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.
Cities should represent progress. More than half of the global population now lives in cities and, according to the World Health Organization, this number continues to climb by 60 million people a year. The urbanization of our world should be a sign of our evolution as a species. But is it?More