Brent Toderian

Brent ToderianOwner/Consultant, TODERIAN UrbanWORKS. BES '92 Urban & Regional Planning 

Internationally recognized leader in urbanism, sought-after expert on cities and global thought leader on better city-making, Brent Toderian is on the move. In addition to running his own planning firm in Vancouver B.C., Brent consults for cities and developers across the globe, with recent engagements in Sydney, AUS, Auckland, NZL, Oslo, NOR, Helsinki, FIN, and Medellin, COL.

Brent began his professional career in Ontario after graduating in 1992 and continued working full time while taking Master’s-level courses and teaching as an adjunct in the School of Planning. He then moved to Calgary AB, where he won multiple awards as Manager of Centre City Planning and Design and Chief Subdivision Planner. But it was his next move to Vancouver that put him in the spotlight.

Brent was selected as Vancouver's Director of Planning at the age of 36, one of Canada’s youngest Planning Directors at the time, in one of what many consider the most high-profile planning position in Canada. During his 6-year tenure, he led many sustainability initiatives including Vancouver's award-winning EcoDensity Initiative, the Greenest City 2020 Action Plan and planning and design for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, one of the greenest games in history.

In 2012 Brent founded TODERIAN UrbanWORKS, a firm focused on advanced urbanism and sustainable, healthy cities. His work spans consulting with cities, regions and towns, planning and design advice for innovative responsible land development, and “out-of-the-box” work like public engagement, culture change and change-management, speaking, teaching, mentoring, writing, and media.

A passionate advocate for creative, vibrant city-building, Brent is the founding President of the Council for Canadian Urbanism and a regular radio columnist on CBC Radio on city-making. He is a leading voice in the Urban Land Institute of BC, the Congress for the New Urbanism, the Project for Public Spaces and many other bodies related to cities. Brent writes regularly for the Huffington Post, Atlantic Cities, Planetizen, and SPACING.

Brent was nominated for the 2014 Alumni Achievement Award.