Janelle joined the Pembina Institute in October 2018 as an analyst with the Transportation and Urban Solutions team in Toronto. She is currently completing her Master of Environmental Studies in planning at the University of Waterloo. Her thesis research focuses on measuring accessibility to key non-work destinations in the City of Toronto and comparing accessibility between transit, auto, and pedestrian modes of travel.

Prior to joining the Institute, Janelle completed the Rob MacIsaac Fellowship with Metrolinx, the regional transportation agency for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. She also has international experience working with the World Bank’s transportation team in Mexico City and with the Aga Khan University’s East Africa Institute in Nairobi, Kenya.

Outside of work, Janelle loves exploring Toronto by bike and rock climbing. Recently, she’s been dedicating her time to learning the trombone.

Janelle Lee's Recent Publications

Moving Edmonton to efficient, low-carbon, urban freight delivery How to reduce “last-mile” vehicle emissions in the new online-to-doorstep economy

Sept. 14, 2020 - By Janelle Lee, Vincent Morales

This report describes Edmonton’s urban freight situation and identifies ways that the City can achieve its long-term strategic goods-movement and climate change objectives by decarbonizing urban freight activity. Stakeholder interviews and a jurisdictional scan of best practices were conducted to understand key urban freight issues in Edmonton and to identify approaches taken by other jurisdictions to manage and decarbonize the goods-movement sector.

On the agenda today in Toronto: delivering packages and a healthier, safer city Clarity, consistency on cargo e-bike regulations could be turning point for urban freight

July 9, 2020 - By Janelle Lee

This lack of clarity and consistency has made businesses understandably hesitant to invest in e-cargo bike fleets.

Sharing the Curbside Advancing curbside management in the City of Toronto

June 2, 2020 - By Janelle Lee

This report explores how the City of Toronto is approaching the issue through its existing curbside management strategy and suggests complementary actions. 

The next frontier for climate action Decarbonizing urban freight in Canada


In light of growing populations and a rapidly growing e-commerce sector, Canadian cities are developing strategies to drive down freight emissions.

Transit Supportive Development Along Bus Corridors Opportunities for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

Feb. 13, 2020 - By Janelle Lee, Carolyn Kim

This report studies opportunities in the GTHA for mid-density housing development, particularly around bus corridors, and benefits these investments can bring.


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