TORONTO—Mary Rowe has been appointed as the Canadian Urban Institute’s (CUI) seventh president and chief executive officer, its board of directors announced recently.
Rowe is an urban advocate and community leader who has worked in cities across Canada and the United States and has several years of experience, including serving as executive vice-president of the Municipal Art Society of New York (MASNYC), one of America’s oldest civic advocacy organizations focused on the built environment.
During a fellowship with the U.S.-based blue moon fund in New Orleans, she worked with national philanthropy, governments and local communities to support rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina. Before that, Rowe was president of the Canadian platform Ideas That Matter, a convening and publishing program based on the work of renowned urbanist Jane Jacobs.
Rowe has also been a frequent contributor to national and international city-building programs, including UN Habitat and the World Urban Forum, indicates a release, adding she brings an extensive international network of practitioners from government, industry, community activism, and the city-building professions to strengthen CUI under her leadership.
Rowe holds Senior Fellowships with Evergreen and Future Cities Canada, Shorefast, PlacemakingX and Massey College and is lead facilitator with the Urban Project, an initiative of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and Maytree. She also serves on the board of directors of the Bentway (Toronto) and the Nature of Cities (New York City).
“CUI brings together all the crucial stakeholders — researchers, planning and design professionals, the development industry, local communities and their leaders and government — each important to ensuring Canada’s global leadership in building great cities,” said Rowe, in a statement.