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Jennifer Keesmaat 

Urban Planner, Toronto

As the Chief Planner for the City of Toronto, Jennifer is committed to creating places where people flourish. Over the past decade, she has been recognized by the Canadian Institute of Planners, the Ontario Professional Planners Institute, the Design Exchange and +EDRA for her innovative work in municipalities across Canada, with a variety of awards for planning excellence.  

Jennifer's work is characterized by an emphasis on the creation of complete communities, the facilitation of collaborations across sectors, and broad engagement with residents, municipal staff, Council, developers, business leaders, NGOs, and other stakeholders. She was instrumental in the creation of "HRM By Design" through her previous position with Office for Urbanism. 

Her priorities as Chief Planner include the implementation of the Planning Division's new Strategic Plan; the promotion of midrise development along the city's Avenues as part of a strategy to develop more complete communities; providing residents with more access to city building conversations through an improved consultation process; a renewed focus on evidence-based transit planning; leading the Official Plan review process; and overseeing development review for the City's 3000+ annual development applications.

Web: www.ownyourcity.ca
Twitter: @jen_keesmaat