The Program Committee is responsible for advising on all aspects of the content and process of the conference program.
Michael Johnny (Chair)
Michael Johnny is the Manager of Knowledge Mobilization for York University, serving in this role since 2006. Michael has an MA in Canadian and Native Studies from Trent University, having researched policy implications for Native literacy in Ontario. He has over 13 years of experience in educational research and development with specific skills in program development, strategic planning, program evaluation, stakeholder consultation, and policy development and analysis. He has experience working both in a university research environment and at the community level planning, implementing and evaluating social programs. Michael’s interests aside from mobilizing knowledge are golf, playing guitar and camping with his daughter.
Chris Yordy is a PhD student in the School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA) at Carleton University. Previous to his studies at Carleton, he worked as an economist and development practitioner in several countries of the Middle East and North Africa. He has been involved in research work in Egypt over the past 5 years including studies of the sugarcane sector in Aswan and fisheries on the North Coast near Alexandria. His recent work has involved food and nutrition policy analysis with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO); value chain for development work in Pakistan with Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA); and economic studies funded by Farm Radio International (FRI) on models for the improvement of extension activities in various parts of Sub-Saharan Africa. His research interests lie in the area of food security, broadly defined, and involve facilitation with community and farm networks both in Canada and overseas. His current engagement as a PhD Researcher with the Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement CFICE project is anticipated to bridge across the local and global dimensions of food security and community based research.
Victoria Calvert is a full professor of the Bissett School for Business at Mount Royal University (MRU), and is engaged in teaching, mentoring, consulting, research, and service to the University and the community. She has been awarded the Distinguished Faculty and the Teaching Excellence awards in recognition of her impact upon students, academia, and the community. She is the CSL Coordinator for MRU and last year introduced the CSL Citation, a co-curricular record for students completing three CSL designated courses. Last year 400 students were awarded the Citation. She develops workshops for curriculum development and research for MRU faculty, and is developing institutional systems and supports. She will Chair the 2106 CACSL conference to be hosted by MRU in Calgary. Her teaching philosophy supports experiential learning, with a focus on Community Service Learning (CSL); her students have provided over 74,000 hours to local and global communities since 1996. CSL is an educational approach that integrates service in the community with learning outcomes. CSL is effective because members of both educational institutions and community organizations work together toward outcomes that are mutually beneficial. She has published eleven international scholarly journal articles during the 2009 to 2013 period, and is recognized as a CSL researcher. Victoria is Co-principal Investigator and Project Manager for a five year research project funded by the Government of Alberta to promote venture growth and rural sustainability. She and her research partner Dr. Kalinga Jagoda have reached 14 communities and over 400 small and medium enterprises (SME) in rural Alberta. Preliminary findings indicate that while many business owners identified the need for training in marketing, finance, and IT, the services available from venture support agencies were either not sought, or were disappointing when sought. Business planning and financing capabilities are currently being analyzed. Results are being published, and more importantly, being shared with community leaders and funding organizations.
Suzie Addison-Toor has worked for Georgian College for 6 years as faculty, program coordinator and currently as Manager for the Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. In this role, Suzie is responsible for implementing the social entrepreneurship and experiential learning strategy college wide. She also has responsibility for managing the college’s field placement department. Prior to working at Georgian College, Suzie founded and led “Addus”, a social agency in Toronto that supports adults with developmental disabilities to lead active lives in their community. Suzie Addison-Toor has a Masters in Leadership from Royal Roads University. She is also a trained Executive Transition Practitioner and is part of a growing community of consultants that are supporting agencies and associations through the unique aspects of nonprofit leadership transition. Suzie runs her own boutique consulting practice called Engage Consulting that specializes in the nonprofit succession planning, governance and leadership transition.
Crystal Tremblay is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) at the University of British Columbia. Crystal researches community development, resource management and participatory governance drawing largely from Social Economy, Political Ecology and Feminist theories. Her work is multi-disciplinary and covers such areas as waste and resource management, poverty reduction and social inclusion, informal economy, and livelihood enhancement. From a methodological perspective, she is particularly interested in the critical theory and practice of Participatory Action Research, and other approaches to research that value and strengthen community knowledge and interrogate traditional structures of power in decision-making. She is currently working with IRES exploring the impacts and implications of shifting water governance structures in Accra, Ghana and Cape Town, South Africa, simultaneously providing a powerful narrative portraying the lived experiences of the individuals affected by limited or (in)access to water. Crystal also works as the Research Coordinator for the UNESCO Chair in Community-based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education, a collaborative partnership between the University of Victoria and the Society for Participatory Research in Asia, based in New Delhi, India. For more information please visit her website: www.crystaltremblay.com
Bojan Fürst is manager of knowledge mobilization with the Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development at Memorial University of Newfoundland. His research interests, aside from knowledge mobilization, are in the areas of island geographies, island studies, landscapes and visual methodologies.
