Who We Are

Who We Are 2019-04-30T20:45:59+00:00

Jane’s Walk was founded in Toronto in 2006 by a group of Jane Jacobs’ friends and colleagues as a way to honour and activate her ideas. That first year, there were a handful of walks in Toronto. Over the next decade, the movement saw rapid global uptake by urban activists around the world. In 2017, 1,700 Jane’s Walks took place in 225 cities around the world, spanning 37 countries and 6 continents. The movement continues to grow every year!

Until 2018, Jane’s Walk was operated by a project office located in Toronto and advised by a volunteer steering committee. Although there is no longer a global project office, a team of volunteer advisors continues to steward the project, with the global network of City Organizers taking the lead.

To get in touch with someone about Jane’s Walks in your city, visit the List of Cities to find contact information for your City Organizer. If you don’t see your city listed, or your city currently has no active City Organizer, visit our Get Involved page to become a City Organizer yourself.

To get in touch with the advisory team in Toronto, click here.

Volunteer Advisors

Kevin Stolarick ᛫ Steering Committee Member, Chair Emeritus

Dubbed the “Official Statistician of the Creative Class”, Kevin Stolarick, PhD, combines a depth of knowledge with an appreciation of the importance of finding and sharing the knowledge or “pearls of wisdom” gained from his comprehensive understanding of the Creative Class and the Creative Economy. He is the former Research Director at The Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and a Professor of Design Management at Ryerson University.

Zahra Ebrahim ᛫ Steering Committee Member

Zahra is a public interest designer, working to increase citizen participation in civic engagement processes, capital projects, and the creation of public policy. For the past two years, Zahra has led Doblin Canada after its acquisition by Monitor Deloitte, leading design-driven, user-centred transformation projects with the public and private sector. Ten years ago, Zahra founded and led one of Canada’s first design-led innovation firms, focused exclusively on doing deep research with end-users to co-design towards better social outcomes. Through this, she worked with Canada’s largest corporations, charities, philanthropic organizations, and governing bodies to help them understand how to better engage the people they’re tying to serve. Zahra taught for six years at the Ontario College of Art and Design, the Museum of Modern Art, and currently teaches at the University of Toronto.

Charles Finley ᛫ Steering Committee Member

Charles is Global Director of Marketing and Communications at global architecture, engineering, planning and technology firm IBI Group where he is responsible for the firm’s brand, communications and digital strategy. Charles is also Co-founder and Board Chair of Code for Canada, the country’s leading civic-tech organization that brings design and technology together for the public good. He has been on the Steering Committee of Jane’s Walk since 2014. He has a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing and Accounting) from Concordia University, a Bachelor of Arts (Urban Studies) from Concordia University, and a Master of Arts (Communications and Culture) from York University.

Geraldine Cahill ᛫ Steering Committee Chair

Geraldine is currently supporting the exploration of a national social innovation network and the launch of a social solutions and scaling platform for Canada. She is co-author of Social Innovation Generation: Fostering a Canadian Ecosystem for Systems Change, published in November 2017. She joined Social Innovation Generation (SIG) in 2009 as communications coordinator, leading communications efforts across the partnership and later managing programs and partnerships for the SIG national office.

Jesse Darling ᛫ Steering Committee Member

Jesse is an active city builder and civic innovator. Working at the intersection of design and public policy, Jesse is continuously inspired by community-led innovation and its ability to shape cities. She is currently responsible for leading the portfolio of public sector innovation projects at the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship at Ryerson University. Prior to this role she worked at Evergreen CityWorks leading urban innovation projects that convened diverse partners and collaborators to accelerate the shift to sustainable cities.

About Tides Canada

Jane’s Walk is a project on Tides Canada’s shared platform, which supports on-the-ground efforts to create uncommon solutions for the common good. Tides Canada is a national Canadian charity dedicated to a healthy environment, social equity, and economic prosperity.

Tides Canada’s shared platform provides governance, human resources, financial, and grant management for leading environmental and social projects across Canada, allowing projects to more effectively achieve their missions. Tides Canada has full fiduciary and governance responsibility for Jane’s Walk.

Jane’s Walk is committed to principles of dignity, independence, integration, and equal opportunity. For more information please see Tides Canada’s Accessibility Policy and Plan.