Visiting Experts at the School of Cities

Visiting experts at the School of Cities are globally influential practitioners in civil society, the arts, business, media and government as well as emerging leaders and the global urban academic community. 

Visiting experts at the School of Cities engage in intellectual, cultural and artistic exchange, nurture experimentation and new ideas, and support research, collaboration and knowledge creation across geographies, disciplines and communities. 

Through their affiliation with the School of Cities, visiting experts will receive a variety of supports and contribute to a wide variety of educational and research initiatives. 

Canadian Urban Leader 

Canadian Urban Leaders are prominent Canadian global influencers who have served in official capacity in government or the public service (municipal, provincial, national and inter-governmental organizations) and managed a portfolio with significant urban focus.

Nominations for 2023/2024 Canadian Urban Leaders are now open. Click the button below to learn more and nominate. 

Early Career Canadian Urban Leader 

Early Career Canadian Urban Leaders demonstrate leadership potential and capacity and are in the first 10 years of their current career path.

Applications are now being accepted for 2023/2024 Early Career Canadian Urban Leader. Click the button below to learn more and apply.



Urbanists-in-Residence are prominent global influencers practicing in civil society, the arts, business, media or the public service. They are committed to community engagement and have a clear project focus aligned with the School of Cities.

Nominations for 2023/2024 Urbanist-in-Residence are now open. Click the button below to learn more and nominate.

Visiting Professors  

Faculty from other universities and research institutes who hold continuing appointments may be appointed as Visiting Professors to the School of Cities. Visiting Professors are engaged in urban focused research and/or teaching with a commitment to community engagement. 

About the School of Cities

The School of Cities is a solutions incubator for urban-focused researchers, educators, students, practitioners and the general public to explore and address the complex global challenges facing urban centres. A living laboratory, the School leverages urban data and lived experience to improve policy and decision-making, and collaborates with communities around the world to make local decisions that make cities and urban regions more sustainable, prosperous, inclusive and just.