Lesley Fordham | Graduate Research Assistant
Lesley
BA, Political Science and Geography, University of British Columbia
MUP, School of Urban Planning, McGill University
Lesley completed her undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia in 2011. Since graduating, she has worked in the tourism industry, for the BC Provincial Government and as a volunteer for an organization that promotes active transportation. It was during this volunteer work that Lesley realized her passion for encouraging community members to think critically about transportation planning and promoting healthy transportation choices. Lesley hopes to have a career in planning that improves the accessibility of transit, effectively plans for an aging population, and builds healthy communities.
Dea van Lierop | Graduate Research Assistant
Dea
BA Linguistics, University of Victoria
MA Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam
MUP, School of Urban Planning, McGill University
PhD Urban Planning, School of Urban Planning, McGill University
Dea graduated from the University of Amsterdam with a graduate degree in Cultural Analysis that focused on city theory. She recieved a Master's in Urban Planning from McGill University with a Transportation Speciality. Rapidly growing urban populations and environmental concerns have motivated her to question how cities can become more environmentally and socially sustainable. She is inspired by collaborations between academic researchers, planners, policy makers, and other stakeholders that question how initiatives in clean technology can become normative rather than alternative in urban centres around the world. Dea’s current interests include public transit satisfaction and loyalty, land use and transportation planning, pedestrian and cyclist safety, and innovations in Transit Oriented Development.
Nicole Ratti | Graduate Research Assistant
Nicole
Bsc Geography, University of Toronto
MUP, School of Urban Planning, McGill University
Nicole completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto in 2015. Since graduating, Nicole has worked both in private sector transportation management, and as a research assistant for municipal planning departments in Ontario and Quebec. Capitalizing on the respective strengths of private and public agencies, Nicole has a strong passion for providing multiple travel options for all, with focus on improving the equity of public transit for vulnerable groups. Nicole seeks to build a career in planning which manages traffic congestion, addresses equity and affordability issues in current transit options, and effectively plans for future travel demand.
Thomas Herrmann | Under-Graduate Research Assistant
Thomas
BA Urban Systems/Geography, McGill University
Thomas is finishing his B.A. in Geography (Urban Systems) at McGill University. Having experienced both exceptional and under-performing urban environments during his childhood, he became captivated by cities and their transportation systems, drawing both inspiration from and seeing potential in urban spaces. At McGill, he was enthusiastic to discover the courses in the Urban Systems program and resources offered by TRAM. His academic background has solidified his passion, and today his research interests include determinants of transit modal choice, the sharing economy and ‘new’ modes of transportation, research opportunities afforded by open data, and the role of transportation systems in relation to inequality.
Derrick Swallow | Graduate Research Assistant
Derrick
Master's student
School of Urban Planning
McGill University
BA Geography, University of the Fraser Valley
Growing up in the medium sized suburban City of Abbotsford, BC, Derrick gained an first-hand understanding of the challenges associated with automobile-centric land use and transportation planning. A desire to learn more, fuelled by his involvement as a community organizer and volunteer, led him to complete a BA in Honours Geography with a concentration in Urban Studies from the University of the Fraser Valley. Throughout and following his ungraduated degree he worked on planning related projects with local municipalities including a neighbourhood plan in Abbotsford, BC and school travel planning in the Lower Mainland. These experiences inspired him to pursue Masters in Urban Planning and explore how cities can achieve equity and improve quality of life through transportation and land use decisions.
Charis Loong | Graduate Research Assistant
Charis
BA Geography (Urban Systems) and Minor in Management, McGill University
MUP, School of Urban Planning, McGill University
Charis received her BA in Geography from McGill University in 2013 and returned in 2014 to pursue her Master of Urban Planning. She has previously worked for Environment Canada, as well as for an architectural and engineering consulting firm in Hong Kong. Her international travels have allowed her to observe transportation systems in other cities, and kindled her interests in public transportation and fare payment systems.
David Verbich | Graduate Research Assistant
David
BSc Physiology, McGill University
PhD Neuroscience, McGill University
MUP, School of Urban Planning, McGill University
While completing his PhD in Neuroscience at McGill University, David discovered his interest in cities and transit systems. After attending a lecture on the built environment and its influence on people’s health, he realized how planning for active environments can promote healthy living. Originally from Montreal, David is currently pursuing a Master’s in Urban Planning, and is interested in active transportation and public transit. He is currently researching the factors that influence the distances people travel.
