Jayne Engel

Dr. Jayne Engle has a global background in insurgent city planning, policy, governance, innovation and philanthropy; as well as social and participatory research and practice. Jayne is mission co-holder of Dark Matter Labs, where she co-leads 7GenCities, a collaborative with Indigenous communities and municipal partners for future-fit city building and Earth stewardship. She’s a long-time collaborator of ALC and co-edited the book Sacred Civics: Building Seven Generation Cities. Jayne holds a PhD in Urban Planning, Policy and Design from McGill University where she’s an Adjunct Professor, and she’s a Futures Fellow with the Future of Canada Project.  


Positionality: I’m of mixed European ancestry and live on the island of Tiohtià:ke, also called Montreal, Canada, on unceded Indigenous homelands of the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) Nation. I’m deeply committed to journeys of Truth & Reconciliation, collective liberation, and of learning, unlearning, and system transformations for the long term that are radically inclusive, decolonizing, and ennobling of life.