderful teenagers and a small dog that wishes Harry would take her for a walk more often. Harry is also a long-time musician (clarinet), and enjoys helping his children better explore the world of jazz and classical music. Harry has been a long-time volunteer with Scouts Canada, both as a front-line adult scouter and as part of a team that is bringing a new program that will greatly empower the youth moving through the program: The Canadian Path.