Ehab Diab | Graduate Research Assistant
BSc Architectural Engineering, Alexandria University
MSc Architectural Engineering, Alexandria University
PhD Urban Planning, School of Urban Planning, McGill University
Ehab Diab is originally from Alexandria, Egypt, which is where he lived, studied and worked for most of his adult life. He has acquired BSc. Of Architecture, from the Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University, in Egypt, where he worked afterwards as Lecturer Assistant. Later on he got Master of Science also from Faculty of Engineering in Alexandria, concerning urban lighting , the thesis was titled " Balance between Light and Dark Energy Efficiency Approach: Alexandria City Gateways". He work on TEMPUS project as Lecturer in the "Integration of Environmental Aspects and Modern Technology (GIS And RS) and Pedagogic (E-learning) in Egyptian Higher Education with Special Focus on Planning (ITEP)" Project in cooperation with Swedish and Dutch universities. His research interests includes public transit planning and improving transit services reliability strategies. After graduating from McGill Ehab joined University of Toronto as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Department of Civil Engineering.
Alexander Legrain | Graduate Research Assistant
Alex
BA Philosophy and Middle East Studies, McGill University
MUP, School of Urban Planning, McGill University
Alex has strong interests in transportation, urban economics, and equity issues. Growing up in rural Tennesee, he moved to Montreal to pursue an Honours degree in Philosophy. For his thesis he researched the idea that work and labour are foundational human activities, and this has deeply influenced his current work in urban planning and transportation. He is presently researching the effect commuting has on health, and hopes to further focus his studies on the relationship between transportation and urban economics. In addition to his academic experience, Alex has worked as a cook and a barn-raiser, helped start and manage a new food-truck, and has written short stories and some poems.
Myriam Langlois | Graduate Research Assistant
Myriam
BA Public Affairs / International Relations, Laval University
MUP, School of Urban Planning, McGill University
Myriam Langlois graduated with a B.A in public affairs and International Relations from Laval University in 2013 with a concentration in public law, economics and Canadian politics. She is received a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Master's Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Prior to studying at McGill, Myriam was a research assistant at the Chaire de recherche sur la démocratie et les institutions parlementaires at Laval University. Politics, regional economic development and interregional transportation issues have interested Myriam for a long time. Her interests have now expanded to include the influence of urban form on economic and travel behaviour, the integration of disadvantaged populations within communities, the real estate market, transit-oriented development, and quantitative analysis. Right after graduation Myriam started to work with WSP office in Montreal.
Colin J Stewart
BSc Computing Science, Simon Fraser University
MA Creative Writing, University of Manchester
MUP, School of Urban Planning, McGill University
Colin’s research interests include public transit, walkability, urban design, the effect of railways and freeways on accessibility, communication issues in urban planning, and the general problem of how to reduce car dependence in cities. Prior to studying at McGill, Colin lectured Computing Science courses at Simon Fraser University, programmed video games at Electronic Arts, and wrote a novel. After graduation he started an online planning service website with a couple of his colleagues.
Gabriel Damant-Sirois
BA Economics and Politics, Université de Montréal
DESS Management and Sustainable Development, HEC Montréal
MUP, School of Urban Planning, McGill University
Gabriel is currently undertaking a Masters in Urban Planning at McGill University. He graduated with an undergraduate degree in Economics and Politics from the Université de Montréal and completed a graduate certificate in management and sustainable development at HEC Montréal. After working as a professional manager, he was inspired to explore and understand the field of urban planning specifically on issues related to urban and transportation planning which in turn motivated him to undertake his current field of study. His interests include focusing on how to make cities more sustainable and how to improve the quality of life for its residents. Gabriel’s research interests evolve around the determinants of modal choice, the efficiency of transportation network, the impacts of accessibility to jobs and services on social equity, economics and the environment as well as the effects of cycling infrastructure on commercial activity and the safety of bike paths and lanes. After graduation he started a planning consultation firm with a couple of his colleagues.
Michael Grimsrud
BA Geography, Simon Fraser University
MUP, School of Urban Planning, McGill University
Michael came to urban and transportation planning by way of study in Geography, focused on sustainability, after developing appreciation for land use and transportation systems while living and commuting in Japan. His research interests include transit-oriented development, parking policy, employer-based transport demand management, evolution of values related to mode choice, needs and opportunities emerging from demographic trends, and institutional land use and transportation decision-making processes. After graduation he worked for Urban Futures in Vancouver.
