Dave Meslin - (he/him) Founder of the Toronto Public Space Committee An urbanist, community organizer, trainer and political entrepreneur, Dave has left a trail of campaigns and organizations in his path, including the Toronto Public Space Committee, Unlock Democracy Canada, and Cycle Toronto. Dave also co-founded Spacing magazine, in 2003.
Cara Chellew - (she/her) is a graduate from the Master of Environmental Studies program in urban planning at York University where her research focused on the design, regulation, and politics of public space. She is the founder of the Defensive Urban Design Research Network and the public space project Mapping DefensiveTO. She is currently pursing a PhD.
Igor Samardzic (he/him) is a disability advocate and urban planner. He is a co-founder of S+G Urban Partners, a social impact firm specializing in urban development. With a background in community development, non-profit management, and evaluation. Igor holds a BA in Urban Studies & Political Science and an MScPl in Urban Planning & Development from the University of Toronto. He has also studied Program Evaluation at Ryerson University and is an avid kayaker and runner.
Fran Quintero Rawlings (she/her) is a deeply curious innovator passionate about working on projects that improve both the human and design experience. As a systemic designer, researcher and artist she enjoys curating and provoking important conversations around equity, fairness, wellness and gender through curated public installations and events.
Fran is a Co-Lead at Method Collective, a foresight and design consultancy that works with organizations, institutions, and individuals to explore the complex interactions between people, technologies, and their environment. In her free time Fran loves to roller skate, read, and create pop up dance parties around the city.
Merve Kolcak (she/her) is an urban planner having completed her Master’s of Environmental Studies at York University specializing in Urban and Regional Planning. She is passionate about creating inclusive and safe spaces and communities for everyone, especially for those vulnerable in society. She believes that having a collaborative and interactive community and capacity building in communities to be a powerful tool that allows for a transparent and inclusive decision-making process. In her free time, she likes to explore many of the hikes, trails and parks in the GTA and Ontario at large.
Linda Salem (she/her) is a graduate of the University of Toronto, having done a double major in City Studies and Art History. She is passionate about the intersection of cities and the arts. Her interests lie in striving to create simple solutions to complex issues in our city while fighting for equity and amplifying the voices that have always occupied our city. She is currently pursing a Fellowship at UofT regarding an arts start-up she co-founded called Muslims in Public Space.