Fonds S459 - Len Gertler fonds

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Len Gertler fonds

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  • 1952 - 2003 (Creation)
    Len Gertler

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3.69 m of textual records
29 photographs : b&w
109 slides
1 audiocassette
1 videocassette

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Len Gertler (1923-2005) was a planner, administrator, author, and university professor, whose areas of study include planning, and public policy. Gertler was born in Montreal, Quebec, and was educated at Queen's University, McGill University, and the University of Toronto. Throughout his career he held a wide variety of positions. Len Gertler served as Director of the Edmonton District Planning Commission, and also held the position of Deputy Commissioner of Planning for the City of Toronto. In 1966 he became a professor at the University of Waterloo, establishing a new program in Urban and Regional Planning. He was also involved in establishing the University of Waterloo's Faculty of Environmental Studies, and became the first Director of the School of Planning. Gertler was the coordinator and author of the Niagara Escarpment Study in 1968. His international work included assignments in Indonesia, Jamaica, India, Japan, and Uzbekistan. Gertler was a member and Vice-Chair of the Ontario Environmental Assessment Board, from 1990-2001. The Canadian Institute of Planners' Award for Planning Excellence in 2001 was named in honour of Len Gertler.

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The fonds contains reports, publications, correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, slides, notes, and other material created and accumulated by Len Gertler.

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At ANNEX. Retrieval of boxes requires 24 hours notice.

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The following items were transferred to Special Collections:

Resources for tomorrow : conference background papers, volume 1, July 1961
Includes Inscriptions : “Len - the superb craftsmanship that you brought to bear on the Conference are reflected in these volumes but the integrity of all our associations in this enterprise will be cherished most” / B. H. Kristjanson

Resources for tomorrow : conference background papers, volume 2-3, July 1961

With our own hands : research for Third World development : Canada’s contribution through the International Development Research Centre 1970-1985 / Bradford Morse, 1986

Research for Third World Development : Ontario perspectives : conference proceedings : a conference organized by the University of Waterloo and the International Development Research Centre, University of Waterloo, May 14-16, 1985

Research for Third World development, revisited : a discussion paper / Len Gertler, February 1987

Canadian recreation development : proceedings of the Symposium on the Canadian Recreation Delivery System / edited by Tom Goodale and Cor Westland, 1977

Reflections on the development choices of South-western Ontario / Leonard O. Gertler, March 1970

Revitalizing cultural heritage : linkage between past, present, and future / presented at the International Conference on Cultural Tourism, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, November 24-26, 1992

Radical rumblings : confessions of a peripatetic planner / Len Gertler, 2004

The heritage process in environmental impact assessment : as concept and as practiced in Ontario / Len Gertler. In Environmental impact assessment : practice and participation / edited by Kevin S. Hanna, 2005

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  • Shelf: Annex, WLA2759-WLA2875