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Toronto's former chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat to teach at U of T

Jennifer Keesmaat has accepted the John Bousfield Distinguished Visitorship in Planning in U of T's department of geography and planning (Rene Johnston/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Jennifer Keesmaat, Toronto’s former chief planner, will be teaching at the University of Toronto this academic year.

Keesmaat will teach a spring graduate course in the department of geography and planning in the Faculty of Arts & Science, as well as hold regular sessions with planning students.

“It’s yet to be determined, but the studio (course) will most likely be something on ... how we can transform the city to become a safer, more livable, pedestrian place,” Keesmaat told the Toronto Star.

She has accepted the John Bousfield Distinguished Visitorship in Planning, and will be a keynote speaker at an event honouring the late professional planner on Oct. 19

Keesmaat’s tenure in Toronto from 2012 to 2017 was marked by her leadership of projects like the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, and her advocacy of density, walkability, complete streets, and active transportation.

She told the newspaper that the visitorship “will complement the other work that I’m doing very nicely,” adding her other projects have “nothing to do with running for mayor” – as rumoured.

Read the Toronto Star story