Meric S. Gertler

President, University of Toronto at University of Toronto

Meric S. Gertler

Meric S. Gertler

President, University of Toronto at University of Toronto

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President Meric Gertler, PhD, FRSC, AcSS, MCIP President Meric Gertler Professor Meric Gertler is one of the world’s foremost urban theorists and policy practitioners. He is widely known as an expert on innovation, creativity and culture as drivers of the economic dynamism of city-regions. On November 1, 2013, Professor Gertler began his term as the 16th President of the University of Toronto. Previously, President Gertler 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 December 1, 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. During his term, undergraduate education in the Faculty of Arts & Science underwent a fundamental transformation. Today’s curriculum has a renewed emphasis on breadth in preparing global citizens and ensuring all students graduate with core competencies in critical thinking, writing, quantitative reasoning, problem solving and ethical awareness. He also focused on significantly increasing the number and range of research and international academic opportunities for Arts & Science students. Before becoming Dean, Professor Gertler was Vice-Dean, Graduate Education and Research in the Faculty, where he led the division’s ambitious graduate expansion plans, established governance mechanisms for graduate education and played a key role in U of T’s tri-campus graduate curriculum committee. Professor Gertler is internationally renowned as a distinguished scholar. His research focuses on the geography of innovative activity and the economies 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 (PROGRIS) 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. His research has attracted $8.4 million in external funding and he has published six books including Manufacturing Culture: the Institutional Geography of Industrial Practice, and Innovation and Social Learning, the latter co-edited with Professor David Wolfe. Professor Gertler’s more than 80 journal articles and book chapters have had significant impact in his field and have led him to be one of Canada’s most highly cited geographers. He is co-editor of the widely used Oxford Handbook of Economic Geography and winner of Choice Magazine’s “Outstanding Academic Book” award. He has held visiting appointments at Oxford University, University College London, UCLA, and the University of Oslo. He won the 2007 Award for Scholarly Distinction from the Canadian Association of Geographers. Professor Gertler was also a member of the Expert Panel on Business Innovation established by the Council of Canadian Academies, which published its landmark report “Innovation and Business Strategy: Why Canada Falls Short” to wide acclaim in 2009. In May 2012, he was awarded an honorary doctor of philosophy from Lund University, Sweden for his exceptional contributions to the fields of economic geography and regional development. In the same year, he was made an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK). Most recently, Gertler received the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of California, Berkeley and the 2014 Distinguished Scholarship Honor from the Association of American Geographers (AAG).

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University of Toronto

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2012

Number of Boards

5

Number of Awards

1

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Vice President, Research & Innovation at University of Toronto

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Director at University of Toronto - Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

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Partner at Sectoral Asset Management, Inc.

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Director & Co-Founder at Tricon Capital Group, Inc.

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Vice President & Provost at University of Toronto

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President & Vice-Chancellor at Dalhousie University

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Chancellor at University of Toronto

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President-Emeritus & Professor at University of Toronto

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Dean & Professor at University of Toronto

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Graduate Coordinator, Department of Linguistics at University of Toronto

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2012 - Current

Academy of Social Sciences operates as a national academy of academics, learned societies and practitioners in the social sciences. The company is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

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President, University of Toronto
2013 - Current

Established in 1827, the University of Toronto has one of the strongest research and teaching faculties in North America, presenting top students at all levels with an intellectual environment unmatched in depth and breadth on any other Canadian campus. With more than 82,000* students across three campuses (St. George, Mississauga and Scarborough) and over 500,000 alumni active in every region of the world, U of T's influence is felt in every area of human endeavour.

Founding Co Director, Program on Globalization & Regional Innovation Systems
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Member, Board of Directors
Current

MaRS Discovery District owns and operates a convergence center. It offers business research, information technology; pharmaceutical, optical sciences advisory and start up business assistance services. The company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

Member, Expert Panel on Business Innovation
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2004

Baycrest Foundation’s mission is to enrich the quality of life of community by providing crucial funding to Baycrest in support of programs and services that promote excellence in care, research, education and innovation in the field of aging. Founded by the Jewish community in 1979 and guided by the principles embedded in faith and culture, Baycrest Foundation is committed to pursuing our mission through compassion, advocacy and respect.

$1,000 - $4,999
2003

Baycrest Foundation’s mission is to enrich the quality of life of community by providing crucial funding to Baycrest in support of programs and services that promote excellence in care, research, education and innovation in the field of aging. Founded by the Jewish community in 1979 and guided by the principles embedded in faith and culture, Baycrest Foundation is committed to pursuing our mission through compassion, advocacy and respect.

Awards & Honors
2012
Lund University
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