The gsi team

Professional staff at gsi have combined expertise in appraisal, planning and consulting services.

Catherine A. Spears

Professional Planner (MCIP, RPP)
Catherine Spears - Professional Planner

Ms. Spears has over 36 years of experience in the private sector and provides a broad range of land use planning, land development, expropriation and project management experience to gsi. Ms. Spears has operated as an executive in real estate development for two of Canada’s largest real estate development companies and has an impressive list of development projects for which she has obtained municipal approvals. Overall, Ms. Spears brings a broad range of planning and development experience to gsi.

In addition, Ms. Spears has appeared before the Ontario Municipal Board (now the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal “LPAT”), Toronto Local Appeal Body (“TLAB”), Superior Court of Canada, Ontario Divisional Court and Arbitration Hearings.  Ms. Spears has completed a number of innovative assignments ranging from highest and best uses analyses, planning justification reports, expropriation reply reports, official plan and zoning amendments, Committee of Adjustment (minor variance and consents), plans of subdivision and condominium, forensic planning investigations (land), site section and development proformas and feasibility analysis and all facets of land development approvals including site plans and building permit processing.

Certifications & Professional Affiliations

Registered Professional Planner – Full Member 1986

Canadian Institute of Planners – Full Member 1986

Ontario Professional Planners Institute – Full Member 1986

Appraisal Institute of Canada – Candidate Member 1991 – 1997


M.Sc. (PL)
Master of Science in Planning – 1989
University of Toronto
Ontario Graduate Scholarship

Bachelor of Environmental Studies – 1981
Honours, Urban & Regional Planning (Hons.U.&R.Pl.)