Jino Distasio

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Jino Distasio
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Jino Distasio
Vice-President, Research and Innovation

  • Aboriginal Issues
  • Architecture
  • Banking
  • Business
  • Canada
  • Demographics
  • Environment
  • First Nations
  • Homelessness and Mental Health
  • Housing and Real Estate
  • Social Issues
  • Transportation
  • Urban Geography
  • Urban Planning / Community Planning
Areas of Expertise:
  • Homelessness and Mental Health
  • Housing and Real Estate
  • Urban Policy and Programs
Languages Spoken:
  • English
Available To:
  • Appear on radio or TV
  • Appear as a public speaker
  • Provide comment to media
  • Write articles
  • Discuss research with industry, government, and others

Dr. Jino Distasio joined The University of Winnipeg in 1999. For over a decade, he has worked extensively in Winnipeg’s inner city as well as exploring broader Canadian and global urban issues where he has been engaged in close to 200 projects, publications and community initiatives.

Recently, he coordinated a six-year project on homelessness and mental health in Canadian cities. This work is part of a $110-million project funded by the Mental Health Commission of Canada and is the largest such project ever undertaken globally.

Distasio maintains a strong research program is areas of housing market analysis, mental health and homelessness, Indigenous urban issues, and broad policy. He has served on many boards including The International Centre for Infectious Disease, Prairie Isotope Partnership Enterprise, Habitat for Humanity, Westminster Housing Society and the University of Winnipeg’s Community Renewal Corporation as well as the Canadian Commission for UNESCO’s Sectorial Commission in the Natural, Social and Human Sciences.

At the national level, Jino has led numerous multi-city projects that have examined housing markets dynamics, homelessness, poverty as well as developing of a national index of neighbourhood distress. He continues to teach and holds several adjunct appointments.

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