Speaker Profiles

Jennifer Keesmaat

Jennifer Keesmaat

Former Chief City Planner

The Keesmaat Group

Jennifer is an internationally recognized award-winning urban planner, entrepreneur, and the former Chief Planner of the City of Toronto. A Distinguished Visitor in Residence Emeritus at the University of Toronto, Jennifer is the urban affairs contributor to Maclean’s magazine, and is the CBC’s urban affairs specialist. In 2017, Keesmaat was appointed to the Urban Development Authority International Panel of Experts in Singapore.

Jennifer’s TED talks include Walk to School, Own Your City, and Taxes, Democracy and our Shared Interest – and her widely acclaimed podcast can be found at invisiblecitypodcast.com.

In 2018, Keesmaat ran for Mayor in the City of Toronto on a progressive, visionary platform that called for more affordable rental housing, more neighbourhood-based policing, and redesigning streets to promote safety.

Today, Keesmaat heads up The Keesmaat Group. With her team of city-building experts, she provides inspiration through public speaking, and delivers impact through her consulting services pertaining to creating complete, walkable communities. She is currently advancing developments across the country.

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