With a degree in Urban & Regional Planning from Ryerson University, Harvey Low has over 25 years’ experience as an urban planner and community worker with focus on social research. He is currently the Manager of the City of Toronto’s Social Research & Analysis Unit within the Social Development Finance & Administration Division.
Harvey has worked on a number of key social policy initiatives including the Ontario 25-in-5 Network for Poverty Reduction, the City of Toronto’s Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy, and Community Safety Plan. He was also on the core team that developed Canada’s first 211 human services telephone information system.
He is currently a City of Toronto OPEN DATA Champion, and serves as cluster representative on the City’s new staff OPEN GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE. His team manages the City of Toronto’s data visualization tool called Wellbeing Toronto. This web-tool helps measure community wellbeing across the City’s 140 neighbourhoods. It provides a number of facts and indicators that will assist in the monitoring of economic and social wellbeing. It allows download of data for free.
Harvey has presented at numerous community meetings and conferences on topics ranging from ”open data” to demographic trends.