Brent Clarkson holds a Masters Degree in Regional Planning and Resource Development (University of Waterloo) and has been a practicing planner for over 30 years. In 1999 he opened MHBC's Vaughan office and in 2010 he was named President of MHBC.
Brent provides planning services to both public sector and private sector clients. He has successfully completed assignments in a large number of Ontario locations ranging from Windsor, Niagara, Goderich, Barrie, Wawa, Peterborough, Cornwall to most Greater Toronto Area (GTA) municipalities including work in downtown Toronto.
Brent's practice is wide ranging and crosses the spectrum of land use planning including policy preparation, residential land development, retail commercial approvals, industrial subdivisions, and aggregate licence approvals.
Since 1982, Brent has regularly appeared as a planning witness at the Ontario Municipal Board. He has also provided expert testimony at the Consolidated Hearings Board and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. He has been involved in complex cases involving interpretations of recent legislation and policy such as the Species at Risk Act, the Growth Plan and the City of Toronto Official Plan.
He also has substantial experience at the Board dealing with matters pertaining to the Provincial Policy Statement, the Niagara Escarpment Plan and the Aggregate Resources Act.
Brent has a strong interest in retail commercial development and has been involved with approvals of some of the largest retail developments in the GTA over the past 10 years. In addition, Brent is authorized by the Ministry of Natural Resources to prepare Aggregate Resource Act site plans and has a keen interest in aggregate policy and pit and quarry approvals.