Distinguished Canadian Planners
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Modern urban planning in Canada can be traced back to the early 1900s, though Indigenous planning, an evolving practice, originated hundreds if not thousands of years ago. The planning profession originally focused on city layout, land subdivision and architecture and grew dramatically after 1945 due to the growth of Canadian cities. The profession now includes a diverse range of subjects such as urban sociology, data analysis and forecasting, municipal and planning law, management sciences and environmental sciences. According to the Canadian Institute of Planners, the profession has grown from only 45 practicing planners in 1949 to about 7,000 practitioners in 2009. This page compiles some of Canada’s most notable planners according to their contributions to the profession.
List of notable Canadian planners and their contributions
|Name||Active||Area of Expertise||Contributions to Planning||Awards and Appointments|
|Thomas Adams||1871-1940||Town Planner||Adams shared the ideas of the Garden City movement, although some authors suggest their ideas were broader and deeper. In 1917, he wrote Rural planning and development: a study of rural conditions and problems in Canada; the first ever planning book in Canada. He became known in the field because of his extensive writing to "Conservation of life: public health, housing and town planning" and because he founded in 1919 the Town Planning Institute of Canada.||He was appointed as an advisor to the Canadian Commission of Conservation in 1914.|
|Paul Bedford||Current||As Chief Planner at the City of Toronto, Paul worked with Jane Jacobs to create innovative plans for King-Spadina and King-Parliament, and initiated planning that was a precursor to the redevelopment of the Central Waterfront. He has served on the Advisory Committee on Planning, Design and Realty for the National Capital Commission and on the board of directors for Metrolinx. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University.||College of Fellows of the Canadian Institute of Planners|
|Larry Beasley||Current||City planning||Former Co-Director of Planning for the City of Vancouver who was recognized for his work on revitalizing the downtown core of the city. Since his retirement from the city has worked on numerous successful international projects and developed plans for cities such as Dallas, Abu Dhabi and Rotterdam. He served on the National Capital Commission’s ‘Advisory Committee on Planning, Design and Realty’ in Ottawa for 16 years, and on the Board of the Canadian Urban Institute. He has recently published Ecodesign for Cities along with Jonathan Barnett.||He has received an Order of Canada in 2005 as well as Diamond Jubilee Medal.|
|Hans Blumenfeld||1892-1988||City planning, regional planning||Officer of the Order of Canada 1978|
|Peter Boothroyd||Current||Community planning, Participatory planning||His professional and academic career was in the research and promotion of citizen engagement in planning. He worked in the 1980s in collaboration with Indigenous communities to conduct participatory planning exercises, through the University of British Columbia. He also worked internationally in Vietnam and Brazil on capacity-building projects through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).||He is a professor emerita at the School of Community and Regional Planning at UBC.|
|Ken Cameron||Current||Regional planning, Livability, Regional transportation||As Manager of Policy and Planning for the Greater Vancouver Regional District in the 1990s, Ken led the ratification of the award-winning Livable Region Strategic Plan, gaining the approval of the region’s then 21 municipalities. Ken was also a key figure in the creation of TransLink, Greater Vancouver’s award-winning regional transportation authority. He published City Making in Paradise: 9 Decision that Saved Vancouver in 2007 and is an adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University.||College of Fellows of the Canadian Institute of Planners|
|Humphrey Carver||1902-1995||Housing, Social planning, Architect||He was a strong advocate for a federal housing policy in Canada. One of his main hopes was to see all Canadians housed, no matter the income level. He was for a federally funded public housing program that would be implemented on the local level, by municipalities, non-profit associations or co-operatives. The Rent-to-Income system was also devised by him. Carver is known for his association with Regent Park, the first and largest public housing offered in Canada ||He has chaired the research committee and advisory group for the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Association (CMHC). In 1968 he was made a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners. -|
|Noulan Cauchon||1872 - 1935||Engineering, Architecture||Noulan Cauchon was an engineer, town planner and architect born in Quebec City. Cauchon influenced the early development of the planning profession in Canada with his ideas of the City Scientific approach. This approach, influenced by his background in engineering, contrasted the popular City Beautiful movement at the time. The City Scientific approach to planning has largely dominated in the Canadian profession since 1918. Cauchon was a strong ally of Thomas Adams during his campaign to extend town planning across the country.||Cauchon is known as a founder of the Town Planning Institute of Canada and the Ottawa Town Planning Commission.|
