Nabil was going to become a highschool teacher prior to discovering urban studies in the third year of his undergraduate degree at York. After changing his major to the Specialized Honors program in Geography and Urban Studies, and having the opportunity to work with what he calls “the most engaged professors that (he) had encountered at York,” Nabil chose to pursue his masters at FES over several other Canadian programs. He cites the interdisciplinary approach of the program, the incomparable breadth of research interests in the faculty, and the supportive, engaged, and approachable nature of the staff and faculty in FES as being instrumental in his decision.
Heavily involved in the FES and local planning communities, Nabil is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Young Leaders Group Student Committee and the Youth Action Network Board, he is the Director of Logistics for 2014 Canadian Association of Planning Students’ Conference, and works as a consultant and Co-Managing Director with the York Sustainable Enterprise Consultants (YSEC). Nabil has received several scholarships while in FES, including a York University Faculty of Graduate Studies entrance scholarship, the Unilever Canada Graduate Award in Environmental Studies, and the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships: Masters Scholarship.
Nabil’s research interest are situated around issues of stakeholder engagement and sustainable development, exploring the way in which municipalities that experience rapid population growth through immigration manage to engage citizens with the planning process while developing and executing sustainability planning policy. His Major Research Project is a comparative study of the Regional Municipalities of York (Ontario) and Wood Buffalo (Alberta), and will explore how the increased flow of immigrants has influenced the planning policies of the Regional Municipalities in regards to sustainable development.
In fulfilling the internship/field experience requirement of the MES Planning program, Nabil spent last summer in Fort McMurray Alberta, working as a Short Range Facilities Planning Intern. This placement gave Nabil the opportunity to engage with various internal and external stakeholders in developing and executing site and concept plans, while also providing him with key experience in project management. As a result of his experience with Suncor, Nabil has developed an interest in exploring career opportunities in stakeholder engagement and sustainable development within the oil, gas, or mining industries.
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By Anthony Taylor