Dewan Karim
Senior Transportation Planner, Toronto, Canada

Speaker Profile

Dewan has spent more than eighteen years of his career in pioneering urban innovation, developing numerous smart mobility and data innovations into mobility planning and creative design engineering projects in both Japan and Canada. Using good engineering skills and holistic view on transportation planning, he focuses on “people-focus” transportation practices, which is shaping our quality-of-life as a genuine indicator of livable society. Based on factual knowledge and evidence, his transportation professional practice seeks better integration to the needs of sustainable mobility users, new innovative mobility modes and smart technologies, sustainable safety, and smart growth objectives. Awarded at MIT Media Lab Disrupting Mobility summit as “best planning system” and ITE Project of Year in 2015, he recently developed a new innovative mobility ecosystem and multimodal smart mobility hub concept combining innovative technologies, real-time travel pattern, data visualization, equitable use of public space, vision zero safety principles, and evidence-based scientific approach to rebuild and redesign city’s mobility systems for people instead of cars. A few cornerstones of his career include converting “motor city” to Bicycle-friendly Oshawa“, pioneering the concept of multi-modal transportation plans and policies, multimodal station planning and redesign strategies, research experience on safe and compact street design, safe neighborhood street layout, and decongestion plan to remove elevated freeway by replacing with high-quality transit and active transportation facilities to improve quality-of-life for urban residents.


Dewan graduated from the University of Tokyo with Master of Applied Science in Transportation Planning and specialized in traffic safety from Ryerson University. He joined the City of Toronto’s Transportation Planning Section in 2013. Prior to the City of Toronto, he worked in both private and public sectors. Besides his professional work, he shares his experience through public presentations, professional publications and teaching big data in mobility planning, public space redesign, sustainable transportation, advanced LRT planning and operations course.


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