|Arthur Charles Erickson||1953 - 1991||Architecture and Urban Planning||Arthur Erickson has been recognized as the first Canadian architect  who received international recognition or his iconic buildings and master plans in Canada and around world. Some examples of his work are Simon Fraser University, theme buildings in Expo 67, Robson Square, San Diego Convention Center, Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto.||He was given the companion of Order of Canada in 1981 |
|Jill Grant||Current||Community planning||Jill Grant is a professor at the School of Planning at Dalhousie University; from 2002 to 2008 she was Director of the School. Her research focuses on suburban planning practice and the issue of the public versus private realm. Some of her more recent research has focused on the influence of the creative class and creative cities.||Jill Grant is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners.|
|Gerald Hodge||Current||Canadian planning||He believes that Community and Regional Planning in Canada are distinctive from other places. Accordingly, he wrote Planning Canadian Communities, which as of 2016 is in its 6th edition.||Director of the planning school at Queen's University (1973–85). Editor of Plan Canada (1979–81). Recipient of the Canadian Institute of Planners' 2008 President's Award.|
|Harry Lash||? - 1995||Livability, Regional planning||As the first Director of Planning for the Greater Vancouver Regional District, Harry championed planning through dialogue and citizen engagement, leading to the development of the first regional plan, “The Livable Region 1976/1986” that has come to define the regional identity of Vancouver. He published Planning in a Human Way in 1976.||College of Fellows of the Canadian Institute of Planners|
|Ann McAfee||Current||Urban planning, Land economics, Housing||First woman to have received a PhD in Planning in Canada  She was the City of Vancouver's Co-Director of Planning and led the community consultation of city of Vancouver's first citywide plan. Ann has been a global planning advisor for many fast growing cities in China, Sweden and Australia. She consulted the City of Auckland on their Unitary Plan that won the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI) award in 2013.||College of Fellows of the Canadian Institute of Planners|
|Peter Oberlander||1922 - 2008||Sustainable urbanization, International development||Established Canada’s first professional planning school at the University of British Columbia; established the first federal Ministry of State for Urban Affairs, which initiated urban renewal projects that created Vancouver's Granville Island and Toronto's Harbourfront; served as senior advisor to the United Nations on various Commissions and Forums on urbanization and international development, including contributing to the creation of UN Habitat.||Order of Canada, President's Lifetime Achievement Award of the Canadian Institute of Planners, Civic Merit Award from the City of Vancouver, United Nations Scroll of Honour Award|
|William E. Rees||1969 - Current||Ecological footprint and urbanisation, Sustainable environmental assessment tools||William Rees is a human ecologist and ecological economist and a distinguished former professor and director at the School of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia (retired 2011). He is the founder of Ecological Footprint concept that measures the human impact on Earth's natural resources and ecosystems. His book, Our Ecological Footprint has received international recognition and have been translated to 9 different languages.||He was recognized as one of B.C.’s leading public Intellectuals in 2000 by the Vancouver Sun; Was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Laval University and became a fellow at the Royal Society of Canada in 2006. Received the Trudeau Foundation Fellowship in 2007. Was awarded the Boulding Prize in Ecological Economics  and the Blue Planet Prize in 2012.|
|Norbert Schoenauer||1923-2001||Housing||Schoenauer taught with a focus on mixed land use; and mid-rise high-density housing. He published in 1981, 6000 Years of Housing, which was re-edited in 2000, arguably his more important book with a great impact in the field.||He taught for 40 years at the McGill School of Architecture. Executive director Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (1975–77). Recipient of the Order of Architects of Quebec's La Medaille du Mérite in 1995, and of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture's distinguished professor award in 1999.|
|Jeanne Wolfe||1934-2009||Urban planning, Housing, International development planning||Contributor and promoter of urban planning in Quebec as an academic professor and as a professional planner. Her interest include housing, planning processes and international planning. She has provided advice on planning issues to the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Her writing contributed to the literature on housing policy in Canada  and urban geography in Montreal  She was also involved in public affairs, supporting co-operative housing and environmental preservation movements.||Professor emerita at the School of Urban Planning at McGill University. She was posthumously appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2009.|
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