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Jennifer Keesmaat Canadian Urban Planner & Cities of the Future Visionary
Jennifer Keesmaat is passionate about creating places where people flourish. Named one of the “most powerful people in Canada” by Maclean's, and one of the “most influential” by Toronto Life, she spent five years as Toronto's Chief City Planner, where she was celebrated for her innovative and collaborative approach to city-building.
Jennifer Keesmaat is an urban planner and Principal at Design Dialog, an integrated planning firm based in Toronto, Ontario. Jennifer's passion for building sustainable communities is evident in this TEDxRegina talk where she reminds us of a simple yet meaningful pastime -- the walk to school. T
As the newly-engaged Chief Planner for the City of Toronto, Jennifer is committed to creating places where people flourish. Over the past decade she has been repeatedly recognized by the Canadian Institute of Planners, OPPI, the Design Exchange, and EDRA for her innovative work in Canadian municipalities.
Shared interests lay at the foundation of successful cities, and successful democracies. But recently, have we lost the thread? Jennifer Keesmaat, the former City Planner of Toronto, lays out a vision for re-engaging with our shared interests, starting with housing. As the former Chief Planner for the City of Toronto, Jennifer is known for creating places where people can flourish. Over the past decade, she has been recognized for her innovative work in Canadian municipalities.
Former city planner Jennifer Keesmaat tells Cynthia Mulligan why she is running to be mayor of Toronto, how she really feels about Toronto seceding from the province, and how she differs from John Tory.