Evelyne St-Louis
evelyne
BA Urban Systems/Geography, McGill University
Recently graduated from McGill University with an Honours degree in Urban Systems/Geography, Evelyne is interested in the social, cultural and environmental aspects of cities, and she enjoys research that mixes theoretical approaches and more 'on-the-field' work. Transportation research is one of Evelyne's key interests, in particular cycling-related issues, as well as land use and transportation planning. She also has a particular concern for climate change planning at the municipal level, as this was the topic of her Honours thesis. Seeing how transportation can fit within climate change planning is an especially compelling issue for her. After working with the TRAM group she started a master's in Urban and Regional Planning and University of California Berkeley.
Ana Tepavac
ana
BA Student, McGill University
Ana was born in Belgrade, Serbia, and raised in Miami Florida. She fell in love with Canada at a young age when her family and took her on annual trips to Toronto. She is currently in her third year at McGill University. She is enrolled in Economics and the Earth’s Environment program within the School of Environment. She will be graduating May 2014 and aspire to continue her studies within the field of Environmental Sustainability in hopes of pursuing a career in Environmental Law. Her interest in environmental studies was piqued in one of her courses at McGill, Environmental Geology, where one of the assignments encouraged her to reduce her carbon footprint. This assignment opened her eyes to the impact simple daily activities have on the environment and how altering one’s routine can make a drastic difference. When she is not working on school related material, she enjoys reading all kinds of fiction, dancing, and attending kickboxing classes. After working with TRAM she went back to finish her BA.
Kevin Manaugh
BA (Music) Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado
MUP, School of Urban Planning, McGill University
PhD Urban Planning, McGill University
Graduating with a degree in Music in 1997, Kevin spent the next ten years performing and teaching music throughout Canada, the States and Europe. He has now returned to graduate studies in Urban Planning with a focus on sustainable transportation. His primary research interests are in exploring alternatives to current North American car dependence and automobile-centered urban design. He is especially interested in how urban design factors might influence travel behaviour and perceptions of distance and safety. He believes that the environmental, social and economic issues caused by widespread automobile use is one of the major concerns in Urban Planning today and will remain so until efficient, equitable and safe solutions can be found. Upon finishing his Masters Kevin took his decision to pursue his PhD in Urban Planning. Kevin has finished his PhD in April 2013; his PhD dissertation was titled Incorporating issues of social justice and equity into transportation planning and policy. In August 2013 he started his new position as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography and School of Environment at McGill University. In his free time Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children, playing music, cooking, biking and reading.
Emory Shaw
emory
BA student, Urban Systems & GIS, McGill University
Emory is currently completing a B.A. at McGill University. His interest in transportation stems from an intensely urban upbringing and a global interest in the social sciences and geography. A native of downtown Montreal, he has also lived in Berlin where, among other things, he studied urban history and development with the University of Toronto. His current interests involve finding solutions and alternatives to urban sprawl and optimizing and extending active and public transportation infrastructure within the built environment as well as beyond it in regional settings. Emory aspires to implement these changes through policy, design and communication. After working with TRAM for one summer he went back to finish his BA in Geography at McGill.
Nicole Foth
nicole
BA Political Science, University of British Columbia
MUP, School of Urban Planning, McGill University
Nicole’s interest in transportation planning began during her B.A. in political science when she started to research how policy decisions affect where residents live and how people move in cities. In the context of growing Canadian cities, Nicole believes it is important to explore ways to work towards providing public transit and active transportation as feasible and practical mode choices. Several of Nicole's interests include land use and transportation planning, public transit accessibility, transit-oriented developments, cycling facility planning, and urban form of public space, especially at transit nodes. After graduation she started working for District of North Vancouver as an Urban Planner.
Cynthia Jacques
cynthia
BSc in Environmental Science, University of Ottawa
MUP, School of Urban Planning, McGill University
Cynthia graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2010, with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. Her belief that urban form plays a significant role in fostering sustainable lifestyles inspired her to pursue a Master of Urban Planning at McGill University. With the goal of contributing to the sustainability of urban environments, her research interests include exploring the influence of urban form on travel behaviour, encouraging sustainable transportation alternatives to reduce car dependence, as well as evaluating the effectiveness of Smart Growth, New Urbanist and Transit-Oriented Development planning principles. After graduation Cynthia started to work as a planner at Novatech Engineering Consultants in Ottawa.
