Alumni Achievement Award nominee:
BILD’s success is largely attributed to Bryan’s roll-up-the-sleeves-and-get-things-done attitude. He is known amongst his peers for his unique ability to look after the public interest and serve the community while carrying out his responsibilities with a sense of purpose, dignity and respect for others.
Bryan spent 12 years at the City of North York in progressively senior positions, culminating as Acting Commissioner of Planning at the time of Toronto’s amalgamation. He then worked for the Province of Ontario, first as Director of Provincial Planning and Environmental Services, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and later as the Acting Assistant Deputy Minister of the same. Bryan’s team led the Three Region collaboration to plan for the Oak Ridges Moraine, an important environmental feature. His efforts eventually saw the passing of the Oak Ridges Moraine Act and Plan, which remains one of the most important pieces of environmental legislation in the Province of Ontario.
During his 11-year tenure with York Region, which culminated in his role as Commissioner of Planning and Development Services, York Region became the fastest-growing region in the GTA and was challenged with balancing rapid growth and, 'city building,' with a commitment to the incredible natural environment found in the region. The growth management strategy he led resulted in a plan that was groundbreaking in its approach to sustainability principles. Initiatives include the York Region Greening Strategy, the Cycling and Pedestrian Master Plan and the York Region Sustainability Strategy; an internationally recognized strategy that was a benchmark for sustainable practices at its time.
While still at York Region, Bryan became involved with United Way York Region, serving as a board member and assisting on the Finance and Audit Committee. In his two years of leadership with the organization, Bryan applied his knowledge of the region and commitment to people in need to reinvigorate the fledgling campaign. Applying best practices and building the infrastructure, interest and engagement required, donations doubled in the first two years. Today, the United Way York Region still uses the campaign practices Bryan implemented and the charity is approaching a one-million dollar campaign.
Bryan also leads BILDs fundraising efforts. Under his leadership, the Association has built six homes for Habitat for Humanity GTA, raised more than $600,000 and provided housing for 13 families.
Bryan, who was a Village don during his time at Waterloo, makes his best effort to return for don’s reunions. He served as the 2005 Planner in Residence for the School of Planning and is currently assisting the school in creating a ‘chair’ that will demonstrate leadership in the Integration of Transportation and Land Use Planning. He has provided input into the program, reviewed written material and introduced representatives of the school to potential sponsors.