Lawrence is currently a second year undergraduate enrolled in the Criminology and Socio-legal studies program at the University of Toronto, while also minoring in Sociology and Philosophy. He is currently working as an usher at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, and aims eventually to attend law school and become a Crown attorney. Lawrence maintains a special interest in inspiring positive change for his community and empowering youth to advocate for the issues that they are concerned about. As this year's CivicSpark Executive Director, he seeks to reach out to an increased number of students at both the university and college level and provide an open forum for the free flowing exchange of ideas at this year's Case competition.
Director of Research
Currently I am studying at York University in the Master in Environmental Studies Planning Program. My research interests are in urban planning and development, especially its intersection with gender and race. I am concerned about disparities in the politics of representation and the policy recognition of marginalized peoples and communities in the production of urban spaces and the built environment. In my role as the Director of Research I look forward to facilitating meaningful and necessary discussions with students around recommendations that address that policy gaps and priorities.
Director of Logistics
Sydney is in her second year at the University of Waterloo, studying Planning hoping to specialize in Urban Design and Land Development. She is interested in learning more about transportation planning. She has worked with the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation with job tasks surrounding property assessments, valuations and inspections. She has assessed current First Nations land alongside Property Valuation Analysts and Property Inspectors to provide the most appropriate valuation on properties that are present. Aside from school and work, she enjoys going out for a nice bowl of ramen, exploring the city, and travelling! Sydney is excited to be joining CivicSpark this year as the Director of Logistics.
Director of Internal Affairs
Leila is an undergraduate philosophy specialist with a minor in classics, at the University of Toronto. Her areas of interest are ethics and political philosophy, particularly the principles used that determine how societies are structured and governed. Before university, Leila volunteered with Canada World Youth, where she had the opportunity to live and work in two small communities in Canada and Borneo. Her time there taught her the importance of becoming involved and engaged with one’s community, which she hopes to carry on through her work with CivicSpark and as a citizen of Toronto. Outside of her studies, Leila is an occasional practitioner of Muay Thai, and enjoys spending time with her puppy, Sophie.
Director of Communications
Jordan is currently a third year undergraduate at the University of Toronto. At the moment, Jordan is currently pursuing a political science major and a double minor in American and Urban Studies. Passionate about public affairs, Jordan is hoping to utilize his experience with working with local community organizations to help CivicSpark expand its outreach across the academic world of the GTA. Outside of his studies, Jordan is passionate about the sports scene in both the professional field and the grassroots level. Furthermore Jordan loves to explore his hometown of Toronto in his spare time. Whether it be walking through a new unexplored neighborhood or going bike riding along the Waterfront, Jordan is always actively engaging with the city he is proud to call home.
Director of External Affairs
Farah is a fourth year Political Science student at the Department of Politics in York University. She Specializes in Political Theory, but also has interest in international relations and domestic politics. Her research focus is Foreign and Defense policy with relation to Canada and the Middle East. Farah continuously engages in community events and devotes a large part of her time volunteering for various non-profit organizations such as Because I am a Girl and the New Comer Program. In her spare time Farah plays soccer and is hoping to upgrade her Referee licence and be one of the very few female refs in Canada at the FIFA level. She hopes to leave a mark in the CivicSpark legacy as the Director of External Affairs and bring in more participants as well as audience.
Tracy is in her second year at the University of Waterloo, studying Planning. She is hoping to specialize in urban design and land development. She joined Crafts for Charity as an events coordinator where she was passionate about giving back to her community through her passion of crafting. Her other areas of interest include infrastructure design, transportation planning and determining what makes each city special in terms of how cities were planned. Besides school and extracurricular activities, she loves to go out for sushi or bubble tea as well as trying new things. Tracy is very excited to be part of the Civic Spark team as a logistics associate.
Edwin White Chacon is a city builder. With a fire in his belly for how to make the city a better place for marginalized communities, Edwin studied poverty reduction at the University of Toronto and served as Director of Council Relations for the Toronto Youth Cabinet. During his third year Edwin and his friends realized there was no platform for youth to share their ideas on how to improve their communities. In partnership with CivicAction, they formed CivicSpark to give youth the opportunity to share innovative solutions to decision makers from the public, private, and not-for-profit sector. In his free time, Edwin likes to visit new neighborhoods and play board games with his family. Edwin currently works with the Ministry of Advance Education and Skills Development as a Program Policy Assistant and sits on the 2018-19 CivicSpark Advisory Board.