Wendi Adair

Wendi Adair

Co-Principal Investigator; Interpersonal Trust Lead

Wendi L. Adair (M.A., Ph.D., Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management) is associate professor and director of the Culture at Work Lab at University of Waterloo, Ontario. Professor Adair’s current research examines the impact of culture on communication, for example what is said and what is not said, and interdependent work outcomes, such as communication effectiveness, conflict resolution, trust, and team performance. She also investigates culture and the self at work, examining work values, the meaning of work, and adaptation in multicultural teams.

Catherine Kwantes

Catherine Kwantes

Co-Principal Investigator; Cultures of Trust Lead

Catherine Kwantes (Ph.D.) is a co-principle investigator of the Indigenous Workways project. She is professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology in the Psychology Department, and director of the Culture and Organizational Research Centre at the University of Windsor. She received an MSc in Clinical Psychology, and MA and PhD degrees in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Her area of research is on the intersection of societal and organizational cultures, and how societal cultures affect perceptions of trustworthiness in organizations, workplace interactions, and employee attitudes.

Lori Campbell

Lori Campbell

Networks of Trust Lead; Ethics and Methods Trainer

Lori Campbell is a 2-Spirit nēhiyaw āpihtākosisān iskwew from Treaty 6 territory in kīwētinohk kisiskāciwan. Lori is an intergenerational survivor of the Indian Residential School system and a child from the Sixties Scoop generation. She is proud to say that over the last 25 years she has managed to locate and contact not only her birth mom, but all 6 of her living siblings – scattered across three provinces in what is currently known as Canada. Her life experiences have contributed not only to her understanding of Indigenous issues, but also to her passion for education.

Leanne Gosse

Leanne Gosse

Interpersonal Trust Co-Investigator

Leanne Gosse is a professor of community and criminal justice at Conestoga College. Her research interests include justice and forgiveness in work organizations, safe space in communities for marginalized groups and human rights. Leanne also works as an associate consultant in industrial psychology. She uses her knowledge of psychological theory and measurement to help organizations assess and develop their executives. Leanne holds a PhD in social and personality psychology from Brock University and an MA in social and developmental psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Michael Gross

Michael Gross

Interpersonal Trust Co-Investigator; Coding Trainer

Michael A. Gross is a professor in the Department of Management at Colorado State University. He is also the editor-in-chief for Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, a 2017 dean's scholar, the 2016 past division chair, Conflict Management Division, Academy of Management, and the 2015 recipient of the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award for the College of Business. He earned his Ph.D. at Arizona State University, and his current research interests focus on crying in the workplace, conflict, and verbal aggression.

Russell Nahdee

Russell Nahdee

Ethics and Methods Trainer

Russell Nahdee is from the Walpole Island First Nation and currently lives in the City of Windsor where he is Coordinator of the Aboriginal Education Centre - Turtle Island - University of Windsor. He has worked in the field of Aboriginal education for over 20 years and is involved with several Aboriginal research projects, community boards, and planning committees. He is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Windsor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology.

Jaydum Hunt

Jaydum Hunt

Graduate Student

Jaydum Hunt is Mohawk with ties to the Bay of Quinte First Nation which is part of the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy. She is a registered massage therapist, a sole support parent of two beautiful daughters, an executive member of the Waterloo Indigenous Student Association, and a master’s student in Industrial Organizational psychology at the University of Waterloo. She always knew that she was Indigenous but was raised in a western urban setting without the opportunity for a connection to her Indigeneity.

Savanah Seaton

Savanah Seaton

Graduate Student

Savanah Seaton is a proud Ojibwe member from Waywayseecappo First Nation with strong maternal lineage ties to neighboring Keeseekooweenin First Nation. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in management with distinction from Vancouver Island University. Savanah is currently completing a Master of Arts in (Indigenous) Industrial-Organizational Psychology at the University of Waterloo with Dr. Wendi Adair. Her research interest is in the area of role conflict and the workplace experiences of Indigenous Peoples working in government 'reconciliation'

Chloe Addie

Chloe Addie

Graduate Student

Chloe Addie is currently a master’s student in industrial/organizational psychology at the University of Waterloo. She is contributing to the Indigenous Workways project by studying conflict management styles. Specifically, Chloe is working with Indigenous employees in Southwestern Ontario to understand their preferences for and experiences with conflict in the workplace. Indigenous workers have not been considered within this literature thus far and stand within distinct cultures and communities.

Alisha Jacobs

Alisha Jacobs

Undergraduate Student

Alisha Jacobs is a member of the Delaware Nation – Moravian of the Thames. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and Finance from the University of Guelph and a Post Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management from Fanshawe College. She is currently in her third year at the University of Windsor pursuing an Honours Psychology with Thesis B.A. with a minor in Philosophy. 

Loyell Bigjohn

Loyell Bigjohn

Undergraduate Student

Loyell Bigjohn is a member of the Walpole Island First Nation, and has ancestry with the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in Wisconsin and the Navajo Nation of Arizona. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Windsor ( with a major in History and a minor in Geography) and is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Education at the University of Windsor. 

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Indigenous Workways acknowledges that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples.

The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations, also known as the Haudensaunee people. This land includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.

The University of Windsor sits on the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa, and the Potawatomie.

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