Recent Graduate Profiles


Mojan Jianfar

Mojan is a recent graduate of the York University MES Planning Program. Currently she is working on various community engagement and facilitation projects. She is the Director of Projects and Partnerships with The STEPS Initiative, an environmental arts non-profit organization that builds the capacity of citizens to take action in creating more vibrant and connected communities. She is also a member of the Professional Advisory Committee piloting a Community Planning Board in Kingston Galloway/Orton Park, which is connected to her Masters Paper on participatory planning practices, chosen as part of the FES Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Series.

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georgeGeorge Liu

George Liu graduated from the Master in Environmental Studies (Planning) at York University in 2014.

George is a transportation planner, avid cyclist, and professional musician. Prior entering the MES Planning program at York University, he completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and political science at the University of Toronto, where he discovered the speed, practicality and reliability of using his bicycle to commute to class. In search of new extra-curricular skills, George began working as a mechanic at Bikechain, a DIY bicycle repair shop on the U of T campus, and later served as treasurer of Bikechain. Pursuing his interest in sports and music, George competed with the U of T Varsity Blues mountain bike team and successfully auditioned for a bass trombone chair with the University of Toronto Wind Ensemble.

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junwinJamie Unwin

Jamie Unwin just completed a Master in Environmental Studies (Planning) at York University in 2014. Born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Jamie completed her bachelor’s degree in Seattle at the University of Washington where she also competed nationally on the Women’s Varsity Rowing Team. Between graduating from the University of Washington and coming to York, she lived and worked in Whistler and New Zealand, and spent two years WWOOFing and interning on small scale organic farms in BC on Salt Spring Island, and in Duncan.  Following this, she returned to Vancouver to start up the micro scale urban farm Backyard Eats.  Jamie’s experiences in a variety of countries and cities have nurtured her love of planning and its ability to impact the way we relate to our built and natural environments.

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Derek Brunelle

Derek is a recent graduate of the MES Planning program at York University. He completed an undergraduate degree in History at the University of Toronto in 2010, which, focused primarily on social movements in North American cities. He became interested in planning following an undergraduate independent study that dealt with activism and urban politics in 1980s Chicago.
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Kirk Hatcher

In 2010, Kirk entered the Planning stream of the MES. While continuing his work in advocacy and harm reduction, he studied planning and social equity, focusing on issues of housing provision, social inclusion, gentrification and displacement. Kirk’s major research project examined public housing redevelopment, and the lack of senior level government participation in public housing affairs, forcing the city to rely on private investment to make capital repairs. His final paper, which has been awarded entry into the MES 2012 Outstanding Paper Series, examined the revitalization of Toronto’s Alexandra Park.
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Outstanding Papers

Deconstructing Lawrence Heights through Planning, Race, and Space

Kareem Webster

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Public Participation in Planning as Urban Citizenship: Contrasting Two Conceptualizations of Citizenship in Toronto’s Ward 20

Gwen Potter

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From Brown to Green? The Planning and Implementation of the Don Valley Brick Works’ Restoration

Anna Côté

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Planning for improved food access in Toronto’s inner suburban apartment tower neighbourhoods

Josh Neubauer

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More from the FES Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Series