With access to world-class engineering and planning professors, the same experts designing solutions for one of North America’s largest cities, Gibson recognized the advantage of being immersed in a bustling testbed of urban issues. It all prepared her for life after graduation.
“I wanted to see if I could help develop cities and communities that empowered people like me,” says Gibson. “It shouldn’t matter where you come from; the right transportation system can level the playing field and grant access to equal opportunity for all.”
Gibson has extensive experience with planning in the Greater Toronto Area, having worked with Durham Region, York Region and Metrolinx before taking on her current role with the TTC in 2020.
As a key leader overseeing Canada’s busiest transit system, Gibson has supervised several initiatives related to digital connectivity and accessibility, including a longstanding push for fare integration across the GTA and a pilot project for Wi-Fi on buses.
Now, Gibson is tackling her biggest challenge yet. The number of recorded violent incidents on the TTC were up 46 per cent in 2022, with offences against customers and employees peaking in January 2023. As an experienced urban planner, Gibson as part of a larger team coordinates with other entities and ministries to uncover underlying causes and propose solutions for a safer future.