Manager of Cities, Cities Deepening Community
Remote Office: Toronto, Ontario
Connor has recently joined the Cities Deepening Community Team after working with Learning Centre as the Community Animator of Marketing and Communications for 1 year. He was previously the Cities Deepening Communities Summer Intern in 2017 and 2018.
With a degree in Health Studies with a minor in Political Science from the University of Waterloo, Connor has a deep understanding of the social determinants of health and its intersection with policy. From his time as an intern at Tamarack, he was able to intertwine his understanding of health with the theory of Asset-Based Community Development.
This led Connor to pursue an action-oriented Masters of Public Health and Health systems at the University of Waterloo. His research was focused on understanding how an Indigenous self-government in the Northwest Territories can increase food access through a mobile abattoir. In addition, his research critically investigated the use of language within contemporary treaty texts to understand if the local food system is within the jurisdiction of an Indigenous self-government.
Connor's experiences span program evaluation, community-based research, food sovereignty and policy analysis. He believes food insecurity is a symptom of poverty, thus an important piece of the complex puzzle that is poverty to address. He is a strong believer that food can be a powerful vehicle to build relationships, develop community and act as a catalyst for social change.
In his spare time, Connor enjoys cooking, reading, discovering new ways of being active and walking his dog Moose.