My name is Alexander "AJ" Wray.
Welcome to my small corner on the internet. On this site you will find more on my experiences, my perspectives, and my passions. Since I was young, theatre has been a place of creative wonder. Transforming a script of characters and places in an imaginative way requires thinking beyond the singular. Moving from on stage, to backstage, to direction - I have gained an appreciation for all the intricate details in a beautiful performance. Theatre is a hobby now, but the skills I carry through to my professional life. I love to seek out complex policy and research problems - honing in on their minute details and dissecting the underlying systems to enact change. These problems tend to be in the area of healthy communities - with an emphasis on parks, food, and youth wellbeing. In a rapidly urbanizing Canada and broader world, understanding how communities are built and function is more important than ever to addressing current public health challenges.
I am currently a Canada Graduate Scholar based at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada, working towards a doctorate in geography and environment. I hold a masters from Western University in geography, and an undergraduate degree in planning from the University of Waterloo. Beyond research, I am an avid cyclist and love to ski in the winter time. I am a Jurassic Park nerd, PC and board gamer, and appreciate the finer points of wine and whisky. I also give back to my community as President of the Town and Gown Association of Ontario.
So feel free to drop me a note. I am always looking for new adventures, new friends, and new challenges.