Core team profiles

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Bryan Smale

CIW Director and Professor

Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies; Cross-appointed to the Department of Geography and Environmental Management; Research Faculty Associate in the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience, University of Waterloo; Canadian Advisor - Leisure and Culture Domain 

Linda McKessock

Linda McKessock

CIW Program Manager

Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, University of Waterloo 

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Mingjie (Jessie) Gao

CIW Data Analyst

Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, University of Waterloo

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Kai Jiang (on leave)

CIW Graduate Research Assistant

Ph.D. candidate, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Waterloo

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Rachel Hammermueller

CIW Research Assistant

Co-op student, Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Arts, University of Waterloo

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Christine Holliday

CIW Data Analyst

Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, University of Waterloo

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Jibin (Holden) Yu

CIW Graduate Research Assistant

PhD candidate, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Waterloo

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Martin Cooke

Research Associate

Associate Professor, jointly appointed to the Department of Sociology & Legal Studies and School of Public Health and Health Systems / Cross-appointed to the School of Pharmacy 

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Don Cowan

Research Associate

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, Faculty of Mathematics, Environment and Resource Studies, Faculty of Environment, Director, Computer Systems Group, University of Waterloo

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Susan Elliott

Research Associate

Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, cross-appointed to the School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo; United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health

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Martha Friendly

Research Associate

Executive Director, Childcare Resource and Research Unit, one of Canada’s key sources of child care data and policy analysis

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Karen Gallant

Research Associate

Assistant Professor, Recreation and Leisure Studies, School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University

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Sean Geobey

Research Associate

Assistant Professor, Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED), University of Waterloo

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Margo Hilbrecht

Research Associate

Director, Knowledge Management and Innovation, Gambling Research Exchange Ontario; Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Waterloo

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Meg Holden

Research Associate

Associate Professor, Urban Studies and Geography, Simon Fraser University 

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Takayoshi Kusago

Research Associate

Professor, Kansai University, Osaka, Japan; Former Visiting Professor, Institute of Resources, Environment, and Sustainability, University of British Columbia (2015-2016)

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Donna Lero

Research Associate

Professor, Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition; Jarislowsky Chair in Families and Work, Centre for Families, Work and Well-Being, University of Guelph

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Heather Mair

Research Associate

Associate Professor, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Waterloo

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Samantha Meyer

Research Associate

Assistant Professor, School of Public Health and Health Systems, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, University of Waterloo

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William Michelson

Research Associate

S.D Clark Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, University of Toronto; Former Professor, Department of Sociology, Princeton University; Former Professor, Social Ecology, University of California

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Steven E. Mock

Research Associate

Associate Professor, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies; Director, RBC Retirement Research Centre; Interim Director, Network for Aging Research (NAR), University of Waterloo

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Nazeem Muhajarine

Research Associate, Canadian Advisor

Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan; and Director, Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU), Universities of Regina and Saskatchewan; CIW Canadian Advisor - Healthy Populations Domain

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Kate Rybczynski

Research Associate

Department of Economics; Chair, Status of Women and Equity Committee, Faculty Association, University of Waterloo

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Mike Salvaris

Research Associate, International Advisor

Project Manager, Australian National Development Index; Senior Research Fellow, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne; CIW International Advisor and Research Associate 

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Katherine Scott

Research Associate, Canadian Advisor

Vice President of Research, Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD), CIW Canadian Advisor - Community Vitality Domain

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