OUR TEAM |
Ryan is a Project Coordinator at 8 80 Cities, an international non-profit organization, and a Master of Urban Planning graduate from McGill University. An urbanist, designer, and youth advocate, he has worked on various projects in the realms of placemaking, community engagement and youth empowerment in communities across Canada and the U.S.
Having spent his childhood years in Hong Kong and over a decade now in southern Ontario, Ryan has lived the opposite spectra of city life going from hyper-density to ever-sprawling suburbia. These contrasting experiences have inspired his passion of city-building, and his pursuit of innovative, human-centred and design-driven solutions to complex urban challenges. He is always on the search for creative opportunities to push for change.
Michelle is a student at A.Y. Jackson Secondary School. She wants to improve a nearby park, Duncan Creek, and hopes to expand her comfort zone while making a positive and permanent impact on the community. She loves art, reading, and writing.
Alena is a student at Earl Haig Secondary School. She wants to address the issue of students jaywalking instead of using the crosswalk, and hopes that she is able to make a physical change in her community and improve the quality of her school area. She loves playing sports (skiing, tennis) and hanging out with friends.
Janie is a student at Unionville High School. She wants to address the negative mindset built by youth who believe they do not play a crucial role in their community. As a Community Manager, she hopes to improve her communication skills and time management. She enjoys playing volleyball, as well as taking part in photography!
Angela is an Intern Architect at RevelHouse and a Master of Architecture graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her portfolio is built on international work experience including master planning, urban design, entertainment, commercial, residential, and healthcare architecture. Having presented and exhibited her award-winning projects, Angela’s creative thinking has been recognized in both the architecture and urban planning communities.
Angela brings her passions for community engagement and human-centred design to Urban Minds. She enjoys travelling around the world to experience new urban environments. In her spare time, she pursues other creative endeavours including cooking, dancing, film-making, painting, and sewing.
Emaan Qazi is a student at Glenforest Secondary School. She strives to improve the livelihood of her community, while promoting youth involvement and initiative as well. She is passionate about making a positive change in her community, and building relationships with people from all over the world!
Vanessa is a student at Unionville High School. She wants to get youth interested and involved in their own community while meeting new people and improving her own leadership skills. She is interested in photography and the arts.
Karissa is a student at A.Y. Jackson Secondary School. She believes that when youth come together, great things happen and she loves to being a part of that. Besides photography, reading, and the typical netflix, she loves meeting new people and making friends!
Chantel is a student at York Mills Collegiate Institute. She wants to address the elevated levels of academic related stress among the student population, so her goal this year is to improve their mental and physical health. She is a frequent reader and sports enthusiast who can often be found stressing about the little things.
Anya is a student at Earl Haig Secondary School. She hopes to address the issue of public safety within her community and explore ways of doing so through effective urban planning. Anya hopes to become a better leader through Urban Minds and learn to take initiative within her community. The only multitasking she does is when she is simultaneously plugged into Spotify and capturing the world around her through a camera lens.
Jordan is a student at St Robert Catholic High School. He believes that Urban Minds paves the way for students to create change in their community and wants to be a part of that - capturing moments as they progress on their journey in making a more efficient environment for all. A few of his interests include tennis, graphic design, 2D animation, and entrepreneurial reading.
Tingting is a student at St Brother Andre Catholic High School. She wants to inspire and help youth create real, tangible change in their cities and communities. She loves reading, learning new things, and playing the piano.