Bousfield Distinguished Visitor in Planning

Dr. John Curry, MCIP RPP

John Curry is a retired professor and past Chair of the School of Environmental Planning at the University of Northern British Columbia. He has extensive Canada-wide experience working with small and medium size communities in the areas of economic, social, and ecological planning and development. Dr. Curry has worked both in the public and private sectors. In the private sector, he was President of both the Centre for Entrepreneurial Development and Curry, Curry and Associates. The latter was a Prince Edward Island firm which specialized in publishing and community economic development consulting. He was, for five years, Editor-in-Chief of Plan Canada, the professional journal of the Canadian Institute of Planners.
Dr. Curry returned to graduate school mid-career and completed a Ph.D. in 1995 at the University of British Columbia in the area of community sustainability. This area of research attempts to develop community and regional level planning and implementation processes which bring together ecological, social and economic issues. His research focused on: examining barriers to change towards sustainability; methods to incorporate principles of sustainability into rural and remote communities; climate change processes of adaptation at a community and regional level; and new venture and entrepreneurial development in First Nations and non-First Nations communities. The First Nations research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).
Dr. Curry currently teaches the graduate planning course Sustainability and Urban Communities at the University of Toronto and the graduate Theory and Studio courses and the undergraduate Introductory Planning and Studio courses at Ryerson University

Jennifer Keesmaat

Ms. Keesmaat is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (double major in Politics and Planning) and York University  Masters of Environmental Studies – (Urban and Regional Planning).  Jennifer served as the Chief Planner for the City of Toronto from 2012 to 2017 and is perhaps best known for her advocacy of density, walkability, complete streets, and active transportation, as well as for a national urban agenda. While in residence, Jennifer will have multiple points of contact with students and faculty including coffee-break/brown-bag sessions with planning students through the Fall term, and as the instructor of a graduate planning course in the Spring term, 2018.

Stan Makuch

Mr. Makuch is a Toronto municipal and planning law lawyer who also had an outstanding public and academic career. His legal career has consisted of extensive public and private sector experience. He was the municipal solicitor for three  different municipalities in the Toronto area; he was special special counsel for the City of Toronto in the approval of its official plan before the OMB.  He was retained by numerous other public bodies such as the City of Mississauga, the City of York, The University of Toronto, the Scarborough Public Utilities Commission, the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada. His diverse practice in representing the private sector includes clients such as Brookfield Homes, Loblaws (IPCF), and Equifund, and  Ringling Bros. Circus. He has been included in Best Lawyers in Canada for many years. This practice involved Mr. Makuch appearing before the Superior Courts including the Ontario Court of Appeal, the OMB and other planning and environmental decision making bodies.  Mr. Makuch’s academic career includes experience as a Professor of Law and Planning at the University of Toronto, Acting and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Toronto, and author of numerous books and articles including: a text,  “Canadian Municipal and Planning Law”  which was relied on by the Supreme Court of Canada, and a recent article on “The Disappearance of Planning Law in Ontario”,  UBC Press, 2016. His work has resulted in major changes to and enhancement in municipal powers.  His public service includes serving on the City of Toronto Planning Board and Committee of Adjustment, The Metropolitan Toronto Board Of Police Commissioners, and the Provincial Police Complaints Board. 



The John Bousfield Distinguished Visitorship in Planning was established through a major donation to and a matching grant by the University of Toronto. The Visitorship honours John Bousfield,  (1929-2016), founding Partner of Bousfields Inc., and a committed and visionary professional planner for nearly six decades. It enables the Planning Program to bring to the University accomplished individuals who can teach, give public lectures and participate in collaborative research projects on issues important to the field of planning.

The Bousfield position is intended to offer the visitors an opportunity for research, writing and reflection, while also enhancing the learning experience of students in the Program in Planning, providing diverse and innovative perspectives on contemporary planning issues and enhancing the relations between the Planning Program and the community at large.

Located in one of the most diverse cities in North America, the Planning Program offers its students a dynamic, interdisciplinary blend of practical knowledge and critically engaged theory. Information on the Program in Planning can be obtained from its website (


The Planning Program is seeking applications from practitioners and scholars who have substantial planning experience in public, private, non-profit or community organizations, in local, national or international venues. The program especially encourages applications from those whose experiences and viewpoints are underrepresented within planning.

The Planning Program can support a one-semester visitorship with a stipend commensurate with the duration and intensity of the period in residence at the University.

For requirements, please refer to the 2017-2018 Application advertisement:

Fall term 2017 and/or Winter term, 2018 Bousfield Visitorship Application