Devon Willis
devon
BA Environment and Political Science, McGill University
Devon is currently completing her B.A. Honours in Environment and Political Science at McGill University. A Montreal (Island) native, she is interested in pursuing research and work in Urban Planning. She completed a summer program at UC Berkeley in 2011 in City and Regional Planning and left with a keen interest in active transportation planning, health and city planning, urban design and GIS. She also spent her semester abroad at Sciences Po, Paris and traveling in Western Europe. This trip and time spent in Bolivia have cultivated her interest in transportation:the stark contrast between the ad hoc "mini-bus" system of La Paz and the extensive and interconnected rail networks in France and Switzerland, further contrasted from her home city of Pointe-Claire, a Montreal auto-dependent suburb. Research interests include active transportation and health, transit-oriented development, and reducing the car dependence while increasing social interactions and sense of community and place in low-density areas. After graduation she worked for Conseil régional de l'environnement de Montréal.
Anais Mathez
anais
BA Urban Systems (Geography) and Environment, McGill University
Anais is currently completing a B.A. in Urban Systems and Environment at McGill University. Originally from New York, she has become fascinated with urban behavior patterns, and the intricacies of large-scale transportation networks. Academic interests include environmental policy and planning, urban renewal and design, and GIS technologies. Past research has focused on the relationship between the built form of public space and social integration at the community level. Her interests now have evolved to include the management of infrastructure to accommodate and encourage active transport, as well as strategies for improving public transit efficiency as a means to compete with the automobile. After graduation she worked for Conseil régional de l'environnement de Montréal.
Julie Bachand-Marleau
julie
BSc Urban Planning, Université de Montréal
MUP, School of Urban Planning, McGill University
Julie graduated with a B.Sc. in Urban Planning from the Université de Montréal in 2008. She focused on climate-adapted strategies to encourage bicycling in Montreal for her final Baccalaureate project. Her implication in the Groupe de recherche Ville et mobilité de l'Université de Montréal and in a research group studying the impact of the urban environment on obesity at CHU Ste-Justine made her develop a particular interest for public health and active transportation issues. After graduation Julie started to work at the the Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT).
Nithya Vijayakumar
nithya
BA Political Science and Geography, McGill University
MUP, School of Urban Planning, McGill University
Nithya has lived in Calgary, Atlanta, and Milwaukee, WI. She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and Geography from McGill University in 2008. Nithya developed a keen interest in bus operations and planning after working in Chennai and Bangalore, India over 2007 and 2008. She is currently doing research on run time savings of articulated buses and factors that influence driving distance to commuter rail stations in Montréal. After graduation Nithya started to work at Translink in Vancouver. Currently she is working as a transport planner at Steer Davies Gleave in Toronto.
Jeff Robson
jeff
BA History and Minor Geography, University of Calgary
MUP, School of Urban Planning, McGill University
Jeff graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History, Minor Geography from the University of Calgary in 2009. He focused on British and German social history, and urban political geography. Hoping to help improve the urban environment, he has returned to school for graduate study at McGill University. His research interests are multidisciplinary in nature and include sustainable heritage planning, the importance of public spaces in civic involvement, and the relationship between transportation access and social integration. Upon graduation Jeff joint the municiple internship program in Alberta.
Tyler Kreider
tyler
BA Honours Urban Systems, McGill University
MSc student, Civil Engineering, McGill University
Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Tyler graduated from the Department of Geography at McGill University with an Honours B.A. in Urban Systems in 2009. His honours research focused on access on the island of Montreal to the downtown core by public transportation in relation to median household income. After finishing his work with TRAM he is obtained a M.Sc. in Civil Engineering at McGill University. His research interests include public transportation access and safety for non-motorized transportation.
Jacob Larsen
jacob
BA (History) Concordia University, Montréal
MUP, School of Urban Planning, McGill University
Jacob graduated with a BA in History from Concordia University in 2007, where he specialized in oral histories of Anglophone communities in Montreal. Spurred by his desire to help create more sustainable cities, Jacob has returned for graduate study in Urban Planning at McGill, with a focus on transportation. His research interests include the influence of urban form on walking and cycling, bicycle lane safety and understanding the impacts of urban freeways. In addition to improving his technical skills in transportation studies, he hopes to explore how communities can articulate their own transportation needs. In 2010 Jacob was the first student to graduate from the School of Urban Planning, McGill University with a concentration in Transportation planning.
