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Paul J. Bedford FCIP

Paul Bedford is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners with over 50 years of experience in urban planning and city building. As Toronto’s Chief Planner from 1996-2004, he challenged everyone to embrace new ways to think, act and plan. He was the architect of the King-Spadina and King-Parliament renaissance, the driving force behind a new Official Plan for the amalgamated city of Toronto and the Central Waterfront Principles Plan “Making Waves”.

After 31 years of public service to Toronto he assumed a variety of roles to advance creative planning. These included teaching graduate and undergraduate students at both the University of Toronto and Ryerson University Planning Schools, the National Capital Commission Advisory Planning and Design Committee, the University of Toronto Design Review Panel and Dean of the Urban Land Institute Leadership Program. As a Metrolinx Board member, he championed the development of the Big Move regional transportation plan, the Crosstown LRT, the Union-Pearson Express train and electrification of the regional GO train rail network in addition to the development of new transit funding tools as Vice-Chair of the Ontario Transit Investment Strategy Advisory Panel.

He has been an inaugural member of the Waterfront Toronto Design Review Panel since 2005 and assumed the role of Chair in 2018. He is dedicated to ensuring that Toronto’s waterfront belongs to everyone and is passionate about making a continuing contribution to his city and the planning profession.