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Metropolitan Planning Graduate Student Association

Participants at a planning event

The Metropolitan Planning Graduate Student Association (MPGSA) is an organization that represents Urban Development (MPl) students at Toronto Metropolitan University. We deal with student concerns and provide a link between students and the administration, faculty, and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute. The MPGSA is run by an elected executive team, along with volunteers from the student body.

Ben Dunlop

President, MPGSA

Kimberly Lam

Vice President, MPGSA

Sylvia Jennings

Finance, MPGSA

Robert McQuillan

Operations & Communications, MPGSA

Mona Khan

Sustainability Director, MPGSA

Ryan Cheng

First Year Representative, MPGSA

Simon Horner

First Year Representative, MPGSA

The RGSA organizes an informal Mentor Program to help incoming graduate students transition into the School of Urban and Regional Planning. First year students will be paired with a second year student who can answer any questions or concerns they may have throughout their academic year.  The goal of this program is to create strong ties between first and second year students and foster a supportive student community.

Questions about the program can be directed to any of the executive council members.

We believe that for city-building practices to be inclusive, they must empower and engage everyone. This includes young citizens who often hold different and interesting perspectives on our city’s toughest problems.

RUaPlanner is committed to bringing interactive city-building activities to high school students across Toronto. Through interactive presentations and in-class activities and discussions, we provide an outlet through which students can kick-start their creative and innovative city-building thinking!

RUaPlanner is a joint initiative between TMU's Master of Planning (MPl) in Urban Development students and the City of Toronto. We focus our workshops during the week of World Town Planning Day every November.

RUaPlanner workshops provide a great opportunity for young citizens to learn about urban planning and how they can influence the future of their communities.

If you’d like to host an RUaPlanner session with your class, email us at or find us on Twitter and Instagram @ruaplanner!

Kiera McMaster

First-Year RUaPlanner Representative

Bailey Classen

Co-Chair, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Sukhjeet Kahlon

Co-Chair, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee 

Christina Chiefari
Mariam El Toukhy