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Cheryll Case

Cheryll Case is an urban planner specialized in a human rights approach to community planning. As the Founder and Principal Urban Planner of CP Planning, Cheryll produces and implements strategies with community members, private, public, and charity sectors to facilitate a shift towards more inclusive communities that are affordable and accessible to all. 

She is a co-chair of the Knowledge Mobilization Committee of the Balanced Supply of Housing Node of the CMHC and SHRC funded study, a former member of the City of Toronto’s External Advisory on the 2020-30 Affordable Housing plan, and an editor and author of House Divided: How the Missing Middle Will Solve Toronto’s Affordability Crisis, along side John Lorinc, Alex Bozikovic, and Annabell Vaughan.

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Nathan Wener

Nathan Wener is a fourth year undergraduate student of the University of Toronto human geography program. Here he focuses on planning and policy. He is particularly interested in affordable/co-operative housing, active transportation, and most importantly, how different aspects of urban life can facilitate community development. His guiding question in urban planning is “how do we create supportive urban communities through localized power structures?”.  

While serving as co-president of the Urban Studies Student Union, he also teaches part time at a synagogue, explores Toronto by bike, and do historical walking tours on his instagram account.


Willow Cabral

Willow Cabral is a third-year undergraduate Geography and Urban Studies student, originally from a small town on Vancouver Island, BC. For the 2020/2021 year, she has had the opportunity to serve as the Co-President of the Urban Studies Student Union, and as the Sustainability Deputy of the University College Literary and Athletic Society. Since moving to Toronto in 2018 she has been involved in several environmental initiatives, from completing LEAF’s Young Urban Forest Leaders program to coordinating a neighbourhood-wide tree planting initiative in the Annex, to implementing a Park(ing) Day installation on Bloor St. West.

These experiences have sparked her research interests, which encompass the intersections of urban livability and sustainability, with a focus on how urban design and community-engaged planning can lead to more equitable and vibrant cities. She hopes to one day pursue a Master’s in Planning to work towards her goal of becoming a professional planner and to help foster environmental and equitable change in urban planning

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Nikki Mary Pagaling

Nikki Mary Pagaling is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto. She majored in Urban Studies and Human Geography.  She explores urban geographies of identity through the analysis of race, gender, and colonialism. This includes documentation of social justice narratives in the context of grand urban (re)development schemes, and research on the intersections of faith, religion, and urban planning.

She serves as one of the 2019-2020 Co-President of the Urban Studies Students Union (URSSU) at the University of Toronto. She is also the 2019-2020 Co-Manager of Caffiends, a direct-trade student volunteer-run cafe at Victoria College.


Photo Credits: Charu Sharma (https://www.charusharma.ca/)

In Chan (Ian) Hwang

In Chan (Ian) Hwang is a recent graduate who majored in Urban Studies and Human Geography. Ian is interested in exploring how urban planning can solve Toronto’s ever-problematic public transit system.

Ian is an active figure in various circles in UofT. This includes the Urban Studies Student Union (URSSU), Victoria College Student Projects Fund Committee, and North American Model United Nations (NAMUN). Currently, Ian serves as the Co-President of the Urban Studies Students Union alongside Nikki for the 2019-2020 academic term.


The Next Step is founded by CP Planning and the Urban Studies Student Union of the University of Toronto

Email to TheNextStep.Conf@gmail.com

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