Robin Mazumder is a Vanier Scholar and doctoral candidate in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Waterloo, where he is studying the psychological impacts of urban design. His research is inspired by his passion for urbanism as well as his front line experience working as an occupational therapist in mental health. He graduated with his Master’s in Occupational Therapy from the University in Toronto in 2011. In addition to working in health care, Robin has also taught courses at the university level and has run a start-up business incubator at one of the country’s leading polytechnic institutes.
Robin has a long track record of community service. While doing his undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Victoria, he worked extensively in community inclusion for youth with disabilities. He was also the recipient of a $10,000 award from the Canadian International Development Agency which he used to develop inclusive programming for youth with disabilities in Russia. In recent years he has launched many community building initiatives in Edmonton, ranging from pop-up bike lanes in support of cycling infrastructure to bringing light therapy to public libraries. As a board member, he helped shape the award winning City of Edmonton civic engagement initiative Make Something Edmonton. He also sat on the board of REACH Edmonton Council for Safe Communities where he provided strategic direction on initiatives that addressed health and wellness needs for refugees and immigrants. In addition, he was co-chair of the community wellbeing working group with the Mayor’s Task Force to End Poverty, where he assisted in creating recommendations that addressed issues of poverty and health. His community contributions were formally recognized when he was named one of Edmonton’s Top 40 under 40 by Avenue Magazine and an Edmontonian to Watch by Metro News.
Currently, Robin sits on the University of Waterloo Senate and is an honourary Guest Librarian with the Kitchener Public Library where he helps facilitate knowledge translation by connecting the public with the research community at the University of Waterloo. In his role as Guest Librarian, he has launched #Lightbrary, in collaboration with the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network. Robin was also recently appointed to the City of Kitchener’s Cycling and Trails Advisory Committee where he continues his advocacy work to make his community a better place for cyclists and pedestrians
Robin is an avid public speaker and available to speak on a variety of topics which include engaged citizenship, community building, mental health, urban design and health, social inclusion and city building. Get in touch here if you are interested in having him speak at your event.
Upcoming Speaking Engagements:
September 28, 2017: Robin Smith Memorial Lecture, Design Council of Saskatchewan Design Week Speaker Series
Past Speaking Engagements:
January 18, 2017: Panel Discussion on Healthy Cities, Kitchener Public Library
February 10, 2017: Keynote, Winter Cycling Congress
February 17, 2017: Plenary, International Winter Cities Conference
April 14-16, 2017: Panel discussions on Vision Zero and Cold Weather Cities, Moscow International Cycling Congress
May 26-27, 2017: Panel Discussion on Smart Cities, Cappsule Tribe ConferenceFollow @robinmazumder