Charles Montgomery creates transformative experiments, conversations and stories about cities, science, and human well-being. Montgomery is the author of the award-winning book, Happy City, and founder of the consultancy of the same name.
Montgomery has advised planners, students, and policy-makers across Canada, the USA and England, and has used insights in happiness science to drive high-profile experiments that help citizens transform their relationships with each other and their cities.
Montgomery has won numerous awards for his writing on urban planning, psychology, culture and history in magazines and journals on three continents. Montgomery’s first book, The Last Heathen (published internationally as The Shark God), won the 2005 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-fiction and the Hubert Evans Prize for Non-fiction, and was short-listed for two Writers’ Trust of Canada awards. Among Montgomery’s numerous awards is a Citation of Merit from the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society for outstanding contribution towards public understanding of climate change science.