Jayne Engle

Curator, Cities for People, The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation


Jayne Engle is curator of a new collaborative initiative of the J. W. McConnell Family Foundation called Cities for People, which aims to test new ways of working and building networks to create more resilient and livable cities. Jayne has worked on matters of urban planning and policy, community development, and participation for transformative change in a variety of countries and development contexts. Originally from the US, she served in the Peace Corps in Eastern Europe post-fall of the Berlin Wall and went on to work in many countries of Western Europe on adapting post-industrial landscapes to changing social needs and aspirations, and with Groundwork in the UK on urban environmental regeneration policy and practice. In the US and Canada she has worked in economic and real estate development as well as city and neighbourhood planning, with civil society organizations and in private and public sectors. A common thread that runs through her diverse work is a commitment to inclusive and meaningful community engagement and progressive planning agendas that lead to creating more ecologically-healthy, people-centered cities.

In her spare time, Jayne is working on a PhD at McGill University School of Urban Planning investigating reconstruction and social change dynamics in post-earthquake Haiti, engaging participatory research methods. Jayne was co-convenor and co-president of the Ecocity World Summit in 2011 in Montreal and serves on the International Ecocity Relay Committee and various advisory boards. She holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA in Real Estate Development from Temple University. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the Canadian Institute of Planners, and the Ordre des urbanistes du Québec. She lives on the Plateau in Montréal.