Commonwealth Women in Planning Network Co-ordinator

Kristin Agnello, RPP, MCIP is the Vice President (Canada) of the Commonwealth
Association of Planners and the incoming Commonwealth Women in Planning Network coordinator. Kristin holds cum laude degrees in Fine Arts (BFA) from the University of Alberta, Environmental Design Studies (BEDS - Architecture) from Dalhousie University, Urban Design (MAUD) from Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, England, and a Professional Certificate in International Development (CID) from the University of British Columbia. She is a Registered Professional Planner with the Canadian Institute of Planners and a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians.

In 2017, Kristin represented the Commonwealth Association of Planners at the World Design Summit in Montreal. Here, she participated in deliberating and ratifying the Montreal Design Declaration, the world’s first interdisciplinary design declaration, which outlines a commitment from the world’s design organizations to leverage design for the betterment of living conditions for all, today and in the future.


A sought-after strategist, researcher, and lecturer, Kristin recently authored a book entitled Zero to One Hundred: Planning for an Aging Population. This publication was awarded a gold medal for research by the Planning Institute of British Columbia. Her related article “Strollers and Scooters: Perspectives of a Millennial Planner Living in a Retirement Community” was honoured by the Canadian Institute of Planners with a 2018 Plan Canada Honourable Mention Award. Kristin’s current research examines the impact of planning and design on gender equality, cultural expression, longevity, and vulnerable populations.

Through her innovative, cross disciplinary urban planning and design research, Kristin is dedicated to helping communities succeed on their own terms. She firmly believes that, through education, capacity-building, and inclusive partnerships, we can work together to shape a sustainable future which empowers people to create opportunities for themselves and others.