Adje Van de Sande
Dr. Adje van de Sande is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Work at Carleton University. He teaches Research Methods and Statistics at the undergraduate and graduate levels with a focus on community-based participatory research. In 2011, he and his colleague, Karen Schwartz, published a book on research entitled Research for social justice: A community-based approach. From 2003 to 2007 he was President of the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work now called the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE). In 2009, he was chair of the Conference Planning Committee for the CASWE Conference which was held as part of the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences held at Carleton. He is a current member of the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW), the International Association for Community Development (IACD), and a member of the Management Team of the Centre for Studies in Poverty and Social Citizenship.
Stéphane Cardinal currently works as Director of the Centre for Global and Community Engagement at the University of Ottawa where she is responsible for providing strategic and corporate leadership in the design, development, coordination, implementation, marketing and evaluation of the Centre whose main purpose is to promote the value of social responsibility and community service within the University community. The Centre manages a number of initiatives across campus including the Community Service Learning Program currently reaching about 2000 students per year in different programs of study and faculties. Prior to joining the University of Ottawa in 2010, Stéphane worked as Director of Partnerships and Project Management for Accreditation Canada, and for more than 13 years before that, Stéphane worked in a variety of different positions with CARE. Prior to her overseas positions with CARE, Stéphane accumulated over 10 years of experience in the public and private sector. A native of Montreal, Stéphane received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Université du Québec à Montreal and her M.Sc. in Management in international management and economics from the University of Montreal`s Hautes Etudes Commerciales.
Leslie Brown, PhD, is the Special Advisor to the Provost on Community-University Engagement and the Director of the Institute for Studies & Innovation in Community-University Engagement at the University of Victoria. A long-standing community-based researcher and social work professor, she is also the Principal Investigator for the Indigenous Child Wellbeing Research Network, a collaborative initiative between universities, Indigenous agencies and communities in British Columbia.
Lisa Erikson joined the University of Saskatchewan as the Manager of Community Outreach and Engagement at Station 20 West in October 2013 after over 15 years working in the not-for-profit sector in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Prior to working for the U of S, Lisa served as the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Literacy Network leading a nimble team of staff and working with a diverse group of provincial stakeholders to address literacy and essential skills needs, and inform policy. Lisa holds a BA in Conflict Resolution Studies from the University of Winnipeg and a Master of Continuing Education with a Specialization in Workplace Learning from the University of Calgary. In 2013, she was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for working to improve literacy and skill levels of Canadians. Lisa is a proud resident of the resilient community of Westmount in Saskatoon, former president of the Westmount Community Association and past Coordinator of the Leif Erickson Community Garden. She currently dabbles in art, often alongside her two young children, participates in a sewing circle in the core neighbourhoods and was recently appointed to the Saskatoon Public Library Board.
Alison Taylor is a Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Director of Community Service-Learning at the University of Alberta. Last year, the service-learning program involved over 1100 students, over 50 instructors and 180 community partners. Alison has written about service learning and school-to-work transition in recent publications.
Todd Barr works with individuals and groups to build bridges between post-secondary institutions and communities for empowered learning and improved local economic, social, cultural and environmental conditions. Focuses of this work include community-based research, education and service learning, youth, policy change and organizational development. Todd is past chair of the Canadian Alliance for Community Service-Learning and has served on numerous local committees such as the vision task team of the Prosperity Roundtable of Peterborough Region, the founding group of the Peterborough Partnership Council on Immigrant Integration, steering committee for Hatch and the steering committee of the Peterborough Healthy Communities Partnership. Todd has been the executive director of the Trent Centre for Community-Based Education in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada since July 2006. Todd holds a Master’s of Education in Adult Education, Community Development and Environmental Studies, is married and has two beautiful children under the age of ten.