Shahrukh Ahmed
Intern, Global Cities

Works on the Manulife Asia Desk, researching urbanization and the rising middle and creative classes in Southeast Asia. Shahrukh (Shak) is currently in his final year of an Honours B.A. in Human Geography and Urban Studies at the University of Toronto.

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.

Terri Block
Research Associate, Infrastructure

Designs and delivers projects that enable teachers and students to experience and practice creativity and innovation. Currently working with the Ministry of Education Student Success/Learning to 18 branch to implement a framework for teaching innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship in 72 pilot school boards across Ontario.  A former teacher, Terri holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management with a focus on Business Design and Innovation. 

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.

Jan Doering
Postdoctoral Fellow, Cities

Studies the politics of race and ethnicity, particularly in cities. He is currently working on a book that examines how race shapes community and the politics of crime in two multiracial Chicago neighborhoods. Jan holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago.

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.

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.

Michelle Hopgood
Graphic Designer

Shaping 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 in 2015 will receive her Masters in Information Studies at the University of Toronto.

Lauren Jones
Postdoctoral Fellow

Studies family and child wellbeing, particularly in the areas of health, education, and consumer decision-making.  She is currently working on projects in two broad areas – first, examining the effects of refundable tax benefits on family spending, savings and debt; and second, investigating the causes and effects of increasing prevalence of ADHD among children.  Lauren completed her PhD in Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University, and her Masters at The Ohio State University, where she will return as an assistant professor of Consumer Science in 2015.

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.

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.

Jonah Letovsky
Urban Policy & Research Intern

Collaborates with the research team on policy and report writing for the Toronto Project. Previously worked with the UNEP in Paris and interned at Spacing magazine in Toronto. Jonah will receive his HBA in Political Science and Urban Studies from the University of Toronto in 2015.

Katherine MacLellan
Program Advisor, Networks

Provides operational support for the Global Solution Networks program and The Tapscott Group. Katherine holds a Masters of International Relations and Economics from the University of St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland, and a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2013.

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.

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.

Jennifer Riel
Managing Director, Knowledge Infrastructure

Leads our work on knowledge infrastructure and education. A writer, educator and program architect, Jennifer is keenly interested in innovation, design and integrative thinking in education and in organizations.

Isabel Ritchie
Research Associate

Leverages spatial and statistical data to support research reports. Creates maps and charts to communicate and illustrate data. Isabel holds a Masters of Spatial Analysis from Ryerson University and an Honours Bachelor’s of Science in Urban Studies, Archaeology, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from the University of Toronto.

Kimberly Silk
Data Librarian

Supports the MPI research process from ideation through to publication and distribution, creating and maintaining systems that facilitate research discovery and evaluation, citation, data and knowledge management, and then preserving the completed research for long-term access.  She also leads MPI’s assessment efforts to demonstrate the impact MPI research has on public policy and senior decision-makers. Kim holds an Honours B.A. in English Literature, with a concentration in Computer Science, from the University of Waterloo, and earned her Master of Library Science at the University of Toronto. 

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.

Anthony Smith
Cartographer, Cities

Designs maps using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other design software, leveraging his extensive experience visualizing socioeconomic, population health and environmental datasets. Anthony has an honours BA in Geography from UBC, and is currently pursuing an MPl at Ryerson University School of Urban and Regional Planning.

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.

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.