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 born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa and attended West High School before going to Harvard University (BA Sociology 1977) and University of Sussex (MA Philosophy 1978).[3] He return to Sioux City to work for Terra Chemicals before moving to Toronto in the 1980s.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6][7]

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