I was born in Toronto, Ontario, to South Korean immigrant parents. I grew up during the 1990s in what was then known as tthe City of Scarborough. Since childhood, I’ve always had a fascination for the built environment and public transit, and even drew pictures of TTC trolleybuses in my daily journal in the first grade.

Journal from first grade with drawing of 45
My journal entry from December 12, 1990.
TTC trolleybus (left) and a conventional bus (right)

I I attended the University Waterloo, where I earned two bachelor’s degrees, one in Geography and another in Mathematics. During this time, I spent my co-op terms living and working in various parts of the province including southwestern and eastern Ontario. I have also earned a master’s degree in Planning at York University, where I conducted research on bicycle parking provision in multi-residential buildings.I have since explored exemplary transportation systems in my travels to various cities around the world such as Amsterdam, Seoul, Berlin, and New York..

I now live in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood with my daughter Jayme (born 2021), wife Jessica (since 2019), our pet Shih Tzu Digsy.