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Faculty of Community Services

Rob Dowler



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  • Urban and regional planning
  • Governance
  • I&IT strategy
  • Regulatory affairs


I was an assistant deputy minister (ADM) in Cabinet Office Policy and various other ministries prior to retiring in the fall of 2015. After over 30 years of public service, I now devote my time to teaching in the urban and regional planning programs at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University. I also serve as chair and interim president of the Ring of Fire Infrastructure Development Corporation. I am a keen supporter of a number of local charities.

Prior to joining the Cabinet Office in 2010, I was the corporate chief strategist for Enterprise IT in the Government of Ontario. Before that, I served as policy and operations ADMs in the former Ministries of Government Services and Consumer and Business Services. 

Current Courses:

  • PLG810: Planning Implementation and Administration  

Selected Publications & Presentations:

  • Ontario Amethyst Award for Innovation

  • IPAC Award for Innovative Management

  • U.S. National Consumer Agency Achievement Award

  • Two U.S. Achievement in Consumer Education Awards

  • The Ontario Environmental Commissioner’s Award and the Canadian Institute of Planners Award for Planning Excellence

Position Currently Held:

Contract Lecturer

Awards and honours
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Office details

  • SBB-446, South Bond Building

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