Metrolinx announces recipients of the inaugural Rob MacIsaac Fellowship program

TORONTO, Nov. 23, 2011 /CNW/ - Metrolinx is proud to announce the recipients of its inaugural Rob MacIsaac Fellowship program. This program is a unique opportunity for post-secondary students in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). Recipients are given the opportunity to demonstrate leadership and innovation in the transportation area, while developing and applying research in a public sector setting that positively impacts the region.

"I am proud to be associated with these highly talented students through this fellowship program. The recipients will make a great contribution to broadening the horizons of knowledge in the field of public transportation," said Rob MacIsaac, who served as Metrolinx's first Chair from 2006 to 2009, and helped shape the development and adoption of the GTHA's first ever regional transportation plan - The Big Move.

The 2012 recipients of the Metrolinx Rob MacIsaac Fellowship program are:

  • Victor Cheng, enrolled in a Master's of Engineering Design program at McMaster University, will examine the implementation of solar power shades in GO parking lots.
  • Keith Cochrane, enrolled in a Master's of Applied Science in Transportation Engineering program at University of Toronto, will study the impacts and challenges of moving freight on transit.
  • Yi Luo, enrolled in a Master's of Science in Planning program at University of Toronto, will determine how public-private partnerships can impact the creation of mobility hubs.

Each of the fellowship recipients will conduct their research on a transportation-related issue over a four-month period with guidance from senior Metrolinx staff and, following their studies, transition to an internship at Metrolinx related to their research. For more information about the Rob MacIsaac Fellowship program, visit

Prior to his work at Metrolinx, Rob MacIsaac served as mayor of the City of Burlington from 1997 to 2006. Currently, Rob MacIsaac is President of Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology in Hamilton.

Metrolinx is the Province of Ontario's regional transportation agency for the GTHA. Follow Metrolinx on Facebook or Twitter. For more information, please visit

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