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Atepheh Amid has a PhD in Urban Design from the University of Westminster, London, UK. Her research
interest includes Night-time Economy and 24-hour societies with particular reference to urban design and the relationship between social life of cities and their spatial form. She also holds a Master’s degree in Architecture and has worked as an architect, project manager and site manager in Iran for  seven years. She obtained a postgraduate degree of special study in Supporting Learning from the  University of Westminster and became an associate fellow of Higher Education Academy in the UK in  2012. From 2005 to 2009, she worked as a tutor and lecturer at three different Architecture universities in Iran and from 2011 to 2013 she worked as a co-tutor, co-instructor and co-lecturer in the Faculty of  Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster, London, UK. She is currently interested in studying Night-time Economy in Canadian cities and the integration of night-time studies into the urban redevelopment plans in Canada.


Pere DeRoy

Pere completed a degree in Sociology at the University of Guyana, in the country of her birth. She has been active in many different roles: Community Youth Facilitator with the United Nations Volunteer Programme; Youth Programme Coordinator at Red Thread, a women’s advocacy organization, designing and facilitating youth empowerment seminars and remedial classes for at-risk youth, and served as a Project Officer for the Ministry of Youth Culture and Sport.

At York University, Pere is currently pursuing a M.A in Development studies where she is helping to advance research vis-à-vis human rights, women’s advocacy, civil society and ‘development’ in the Caribbean.


John MascarinJohn Mascarin

BA (Toronto), MA (Toronto), LLB (Osgoode), of the Bar of Ontario

John Mascarin is a partner with Aird & Berlis LLP and member of the Municipal and Land Use Planning Group. He practices in the areas of local government and municipal law, development, land use and planning law, and building and construction regulation. He provides advice, counsel and representation to both private and public sector clients on all matters relating to municipal law as well as land use planning and development matters, including development charges and various contractual arrangements. Mascarin appears regularly before municipal councils, committees, public authorities and boards, administrative tribunals (particularly the Ontario Municipal Board) and the Ontario Courts. John is also a Certified Specialist in Municipal Law: Local Government and Land Use Planning and Development by the Law Society of Upper Canada


 Dr. Jeffrey Squire has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and African Studies, a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies, both from York University, and a Doctorate in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo. Jeffrey’s research, writing and teaching focuses on the complex interaction between urban environmental issues and public health in relation to sustainability and development. He has previously taught courses at York University, Ryerson University, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo. Jeffrey is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Lakeshore Area Multi-Service Project (LAMP) - a community-based healthcare provider in the Etobicoke-Lakeshore Area. His community involvement deals with issues around advocacy, social justice and equity.


Donia_Zhang_2009_4_2_sma (1)Dr. Donia Zhang

Dr Donia Zhang is an associate at the City Institute, York University. She is a graduate of Oxford Brookes University (BArch, MA, PhD) in the UK and Brock University (MEd) in Canada. Her area of expertise is in courtyard housing development in China and North America, China’s heritage preservation policies and practices, cultural sustainability, and architectural multiculturalism. Donia has 7 years of work experience in the architectural industry in Toronto and Chicago, and 10 years of teaching experience throughout Ontario colleges. The subjects she has taught include: History of Art and Architecture, Interior Design, and AutoCAD. Donia research focuses on the philosophy of architecture and the philosophy of sustainability encompassing both Eastern and Western historic and contemporary approaches.