Christopher Ford

Chris

Honours Bachelor of Arts, Social Science • York University 

Bio

Christopher Ford is passionate about people, and has long known that he has wanted to pursue a career focused on improving human well being. To this end, Christopher undertook his Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Social Science concentrating in Equity & Social Policy at York University. He graduated magna cum laude in 2016 with an HBA, a Certificate in French Language Proficiency, and having accumulated a number of scholarships and awards including the Dr. James Wu Prize for his submission at the 2015 York University Undergraduate Research Fair, the Vanier College 50th Anniversary award, being awarded membership in the Golden Key International Honour Society, and the Outstanding contribution to the Vanier College Community award for three of his four years at York University. He is proud to have been an engaged member of the York community where he pursued his passion and interests through volunteerism, including as Editor in Chief of on-campus newspaper, The Vandoo, as a volunteer with the York University Centre for Human Rights, a player and later executive with the York Lions Men’s Rugby Club, and volunteer with the Green Campus Cooperative. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Christopher worked in various capacities at York University including in student engagement, marketing, customer service, and more.

After graduating, Christopher held a six-month internship position at the City of Markham's Sustainability Office, where he consulted with various stakeholders to redevelop the Sustainable Purchasing Guide and performed research to support the development of Markham's Municipal Energy Plan. Not long after, Christopher was hired by the Markham Village Business Improvement Area (MVBIA) to take on the role of Office Coordinator & Marketing Associate, where he was responsible for supporting small businesses within the commercial district through the development and implementation of the MVBIA’s Marketing Strategy, in addition to event planning and general office management. Christopher later worked as a Program Strategist at Smart Commute Markham, Richmond Hill (SCMRH) for his MScSM summer internship, where he lead the development of SCMRH’s first strategic plan, co-lead the development of their marketing and recruitment strategies, and co-developed and co-facilitated a custom project to drive transportation behaviour change at 7 workplaces in Markham and Richmond Hill which directly resulted in over 1,200 non-SOV trips reported and over 4.7 tonnes of Greenhouse Gas Emissions reductions.

In his spare time, Christopher enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, volunteering in his hometown of Markham, reading, watching films, and enjoying a great cup of coffee.