The City Institute's External Advisory Board was established in 2010. The board consists of half a dozen or so individuals from public life, the private sector, the arts and from Toronto's diverse communities who have shown enthusiasm for or have accomplishments in the urban realm broadly defined. The board plays a critical role in identifying emerging issues and joins our commitment to critical urban research.
The External Advisory Board has two main functions:
1. CITY relies on this board for substantive advice on issues related to urban and regional research; board members bring their wisdom and experience to the Institute. In addition, the board members help us identify important problems, issues and trends that need the Institute's attention.
2. We also count on the board members to project the Institute into their worlds. This can take the form of spreading the word about CITY and its activities in the community.
John Cartwright is the President of the Toronto and York Region Labour Council, representing 195,000 union members in Canada's largest urban centre. John has been deeply involved apprenticeship and training issues, as well as crafting the “Green Jobs Strategy” for the Canadian Labour Congress. He has served on the Boards of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, the United Way of Greater Toronto, and recently he helped launch the Good Jobs for All Summit and the subsequent conference on Good Green Jobs for All.
Jane Farrow works in public consultation and civic engagement drawing on a strong background in writing, journalism, facilitating complex urban dialogues and instigating creative city-building initiatives. Her career highlights include stints as CBC Radio One host and producer, best-selling author, executive assistant at City Hall and dynamic emcee and moderator. She was founding director of Jane’s Walk, an NGO based in Toronto engaged in walkability initiatives that celebrate the ideas of urbanist Jane Jacobs. Jane has done consultation and facilitation work with Park People, The Planning Partnership, Public Work, City of Toronto, Metrolinx and Swerhun Inc. The Toronto Community Foundation recognized Jane's contribution to community development with a Vital People award in 2010.
Glenn Miller, FCIP, RPP, is Vice President, Education and Research, with the Canadian Urban Institute, Canada’s applied urban policy institute, where he is responsible for evidence-based research into the value of Canadian downtowns, regional competitiveness and the impact of population aging. A Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), Glenn is a graduate of Concordia University (BA (Hon.) Urban Studies) and McGill University’s School of Urban Planning (MUP). Glenn was also editor of the Ontario Planning Journal, the professional practice magazine of OPPI, from 1986 to 2011. He has taught at Ryerson University in the School of Urban and Regional Planning and in 2012 was “Planner in Residence” at the University of Waterloo’s School of Planning.