2019-2020 MENTORS |
city of markham
Amanda is an urban planner at the City of Markham. Her previous experience working as a community engagement specialist, coupled with her current role as a city planner, has shaped her interests in public policy, equity planning and community engagement. As a city-builder, she understands that no two communities are the same, and strives to engage and collaborate with the people that know the community best: those that live, work, learn and play there.
As a 1UP Mentor, Amanda looks forward to supporting the fellows as they challenge the status quo and embark on a community improvement project.
university of toronto
Katherine is a process engineer with a background in human factors. She is passionate about improving processes, systems, and service delivery in our community. She has experience facilitating process improvement initiatives in healthcare and financial services. Her work focuses on applying technology, design thinking principles, and agile practices to design processes and services around what the users want. She is a certified scrum master and holds a master’s degree in Clinical Engineering from University of Toronto, and bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University. Katherine is a strong believer that everyone has a role to play in building a diverse and inclusive city around us.
In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking trails around Toronto, and experimenting with her paintbrush and sketchbook.
As a 1UP Mentor, Kathy is excited to support the fellows in designing, prototyping, and exploring ideas on how to improve the community around us.
toronto brook pooni team
Nicole organizes and plans community outreach and engagement initiatives for development projects in Toronto and the GTA. She provides community feedback analysis as well as contextual research and planning analysis for Toronto neighbourhoods and Planning Policies. Nicole is passionate about working closely with community members to ensure that development has a positive impact within their neighbourhood.
Nicole brings significant planning, facilitation, placemaking, and engagement experience to the Toronto Brook Pooni Team. She holds a Master Degree in Urban Planning from York University, with a specialization in community engagement and environmental planning and design. She also holds a Master Degree in Gender Studies.
petroff partnership architects
Sophie is a registered architect at Petroff Partnership Architects in Markham. Having a background of studying and working in China, she is very enthusiastic to create unique and inspiring spaces, either in architectural or urban scale, especially from cultural and environmental perspective. Through thorough study of communities’ history, urban texture, public collective memory to inspire dialogues. Public exhibition, museum, arena, office, high-rise residential, commercial buildings, community centres are some projects she has been working with. Sophie has a passion in mingling with youth, understanding the difference between generations and explore better ways of passing down a legacy.
Emma Loewen is an Innovation and Sustainability Analyst at Waterfront Toronto. Graduating with a Master of Public Policy and Honours Bachelor of Arts in Environment and Urban Studies from University of Toronto, she is passionate about building inclusive, climate resilient communities. Emma previously worked as a policy researcher with The Atmospheric Fund, collaborating with non-profits and all three levels of government to advance low-carbon urban policy solutions in the GTHA. In her spare time, she volunteers as an advisory board member with The Model Alliance, working with governments, NGO’s and private organizations to establish labour protections and sustainability practices in the fashion industry.
gladki planning associates
Lindsay Toth is an urban planner at Gladki Planning Associates who is focused on building vibrant places for humans and nature. She is experienced with stakeholder engagement, public consultation, land use planning, development applications and research. Lindsay is a confident public speaker and an experienced facilitator who understands the need for equity and empathy when dealing with communities facing change. Previously a public health practitioner, Lindsay brings a healthy communities lens to her work and is skilled at establishing interdisciplinary partnerships. Lindsay has been involved with youth education and leadership training for over a decade and she is thrilled to help guide 1UP Fellows to success in their projects.
Out of the office Lindsay enjoys playing ultimate frisbee and exploring Toronto's many neighbourhoods with her dog, Penny, in tow.
Ryan is an urban planner, community engagement practitioner, and youth advocate. As Co-Founder of Urban Minds, he bridges the gap between youth and decision makers by developing youth engagement strategies with municipalities and community partners. His work includes organizing the annual 1UPToronto Conference and the 1UP Leaders Lab program, where high school students learn about city building and gain practical skills in civic leadership. Ryan has extensive experience in facilitating engagement events for placemaking and transportation projects across Canada and the US.
urban strategies inc.
Sunjay Mathuria is a city planner with experience in public, consulting and research roles, as well as several years of experience working in communications and publishing. As a researcher at Ryerson, he explored placemaking practices in suburban ethnic retail neighbourhoods. He has also led complex community planning processes for parks and recreation master plans, led stakeholder engagement for a zoning bylaw review process, and has been involved in public consultation projects across Ontario. In his current role, Sunjay is coordinating a growth management study in Durham Region and a mall redevelopment with a strong focus on community engagement. Sunjay tries to use an intersectional lens in his city building practice, and is interested in honouring how places are shaped by local histories, race, class, gender and experience.
Jannat is an Urban Planner and works as a strategic planning consultant for the World Bank. Her professional background has encompassed multiple disciplines, including: international development, economics, transportation planning and public policy. Professionally, Jannat is motivated by discovering what gives identity to different cities and how the urban form shapes our everyday lives. Her recent work has focused on the future of mobility, master planning, and public space revitalization strategies. As a seasoned listener and facilitator, she likes big ideas, collaboration and results.
As a 1UP Mentor, she is looking forward to working on a project that is responsive, flexible and puts people at the center of how we design and build spaces.
Urban stategies inc.
Michelle is an Urban Planner with diverse experience working across mixed use developments, rural communities, and environmental planning. Her professional and educational experiences have included municipal policy recommendations, creating and soliciting community feedback through various methodologies and age-friendly research. Michelle developed her interest in urban planning while working for an urban farm in downtown Kingston.
Michelle has coordinated with multidisciplinary teams in building an understanding of wildlife crossing infrastructure across Canada, the role of youth in the waterfront development, and while exploring green infrastructure solutions. She has undertaken policy and research analysis for open space planning in complex landscapes, cultural assets such as music venues and children’s play in the Toronto District School Board.
century 21 leading edge vip realty
Sean is a U of T Grad working at Century 21 Leading Edge VIP Realty as a representative to clients within commercial, new development and residential resale needs, and we will be working with the St. Robert Catholic School Team. His aim for the team and himself is to achieve learning, growth, and confidence and a higher level of skill for life and all its opportunities and challenges.
Trish is currently a licensed landscape architect at the thinc design, a landscape architecture and urban planning group based in Toronto, ON. Trish works on a diverse range of projects including park and trail design, waterfront master plans, school ground redevelopment and mid-rise developments. She’s involved in all stages of the design process, from concept development and public engagement to working drawings, and construction documents. Trish engages with the various disciplines relating to city building and understands the importance of collaborative design.
Trish has a passion for engaging with a variety of user groups to determine the opportunities within public spaces. She enjoys working on projects of both large and small scales, identifying unique design solutions tailed to their users and context.