David Cooper

David Cooper, Principal, Leading Mobility Consulting 

For over 15 years, David Cooper has contributed to numerous transformative transportation initiatives across Canada. David is the principal and founder of Leading Mobility Consulting. David’s distinctive experience as the only urban planner in Canada who has practiced in the public sector in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto provide clients unique perspectives on how to successfully shepherd complex projects through large municipal and regional governments. 

David has been involved in several transit initiatives across Canada such as LRT expansion in Calgary, planning several rapid transit projects that are now under construction in Toronto and delivering Metro Vancouver’s battery-electric bus pilot. On a national level David authored the National Transit Recovery Strategy for emergency funding, the first study on understanding women’s travel needs of transit, technology innovation in mobility and the first national guidelines for on-demand transit. David is currently engaged on several transit safety projects particularly with TransLink in Metro Vancouver, Calgary Transit, the Canadian Urban Transit Association and is currently completing a national study on transit safety at Toronto Metropolitan University,  

In addition to his transportation planning practice, David firmly believes in supporting and facilitating success for new community builders through his work teaching as an adjunct faculty member at several institutions including the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, Toronto Metropolitan University and the University of Toronto.