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Jennifer Keesmaat

Jennifer Keesmaat is the Chief Planner and Executive Director of the City of Toronto. Her two TED talks, Walk to School and Own Your City, focus on creating healthy, livable, walkable cities. She is the host of the popular podcast Invisible City, and a recipient of the 2016 Canadian Institute of Planners Award of Excellence. She has been repeatedly recognized as one of the top 10 most influential people in the city by Toronto Life magazine, and as one of the top 50 by Maclean’s Magazine.

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May 9, 2017 | Jennifer Keesmaat, Mowat Centre

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