Wayne Caldwell is a Professor in Rural Planning and Development and member of the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs Greenbelt Council. He also has a career long affiliation with the County of Huron Department of Planning and Development.
Dr. Caldwell has lectured across Canada on the future of rural communities and has published extensively in the areas of planning, community development, agricultural land preservation, siting livestock facilities, rural land use, and the environment. He is an experienced facilitator with a primary focus on issues of change in rural and agricultural communities.
He is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners and Past President of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute. He has also served on Council for the Canadian Institute of Planners and Past President of the Association of Canadian University Planning Programs. He is a founding member and Past Chair of the Ontario Rural Council and a founding member of the Huron Stewardship Council, and the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation. He was appointed by the Ontario government as Chair of the Provincial Nutrient Management Advisory Committee. He holds a Ph.D. in Regional Planning and Resources Development from the University of Waterloo, and is an active member in the planning profession.
Current Research Projects
Planning for healthy rural communities and populations
Measuring farmland loss
Planning for agriculture - Canadian perspectives
Immigration in rural communities
Co-ops and the local food system
Best Practices in the Use of Nature/Natural Systems to Create New Economic Activity
Local Food systems in Northern Ontario (and the role of the Mennonite and Amish Community)
Planning for Food Security in the Commonwealth
Rural Community Economic Development
Facilitation Strategies for Community Engagement: A Municipal Perspective