Brent Toderian is a nationally and internationally recognized authority and practitioner in downtown, main street and waterfront planning and design. Brent’s work in the 1990’s as an Ontario-based consultant included downtown + main street projects in over a dozen cities and towns, from Toronto to Yellowknife. Early in his career, Brent became a key voice in downtown revitalization and transformation in Canada. His work built on his training and certification in Professional Downtown Management with the National Main Street Center in Washington D.C.
He has since gone on to lead innovative and award-winning downtown planning and design in two of Canada’s fastest changing downtowns, Vancouver and Calgary, as well as provide downtown and waterfront peer advice globally.
In Vancouver, Brent successfully transitioned the visioning for the Central Area from “Living First”, to a complex and complete “Downtown that Works.” Much of his planning and design work as Chief Planner was dedicated to complex issues in and around the Downtown Peninsula, including the Metro-Core Jobs and Economy Strategy, downtown urban design and master planning, the Viaducts / Eastern Core Re-Visioning, Olympic Village design/implementation, new Skyline-Shaping and View Corridors strategies, and many street activation initiatives. He led complex strategies in the Downtown East-Side, Chinatown, the West-End and the Waterfront.
In Calgary, Brent re-visioned disconnected downtown initiatives into the new “Centre City Family of Plans”, including the multiple-award-winning Centre City Plan. He led all design, special initiatives and implementation in Centre City, while at the same time transforming the approach, positioning and attitudes around Centre City success.
Brent’s downtown planning work has been profiled in international publications and press, including the Discovery Channel, CNN International and The New York Times.