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Key engineer retires from city

A key member of the city’s engineering staff, Rajan Philips, has retired.

Philips, who worked his last day at city hall on Dec. 23, is recognized for his transportation expertise on a regional, provincial and national level, said a bulletin from Don Kudo, the interim general manager of the city’s engineering services group.

He “kept the city at the forefront of transportation engineering,” Kudo said.

During his 14 years at city hall, Philips “could be counted on not only for his strategic, technical talents, but also for his quick wit and infectious laugh,” Kudo said. He “has been a strategic leader in the development of the community, and the results of his city-building work will continue to benefit the community long into the future.”

The engineering services group marked his retirement with coffee and cake at city hall on Thursday, followed by a reception after work at a downtown restaurant.

Philips started in 1999 as the city’s first transportation planning engineer. Since 2006, he has been the city’s manager of development engineering and transportation planning.

He took the lead in progressive transportation initiatives, such as travel demand management initiatives, Kudo said. His accomplishments include transportation master plans, a cycling master plan, environmental assessments, transportation policies, and input to official plans, secondary plans, urban design initiatives and development charges studies.

Significant development initiatives in which he has been involved include the approval and servicing of the Hanlon Creek Business Park, Southgate Drive industrial development, Gordon Street intensification, the south end sanitary servicing strategy, and downtown and brownfield redevelopment, Kudo said.

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