Urbanism Activities

Organizing and Leadership

Co-founder, Walk Toronto advocacy group, 2013.

Joint winner, Jane Jacobs Prize, 2010 (as a co-founder of Spacing magazine).

Co-Chair, Toronto Pedestrian Committee, 2006-2010. Member, Toronto Pedestrian Committee, 2003-2006.

Co-organizer, Walk21 Community conference (an open conference for citizens featuring presentations from the international Walk21 conference in Toronto), 2008.

Co-organizer, Walking Life (exhibition of walking-related art at the Gladstone Hotel in conjunction with the international Walk21 Conference in Toronto), September 2007.

Co-founder, Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation, 2006 (now The Centre for Active Transportation).

Teaching and Assessment

Judge, Future Prize (for middle school students), organized by Future Design School (2023).

Guest lecture for University of Toronto Scarborough undergraduate course "Planning and Building Public Spaces in Toronto" taught by Prof. Andre Sorensen, 2018-2022.

Judge, final student presentations, University of Toronto Scarborough undergraduate course "Planning and Building Public Spaces in Toronto" taught by Prof. Andre Sorensen, 2020-2022.

Mentor, Vision Zero Challenge, June-July 2018

Member, Application Review Team, Green Communities Canada WALK Friendly Community designation (Ontario) review process, 2017

Guest lecture for University of Toronto Scarborough course "Urban Transportation Policy Analysis" taught by Jake Schabas, Department of Human Geography, University of Toronto Scarborough, June 2014

Presenter, "Pedestrian safety", & the City Walkshop Series (Jane's Walk Toronto) on "Walking and Health," March 2014.

External examiner, OCAD U, for Lisa Binnie, "The Port Lands Sensory Walk", thesis for Master's of Fine Arts (Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design), October 2013.

Presentation to Urban Studies Student Union, University of Toronto, for their "I Heart Walking" event, March 2013

Guest lecture for "Topics in Public Policy: Urban Policy" class at the University of Toronto School of Public Policy and Governance, unit on "Participation and Citizenship" taught by Prof. Richard Stren, November 2012.

Designed and taught (August 2011) "Pedestrian City" unit of "Maximum City," a teaching unit about urban issues for high school students designed at University of Toronto Schools.

Co-designed and taught unit on walking for high school students participating in Walk21 conference youth forum, July 2007.


Led Jane's Walks most years since 2008, each one in a different area of Toronto. Subjects have included walkability, pedestrian infrastructure, neighbourhood transformation, urban design, and lost rivers.

Co-led walking tour, "Yorkville Pedestrian Improvements," at Complete Streets Forum, May 2013.

Designed and presented walk on Toronto urban issues and civic engagement for "Atidim" tour by Israeli graduating students, July 2011.

Panel Discusssions

Moderator, panel discussion at "Beyond Gross: 2019 Laneway Summit" (The Laneway Project), May 2019

Panelist, "Light up the Laneways" discussion and walk for The Laneways Project, Susan Tibaldi Parkette (Bloordale), August 2018

Panelist, Ground Landscape Architect Quarterly panel discussion on "The Commons", March 2017 (for publication in the magazine)

Panelist, "Our Future King," launch of the King Street visioning study with Toronto Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat, TTC CEO Andy Byford, and others, June 2016.

Panelist, "Engaging In-Between Spaces: Toronto's Summit on Laneways," organized by The Laneways Project, November 2014.

Panelist, screening of movie Artists on the Underground, Reel Artists Film Festival, February 2014.

Moderator,"Building Momentum for Transportation Funding," Evergreen Cityworks Innovation Talk (panel including Mitzi Hunter, CivicAction; Matthew Bertin, Metrolinx; Teresa Di Felice, CAA; Cherise Burda, Pembina Institute; and others), April 2013.

Panelist, Toronto Society of Architects Forum on "Transit Architecture", May 2012.

Moderator, talk by Mexican curator Jorge Muguia, Urban Field Speaker Series at Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, March 2012.

Policy Advising

"Scoring Equity for Capital Programs" external stakeholders workshop, University of Toronto and Transportation Services, City of Toronto (December 2021)

Stakeholder representative, City of Toronto Complete Streets Guidelines (2015-2016)

Stakeholder representative, Metrolinx and TTC session on Yonge Relief transit options, February 2014.

Stakeholder representative, City of Toronto City Planning "Feeling Congested?" consultations, 2013-2014

Stakeholder representative, City of Toronto Transportation Services "Listening Session," April 2012

Member, Pedestrian Projects reference group, Public Realm Office, City of Toronto, 2012-2019

Stakeholders Workshop, Toronto Wayfinding System Strategy, Metro Hall, December 2011, February 2012.

Advisor, Move! Transportation Charette, November 2011 (Institute without Boundaries, George Brown College)

Rivertowne Community Walk and consultation, September 2011

Street Food Vending Workshop, 519 Community Centre, Toronto, January 2011

CivicAction Greater Toronto Summit, Toronto, Metro Convention Centre, February 2011 (table facilitator)

Member, Transportation and Infrastructure Working Group, Toronto City Summit Alliance (now CivicAction), 2010-2011

Toronto City Summit Alliance, Preparatory roundtable on Neighbourhoods and Affordable Housing, Regent Park, October 2010

Toronto City Summit Alliance, Preparatory roundtable on Transit And Transportation Infrastructure, Wychwood Barns, July 2010 (table facilitator)

Conference Participation

Salzburg Global Seminar – "Building Healthy, Equitable Communities – The Role of Inclusive Urban Development and Investment," October 2018

International Transport Forum, Leipzig, May-June 2017

Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) annual studio, November 2015

Active City Summit (organized by City of Toronto Public Health, Transportation, and Planning), April 2015

Conference Pre-event, Worldviews Conference on Media and Higher Education, MaRS Discovery District, April 2011

Complete Streets Forum, Toronto, April 2010

Walk21 Conference, Toronto, October 2007