Sandeep Kumar Agrawal

B.Arch. (IIT-Roorkee, India, 1991), M.C.P. (Manitoba, 1994), Ph.D. (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001), A.I.C.P., R.P.P, M.C.I.P.

Dr. Sandeep Agrawal is the director of the graduate program in Urban Development and has been a faculty member in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University for just over 10 years. Dr. Agrawal has a variety of planning experiences in federal, county, and municipal governments in the US. He has also practiced urban planning in Canada and India. Dr. Agrawal is a well-published and premier scholar, with numerous publications. Several of his publications are in the most prestigious journals in the planning, geography and ethnicity areas, including Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, the Canadian Journal of Urban Research and the Journal of International Migration and Integration. A recent special issue of planning journal, Plan Canada on "Welcoming Communities: Planning for the Diversity in Canadian Cities," was guest-edited by Dr. Agrawal.

Dr. Agrawal's research focuses on the transformative impact of immigration, ethnicity and religion on our urban landscapes. One of his recently completed articles (co-authored with Dr. Qadeer) is about the evolution of ethnic enclaves in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and the effect of spatial segregation on social integration. Another recently completed work of his is about faith-based ethnic communities in the GTA, which explores whether these communities are sites of spatial and social segregation or inclusion. Dr. Agrawal also studies how immigrants fare in the Canadian labour market. Dr. Agrawal currently serves on the Toronto's Committee of Adjustment. He is also the Domain Leader of the "Welcoming Communities" domain at CERIS - The Ontario Metropolis Centre in Toronto. Dr. Agrawal regularly appears in both print and broadcast media.


Serge Gagnon

Ph. D. Géographie

Professeur à la maîtrise en développement régional de l'Université du Québec en Outaouais depuis 2002, Serge Gagnon est détenteur d'un doctorat en Géographie de l'Université Laval. Monsieur Gagnon est un spécialiste des questions de l’analyse des dynamiques paysagères et du développement touristique des territoires. Membre du comité d’orientation de l’Université Rurale Québécoise, il a coordonné l’organisation de l’URQ2005 en Outaouais ( Directeur scientifique du Laboratoire de recherche sur la modélisation et l’intelligence territoriale ( et co-directeur du Centre de recherche sur le développement territorial (, Serge Gagnon a publié un ouvrage synthèse sur l'organisation du tourisme au Québec au Presses de l'Université du Québec en 2003 (L'Échiquier touristique québécois).

Stew Hilts

A leader in farmland preservation in Ontario and Director of the Centre for Land and Water Stewardship.

Wayne Caldwell


Wayne Caldwell is a Professor in Rural Planning at the University of Guelph.  He also has a career long affiliation with the County of Huron Department of Planning and Development.

Dr. Caldwell has lectured across North America on the future of rural communities.  His primary focus has been on planning and change in rural and agricultural communities.  He is an active researcher in the area of farmland preservation, rural conflict resolution, governance of nutrient management and community based approaches to environmental and economic issues.  He has published 4 books including Farmland Preservation: Land for Future Generations and his new co-authored book Doing Democracy With Circles – Engaging Communities in Public Planning will be published in early 2010.

Caldwell is a founding member and past Chair of the Ontario Rural Council.  He is also a founding member of the Huron Stewardship Council, and the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation. He was appointed by the Ontario Government to Chair the Provinces Nutrient Management Advisory Committee and he served as President of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute from 2007-2009.

Wayne is never so happy as when he is facilitating a group of people and talking about manure.

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