The CIW Advisory Board provides an independent and external evaluation of the progress of the CIW and recommendations to help it meet its goals. Specifically, the CIW seeks advice from a select group of accomplished Canadians that have expertise in one or more of the following areas: 

  • Big picture thinkers that communicate with media, politicians, policymakers and the general public about the CIW as a framework and tool for systems change.

  • Grassroots leaders that have used the CIW framework and tools in their communities and have turned research into action.

  • Fundraising advisors that enhance existing efforts to secure the CIW’s long term sustainability.


Florence Campbell

Honorary Life Member and Past Chair, Community Foundation for Kingston & Area; Retired senior executive from positions including Vice Principal, Advancement, Queen’s University and Vice President, Conference Board of Canada

Florence Campbell

The CIW helped deepen the Kingston Community Foundation’s knowledge of community indicators and issues, enhance our credibility because of the rigorous academic research-based model, engage a number of community partners and leaders, create a common language around which to discuss solutions to regional issues, and raise our community profile.


Karen Farbridge, Ph.D.

President of Karen Farbridge & Associates; Lecturer, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University; Former municipal politician (Councillor and Mayor), City of Guelph

Karen Farbridge

I led an innovative, community-led initiative that employed the Canadian Index of Wellbeing to measure and promote wellbeing at the municipal level. I believe in engaging the resourcefulness of communities to solve local challenges and create opportunities for prosperity and wellbeing.


Allan Gregg

Leading researcher, strategist and social commentator; Principal, Earnscliffe Strategy Group; Adjunct Professor, School of Public Administration and Political Management, Carleton University

Allan Gregg

In my business there's an old saying - 'garbage in-garbage out'. To gauge societal progress you have to measure the things society values. The CIW finally gives us that measure.


Hugh Mackenzie

Principal in Economic Consulting Business, Hugh Mackenzie & Associates; Researcher and Spokesperson, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives; Past President and Chair of the Atkinson Foundation  

Hugh Mackenzie

What we measure gets talked about; what gets talked about becomes part of the public debate; what becomes part of the public debate leads to social change. That's what's at stake in measuring what matters.


Charles Ungerleider, Ph.D.

Research Director and Managing Partner, Directions Evidence and Policy Research Group; Professor of the Sociology of Education, Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia

Charles Ungerleider

The promise of the CIW is its ability to represent a number of important dimensions of wellbeing in ways that invite consideration of the complementary policies necessary for its improvement over time.


Past Members

Dr. Judith Bartlett, JMD, MSc, CCFP, FCFP, O.C., Professor Emeritus, Department of Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba; Former Director, Health and Wellness Department at the Manitoba Metis Federation; Former Clinical Practice at the Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre of Winnipeg

The Honourable Monique Bégin, P.C., O.C., FRSC, Sociologist (Ph.D); Former Canadian Commissioner on World Health Organization (WHO) Commission on Social Determinants of Health; Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Health Sciences at University of Ottawa

Charles S. Coffey, O.C.,  Former Executive Vice President, Government Affairs and Business Development for RBC; Chair, Kocihta Charity; Member, National Committee of Aga Khan Foundation Canada, Advisory Council for the Mosaic Institute; Director, Arctic Children and Youth Fdn

Enrico Giovannini, Former Director of Statistics and Chief Statistician of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); Past President and Chief Statistician for the Statistical Agency of Italy (ISTAT)

Dr. Robert (Bob) McMurtry, CM, MD, FRCSC, FACS, Professor Emeritus, Surgery, University of Western Ontario; Former Orthopedic Consultant at the Hand and Upper Limb Centre, London, Ontario; Former Member of the Health Council of Canada

The Honourable Roy J. Romanow, P.C., O.C., S.O.M., Q.C., Former Premier of Saskatchewan; Commissioner on the Future of Health Care in Canada; Senior Fellow, Political Studies, University of Saskatchewan; Atkinson Economic Justice Fellow

Marilyn Waring, Ph.D., Professor, Institute of Public Policy, Auckland University of Technology; Time Use Expert; Author; Women's Rights Activist; Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit