The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering presents the 2018 John Adjeleian Lecture:

Planning the Waterfront for a Livable City:
the Toronto Experience

Tuesday, May 29th, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm in 2200 Richcraft Hall

with John W. Campbell, BEng, MBA

Principal, Renovo Advisory Services Ltd., former President & CEO of Waterfront Toronto

Image courtesy of Waterfront Toronto

About the Lecture:

The revitalization of Toronto’s industrial waterfront lands provides insight into the challenges and opportunities of such projects. Waterfront Toronto’s approach focuses on strategic revitalization as opposed to simple real estate development for this 2000-acre, $35 Billion project.

The agency takes an integrated planning and design approach that looks not just at buildings but at all the things that make great cities, such as street networks that link to the rest of the city and a scale that fosters a good sense of community, walkability and a balance of all modes of transportation. Their plans emphasize parks and public spaces, designing in a way that’s environmentally and economically sustainable.

This talk will discuss the main challenges in waterfront revitalization – public cynicism, limited resources, global competition and political complexity – and how to overcome them to create new communities.

About the Speaker:

John W. Campbell, President and CEO of Waterfront Toronto until late 2015, is currently the principal of Renovo Advisory Services Ltd., a consulting firm focused on the revitalization of urban areas. Before joining Waterfront Toronto in April of 2003, John was a senior executive at Brookfield Properties and played a leadership role in the development of the company’s most prestigious Canadian property, Brookfield Place.

John has an MBA from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Carleton University and has the Institute of Corporate Directors designation.  He serves on the Board of Directors of Artscape and the Canadian Urban Institute. In 2012 he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contribution to Canada.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at 613-520-2600 ext.5784


The annual John Adjeleian Lecture has been established to honour late Professor John Adjeleian, Emeritus Professor of Engineering at Carleton University, for his outstanding contributions to the University and to the profession of civil engineering.

Professor Adjeleian joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 1975 as a professor of civil engineering and served as its Chair from 1976 to 1982. He is the founder of the structural consulting firm, Adjeleian Allen Rubeli Ltd. Incorporated in 1955, the firm has provided engineering services for over 3000 engineering projects- many which are known for their outstanding structural design, such as the Fathers of Confederation Memorial Building in Prince Edward Island, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and the SkyDome in Toronto.

This annual lecture celebrates the standard of excellence exemplified by Professor Adjeleian. Lectures in the series highlight the outstanding achievements in professional practice, education and research that have advanced the field of civil engineering.