Jennifer Keesmaat, Adjunct Professor


Other Degrees:
MA - York University

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Jennifer is an internationally recognized awarding winning urban planner, an entrepreneur, and the former Chief Planner of the City of Toronto. She is the recently named CEO of Creative Housing, a national organization that will develop, build and operate affordable rental housing at scale across Canada. An 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. Jennifer’s TED talks include Walk to School, Own Your City, and Taxes, Democracy and our Shared Interest. Her widely acclaimed podcast can be found at

Jennifer is currently a candidate in the 2018 Mayoral race in the City of Toronto.

Research Interests:

  • City building
  • Designing safe, inclusive and vibrant public spaces
  • Affordable housing
  • transit planning
  • heritage preservation
  • strategy development
  • sustainable economic development