SMART’s Distinguished speakers
Historical Evolution and Current Trends in Sustainable Urban Transportation in Brazil:
Salvador City as case study
Founder of the Toronto International Consultants
and the International Change Agents Network
November 15, 2007
SMART Presentation Summary
This informal presentation will offer a glimpse of the historical
evolution of Brazilian transportation systems, focussing on trends
towards sustainable transportation. The city of Salvador in the state of
Bahia will be used as an example of this evolution in the context of its
economic, political, and social challenges.
Augusto Mathias is the founder of the Toronto International Consultants and the International Change Agents Network. Augusto has held a range of positions within municipal government: Healthy City Planner, Community Health Officer with the Drug Abuse Prevention Program, Multicultural Health Consultant, Race Relations Coordinator and Community Engagement Consultant in Diversity Management.
As Healthy Planner, Augusto facilitated the co-ordination of partnerships across sectors to develop and implement integrated, practical and cost effective solutions to identified urban challenges.
Currently Augusto facilitates community organizational capacity building, by helping agencies develop mandates, strategic plans, evaluation processes, and communication and advocacy strategies.
Augusto has served on advisory committees in Canada and abroad.
He has also served on the boards of several Toronto community groups and provincial organizations that address issues about multiculturalism, the environment, racism, equity and access, AIDS, drugs, sexuality, youth, persons with disabilities, and seniors.
In his capacity as change agent with the Toronto International Consultants, Augusto has also participated in exchanges in: Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Cuba, Denmark, El Salvador, England, Finland, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania and the United States.
Presently Augusto serves as advisor with the Network of Potentially Healthy Municipalities, and the National Confederation of Municipalities both in Brazil, and lectures internationally within academic institutions and governments.
Augusto´s greatest strengths lie in his abilities to liaise with communities to support the creation of partnerships that identify and address urban challenges, support community involvement and increase grass-roots participation in decision-making processes.