Cathy Sears obtained a BSc from the University of Alberta 1979 and a BLA from the Uni- versity of British Columbia 1985. She became a member of the AALA and CSLA in 1991. Beginning with her service as AALA Director in 1993, Cathy has actively, and creatively, contributed to her profession.
As AALA President (2001- 2002), Cathy coordinated the 2003 International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) World Congress. Her extraordinary efforts made this one of the most successful conferences in CSLA history. As CSLA Director (2003 – 2008), Cathy led the first CSLA Presidents’ Round Table, directed the modernization of the organization’s governing bylaws and created a Board Manual that continues to guide the national organiza- tion. As CSLA President (2008-2009) Cathy led major initiatives during a challenging period of transition, including recruitment of a new Executive Director. Under Cathy’s progressive leadership the partnership for the National Urban Design Awards was officially sealed, the Accreditation Council succession completed and vital initiatives including LA CES, reciprocity, and member program enhancements gained substantial ground. Her term culminated in CSLA’s 75th Anniversary legacy celebration.
Cathy is currently Stantec’s Practice Area for Landscape Architecture overseeing offices through North America. She is widely respected for promoting collaboration, professional growth and development of the practice. Cathy has led several award-winning design teams earning two CSLA National Award recognitions and a National Urban Design Award Certificate of Merit.