RPG was established in 1976 in Vancouver with a focus on pre-design facilities planning in the health care sector. Since that time, our practice has grown and diversified to include sector leaders in facilities planning for Health Care, Universities & Colleges, Libraries & Archives, Research Laboratories, Community & Recreation, and Public Safety. We have offices in Vancouver and Toronto. RPG Principals include Lin Kepron, Mark Mehrer, Andrew MacPherson, Michael Morris, Chuck Wertheimer, and Steve Yeomans.
Michael MorrisConsulting Principal
As a Consulting Principal, Michael contributes to the leadership of RPG’s growing national health care planning practice. With 36 years of programming experience, he is one of the country’s most senior and experienced health care planners, having worked across Canada, as well as overseas. Michael possesses the exemplary communication skills required when working with user representatives and senior leaders. Though not a clinician, He has developed a solid clinical knowledge base in his experience, allowing him to relate well to physicians, nurses, and technical support staff and inspire their trust. His portfolio of clients encompasses tertiary/quaternary academic facilities, community and rural facilities, and multi-site organizations. He focuses on acute and tertiary mental health programs, Ambulatory Care Centres, Emergency Departments, Surgical Suites, and unique services such as the eSIM™ project for Alberta Health Services and the Breast Diagnostic Centre at the Juravinski Cancer Centre in Hamilton, Ontario.
Chuck WertheimerSenior Principal
Chuck has specialized in health facility planning, programming and operational reviews for over 25 years. As a Senior Principal, Chuck has advised large teaching and tertiary care hospitals as well as smaller facilities all across Canada. He has helped many clients organize for development and resolve their needs in today’s restricted spatial, financial, and operational circumstances. As well as acute care, he has experience in a number of specialized areas, including pediatric facilities, oncology, long-term care, medical research facilities, and other technically sophisticated areas of the modern hospital. He has completed over 100 master and functional programs for a wide range of hospitals with acute and long-term care services. Chuck holds a Master’s Degree in Health Sciences from the University of Toronto and is a certified member of the Canadian College of Health Service Executives.
As a Principal in our Toronto office, Lin has successfully led and contributed to numerous facilities programming and planning projects in the health care planning sector. Her expertise and reputation in programming and planning acute care (teaching and community hospitals), rehabilitation, complex continuing care, and specialized mental health facilities has contributed to RPG’s leading programming endeavours in Ontario, such as the Community Health and Wellness Campus in Markham, Hamilton Health Sciences, the Trillium Health Centre in Etobicoke/Mississauga, in addition to many others across Canada. She continues to provide substantial contribution maintaining the outstanding reputation of our Toronto office team for producing high-quality documentation, through appropriate consultation and thorough, thoughtful planning.
Mark MehrerSenior Principal
Mark focuses on the planning of library, higher education, corrections, and community facilities. As a Senior Principal, his project work has included master planning studies, business cases, utilization studies and detailed functional programming for clients across Canada and in the US states of Utah, Washington, Pennsylvania and New York. Over the course of this work, Mark was a principal author of the university and college space standards developed for the province of British Columbia, and has developed a reputation for quality work, thorough analysis, consensus building, and the ability to provide both detailed and “high level” approximations of facility needs for institutions of all scales.
Melanie BarnesSenior Consultant
With over 13 year of health care experience, Melanie brings a combination of clinical and management expertise to the team, as well as a strong background in health care process engineering. Melanie is committed to working with clients to facilitate the design of an improved work environment that is patient/client centered, flexible, efficient and affordable. Her planning skills include development of functional programs, clinical output specifications, scenarios and mock ups, strategic planning, clinical service delivery plans and support service delivery plans. Her experience facilitating large groups has made her a strong team leader in challenging current state and assumptions, summarizing information to facilitate decision making, and influencing and managing stakeholder relations. She has worked with many clinical and non-clinical areas to prepare for development including Palliative Care, Diagnostic Imaging, Emergency, Neonatal ICU, Labour and Delivery, Paediatric ICU, Surgical Suites, Pharmacy, Medical Surgical Inpatients, Renal Dialysis, Oncology/Hematology/Bone Marrow Transplant and Medical Device Reprocessing. Melanie holds her PMP and is LEAN, EDAC and PROSCI certified.
Steve YeomansConsulting Principal
Steve has developed extensive expertise in research laboratory, college and university, K-12, library, and mental health care facilities programming and planning. He has successfully completed functional space programs, master plans, and special studies in all of these sectors, with projects ranging from whole campuses to individual buildings and interior planning assignments. As a Consulting Principal, Steve has been instrumental in establishing RPG’s reputation in these sectors. With over 26 years of facilities planning experience, Steve has developed a reputation for managing complex projects with diverse interests, thorough analysis, consensus building, and excellence in programming and planning learning and research facilities. Steve holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from the University of British Columbia.
As a Principal in our Toronto office, Andrew adds breadth and depth to our facilities programming and planning projects in the post-secondary education, library, security and health care planning sectors. His growing expertise and reputation is contributing to RPG’s leading programming and pre-design endeavors in eastern Canada including Ryerson University, the University of Guelph and Seneca College in Ontario, and St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. Andrew contributes to the outstanding reputation of our Toronto office team for producing high-quality documentation, through appropriate consultation and thorough, thoughtful planning.