MHBC was founded in 1973 by Ian MacNaughton who had a vision to create a planning firm built on innovation, integrity, strategic thinking, problem solving and excellent service. Over 40 years later, the company continues to build on these core principles and has grown from a vision to a staff of over 100 with 6 offices located in Barrie, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Woodbridge, and Burlington. Since 1973, MHBC has been providing exceptional Urban Planning, Resource Management, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture services to both public and private sector clients across Ontario. Legacy partners Bernie Hermsen, Paul Britton and Brent Clarkson joined the firm in 1975, 1986 and 1987 accordingly and the firm was renamed from MacNaughton Hermsen Britton Clarkson Planning Limited to MHBC.


877 Wilson Avenue, Toronto ON | Mixed Use, Residential / Retail |


The MHBC Burlington office was opened in 2016 and has grown from 4 planners to 12 professional planners, 2 planning technicians and an administrative assistant. “It was important for us to have a Downtown office to reinforce the importance of investment in the Urban Growth Centre of the City of Burlington and the need for continued business investment and a balance of growth between employment and residential downtown.” says Dana Anderson, Partner at MHBC. The Burlington office works on a wide range of projects across Ontario with a focus on private and public sector clients in the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

MHBC specializes in Community Planning, Mineral Aggregate Planning, Landscape Architecture, Commercial Planning, Urban Design, Site Design, Site Development, Planning Approvals for Site Development and Redevelopment. Tribunal Hearings, Brownfield and Infill, Cultural Heritage Planning, Visual Impact Assessment, Resort Planning, Alternative and Renewable Energy and Municipal Planning. The firm has dedicated and talented employees with a wide range of skills including Urban Planners, Rural Planners, Urban Designers, Landscape Architects, Cultural Heritage Experts, Planning Technicians and Administrative Staff. The team’s knowledge, creative thinking, dedication and hard work provides their Clients with practical solutions resulting in innovative projects that communities are proud of.


Kaufman Lofts, Kitchener ON | Heritage Preservation |


MHBC provide services to land owners, developers, builders, architecture firms, consulting engineers, municipal lawyers, municipal governments, agencies and corporations. The company’s goal is to maintain the highest level of client service and satisfaction through professionalism, integrity, innovation, creativity and effectiveness. MHBC combine professional experience, innovative problem-solving skills, and a thorough knowledge of planning policy and legislation. The firm’s overall approach is based on the principle of building strong and long-lasting relationships with their clients and the professionals they work with to ensure positive results are obtained.

As a community oriented firm MHBC Partners and Staff are engaged in varying volunteer capacities in their respective professional practices of planning, urban design and landscape architecture. Their offices also contribute to local community agencies and associations through volunteer work and charitable contributions.

MHBC has been a HHHBA member since 2016:

“We always appreciate the regular updates from HHHBA on industry news and issues that affect members. Our staff has attended several great events at HHHBA. Two of our associates recently attended the annual ski day in upstate New York and were able to network with a number of colleagues in the industry. Generally our experience as a member has been beneficial.” says Dana Anderson, Partner.


Bauer Lofts, Waterloo ON |Mixed Use, Brownfield |


The firm’s business advice to the HHHBA members is to “ensure succession planning through the support and mentoring of young professionals. New staff are the next generation of Partners who will sustain the continue excellence and reputation of a business. “

For more information you can visit the company’s website at or get in touch with MHBC Partners Dana Anderson and Oz Kemal at the Burlington Office:
Dana Anderson: 905-639-8686 ext. 226
Oz Kemal: 905-639-8686 ext. 225