uToronto President wants closer relationship with city

June 2, 2014

University of Toronto President Meric Gertler hopes to build a stronger partnership between his institution and the city of Toronto. Gertler points to Pittsburgh as a city that has thrived thanks in part to its close relationship with its PSE institutions. He adds that uToronto has helped Toronto weather the post-2008 recession by serving as an economic anchor for the city. “I’d love to see our researchers in different urban fields working closely with governments at the city level, including Mississauga and Toronto, to provide expertise on important questions and it’s a win-win because faculty get wonderful experiences that often lead to whole new research projects,” Gertler told the Toronto Board of Trade. “We need to find ways to be more innovative, more creative, more entrepreneurial, more productive,” he added. McGill University Principal Suzanne Fortier has also recently stressed the value of a close relationship between universities and cities. Toronto Star