Exterior view of Yonge Corporate Centre, Cadillac Fairview Corporation (Source: CFC)     Photo of exterior of Abilities Centre, Whitby Ontario.


Shane Holten, MES, MCIP, RPP - President

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Shane Holten is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP) and is a Registered Professional Planner (RPP). Shane has over 15 years experience in the construction industry and planning field, starting his career as a partner in family-owned residential contracting and pipeline construction businesses.
Working alongside a variety of architects, designers and contractors has provided Shane with extensive hands-on experience and understanding of construction methods and project management skills. Shane has a Masters in Environmental Studies and has focused on inclusive and accessible design initiatives since establishing SPH in 1999. Shane has worked in both the public and private sectors as an urban planner and accessibility consultant on a variety of equal access projects and other policy development initiatives.

Professional memberships and affiliations include:


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Firm Profile

SPH conducts focused research related to the development of inclusive standards, policies, design guidelines and strategic action plans to ensure equal access for all, including the elderly and persons with disabilities. Our way of thinking incorporates a high level of social awareness as well as an obligation to respond to the needs of all people from childhood to old age. SPH will work with municipal staff, community organizations, businesses, councils, boards, advisory committees and all public/private sector clients to develop formal disability action plans or policies that identify, remove and prevent barriers faced by persons with disabilities. SPH strives to attain universal design solutions when planning for all public and private sector facilities, services, policies, housing, recreational environments and transportation infrastructure across the Greater Toronto Area and Canada.
In 2002, SPH expanded services to include the development of strategic Action Plans, as mandated under the Ontarians with Disabilities Act (ODA). In 2005, services were expanded further to address client's needs related to meeting requirements of the Accessibility For Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). SPH is committed to working with all municipalities and their staff (across all departments and policy areas) in the identification, removal and prevention of barriers faced by persons with disabilities through the creation of comprehensive and strategic Action Plans.   

Our Team of Associates

SPH has established collaborative relationships with experts in specialized fields – such as architecture, interior design, customer service training, accessibility of web sites, information technology, employment, and housing design and development. SPH draws on the experiences and services of reputable Associates when required to meet the needs of our clients.