SPEAKER

Meric Gertler

President
University of Toronto
Toront, Canada

Meric Gertler began his term as the 16th President of the University of Toronto on November 1, 2013. Previously, he served as the Dean of the University’s largest and most diverse academic division, the Faculty of Arts & Science, a position he had held since 2008. As Dean, his priority was to provide students with a top quality academic experience in which they benefit directly from U of T’s strength and diversity in research and teaching.

Professor Gertler is one of the world’s foremost urban theorists and policy practitioners, and is widely known as an expert on innovation, creativity, and culture as drivers of the economic dynamism of city-regions. He has served as an advisor to local, regional, and national governments in Canada, the United States and Europe, as well as to international agencies such as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (Paris) and the European Union. He was the founding co-director of the Program on Globalization and Regional Innovation Systems at the Munk School of Global Affairs, served as director of the Department of Geography’s Program in Planning, and holds the Goldring Chair in Canadian Studies. He has published nine books and more than 90 journal articles and book chapters.

Professor Gertler has received many awards and honours, including the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of California, Berkeley and the Distinguished Scholarship Honor from the Association of American Geographers. In December 2015, he was appointed to the Order of Canada.