Brent toderian

Brent Toderian is a nationally and internationally respected practitioner and thought-leader with over 25 years of experience in advanced urbanism, city planning and urban design. In recent years he has advised and collaborated with cities, agencies and best-practice developers around the world.

Brent establied TODERIAN UrbanWORKS (TUW) in 2012 following six years of significant achievement as Vancouver BC’s Chief Planner. During his tenure as Chief Planner, Brent emphasized making Vancouver into a “complete city”, not just a livable one. 

Brent’s current consulting work with TUW is extremely diverse, including “out-of-the-box” change-making involving civic and organizational culture; improved community conversations & engagement; inspirational and educational speaking and workshops; teaching; writing; and creative media (social and mainstream).

A passionate practitioner and advocate for creative, vibrant city-building, Brent is the founding President of the Council for Canadian Urbanism (CanU), Canada’s only regular radio columnist on “City-Making” with CBC Radio, a member of ULI BC’s Advisory Board and many other bodies related to cities, and a regular writer with the Huffington Post, Planetizen, CityLab and SPACING. He is a highly sought-after international speaker, teacher and thought-leader on cities and issues of advanced urbanism.

Prior to working in Vancouver, Brent was a city planner in Calgary, Canada (2001-2006) and an Ontario-based planning and development consultant (1992-2001).


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