Our Team

At meraki we are a small team of visionary thinkers with a solution-oriented approach and high ethical standards.

We have a proven ability to foster strong, team-oriented environments in which respect, trust, open communication and accountability are paramount. In addition to our core team members below, we work with a number of other high-performing professionals as needed to offer a full range of services.

Maren Luciani

Principal / Senior Planner

Maren Luciani, Meraki Community Planning's Principal and Senior Planner, has fifteen years of leadership experience in land use planning, sustainability, policy development, community engagement and research for municipalities and Indigenous communities in Canada and the United States.

Maren is most recognized for her long-range community planning work, inclusive and robust public engagement processes and her dedication to healthy built environments. She has participated on several committees as a planning advisor including the Provincial Health Services Authority’s Healthy Built Environment Linkages Toolkit Advisory Committee. Her planning and facilitation work with Indigenous communities has recently been recognized by the University of Manitoba City Planning Department's Indigenous Planning Studio program.

Working directly for municipalities and private firms over the years and working side by side with Indigenous community members to support capacity building and self-governance, Maren and her team have developed a strong understanding of the needs and pressures facing communities and best practices in community planning.

Maren is an avid world traveler and spends much of her free time experiencing other cultures, on her mountain bike or hiking with her dogs.

  • MA Candidate, Counselling Psychology, Yorkville University
    • Registered Professional Planner (MCIP, RPP), Canadian Institute of Planners
    • MA in Geography, University of Western Ontario
    • Board Member, Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association
    • Student Mentor, UBC School of Community and Regional Planning and Planning Institute of BC
    • CPTED Certification (Levels 1 and 2), International CPTED Association
    • Communications and Engagement Certification, International Association of Public Participation
    • Indigenous Relations Certification, Bob Joseph - Indigenous Corporate Training
    • Professional Geographer Profile, Canadian Association of Geographers

Brenda Kolenbrander


Brenda’s experience in policy development, land use planning and development working directly for smaller municipalities makes her an asset to the Meraki team. She has a broad understanding of planning and development best practices and is passionate about supporting communities enhance quality of life for those living there.

Brenda’s interest in shaping communities was sparked by time spent living in New Zealand, The Netherlands, and Canada, as well as an exchange to Indonesia as a teenager. Brenda’s experiences abroad have enabled her to recognize the unique challenges of communities and partner with clients to develop community-driven and supported solutions.

In her free time, Brenda enjoys learning about architecture and design, and experiencing new cultures through music, food, and art. She has also recently discovered a love of pottery.

  • Bachelor of Planning, University of Northern British Columbia
  • Candidate Member, Canadian Institute of Planners
  • Municipal Administration Training Institute’s MATI Foundations Certification

Saeideh Hejazi

Planning Assistant

Saeideh provides support with data collection and analysis, community engagement and research for Indigenous and municipal planning projects. She has a background in Urban and Regional Planning and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Saeideh has volunteered her planning and mapping skills for the UN, the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association and Crowd2Map Tanzania in relation to natural disaster mitigation planning. In 2019, as an Infrastructure Technician Assistant, she participated in some of the City of Waterloo’s municipal projects by producing maps and analyzing infrastructure data.

Saeideh is passionate about learning new skills. She recently started gardening and her speciality is herbs. Biking and painting are hobbies she enjoys in her spare time.

  • Master of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Tehran (Evaluated by World Education Services as equivalent to a Canadian Master’s degree in 2017)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in GIS, Fanshawe College, Ontario
  • Bachelor of Urban Planning, University of Tehran

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