About Me

I'm a masters student studying urban planning and design with global experience and proven leadership skills who is deeply passionate about city building, public transit, and stakeholder engagement. My primary interest is centered on how urban design can address challenges related to transportation, sustainability, and public health. If you'd like to have a chat, my contact details are below.

Contact Details

Alex Gaio
Stockholm, Sweden
SE +46 72-943 46 60
CA +1 647 677-9632
alex@gaio.me

Education

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

MSc in Sustainable Urban Planning & Design Currently Studying

MSc Candidate at KTH from September 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Ryerson University

BURPl Bachelor of Urban & Regional Planning June 2018

Degree conferred June 2018. Passionate and engaged in city planning, transit, and transportation in Toronto 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 disasters, two-tier regional planning, human rights law, and transit funding methods.

Birmingham City University

BSc (Hons) Planning, Environment, and Development Winter 2016 (Exchange)

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 experience with Red Hat Linux servers, Windows Server, Cisco routing and switching, Python, 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.

Work

Urban Systems

Planning Student May 2018 - August 2018

Supported planning, design, transportation, regional strategic planning, and municipal finance projects in southern Alberta and the Calgary Metropolitain Area.

University of Toronto

Research Assistant July 2017 - December 2017

Supported the development and roll-out of the University of Toronto’s Infrastructure Lab.

Auckland Transport

Intern Public Transport Planner May 2017 - August 2017

Implemented new network in West Auckland and provided service planning analysis.

Toronto Centre for Active Transportation

Work Placement Student January 2017 - April 2017

Developed database of Complete Streets for Canada.

The World Council on City Data

Data Control Analyst September 2016 - April 2017

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.

Globe-trotting

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

Community

Canadian Urban Transit Association

Chair, Youth and Emerging Leaders Task Force Nov 2017 - Nov 2018

Elected to lead the task force that is implementing the Youth in Transit National Strategic Plan for attracting, retaining, and developing the next generation of transit professionals in Canada.

Ontario Professional Planners Institute

Chair, Student Liaison Committee & Provincial Student Delegate May 2017 - June 2018

Elected representative from an accredited planning program in Ontario for a one-year term to chair the 14-member Student Liaison Committee.

Emerging Leaders in Transit

Seminar Series Organizer August 2015 - January 2017

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

Vice President, Finance September 2014 - May 2018

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 Planning (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 - April 2015

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

Ambassador August 2014 - January 2015

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

Rail~Volution

Presenter 2017

American Public Transportation Association

Scholarship Recipient 2016, 2017

Canadian Urban Transit Association

Presenter 2015, 2016, 2017 Delegate 2013, 2014

Ontario Professional Planners Institute Symposium

Scholarship Recipient 2015

Canadian Urban Transit Association Youth Summit

Delegate 2013

Awards

Rail~Volution Scholarship

Rail~Volution 2017

Michael E Kusner Award for Urban Design Studio

Ryerson University 2017

Ryerson Planning Alumni Association Undergraduate Award of Merit

Ryerson University 2017

William Millar Scholarship

American Public Transportation Association 2017

Leonard Darwen Memorial Award

Ryerson University 2016

Richard J. Bouchard AECOM Scholarship

American Public Transportation Association 2016

Faculty of Community Services Full-time Undergraduate Award

Ryerson University 2015

Todd Hesselink International Exchange 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.

UrbanToronto

PRESTO on the TTC Fall 2016

Article on the adolescence of Toronto's slowly emerging transit smart card and what the technology promises.

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 Management