Dr. Olivier Roy-Baillargeon

What if suburban residents didn’t need a car to get to their downtown jobs? 

As a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo, Dr. Roy-Baillargeon is researching how planners and policymakers at federal and provincial levels can help Montreal and Toronto build a transit system in the suburbs that will benefit the environment.

“For many decades now, local and regional policies in Montreal and Toronto have focused on reducing use of cars through the development of inner city neighbourhoods and subway systems for the downtown cores,” said Dr. Olivier Roy-Baillargeon. “But that did not stop provincial and federal governments from funding the construction of highways and suburban housing.”

By helping suburban residents use public transit, Dr. Roy-Baillargeon believes that planners and policymakers can help improve air quality and also reduce the need for more highways, due to the decreased number of vehicles on the road.

“Through a greater coordination of planning and governance,” added Dr. Roy-Baillargeon, “I firmly believe that citizens, interest groups, planners and local politicians can achieve greater goals that benefit society as a whole.”

Dr. Roy-Baillargeon completed his BA in Social Sciences and his MA in Regional Development at the Université of Québec in Outaouais, in 2009 and 2011 respectively, and he received his PhD in Planning at University of Montréal in 2015.

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