Alumni Achievement Award nominee:
Entrepreneur and building visionary, Brian Prudham is a Waterloo Region native deeply committed to the growth, sustainability and prosperity of his hometown.
After graduating in 1999 with a Honours Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the Department of Geography, Brian pursued his passion in community-building through a post-graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), but after 18 months behind a desk, he found himself wanting to build his own career and thus launched his entrepreneurial journey.
Brian’s first foray into business was leading the operations of Sport Nutrition Depot. Under his guidance, the company grew to eight locations across Southern Ontario. During this time, he also began to invest in real estate, redeveloping student residences and owning/operating affordable housing properties in the region. This civic-minded drive to contribute to a more complete, sustainable community would become a consistent theme in Brian’s development projects.
In 2007, Brian made development his main focus, co-founding Momentum Developments. Just one year later, he built a condominium project called The 42. It was one of the first new high-density projects in an area now buzzing with cranes. Brian was a constant champion for the inclusion of sustainable building practices such as renewable materials, car share spaces, an emissions-reducing green roof and on-site water filtration systems. Brian also considered environmental initiatives in his other developments, the BPR Lofts on Regina Street, the Red Condominiums on King Street, as well as the upcoming 1 Victoria project at King and Victoria, the One Hundred condominiums in the Innovation District and Charlie West condominiums at the edge of Victoria Park. In fact, Brian is directly responsible for creating many more sustainable homes for thousands of people in the Waterloo Region.
Brian’s vision is to help build Kitchener-Waterloo into one of the best communities, and his ability to bring a warm, personal touch to his projects and relationships has helped him create a strong network of business leaders, politicians and prominent citizens.
His sense of civic pride extends to his alma mater, which inspired him to create the Brian Prudham Football Scholarship to support young athletes. Brian has also recently reengaged with the Faculty of Environment, and will be helping lead the Reunion 2017 Jane’s Walk-inspired community tour. And who better to lead a tour of the latest developments in Kitchener and Waterloo, than a man who has been such an integral part of revitalizing neighbourhoods and contributing to the rapid changes that are transforming Waterloo Region into a global destination.