Gracen Johnson

International Development and the Biophysical Environment, University of Guelph, 2011

Gracen Johnson calls her work, “Projects for Places we Love.” Her goal is to encourage the thousands of small investments that add up to remarkable places. To do so, she helps organizations with strategy, communication, and implementation of projects that strengthen cities. In 2012, Gracen was awarded the Winegard Medal, the University of Guelph’s highest convocation honour, and in 2013 she received her MPhil in Planning, Growth, and Regeneration from the University of Cambridge with distinction. Even today, she remains an avid student of the many disciplines that converge in urban life. She thinks of her day-to-day as action research, diving into the question of how strong citizenship can transform a place, starting with oneself. In her personal time Gracen can be found running the trails through Fredericton, reading and writing from her front porch, or making unauthorized city improvements under the cover of night.