Laura E. Taylor
Associate Professor, York University
Sector: Academia Sector
Magic Moment: The first step towards my career as a professor was to apply for a job for which I was not qualified. The job was a full-time urban and regional planning professor. I had no teaching experience and I didn’t have a PhD! But I wrote a letter explaining why I thought I would be great for the job. I was hired to teach one course, loved it, and the rest is history.
Key Influence: Eha Naylor, Dillon Consulting Ltd. – She told me that you can only do your best and trust that your best is good enough. The key is to consistently bring your best to everything you do!
Ray Simpson, Hemson Consulting Ltd. – Admit it and say “I don’t know” to a client if you don’t know the answer but then say “I will find out.”
Next Big Challenge As An Industry: We have to talk about nature in the city. Relying on biodiversity science is important to retain and restore natural processes in conservation areas but we also need to think about the kind of engagement we want city residents to have access to nearby and every day.
Secret Talent: Telepathy: I know my mother is going to call before the phone rings.
On Championing Others… My superpower is networking and I connect incoming students, emerging planners, and new professors with others in their field.
One word that captures you: Curious (or maybe skeptical)