Robert Millward is the president of R.E. Millward & Associates Ltd., an urban planning consultancy he founded in 1997. Prior to starting R.E. Millward & Associates, Bob spent three decades as a public servant in both New York and Toronto. Bob began his career New York City with the City Planning Department and worked as the Deputy Director of Brooklyn Planning and Director of the Staten Island Planning Office.
Bob was offered what he thought would be a short term position with the Toronto Housing Department, which has led to a distinguished career at the City. First, as the Director of Planning, he helped to coordinate the development and implementation of the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood, one of the most successful mixed use and mixed income communities in the City and in North America. Bob then served in the Planning Department as the Director of Central Core and Waterfront for five years before taking on the role of the Commissioner of Planning and Development for the (former) City of Toronto between 1987 and 1996. As Commissioner, he was actively involved in all aspects of policy formulation, project management and economic development. During his tenure, Bob led the development of innovative planning policies including the strategic directions and implementation of the 1991 Official Plan for the City, the re-write of the City’s Zoning Bylaw and the reinvestment effort in King-Spadina and King-Parliament. These new directions resulted in Toronto being highlighted as Fortune Magazine’s best international city to live in and work in 1996.
In 1997, Bob left after over twenty years with the City to take on a role as a private consultant, where he has gained extensive experience working on projects with public sector clients, involving a variety of stakeholders and public agencies. Past projects include work with the City of Toronto’s Cultural Affairs Unit, the City of Toronto’s Planning Division on its Official Plan review and area studies, and with a number of Waterfront agencies on large scale planning projects.
Bob has acted as Chair of the Toronto Board of Trade’s Planning Committee, a member of the Waterfront Task Force, and the Infrastructure Committee. In 2013, he served as the Executive Director of the Urban Land Institute’s Toronto District Council after being a member of the Institute for nearly 20 years. He has also been a long time member of BILD, Ontario Professional Planners Institute and the Canadian Institute of Planners.