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Vasiliki Bednar
Associate Director, Cities

Manages internal research development and workflow, and develops external partnerships and engagement. Previously a senior advisor to the Wynne government. An Action Canada Fellow, Vass holds her Master of Public Policy from the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy & Governance and is a McMaster ArtSci grad.

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Taylor Blake
Spatial Research Specialist, Cities

Leads spatial analysis and cartographic design at MPI. Taylor earned an Honours degree from the University of Toronto and a diploma from Fanshawe College. A former planner, Taylor has worked in municipal and provincial government, built his own GIS consulting business, and mapped the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

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Quinn Davidson
Executive Assistant to Roger Martin

Supports Roger Martin as well as other aspects of the institute with a focus on executive administration and events. Her professional experience includes executive administration, sport and events management, provincial grant writing and philanthropic stewardship. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Northwood University, Florida Campus.

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Melanie Fasche
Postdoctoral Fellow, Cities

Leads research project “Urbanization and the rise of the creative/middle class in South-East Asia” and assists with teaching and education development. Melanie relocated from Berlin after working as freelance consultant and visiting lecturer. She completed her PhD on the art market in Urban and Regional Economic Studies at HafenCity University Hamburg.

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Ian Gormely
Writer & Content Producer, Cities

Shaping the MPI’s narrative voice, Ian leads internal and external content production, writing and editing. A music critic and arts & culture columnist, he holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of King’s College and bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Victoria.

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Michelle Hopgood
Graphic Designer

Creating the MPI’s visual identity through info-graphics, data visualization, and design, she works closely with the team to create effective communications. Michelle holds a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from OCAD and a Masters in Information from the University of Toronto.

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Darren Karn
Research Associate, Infrastructure

Draws from his experience in management, business history, and environmental sciences to make connections across the pillars of infrastructure underlying democratic capitalism. When not researching, he contributes to the design and delivery of executive education programs in strategy, Integrative Thinking, and Business Design. A former geologist, Darren holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management and a BA, Summa Cum Laude, from Colgate University.

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Karen M. King
Research Scientist, Cities

Senior researcher and research project manager of Cities. Karen’s quantitative research examines the challenges and divides created by urban prosperity with a particular focus on migration and immigration in the United States and Canada. Karen holds a PhD in Geography from McMaster University and Masters of Economics from the University of Toronto.

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Charlotta Mellander
Professor of Economics at Jönköping International Business School

Long term collaborator of the MPI and visiting faculty at the Martin Prosperity Institute since 2009. Studies location patterns of creative individuals and firms to determine how they shape regional development. Charlotta has more than 150 invited, external speeches, both nationally and internationally, including the EU and the UN, and companies like IBM.

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Melissa Pogue
Research Associate, Infrastructure

Studies the infrastructure that supports the prosperity of regional economies using both qualitative and quantitative analysis techniques. Previously a Policy Analyst at the Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity. Melissa holds her Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Toronto.

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Jennifer Riel
Managing Director, Strategy and Innovation

A writer and educator, Jennifer’s work centres around creative problem solving, strategy, innovation and integrative thinking. At MPI, Jennifer focuses primarily on the infrastructure project, including overseeing our work on intervention design, knowledge infrastructure and innovation in k-12 education.

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Stefanie Schram
Director, Intervention Design

Leads the design thinking initiative within the Institute and collaborates with industry partners to advance the discipline. Previously Associate Director of Rotman DesignWorks. Stefanie holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management and is a registered corporate coach. 

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Valeria Sladojevic-Sola
Executive Assistant to Richard Florida & Jamison Steeve

Manages and supports all operational aspects of the Institute with a focus on executive administration. Her professional experience includes freelance journalism, multi-media creation, as well as promotions and event coordination. She completed the Journalism program at Humber College and is currently working toward certification as a Project Management Professional.

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Sarah Soteroff
Community Manager

Manages communications for MPI to help generate media, manage events, and promote the work of MPI. She holds an Honours BA in History from the University of Western Ontario and a Master in Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany. Sarah has an extensive media and communications background, her past work has focused on strategy, client development, messaging and promotion in new and traditional media for a variety of product sectors.

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Greg Spencer
Research Associate, Global Cities

Leads the development of urban data science at the MPI and conducts research on the economies of cities. An economic development expert, Greg has over 15 years of consulting experience in Canada and the UK. Greg earned his M.Sc.Pl. (Planning) and Ph.D. (Geography) from the University of Toronto.

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Jamison Steeve
Executive Director

Executive Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute and the Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity, two of Canada’s leading think tanks. With a background as a teacher and a lawyer, Jamison has spent the last decade committed to developing and implementing impactful public policy. That work continues here as he aims to build upon the successful legacy of the institutes while blazing an exciting future. Jamison holds a B.A. (Honours) and a B.Ed from Queen’s, along with a LLB from Dalhousie.