Leia MinakerLeia Minaker

School of Planning, cross appointed to the School of Public Health and Health Systems, Director of the Survey Research Centre

Leia Minaker, PhD, has been a faculty member in the School of Planning since 2016. She is a public health researcher interested in how built and policy environments affect health, with a particular focus on food, nutrition, and food systems. She was co-Principal Investigator of the Cancer Risk Assessment in Youth survey, a seven-province school-based survey that assessed over 12,000 students’ cancer risk behaviours, including tobacco use, UV exposure, and dietary intake. Over the past decade, she has worked closely with Health Canada, Statistics Canada, and dozens of municipalities to create tools to assess food environments as well as recommendations to improve population health and nutrition. Dr. Minaker’s research aims to span disciplinary and practice boundaries (especially in the fields of public health and urban planning) and provide evidence-informed policy recommendations for building a healthier society. 

Christian BoudreauChristian Boudreau

Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, Senior Methodologist of the Survey Research Centre

Christian Boudreau, PhD, has been a faculty member in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science and the Associate Director of the Data Management Core of the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation (ITC) Project since 2005.  The ITC Project conducts longitudinal surveys amongst smokers and non-smokers in more than 25 countries. Dr. Boudreau thus brings extensive knowledge and expertise on applied survey sampling and survey methodology. In addition to surveys, his research interests include longitudinal studies, competing risks and survival analysis.

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Partnership with Institutional Analysis & Planning

The Survey Research Centre has partnered with Institutional Analysis & Planning (IAP) to develop and administer several campus-wide surveys to students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

The Student Experience Survey, the first survey administered through this partnership, aims to understand students' perceptions of their academic and non-academic learning environments and their experience at the University of Waterloo. These topics are explored through questions engaging students in subject matter about their general well-being, perceived efficacy of various instructional modalities and learning supports, and opinions on various strategic initiatives.

Read more about the Student Experience Survey on the IAP website: