Alexander James David Wray

Phone: +1 (289) 923 7569




Honours Bachelor of Environmental Studies, Planning (Co-op)

Diploma in Environmental Assessment

2013 to 2018


Master of Arts, Geography

Signs with a Side of Fries: The influence of outdoor advertising on retail food outlet purchases by adolescents

Supervised by Dr. Jason Gilliland

2018 to 2020


PhD, Geography & Environment

Supervised by Dr. Jason Gilliland

2020 to 2024


Research Assistant - 2018 to present

  • Supervised by Dr. Jason Gilliland, Professor, Department of Geography

  • Participate in a wide-range of research projects on health and wellbeing in the Human Environments Analysis Lab

Research Assistant - 2017 to 2018

  • Supervised by Dr. Leia Minaker, Assistant Professor, School of Planning

  • Undertook a scoping review of how the built environment is discussed by various fields in shaping cancer risk and prevention

  • Secured a CIHR Planning and Dissemination Grant for exploring the applications of smart city technology to public health

Research Assistant - Fall 2016

  • Supervised by Dr. Dawn Cassandra Parker, Professor, School of Planning

  • Prepared communication materials and organized a research symposium for agent-based modelling of the Kitchener-Waterloo real estate market

  • Third co-op term, held from September to December 2016

Student Planner - Winter 2016

  • Planning Research and Analytics Team, Planning, Development and Legislative Services

  • Conducted research and developed visualization tools for the Region's light rail transit monitoring program

  • Second co-op term, held from January to April 2016

Assistant Project Officer - Spring 2015

  • Environmental Assessment Services Section, Environmental Monitoring and Reporting Branch, Operations Division

  • Managed environmental assessment approvals in waste management, mining, transit and waterpower

  • First co-op term, held from May to August 2015

Chair of the Board - 2015 to 2018

  • Elected to serve as Chair of the Federation of Students, University of Waterloo Board of Directors by undergraduate students

  • Led an in-depth collaborative review of bylaws and corporate procedures

  • Oversaw four executive and an operating budget of over $2 million

Residence Life Team - 2014 to 2018

  • Directly mentored over 200 students across 4 years

  • Served as a Don for Winter 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2017, Winter 2018

  • Served as a Peer Leader for Fall 2016