Research Associates

Since establishing a permanent home at the University of Waterloo in 2011, the CIW has had several opportunities to work with other leading researchers to advance research and knowledge about the wellbeing of Canadians. In 2015, the CIW formalized a group of Research Associates, with an impressive range of knowledge, experience, and understanding of the diverse factors and issues influencing wellbeing.

Bryan Smale

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 

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Martin Cooke

Associate Professor

Department of Sociology & Legal Studies; School of Public Health & Health Systems, University of Waterloo 

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Don Cowan

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


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

Executive Director

Childcare Resource and Research Unit

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Karen Gallant

Assistant Professor

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

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Sean Geobey

Assistant Professor

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

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Margo Hilbrecht

Director, Knowledge Management and Innovation

Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO) 

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Meg Holden

Associate Professor

Urban Studies and Geography, Simon Fraser University

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Takayoshi Kusago


Takayoshi Kusago is a Professor at Kansai University, Osaka, Japan, and a Visiting Professor, Institute of Resources, Environment, and Sustainability, University of British Columbia for 2015-2016.

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Donna Lero


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

Associate Professor

Heather Mair is an Associate Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Waterloo. Heather’s work concentrates on broad notions of community and individual wellbeing as they can be realised (or threatened) through sport, tourism, and leisure.

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Samantha Meyer

Assistant Professor

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

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William Michelson

S.D. Clark Professor Emeritus

Department of Sociology, University of Toronto 

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Steven E. Mock

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


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

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Kate Rybczynski

Associate Professor

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

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Mike Salvaris


Australian National Development Index (ANDI)

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Katherine Scott

Vice President Research & Policy

Canadian Council on Social Development 

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Simron Singh

Associate Professor

School of Environment, Enterprise, and Development (SEED); Program Director, Master of Development Practice (MDP) Program; Teaching Fellow, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo

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Jiri Zuzanek

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

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