David Pecaut

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Pecaut Square in Toronto

David Kent Pecaut, CM[1] (September 14, 1955 – December 14, 2009) was an American-born Canadian civic leader, city builder and a strategist. He was known for his visionary initiatives, and solutions-based approach to social issues. He was able to convene different stakeholders, and implement holistic solutions. He was instrumental in forming the Toronto City Summit Alliance. He tackled a "wide range of issues like greening the city, diversity, immigrant employment and affordable housing."[2]

Pecaut was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in November 2009.[1] He died on December 14, 2009 at his Toronto residence of colorectal cancer.[3] He was 54 years old.

Pecaut Square, originally Metro Square, is a public space located between Metro Hall and Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. It was renamed after David Pecaut by a unanimous Toronto City Council vote in April 2011.[4][5]

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  1. ^ a b "David Kent Pecaut, C.M., M.A., B.A.". Governor General of Canada. Retrieved 2009-12-30. 
  2. ^ David Pecaut: Torontopia's suit
  3. ^ Martin, Sandra (2009-12-14). "Toronto visionary David Pecaut succumbs to cancer". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2009-12-30. 
  4. ^ Moloney, Paul (12 April 2011). "Metro Square renamed Pecaut Square to honour late city builder". Toronto Star. Retrieved 12 April 2011. 
  5. ^ Knelman, Martin (7 April 2011). "City renames Metro Square to honour David Pecaut". Toronto Star. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 

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