William Trousdale is a globally recognized and awarding winning planner, economist, decision analyst and tourism expert. He is a certified professional planner in the United States and Canada. His work has also been given national recognition (two national awards for planning excellence from the Canadian Institute of planners) international recognition (three projects selected for the United Nations Best Practices Data Base) and earned fellowships from the Ford Foundation and CIDA’s Centre of Excellence.
Currently he is working with aboriginal communities in Canada, international NGOs and agencies, local governments, research institutes, and the private sector. He has worked on over one-hundred assignments in countries across the Americas, Asia, Africa and eastern Europe. Much of his work has been published in academic journals. He has applied his expertise to local economic development, comprehensive community planning, economic development, biodiversity preservation, site selection, parks planning, resource management, non-market based compensation-negotiation and sustainable tourism.
He is an economic and strategic planning advisor to the United Nations (Habitat), authoring the award winning joint UN-Habitat/EcoPlan International resource guide and training series titled: Promoting Local Economic Development through Strategic Planning. William was also the director and lead planner on the award winning Comprehensive Sustainable Community Plan for the Kwick'wasut'inuxw Haxwa'mis First Nations. William is also an Associate at the Centre for Sustainable Community Development at Simon Fraser University where, in addition to his research, he teaches on sustainable local (community) economic development and strategic planning.