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Michel holds a Master of Urban Planning (1993) and Bachelor of Arts (1991) from McGill University, and is a full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Project Management Institute. Michel has served as lead consultant offering comprehensive support to Canada's leading municipal indicator and community data access projects. These include the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Quality of Life Reporting System (since 2002); the Canadian Council on Social Developments' Community Data Program (since 2005); and the Community Foundations of Canada's Vital Signs Reports (2006-2010).
Michael works on various knowledge-sharing and monitoring initiatives, focussing on the creation and dissemination of sustainability indicators that track local trends and inform policy. Projects involve engaging multiple stakeholders, production of reports and shared databases, as well as providing online tools with access to content, data and rigorously maintained metadata. Projects have included Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Quality of Life Reporting System and the Sustainable Community Indicators Program, a joint project undertaken by Environment Canada, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Michael holds a Joint Major B.Sc. in Biology and Environmental Sciences from McGill University, a B.A.Sc. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Waterloo and an M.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the Interuniversity Research Centre for the Life Cycle of Products, Processes and Services at the École Polytechnique de Montréal.
Mary contributes research and data analysis for projects in Community Analytics and provides support for the Community Data Program in the areas of training and capacity building. Her skill set includes research, report writing, networking, meeting facilitation, building indicators, and data management. Her experience is in research, networking and information sharing in the affordable housing sector. Mary holds a Masters of Urban Planning from McGill University, focusing on housing that is both affordable and environmentally efficient, and she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Geography at the University of Ottawa. Originally from Ottawa, she now lives in the Town of Duncan in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island.
Julie is a young professional with experience in quantitative and qualitative research, the collection, management and analysis of data sets, report writing and presentations. She has served as a Community Researcher with the Wellington West Business Improvement Area, conducting a business census and modal choice survey, maintaining an online member directory, and prepared charts and graphs to report on the data. Julie is an active volunteer in the mental health community and completed two Bachelor degrees in business/economics at Carleton University and biology at the University of Ottawa.
Based in Montreal, Alex is a recent graduate of McGill’s Master of Urban Planning program. His research focuses on housing policy and urban innovation and he has contributed to active transportation projects in Montreal. Alex’s master’s thesis was one of the first comprehensive studies of the impact of short-term rentals on housing markets, a topic he follows closely. His experience as an editor and journalist helps him draft policy documents targeted to non-technical audiences as well as technical research for an expert audience.
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