MARKHAM, ON – On December 27, 2018, Metrolinx announced the winners of the Annual Smart Commute Awards on their blog, The Link. The award categories included excellence for workplaces, projects, and workplace champions, and the winners represent the best of the best in 2018 of the 350+ workplaces and 800,000 employees that participate in the Smart Commute program across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).
This blog celebrates one particular award winner, Smart Commute Markham, Richmond Hill’s (SCMRH) very own Jonathan D. Law, who was awarded the Smart Commute Workplace Champion award for 2018.
About Jonathan D. Law, WSP
Jonathan is a Transportation Engineer in Training at WSP who, despite having worked with SCMRH for under two years, has made a significant impact. He started with the program while working at another SCMRH member workplace, Cole Engineering, and became involved once again with the program upon his move to WSP.
Since then, Jonathan has strongly promoted the SCMRH program. His many accomplishments include coordinating WSP’s first Carpool Mix & Mingle and first Summer Step Challenge. He also pioneered the idea of ‘Transit Mentors’ at WSP, which allowed participants at WSP in SCMRH’s Try Transit custom project who are first-time transit users to connect with and learn from more experienced riders.
Jonathan’s Approach as an SCMRH Workplace Champion
Jonathan is passionate and creative, and applies his interest in games to his participation in Smart Commute through the “gamification” of projects and programs. This proved particularly successful for the Summer Step Challenge at WSP, which promoted both walking to work and healthy habits and generated approximately 7.8-million steps by WSP employees over a two-week period. The Challenge also allowed for competition across WSP’s two work sites in Markham and Richmond Hill.
“Smart Commute […] is one of the best efforts our community has in facing traffic congestion and improving both personal and environmental wellness.”
Jonathan is a strong proponent for the Smart Commute program: “I truly feel [Smart Commute] can help to move our community on the right path to addressing problems that everyone faces.”
“Through a number of programs, initiatives and focus groups, Smart Commute as a TMA [Transportation Management Association] is one of the best efforts our community has in facing traffic congestion and improving both personal and environmental wellness.”
It’s Workplace Champions like Jonathan, along with the commitment and dedication from their employers, that make the Smart Commute program successful drive change for more efficient travel and reduced emissions in the region. Congratulations Jonathan, and thank you for your work as a Smart Commute Workplace Champion!
Looking to join Smart Commute? Get in touch with our team via our website at smartcommutemrh.ca.
CHRISTOPHER FORD, PROGRAM STRATEGIST | JANUARY 10, 2019