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Gordon Price is the Director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University.
In 2002, he finished his sixth term as a City Councillor in Vancouver, BC. He also served on the Board of the Greater Vancouver Regional District (Metro Vancouver) and was appointed to the first board of the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority (TransLink) in 1999.
He has spoken at numerous conventions and conferences in many countries, writes a monthly column for Business in Vancouver on civic issues, and conducts tours and seminars on the development of Vancouver. He also blogs on urban issues, with a focus on Vancouver, at “Price Tags”, and occasionally publishes an electronic magazine, also called “Price Tags,” highlighting a city or issue. (all 111 issues available at pricetags.wordpress.com/pdf-archive )
In additions to presentations in the U.S. and Australia, Gordon is a regular lecturer on transportation and land use for the City of Portland, Oregon and Portland State University.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
In 2003, he received the Plan Canada Award for Article of the Year - Land Use and Transportation: The View from ’56 - from the Canadian Institute of Planners.
In 2007, he received The Smarty - an award of recognition by Smart Growth B.C. – in the People category. That year he was also made an honorary member of the Planning Institute of B.C.
In February, 2013, he received the Simon Fraser University 2012 President’s Award for service to the university through public affairs and media relations. (Related article below.*)
In July, 2013, he received the President’s Award at the annual meeting of the Canadian Institute of Planners “in recognition of an outstanding lifetime contribution to education and professional planning in Canada.”
* SFU City Program director Gordon Price has just returned from a speaking engagement in Amsterdam, where he shared his insights on Vancouver’s high global city ranking with participants and media.
It’s just one of many examples of why Price is the winner of SFU’s 2012 President’s Award for Service to the University Through Public Affairs and Media Relations.
The award acknowledges his consistent media availability to the media to discuss urban issues ranging from rapid transit, the Olympic Village and the Port Mann Bridge to oil pricing, TransLink, rental housing and homelessness.
A former six-term Vancouver city councillor, Price’s long political career, knowledge of the city and discerning analysis of urban trends give him a unique perspective that is much in demand.
“I try to provide more depth to an issue, particularly by drawing on previous experience on council, and giving the back story,” says Price.
He’s been quoted more than 1,200 times in Canada’s major newspapers and “thousands more times” in community newspapers, radio and television, says Vancouver urban affairs journalist Francis Bula, who frequently solicits his astute analysis.
And his rapport with media extends internationally to The New York Times and other global media outlets.
Price is committed to community engagement, frequently serving on community panels, hosting city tours for visiting delegates, and making public presentations. He also writes frequently on urban issues in local publications, including a monthly column for Business in Vancouver and his blog Price Tags.
Price uses his voice, says one nominator, “to keep reminding people about the importance of urban planning, of good transportation policy, of the way that buildings and bridges and other parts of our designed physical world affects us.”