Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner & Executive Director of City of Toronto

Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner & Executive Director of City of Toronto

Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner & Executive Director of City of Toronto

Influential planning chief of one of the world’s most liveable cities to deliver Congress Keynote on Friday 10 June

International Keynote Address – Day Two @ 16:00
The Future of Urbanism – Day Three @ 10.30

As Chief Planner for the City of Toronto, Jennifer Keesmaat is committed to creating places where people flourish. Over the past decade, Jennifer has been repeatedly recognised by the Canadian Institute of Planners and OPPI (Ontario Professional Planners Institute) for her innovative work in Canadian municipalities.

Most recently, Jennifer was named as one of the most influential people in Toronto by Toronto Life magazine, one of the most powerful people in Canada by MacLeans Magazine, and was described by Toronto’s Mayor as “one of the best hopes we have to lead the way”.

Her planning practice is characterised by an emphasis on collaborations across sectors and broad engagement with municipal staff, councils, developers, business leaders, NGOs and residents’ associations. Her priorities include implementing a divisional strategic plan, leading an Official Plan review process, refining public consultation to provide more access to city building conversations, a renewed focus on evidence-based transit planning, midrise development on the City of Toronto’s many avenues, and overseeing development review for over 4,000 applications annually.

Jennifer is also the founder of Project Walk, which premiered its first short film in 2011, as an official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival.