Who We Are & What We Do

The Ryerson City Building Institute is a multidisciplinary centre focused on issues relevant to city regions nationally and globally. We bring together political leadership, policy ideas and people from diverse backgrounds to address critical urban challenges.

We deliver on our mandate by working with partners across faculties and outside Ryerson University to deliver high-quality teaching, research and public engagement on urban issues. The Ryerson City Building Institute builds on Ryerson University’s demonstrated expertise in collaborative city building.

Our Staff

Cherise Burda

Executive Director

Cherise Burda brings together research, policy analysis, and leaders from diverse backgrounds to address today’s critical urban challenges. Prior to assuming this role, Cherise was the Pembina Institute’s Ontario Director, where she led research, advocacy and communications strategies for transportation, sustainable cities, and clean energy solutions in Ontario. She has authored dozens of publications on these issues and is also a regular presenter, spokesperson, blogger, and tweeter.

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Graham Haines

Research Manager

Graham Haines
Research Manager

Claire Nelischer

Project Manager

Claire Nelischer
Project Manager

Claire Pfeiffer

Communications & PR

Claire Pfeiffer
Communications and Public Relations

Dhara Garg

Administrative Assistant

Dhara Garg
Administrative Assistant

Shay Alford

Research Assistant

Shay Alford
Research Assistant

Advisory Board

Dr. Anne Golden

Chair

Anne Golden
Chair and Founder

Ken Greenberg

Vice Chair

Ken Greenberg
Vice Chair and Co-Founder

Pamela Robinson

Professor

Pamela Robinson
Associate Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning

Dr. Christopher De Sousa

Director

Christopher De Sousa
Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning

Graduate Students

We often hire Ryerson University graduate students to help us produce special projects and research.

Bria Aird

Kasia Kmiec

Kelly Graham

Marika Franko

Sam Carter-Shamai

Tamara Nahal

Vincent Racine