It is with great enthusiasm and much pride that BC2 announces the arrival of four new professionals to its Inter-Nation Collaboration team: Mona Belleau, Faten Kikano, Jill Ann Lance and Patricia Deer.
Known for her great respect, sense of humour and professionalism, Mona Belleau joins the team as Principal Director of Community Support and Indigenous Cultural Safety. Mona is originally from Iqaluit, Nunavut. With a multidisciplinary bachelor’s degree in Indigenous Studies, Tourism Development Administration and Public Communications, she has nearly twenty years experience in various Indigenous organizations, as well as experience in governance, population surveys, communications, ethics and community mobilization.
Faten Kikano also joins the team as Principal Director. With over twenty years experience as an architecture and design practitioner and lecturer at Lebanon’s most prestigious universities, Faten is recognized for her expertise in international migration, forced displacement, reception policies and refugee spaces. Faten holds a PhD from UdeM’s Faculty of Environmental Studies, and her research has been supported by several institutions, including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC). Faten is a specialist researcher, committee member, author and lecturer.
With more than fifteen years’ experience in urban planning and master’s degrees in landscape architecture and urban planning, Jill Ann Lance further developed her skills with the Société du Parc Jean Drapeau, where she had the opportunity to orchestrate the establishment of the diverse Indigenous Advisory Committee, whose mandate is to guide reflection on the 2020-2030 Master Plan. Among other things, she also coordinated the development of the Strategy for Ephemeral and Transitional Spaces, ensuring that the guidelines would lead the Park towards ecological transition and the redevelopment of the territory as a large public park. Jill joins the team as Project Manager.
Graduated of McGill University’s Master of Urban Planning program, Patricia Deer is from the Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Nation and joins BC2 as a Professional with a rich background in indigenous communities and land use planning. In addition, her experience as a planning analyst has enabled her to collaborate on planning policies and regulations that led to recommendations for a heritage conservation district study, for the conservation of a Canadian national heritage site, for research into guardianship programs for national parks and park reserves, and for the development of a management plan for a proposed UNESCO World Heritage site.
They consolidate the expertise of BC2 Inter-Nation Collaboration team, with its wealth of experience acquired over the years and its talented members: Marie-Pierre McDonald, Kiana Coté, Maxime Paquet, Erika Leclerc and Caroline Beauchamps.
Working with local, regional and international organizations, this dedicated team has developed an expertise that enables us to address the growing complexity of our projects that require a global vision while contributing several technical disciplines and maintaining ongoing interaction with the concerned parties.
For BC2, these international projects are a vehicle for sharing knowledge. The firm’s professionals and those working in the communities expand their horizons toward each other, and together contribute to the development and well-being of populations by developing context-sensitive solutions that promote inclusion and resilience.