About Me

I love transit, cities, and urban planning and know that they have the power to do a lot of great things to improve our lives. I enjoy getting challenged and constantly seek new learning opportunities. I'm deeply passionate about public transit, city planning, and am dedicated to stakeholder engagement. I'm an excellent public speaker, presenter, and communicator and have experience with research and analysis, project management, and interdisciplinary issues. I'm Interested in the nexus of transportation, sustainability, public health as well as the reduction in personal automobile use, and integrated mobility. If you'd like to have a chat, my contact details are below.

Contact Details

Alex Gaio
Toronto, ON
+1 647 677-9632
alex@gaio.me

Education

Ryerson University

Urban & Regional Planning Currently Studying

Student entering third year. Passionate and engaged in city planning, transit, and transportation in Toronto, Canada, and the world. Courses in Municipal Politics, Economics, Planning Process, Statistics, Geography, Regional Planning, Health Promotion, Community Development, and Public Consultation. Explored municipal finances, planning for climate change and disatasters, two-tier regional planning, human rights law, and transit funding methods.

Birmingham City University

BSc (Hons) Planning, Environment, and Development January 2016 - May 2016

Selected as a student with a high academic average to participate in a study abroad semester in Birmingham, UK to learn about international case studies and approaches to planning in the UK.

Canadian Urban Transit Association

Certificate in Transit Planning Fall 2015

Training in developing and using service standards, collecting and analyzing data for performance monitoring and evaluation. Developed route service plans, discussed ITS solutions, and evaluated Bus Rapid Transit.

British Columbia Institute of Technology

Enterprise Systems Administration December 2013

Continuing studies in Enterprise Networking and Windows Corporate Networking. Gained experieince with Red Hat Linux servers, Windows Server, Cisco routing and switching devices, Python software development, and Computer Hardware and Software. Completed planning projects for network architecture in corporate environments including Windows Server configurations to meet specific business needs.

Langara College

Computing Science April 2012

Continuing studies in Java software and web development. Consulted businesses and completed online marketing strategy for retail outlet in Metro Vancouver that sees over 4,200 Facebook likes.

Work

The World Council on City Data

Data Control Analyst September 2016 - Present

Prepared reports, analysed data, and played a role in developing ISO 37120: the international reference point for sustainable cities.

Canadian Armed Forces

Cadet Organizations and Administration Training Service April 2013 - Present

Mentored and motivated youth aged 12-18 to reach their full potential through leadership, team-building, instructional techniques, and effective speaking. Under my direction, cadets qualified as provincial silver-medal speakers and were awarded the top drill team in British Columbia.

Ryerson University

Research Assistant October 2015 - Present

Built the brand and online presence for Ryerson University's Transportation and Land Use Research Lab, TransForm and coordinated the release and communication of reports and studies. Compiled database of environmental and sustainability organizations. Evaluated the use of open data and civic technology tools in over 150 organizations.

The City of Calgary

Green Line LRT Research Summer Student May 2016 - August 2016

Worked on Calgary’s single largest rapid transit extension, the Green Line LRT. Green Line is one of North America’s first rapid transit projects to integrate transportation and land use planning from the onset of the preliminary design process. As a city-shaping project, the Green Line’s objectives are to provide fast and reliable public transit service that is easily accessible by multiple modes, to promote compact, mixed-use, mixed-income Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and to promote economic development. Worked with an integrated planning, architectural, urban design, transportation planning and project management team consisting of consultants and City staff. Primary duties included conducting research, project management, urban design, communication, and engagement.

COBS Bread (Bakers Delight Canada)

Technical Support April 2014 - July 2014

Youngest full-time staff member at COBS' Corporate Office in Vancouver. Supported network of over 700 bakeries across Canada, Australia, and New Zealand on the technical support team. In addition to supporting a corporate Windows network, as the OS X specialist, ensured compatibility and remedied unresolved issues with Apple computers.

SMM

IT Consultant September 2009 - June 2014

Founded SMM in 9th grade as a sole proprietor. Over 5 years, published websites and consulted over 100 home and small business clients around the South Coast of British Columbia and Vancouver Island.

BitBlock Systems

IT Support Specialist September 2012 - June 2013

Managed, supported, and implemented internet service, hosted email, websites, Microsoft Exchange, and voice-over-internet phone service for clients across Canada in English and French. Met and exceeded service level agreements while garnering positive reviews.

Kumon

Math & Reading Tutor September 2009 - June 2012

Aided elementary and secondary students with a variety of backgrounds and abilities in Kumon's math and reading program. Managed and assisted up to ten students at a time on a bi-weekly basis. Learned to embrace students' diverse skill-sets and overcome barriers like learning disabilities.

