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John R. Bousfield FCIP (d)

John Bousfield graduated from Lawrence Park Collegiate in 1947 where he was president of the student council. He went on to study Geography at the University of Toronto, obtaining an honours Bachelor of Arts degree in 1951. He then travelled to the United States and finished his post-secondary education at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, graduating with a Master of Science degree in City and Regional Planning in 1953. He went on to become one of Canada’s most prominent urban planners. For over 60 years, he practiced as a consultant on a full range of planning and development projects including the preparation and processing to approval of official plans and amendments, zoning by-laws and amendments, site plan approval, urban renewal studies and schemes, municipal boundary changes and development plans for new communities, brownfield sites, new business parks and wind farms for both private and public sector clients, mainly in Southern Ontario. He also had extensive experience appearing before the Ontario Municipal Board as a highly respected expert witness. Among his noteworthy accomplishments was a prescient proposal in 1958 for a green belt around Toronto. In the 1950’s, he was Planning Director for Scarborough where he was responsible for the (then) Township’s first Official Plan in 1959. In the 1960’s he was part of an illustrious team of planners and architects who planned the new community of Erin Mills. In 1967, he authored the seminal Toronto Waterfront Plan and in 1974, he established John Bousfield Associates, now Bousfields, which had grown to a staff complement of about 40 by 2016. Mr. Bousfield was elected to the Canadian Institute of Planners’ College of Fellows in 1997. The John Bousfield Distinguished Visitorship in Planning was established in his honour in 2007 in the Department of Geography & Planning through a major donation and a matching grant from the University of Toronto.  His presence will be sorely missed, by his partners, colleagues and all who knew him, as will his professional acumen, sense of humour, and his humility.