Jennifer Keesmaat

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After five years occupying the role, Jennifer Keesmaat announced this afternoon that she would be leaving her position as Chief Planner and Executive Director of the City of Toronto’s City Planning division.

“I want to personally thank Jennifer for her tremendous passion, leadership and innovation in driving forward a number of major projects for the City as we continue to move Toronto toward becoming a more livable, affordable and functional city,” said Mayor John Tory, in a media release distributed Monday afternoon.

“Jennifer has used her platform and voice as Chief Planner to help guide Council’s efforts to build a better city for all Torontonians and I wish her all the best in the next phase of her career.”

Keesmaat has not provided a specific reason for her departure, though the media release announcing her move said she will leave “to pursue other interests.”

During her time in the role, Keesmaat was a major backer of the Rail Deck Park proposal, an ambitious plan that would see a 21-acre park constructed in the city’s core, and is credited with leading the development of TOCore, a comprehensive plan for downtown Toronto, its first in 40 years.

The City has not announced who will succeed Keesmaat as head of the planning division.

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