Jino Distasio

Winnipeg, MB
Cenre Director, Assistant Professor
Organization/University:Winnipeg Urban Institute , University of Winnipeg
Department:Department of Geography
For over a decade, Dr. Distasio has worked in Winnipeg’s inner city as well as researching Canadian and global urban issues. During this period he has been involved in over 100 research projects, publications and community initiatives. His most recent effort is serving as Co-Principal Investigator in a project examining homelessness and mental health in Canadian cities. This $110 million dollar project is funded by the Mental Health Commission of Canada and is the largest such initiative to be conducted in Canadian history. Areas of interest include mental health and homelessness, urban sustainability, quality of life; Aboriginal mobility and housing; downtown revitalization strategies; and urban economic development. In addition to research Jino has actively participated on numerous inner city committees and boards. This has included serving on the Mayor’s Rapid Transit Taskforce, the Zoning Advisory Committee, and the Downtown Housing Strategy. He also helped produce Winnipeg’s first urban Aboriginal housing plan in partnership with the Manitoba Urban Native Housing Association and has twice coordinated undating Winnipeg’s Federal Homelessness Plan. In 2010 he was appointed to the boards of the Westminster Housing Society and Habitat for Humanity. As well he was appointed to the Canadian Commission for the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a member of the Natural, Social and Human Sciences Sectoral Commission. At the national level, Jino has also led several multi-city projects that have examined hidden homelessness, working poverty and most recently he coordinated the development of a national index of neighbourhood distress in Canadian cities. As a faculty member in the Department of Geography, Jino has actively taught on urban issues while also serving as an Adjunct Professor of City Planning at the University of Manitoba where he has taught and supervised graduate students. He is routinely asked to provide both local and national media comment on issues relating to urban change and poverty, transportation, inner city renewal and other civic and urban issues.
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