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|Student Spotlight: Mike Vivian|
Mike Vivian is a graduate student in the MSc in Urban & Regional Planning Program at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is expected to complete his degree in April of 2019. Mike also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (with distinction) in Political Science from the University of Alberta.
Prior to entering the MSc in Urban & Regional Planning Program, Mike spent three-and-a-half years in a City Councillor’s office as Policy & Outreach Coordinator. Since October 2017, Mike has been employed as the City of Edmonton’s Chief Planners’ Strategic Coordinator. This role sees Mike working directly with the Chief Planner and his leadership team, where he is responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of strategy, and provides strategic issue management on a wide variety of internal and external issues.
Mike has also volunteered on a number of political campaigns at the municipal and provincial level, and has completed training in community organizing and engagement from the Wellstone organization in Seattle, Washington.
Outside of school and work, Mike loves great food (he has dined at 2016’s #1 restaurant in the world, Osteria Francescana), is an avid golfer, and enjoys spending time with his wife Jenna and dog Lucy.
Q: Which ACSP member school do you attend?
Q: What specialty are you studying?
Q: Why did you select your particular specialty?
Q: Do you have a current job or internship in your specialty?
Q: Is there a particular class or professor that has made a great impact on you? How so?
Additionally, I had the opportunity to take a number of classes with Dr. Summers during my undergrad, and he is now my Master’s degree supervisor. Suffice it to say, this class and Dr. Summers has had a pretty significant impact on me.
Q: What's your favorite project you’ve worked on, in class or in practice?
Q: What future goals do you have in your field?
Q: How has planning school changed your daily habits?
Q: What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Q: How many different cities have you lived in and which was your favorite?
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Built around a Venetian harbour, the old part of town is closed off to vehicles and is solely a space for cyclists and pedestrians where shops, cafes, restaurants, and bars spill out onto the streets. Chania is seriously a planners dream. Additionally, Chania is close to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and an amazing hike through a 16km long gorge.
Q: What is the title of the last book you read? What did you learn from it?
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