Robert Lehman is the President of Lehman & Associates and a founding partner of Meridian Planning Consultants, the Planning Partnership and Metropolitan Knowledge International. Working initially for the City of Toronto he became a consultant in 1974 as one of the 30 initial staff of the IBI Group. He established his own practice in 1980.
Bob’s has written over 100 Official Plans, policy guidelines, zoning by-laws and Secondary Plans for municipalities and private clients throughout Canada. He Has been involved as an expert witness in about 500 OMB, Court and other tribunal proceedings and acted as project director for major research and policy studies. His work has focused on the land use – transportation interface.
Twice planner in residence at the University of Waterloo School of Planning, Bob is the author of the Zoning Trilogy, a bestseller of the American Planning Association Bookstore. Bob has received two Canadian Institute of Planners Honour Awards for Planning Excellence and 8 provincial planning excellence awards. He served as the Chair of the College of Fellows from 2010 to 2014. His interests extend beyond planning as he has been involved with seven start-ups, six of which remain as successful companies.
Bob was born in Bogata, Columbia and has lived in four Canadian provinces. His two sons also trained as planners but decided ultimately to follow the dark side – politics and finance.