The Mentorship Initiative for Indigenous and Planners of Colour


Kenny Lamizana


Kenny is a French-Burkinabe planner with strong connections to the cities of Montreal and Toronto. She holds a Masters of Science in Planning from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies from the University of Montreal. Her exposure to multiple cityscapes across different geographies and socioeconomic boundaries has helped her understand the unique perspectives and cultural values that link planning practices with the intimate stories of cities, places and people. 

Her interest in co-creating MIIPOC is rooted in her own challenges navigating the lack of BIPOC representation both in academia and the planning profession. She considers networking and mentoring key tools in providing guidance to young aspiring planners. At the same time, she is aware that the lack of representation has made it challenging to seek out and have mentors that she could identify and exchange ideas with. As a young black woman, Kenny is committed to supporting the integration of BIPOC youth within planning by providing inclusive and safe spaces to connect, share, support each other, and advance in their careers.

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