Mike Hensel

Mike has been providing Environmental/Landscape Architectural and Land Development based project management services to public and private sector clients across Ontario since 1981. His role throughout his lengthy career has always been one of coordination either as team leader or as a team member. Mike regularly coordinates interdisciplinary project teams to address a wide range of natural environment and associated site design/development issues. He is a fully accredited Landscape Architect (since 1985) and is a full member of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects and Canadian Society of Landscape Architects.

Mike has completed projects in Canada, the United States and in the Caribbean. For the past 40+ years he has been working with clients to provide sustainable solutions for a wide variety of project challenges including Community Design, infrastructure projects and land modification proposals located within or abutting natural heritage features. Mike is especially skilled at finding consensus between proponents, stakeholders and Agencies when negotiating agreements required to deliver development related approvals. Most of Mike’s consulting career has been spent working within the private land development sector.

Mike currently heads up the Landscape Architectural Department of the firm, is heavily involved in business development activities and provides expertise related to projects with First Nation Communities.

He has provided testimony at both the Ontario Municipal Board and Niagara Escarpment Commission tribunals and in many mediation sessions involving land development applications.

Mike was given the Carl Borgstrom Award for Service To The Environment by the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects in both 1999 and 2020 for his work in integrating natural heritage considerations with land development initiatives. Mike is also the recipient of several urban site plan and environmental awards for his work.

He has volunteered his time over the years to various groups including Georgian Bay Forever where he served as Director and Head of the Science Advisory Committee, Georgian Triangle Development Institute (Director), Canadian Association of Biomimicry (President) and Campbell House Hospice Georgian Triangle (Site Design and Property Management Advisor). He was also on the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Indigenous Issues Task Force for Truth and Reconciliation and contributed to a response to the Calls to Action.

Mike has also contributed to post-secondary landscape design/land use planning programs in Ontario by lecturing and teaching at Fanshawe College, Georgian College, University of Waterloo (Planning) and University of Guelph (School of Landscape Architecture).