President Meric S. Gertler, CM FRSC FBA FAcSS MCIP
Meric S. Gertler was appointed as the 16th President of the University of Toronto in 2013. A professor of geography and planning, and the Goldring Chair in Canadian Studies, he is widely known for his work on the role of institutions in shaping innovation and local economic prosperity. His comparative analysis of urban economies spans North America, Europe and Asia. He has advised governments in Canada, the United States and Europe, as well as international agencies such as the OECD and EU. He has authored or edited nine books and has held visiting appointments at Oxford, University College London, UCLA, and the University of Oslo.
Professor Gertler serves on Canada’s Business-Higher Education Roundtable, where he chairs the Working Group on Research Partnerships. He is a trustee of Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, a director of MaRS Discovery District, Waterfront Toronto, and Universities Canada, and serves on the Ontario government’s Highly Skilled Workforce Planning and Partnership Table. He previously served on the Expert Panel on Business Innovation in Canada for the Council of Canadian Academies.
A graduate of McMaster University (BA), the University of California, Berkeley (MCP) and Harvard University (PhD), he was awarded an honorary doctor of philosophy from Lund University, Sweden in 2012 and from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China in 2017. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK). In December 2015, President Gertler was appointed to the Order of Canada.