Distinguished Research Practitioner

John M. FlemingJohn M. Fleming, MCIP RPP, 2020-22

Western’s Centre for Urban Policy and Local Governance is excited to welcome nationally recognized urban planner John M. Fleming as a Distinguished Practitioner Research Fellow. Over the next two years, John will build on his significant professional experience to carry out research on local governance, civic engagement, and policy making in the field of city building and design. He will also collaborate with faculty and mentor students.

John continues to have a long and successful career in city-building. Currently vice president of the Council for Canadian Urbanism, he has been a strong advocate for mid-size Canadian cities for many years. A Registered Professional Planner, he retired earlier this year after serving as the City of London’s Managing Director of Planning and City Planner for over 10 years, during which he led the creation of the award-winning London Plan. He has received several awards for planning excellence and most recently was awarded the Richard & Beryl Ivey Lifetime Achievement Award from the Urban League of London in 2020.