Ray Tomalty, Ph.D.



Ray Tomalty

Ray Tomalty, has been a consultant in urban sustainability for over 25 years, leading or otherwise participating in over 80 research projects. He has worked with governments, foundations and non-governmental organizations to explore every aspect of urban sustainability and help build Canada's emerging expertise on this topic. He is among the handful of researchers in Canada who have an integrated perspective on cities and their ecological, social and economic subsystems.

Dr. Tomalty is Principal of Smart Cities Research Services and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Urban Planning at McGill University. He specializes in research related to urban sustainability, including smart growth, intensification, green infrastructure, neighbourhood design, community energy planning, regional planning, affordable housing, sustainable transportation, fiscal tools to promote community sustainability, and indicators as a means of measuring community sustainability.

His work is typically carried out in collaboration with other consultants and academics across the country, including Andrejs Skaburskis at Queen's University in Kingston, Murtaza Haider at Ryerson University in Toronto, Don Alexander at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, Robert Barrs at Golder Associates in Vancouver, Geoff Noxon of Noxon Associates in Ottawa, and Steven Peck at Green Roofs for Healthy Cities in Toronto. He has an extensive network of contacts among the municipal sector, foundations and non-governmental organizations in every province and territory.

Dr. Tomalty has a Masters of Public Administration from Queen's University and a Ph.D. in Regional Planning and Resource Management from the University of Waterloo. He also has two undergraduate degrees - in Life Sciences and Political Studies - from Queen's. He is a member of the Editorial Board for Alternatives Journal, Canada's foremost environmental magazine, and is recently retired from the Board of Directors for the Montreal Urban Ecology Centre. He lives in Montreal.

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