ALumni

Life After Grad

You’re part of a strong alumni network of 2,600 graduates of the Urban Studies Program (USP) living and working around the world. Some of our alumni go on to post-grad study in a wide variety of fields, including urban planning, law, and architecture. Others transition into fulfilling careers in the public and private sectors, including public policy, city administration, environmental and sustainable design, not-for-profit work, economic development, social services, and many other fields.

We keep you connected

As a USP grad we keep you connected via our monthly email newsletter, and through postings on social media. We hold regular virtual and in-person events with speakers, panel discussions, networking opportunities, and social meet-ups.

Our goal is to build a bridge between your undergrad student life and what comes after. Our robust network of community partners, well-connected faculty and staff, and alumni who thrive on supporting one another, combine to set you on your individual path to success.

How you can help

  • Become a mentor to a current USP student through the Innis College Alumni Mentorship Program; there are both one-time and year-long opportunities available.
  • Offer your expertise as a speaker at a USP event or as part of a course.
  • Provide a placement for a USP student in your work setting.
  • Establish a USP scholarship or award to support a student entering or currently in the program.
  • Make a donation to the Campaign for the Innis College Renewal and Expansion, which will transform the student experience and academic spaces.
  • Talk to us! Do you have an idea about how to connect with other alumni, or want to get involved with the program and/or current students, but aren’t sure how?

For any of the above, please get in touch with us:

David Roberts, Director & Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
d.roberts@utoronto.ca
416-978-7790

What are they doing now?

With fastforward, you can explore hundreds of U of T Arts & Science alumni profiles using several filters. You’ll find which programs alumni graduated from, their current positions, and how they got there. As a USP alum, you can also build your own profile.

Connect with the Innis Alumni Office

Grads of Innis College and its academic programs enjoy a vibrant global grad network, as well as numerous free events, resources, opportunities, and services. Learn more about how to stay in touch, and the many other benefits available to you.

Meet our grads

Stephen Job, AICP (HBA ’11)

Stephen JobI am a professional planner (American Institute of Certified Planners) leading the housing development team at Tenblock, a company that builds high-density and sustainable complete communities in Toronto. The Urban Studies Program deepened my curiosity about the built environment and gave me the foundations to pursue my master’s in planning and ultimately this rewarding career in housing development.

Chantal Lee (HBA ’20)

Chantal LeeI am currently a second-year MSc in planning student at the University of Toronto. The Urban Studies Program helped me discover my interest in urban planning and the impact that it has on creating thriving communities. Through the program’s internship opportunities, I was able to get hands-on work experience in the city-building space that helped to jump-start my career.

Patricia Cho (HBA ’17)

Patricia ChoI am currently working as a community planner for the City of Toronto, Toronto East-York District, part of the downtown south team. With its wide range of courses, especially Experiential Learning (URB437Y1), the Urban Studies Program introduced me to this field. The sense of community and the bond that students and professors have is something that remains near to my heart.

Igor Samardzic (HBA ‘13, MSc '19)

Igor SamardzicI am an urban planner and co-founder of S+G Urban Partners and Urban Fabric Media, a social enterprise that creates compelling multimedia content on critical urban issues. The Urban Studies Program at Innis College was crucial in advancing my graduate studies in urban planning while simultaneously allowing me to pursue my interests in accessibility. The skills and experiences I gained from the program have supported my entrepreneurial ambitions while providing me with a robust background in urban studies. In addition to my work, I devote a significant amount of time to helping various non-profits and grassroots organizations.

Anthony Kuan Woo Kim (HBA ’19)

Anthony Kuan WooAfter graduating from the Urban Studies Program in 2019, I completed my master’s in environment and sustainability at Western University. After that I began working with the City of Toronto in the Shelters and Housing Department as a redeployed COVID-19 staff member. The Urban Studies Program staff and faculty gave me a strong framework and viewpoint to address various urban issues, which led me to apply to work with the City of Toronto. I am using those ideas to help create a safer and more sustainable and equitable City of Toronto.

Shahrukh Ahmed (HBA ’15)

Shahrukh AhmedWithout the strong support of the Urban Studies Program staff, faculty, close-knit alumni network, and invaluable internship partners, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to move to NYC after graduating to pursue a career in urban planning and economic development. After stints at a consulting firm and the NYC government, I now work for Lime’s public policy team, helping create new regulations and standards to help grow the micro-mobility industry and get cars off the road.

Jonah Letovsky (HBA ’15)

Jonah LetovskyI am a real estate development and urban policy consultant passionate about building equitable and sustainable cities. Currently I work with private and public landowners to plan and execute the development of large sites while delivering major public benefits, such as affordable housing. Real estate development is inherently interdisciplinary and requires generalists, and the Urban Studies Program provided me with an excellent introduction to planning, economics, municipal politics, and urban design. Through Shauna Brail’s fourth-year capstone internship course, it also placed me as analyst at the Martin Prosperity Institute, working closely with Richard Florida on urban economic development research. This was invaluable, kick-starting my career through skills and network-building.