Wayne Caldwell

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  • BA, Western Ontario
  • MA, Western Ontario
  • PhD, Waterloo

Bio Summary 

Wayne Caldwell is a retired 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 is the 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 PhD 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
  • On-farm diversification 
  • 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
  • Planning for Rural Resilience

View more recent projects on Dr. Caldwell's website.