Mary Rowe

Mary Rowe

President and CEO, Canadian Urban Institute

Mary is a leading urban advocate and civil society leader who has worked in cities across Canada and the United States. President and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute, she has served as an urban advocate and community leader, including serving as Executive Vice President of the Municipal Art Society of New York (MASNYC), one of America’s oldest civic advocacy organizations focused on the built environment. With the US-based blue moon fund, she worked with national philanthropy, governments and local communities in New Orleans to support rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina.

Mary was also President of the Canadian platform Ideas That Matter, a convening and publishing program based on the work of renowned urbanist Jane Jacobs. She brings an extensive international network of practitioners from government, industry, community activism, and the city-building professions.