As the Principal of Ren Thomas Urban Research & Consulting, I am a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP) and Registered Professional Planner (RPP). If you would like to work with me as a consultant on a research project, please contact me at planningutopia(at) or through my LinkedIn profile.

Examples of Research and Planning Projects
  • Conducting research on urban growth centres, designated greenfield areas, and intensification supporting the coordinated policy review of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (Ontario Growth Secretariat–Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing, 2014-2015)
  • Conducting a two-year study of transit-oriented development using meta-analysis of international case studies in TOD (rough set analysis, meta-matrix, workshops with local planners) (University of Amsterdam, 2012-2014)
  • Conducting a study on social enterprises in affordable housing, including a jurisdictional review and interviews with social enterprises and their funders (Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing, 2012)
  • Developing program evaluation frameworks, including focus group guides, interview guides, surveys, and research plans (Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver and BC Non-Profit Housing Association, 2011)
  • Managing several transportation studies, including developing sampling plans, writing and testing surveys,  monitoring progress of on-site, phone, and web surveys, and writing final reports (Mustel Group, 2007)
  • Transportation planning and policy development including developing a planning game for public consultation on the South of Fraser Area Transit Plan, developing and illustrating options for the Frequent Transit Network (TransLink, 2006)
  • Conducting research and analysis of the Fused Grid street layout compared to suburban and neotraditional street layouts (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, 2002-2005)
  • Developing an online transportation knowledge network (Federation of Canadian Municipalities, 2002)
Examples of Editing Projects