Making the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW)'s work a reality requires an organizational home to support ongoing research and development, to coordinate and expand networks of users and contributors, and to lead the dissemination of findings from the CIW. Our home is within the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo.
People are at the heart of what we do. Staff, students, and researchers shape the CIW’s Core Team, which operates the day-to-day responsibilities as well as the research, knowledge mobilization, and web-based communication projects that the CIW undertakes. The team is comprised of research assistants and co-op students, who are becoming the next generation of researchers; Research Associates, who are a lengthy list of experienced professors and researchers with an impressive range of knowledge and understanding of the diverse factors and issues influencing wellbeing; and of course, the daily staff who manage and contribute to the continual flow of new projects, with a focus on reporting on the quality of life of Canadians.
The CIW Advisory Board provides an independent and external evaluation of the progress of the CIW and recommendations to help it meet its goals. The CIW seeks advice from big picture thinkers, who communicate our framework with policymakers and the public; grassroots community leaders who have used our framework and turned research into action; and fundraising advisors who enhance efforts to secure the CIW's long term sustainability.
The Global Advisory group is a body of Canadian and international researchers and practitioners brought together during the CIW’s development phase. The Canadian advisors provided advice on specific domains and indicators, as well as assisting in collecting data in preparation for reporting. International advisors continue to promote the CIW’s work on a global level, keeping the CIW apprised of and connected to wellbeing initiatives around the world.
We are proud to celebrate and acknowledge individuals who have made a unique and special contribution to the development of the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW). Our definition of a foundational leader is an individual whose vision, time (both paid and volunteer), and contribution helped lead and shape the CIW as a national tool for measuring wellbeing. In order to be considered as a foundational leader, an individual would have to be perceived as a leader who contributed to the CIW as a whole, and beyond the scope of their own area of expertise. This listing is alphabetical.