Gordon Harris, FCIP

Gordon Harris

Gordon Harris is an urban planner, development strategist and real estate market analyst. As president and chief executive officer of SFU Community Trust, he is also leading the development of UniverCity, an award-winning community on land owned by Simon Fraser University (SFU), near Vancouver, B.C. The trust is a global leader in sustainable community development, and generates endowment wealth for teaching and research at SFU. A community planner with a lifelong passion for sustainable practice, Harris began his career in urban planning, before moving into the private sector in institutional and retail real estate development. He then spent two decades as an independent consultant, providing urban land planning services, strategic development advice, market intelligence, and economic analysis to public- and private-sector clients across Canada and in Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Central America. A popular speaker on sustainable development, planning and economic analysis, and the challenges of planning for an aging population, Harris is a fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners. He is a senior advisor to the Canadian Urban Institute, and serves on the British Columbia Arts Council and the executive committee of the Urban Development Institute. He has been a member of the NCC’s Advisory Committee on Planning, Design and Realty since 2012. In 2013, Harris received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contributions to community building in Canada.