CIP would like to congratulate our 2022 President’s Award: Young Planner recipient, Jamilla Mohamud! This award recognizes a young Canadian planner (under the age of 35) for outstanding professional success, vision, leadership, and/or service to the profession.
Jamilla Mohamud is an urban planner with Urban Strategies in Toronto, ON, and holds a Bachelors of Science (Biology) from Ryerson University, and a Masters of Environmental Studies (Planning) from York University. Having spent time working in community health, Ms. Mohamud pursued planning as a second career to have a more direct impact on solutions. Ms. Mohamud has dedicated herself to improving the wellbeing of communities and their residents. She has helped clients and led education, advocacy, and outreach initiatives for non-profit health organizations. She is also a frequent lecturer, panelist, and media commentator, while volunteering on several committees with the aim of raising awareness of the intersecting issues affecting historically disadvantage populations. Ms. Mohamud is a founding member of the Black Planners and Urbanists Association (BPUA), leading the development of the BPUA’s submission to the Province of Ontario’s Housing Affordability Taskforce. She was also nominated, and successfully selected, to represent the BPUA on the OPPI Anti-Black Racism in Planning Task Force. As issues of racism, colonialism and equity broaden the priorities of planners, Ms. Mohamud will be among the leaders redefining what it means to create inclusive, healthy communities.