Chris Drew graduated from Ryerson University with a degree in Urban and Regional Planning. While at Ryerson, Chris worked part-time for the Hon. Bill Graham, MP for Toronto Centre and was Vice-President Finance and Services at the Ryerson Students’ Union. Chris’ favourite experience at Ryerson was being a member of the Close Gould Street team which successfully lobbied and brought together students, the Administration and the City to transform Gould an exciting and safe place for pedestrians. Ryerson University made the creation of a pedestrian zone on Gould a key objected in its Master Plan.
Policy development is one of Chris’ passions. He was elected Policy Director of the Ontario Young Liberals in 2008 where he facilitated the development of policy by the largest political party youth wing in the country. After graduating, Chris continued his career in politics by working for the Hon. George Smitherman as a political organizer. Recently, Chris worked as a Community Planner for the Hon. Glen Murray, MPP for Toronto Centre and assisted with social media outreach during the 2011 Provincial election. In this capacity, Chris led a process to develop plans for each of Toronto Centre’s 11 diverse neighbourhoods – predominantly through public meetings and stakeholder outreach.
Chris has continued in the planning profession as an Associate with EN Consulting at the Centre for Social Innovation where he works with clients in the development industry, non-profits and community organizations. Chris also serves as a Marketing Assistant to FlowJEM Inc, one of Ontario’s newest high-tech start-up companies that is commercializing PhD research in microfluidics. FlowJEM has received funding from the Ontario Centre of Excellence to grow the business and create jobs in Ontario. Chris is an avid cyclist and a Co-Ward Captain with Cycle Toronto, advocating for improvements to the cycling infrastructure in Toronto. Community involvement is a passion of Chris’ and he is contributing advisor to a social services non-profit which serves residents in downtown Toronto, and a Board member with the Church-Wellesley Neighbourhood Association which represents a diverse range of residents in one of Toronto’s downtown neighbourhoods. You can find Chris on twitter: @chrisjamesdrew and on Facebook.
This section will constantly evolve as I continue to grow this site. At the moment, the purpose of this site is to document the developments on several planning subjects I’m passionate about, including public transit and affordable housing. I will also post on other topics that interest me – feel free to share your comments!
While the TTC, GO Transit and other public agencies post many of their public documents on their websites, I wanted to display them on my website so that I could refer to them with ease and keep a historical record of their work.