Founding Partners

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 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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Nikki Mary Pagaling

Nikki Mary Pagaling is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto majoring 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.


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In Chan (Ian) Hwang

In Chan (Ian) Hwang is a fourth-year student majoring 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

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