Department of National Defence

Lifeguard July 2011 - August 2011

Had the responsibility to ensure water safety for a cadet training centre of over 1000 cadets from July to August. Instructed swimming lessons and carried out abandon ship drill training.

Globe-trotting

I've been fourtunate to travel around the world learning about different cultures and the successes and challeneges of city planning. Here's an exhaustive map of the places I've travelled to.

Volunteering

Emerging Leaders in Transit

Seminar Series Organizer August 2015 - Present

Emerging Leaders in Transit is a free lecture series for students and young professional interested in transit planning. Topics covered included suburban transit planning, customer experience, sound decision making, and service planning. Presenters included the chief planner of the City of Toronto, transit planners from TTC, Metrolinx, and Brampton, as well as Economic Analysts. Averaged 42 attendees per session and 162 unique registrants over 5 lectures.

Ryerson Association of Planning Students

Co-President September 2014 - Present

The Ryerson Association of Planning Students (RAPS) is the course union affiliate of the Ryerson Student Union that represents the School of Urban and Regonal Planing (SURP) undergraduate students. After acting as the first year representative in 2014-15, the communications co-chair in 2015-16, and working to organize the RU Planning Expo, I was elected to serve as Co-President.

Moving in a Livable Region

Digital Communications and Website Consultant January 2015 - May 2015

Moving in a Livable Region is a consortium dedicated to a sustainable funding plan for Vancouver's Transportation System. As a public outreach and web content volunteer, a new website and outreach campaign was launched outlining the benefits of the Metro Vancouver Mayor's Council Transportation Plan.

Air Cadet League of Canada

Unit Effective Speaking Coordinator December 2012 - Present

Effective Speaking in the Air Cadet Program aims to provide an opportunity for Air Cadets to increase their self confidence; and increase their ability to reason, organize and express ideas while promoting citizenship and awareness.

Bike Share Toronto

Social Media Campaign Ambassador August 2014 - January 2015

Recently, Bixi Toronto was rebranded as Bike Share Toronto and launched an ambitious campaign to raise awareness of the economic, health, and social benefits of a bike share mobility system. The #WeBikeTO campaign brought the attention of tens of thousands of people to Bike Share Toronto: a forward thinking urban mobility system.

Delta Youth Legislative Advisory Council

Volunteer Advisor January 2013 - July 2014

The Delta Youth Legislative Advisory Council meets to provide a perspective from the Youth of South Delta to the Member of the Legislative Assembly. The advisory body's goal is to expose issues and discuss solutions.

Conferences

American Public Transportation Association

Scholarship Recipient 2016

Canadian Urban Transit Association

Presenter 2015, 2016 Delegate 2013, 2014

Ontario Professional Planners Institute Symposium

Scholarship Recipient 2015

Canadian Urban Transit Association Youth Summit

Delegate 2013

Awards

Leonard Darwen Memorial Award

Ryerson University 2016

Richard J. Bouchard AECOM Scholarship

American Public Transportation Foundation 2016

Faculty of Community Services Full-time Undergraduate Award

Ryerson University 2015

Todd Hesselink International Exchanage Award

Ryerson University 2015

Envision Financial Education Award

Outstanding School and Community Involvement 2015

Ronald M. Keeble Undergraduate Scholarship

Ontario Professional Planners Institute 2015

Ryerson's Next Top Speaker

Top 8 2015

Most Innovative Project Grant

Leading the Way Youth Summit 2013

HMCS QUADRA Scholarship

Alumni Association 2013

Captain Miles Selby Award

Excellence in Leadership 2013

Corporation of Delta Scholarship

Heritage Commission 2012

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Gold 2011

Lower Mainland Silver Medalist

Effective Speaking Competition 2010 & 2011

Youth and Philanthropy Initiative

Toskan Casale Foundation 2010

Publications

Ontario Planning Journal

Urban Waterfront Motorways Summer 2015

Article on the challenges that waterfront motorways present to modern city planning.

Skills

I have a broad skillset that I can apply to any situation. Here are some of my top skills. I love getting challenged and pushing my limits. I also learn quickly and adapt well in a wide variety of different scenarios.

  • Leadership
  • Urban Planning
  • Web Publishing (HTML, CSS)
  • Public Speaking
  • Public Transport
  • Information Technology
  • French
  • English
  • Project Mangement

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Favourite Quotes

  • A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It's where the rich use public transportation.

    Enrique Peñalosa
  • A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open.

    Frank Zappa
  • Be the change you wish to see in the world.

    Mahatma Ghandi
  • We want to live in a city—and in a world—where the burdens of car ownership are completely optional.

    POGO Car Share
  • First life, then spaces, then buildings – the other way around never works.

    Jan Gehl