Julien Surprenant-Legault
julien
BSc, Economics, Université de Montréal
MUP, School of Urban Planning, McGill University
Julien obtained a Baccalaureate in Economics from the Université de Montréal in 2008. At TRAM, he applied his econometrics techniques to transportation modelling in an array of projects such as the evaluation of route 467 limited-stop bus service or the exploration of two-worker households home and work location patterns. He appreciates how good transportation planning can directly improve people's quality of life and he has a specific interest for public transit. He received a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Master's Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and a Master's Scholarship from the Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture. After graduation, Julien started to work at the Ministry of Transport of Quebec in the transportation systems modelling department. He is now an analyst at the Société de transport de Montréal (STM).
Raphaëlle Aubin
raffi
BA Art History, Anthropology, University of British Columbia
MA Art History, University of Leeds (England)
MUP, School of Urban Planning, McGill University
After working for over five years in cultural institutions, Raphaëlle has returned to university to pursue a Master of Urban Planning, choosing to focus on effective public participation processes. She has worked with the community-university research alliance "Making Megaprojects Work for Communities", as well as assisted in the development of a municipal Sustainable Development Action Plan. Community-based knowledge is at the heart of her approach and she seeks projects that fulfill her cross-disciplinary interests in heritage, policy-making, active transportation and public health.
Assumpta Cerdá
assumpta
BA Environmental Design, UQAM, Montréal
MUP, School of Urban Planning, McGill University
Assumpta graduated with a degree in Environmental Design in 2006 and is currently pursuing graduate studies in Urban Planning. Her research interests include transportation and land use planning, the role of urban design in promoting increased walkability, traffic calming street design and multimodal transit networks. Having worked on two separate occasions in South America, and completed a diploma in International Cooperation, she has a particular interest in urban strategies deployed in various cities in Latin America and their often innovative solutions to complex transportation issues. Assumpta worked with TRAM as a graduate research assistant during her masters program. Asumpta was the lead researcher on the accessibility project funded by MTQ. After graduation Assumpta started to work at the Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT).
Hatem Touman Abdelhamid
hatem
BSc Architectural Engineering, Alexandria University
DEA Urban Planning, UPMF University, Grenoble, France
PhD, Architecture and Urban Planning, UPMF University, Grenoble, France
Post-Doctoral, School of Urban Planning, McGill University
Hatem has a Bsc. degree in architectural engineering from Alexandria University, Egypt. After finishing his undergraduate studies he left to France to start his post graduate studies in urban Planning. During his PhD, Hatem dealt with Egyptian New Towns in general, focusing on their urban morphology. For this reason, he joined McGill as a post-doctoral to specialize in transportation. Hatem's research interests can be summarized by the following keywords: Urban Morphology, New Towns, Regional planning, transportation, travel behaviors, land use, urban expansion, urban mutations and changes in built fabric. Hatem worked as a post-doctoral research fellow with TRAM in the academic year 2008 -2009.
William Martin-Chin
william
BEng student, Civil Engineering, McGill University
William is studying Civil Engineering with a minor in Environmental Engineering at McGill University. He is interested in urban policy formulation and governance, as well as in urban transportation planning. He is active in a municipal political party that promotes sustainable urban transportation and development. William spent his summer internship with TRAM in 2009. William is currently working towards a degree in Law at McGill University.
Paul Tétreault
paul
BASc Civil Engineering (Coop), University of Ottawa, Ontario
MUP, School of Urban Planning, McGill University
Paul has an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from the University of Ottawa but was also interested on the social and environmental impacts of infrastructure which led him to pursue a master's degree in urban planning. His interests include infrastructure, land-use planning and transportation planning. He is also a recipient of a National Science and Engineering Research Council Master's Post-Graduate Scholarship. Paul worked with TRAM as a graduate research assistant during his masters program. In addition to his involvment in various projects with TRAM, Paul was the lead researcher on the first phase of the route 67 and 467 project for STM. After graduation Paul was employed by GENIVAR who is currently known as WSP.
Lisa Kastelberger
lisa
BA Urban Studies, Concordia University
MUP, School of Urban Planning, McGill University
Lisa was born and raised in the rural community of Hemmingford, but her interests in the inner workings of cities drew her to Montreal to commence a bachelor's degree in Urban Studies at Concordia University. Lisa is currently pursuing a Master of Urban Planning at McGill University. Seeing transportation issues as a major threat to the quality of life in downtown centres, Lisa is especially interested in the interrelation of land uses and transportation infrastructure, as well as traffic calming and Transit-Oriented Development. Lisa worked with TRAM as a graduate research assistant in summer 2008. She was involved in developing the TRAM data archive as well as a couple of other projects. She is currently working as a Manager of Capital and Urban Planning at Cree Regional Authority.
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