Board of Directors

Martin Taylor - Professor Emeritus, University of Victoria

Martin Taylor
Martin Taylor is Professor Emeritus at the University of Victoria in BC, Canada. He is also adjunct professor at McMaster University and at the University of Waterloo.  From 2007-2012, he served as Founding President of Ocean Networks Canada and from 1998-2007 he was the University of Victoria’s Vice-President Research. He holds a BA (Hons. Geography) from Bristol University and an MA and PhD in Geography from the University of British Columbia. He is the author of two books and over ... more

Joanna Ochocka - Director, Centre for Community Based Research
Co-Vice Chair and Treasurer

Joanna Ochocka
Joanna Ochocka is a leader in the use of participatory action research approaches, and she practices community-based research as a tool to mobilize people for social change. She has directed a number of large-scale research studies including multiple community-university partnerships. Joanna's research and action has focused on community mental health for people with severe mental health issues, on cultural diversity and immigration, and on community supports for marginalized populations. Since... more

Marcel Simoneau - Directeur, service conseil en technologies et environnements numériques, Directeur intérimaire, Service aux collectivités, Bureau de la vice-rectrice à la recherche et à la création, Université du Québec à Montréal
Co-Vice Chair

Marcel Simoneau
Marcel Simoneau brings an experience of 18 years at UQAM, first as Director of the science library, followed by Director of computing services for teachers and researchers, and since 2015 within the vice-rectorate of Research and Creation, he’s acting as Interim Director for the «service aux collectivités» and Director of TI solutions for researchers. M. Simoneau works closely with researchers on the many ways to support their academic works and he is co-author of an art... more

Budd Hall - UNESCO Co-Chair in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education, University of Victoria
Board Member

Budd Hall
Dr. Budd Hall is the Co-Chair of the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education and Professor of Community Development in the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria. Budd was the founding Director of the University of Victoria Office of Community-based Research and is a Senior Fellow in the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria.   Former Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria, ... more

Karen Schwartz - Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Affairs, Faculty of Public Affairs and Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Carleton University
Board Member

Karen Schwartz
Karen Schwartz, PhD, is the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Affairs for the Faculty of Public Affairs and an associate professor in the School of Social Work at Carleton University. Her areas of practice and research involve community engaged scholarship, field education, mental health and social work pedagogy. She teaches a research course that requires students to engage in community based research and is a co-investigator on a SSHRC funded grant exploring the benefits to the community... more

Kathy Sanford - Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Victoria
Board Member

Kathy Sanford
Kathy Sanford is a Professor in the Faculty of Education, University of Victoria. Her research interests relate to education and community engagement, focusing on ways to create and sustain meaningful partnerships across sectors. She is currently a co-Investigator on the SSHRC Partnership Grant entitled Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) where she has examined ways in which students can be understood as knowledge mobilizers between university and community organizations,&nb... more

Monica Mulrennan - Associate professor and department chair, Department of Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University
Board Member

Monica Mulrennan
Monica Mulrennan is deeply committed to community-based participatory research. She has sustained research partnerships with the James Bay Cree community of Wemindji (northern Quebec) and the Torres Strait Islander community of Erub (northern Queensland) for over twenty years. Her work supports community-driven strategies of environmental protection that draw upon indigenous institutions of knowledge and practice, and enhance local authority over decisions affecting the lives, lands, seas and re... more

Warren Dodd - University of Guelph
Board Member

Warren Dodd
Warren completed his collaborative PhD in Population Medicine and International Development Studies at the University of Guelph in 2016. For his PhD research, he investigated the connections between labour mobility, health, and rural livelihoods among small-scale farming households in South India. Warren is currently engaged in interdisciplinary research projects with community partners in Yellowknife, NWT and Honduras. Warren also works with the Guelph and Wellingt... more

Tanis Dagert - Community Liaison Officer, Vancouver Island University
Board Member

Tanis Dagert

Tanis Dagert is a community development practitioner and educator with a Masters of Education focused on community/rural education, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Asia Pacific Studies and a B.A. in Communications & Kinesiology. She also has a variety of certificates related to non-profit management, human rights and public policy. She currently works as a Community Liaison Officer with Vancouver Island University.


Michele Peterson-Badali - Professor, Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development, & Associate Dean, Research, International, & Innovation at University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Board Member

Michele Peterson-Badali
Michele Peterson-Badali is a Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) and currently serves as OISE’s Associate Dean, Research, International & Innovation. Her teaching, research, and service have strong connections to communities and organizations related to the rights and wellbeing of children and youth. Her research focuses on children’s and adolescents’ d... more

Stephen Dooley - Executive Director, Simon Fraser University Surrey Campus
Board Member

Stephen Dooley
Stephen Dooley became the second Executive Director of the SFU Surrey campus on November 1st, 2013. As SFU Surrey campus director, Steve sits on a number of community partnership tables including the City of Surrey’s Social Policy Advisory Committee, The Surrey Poverty Reduction Coalition (co‐chair), The Local Immigration Partnership, the planning secretariat of Innovation Boulevard and the Surrey Healthier Community Partnership. Steve is also vice‐ chair, Surrey Board of Trade (SBOT).... more

Catherine Graham - Director of Research and Policy, National Association of Friendship Centres
Board Member

Catherine Graham is currently working with the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) as Director of Research and Policy. She has worked with Aboriginal organizations at the national and provincial, community levels for more than 15 years on issues related to organizational development, the social determinants of health including social inclusion, and health equity. Most notably she served for four years as Director of the Métis Centre of the National Aboriginal Health Organiza... more

Ken Carter - Director, Grenfell Office of Engagement, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Board Member

Ken Carter
Ken Carter is Director of Grenfell’s Office of Engagement at Grenfell Campus, MUN in Corner Brook NL. The Engagement Office supports community engaged scholarship and experiential learning as well as supporting career development and entrepreneurship through the Navigate Entrepreneurship Centre. Ken previously worked for 15 years with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in rural social and economic development and rural policy, as Director of Research and Analysis with the Office o... more

Jody Butler Walker - Executive Director, Artic Institute of Community Based Research
Board Member

Jody Butler Walker
Jody Butler Walker is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research, a non-profit organization with a focus on Northern Health and Well-Being located in Whitehorse, Yukon.   Jody has worked in all three territories, and has lived North of 60º for more than 25 years. Her involvement in varied research activities during this time, including contaminants and human health, indigenous health and biological oceanography, has highlighted the essent... more

Kendra Schnarr - Research Project Assistant, Community Engaged Scholarship Institute, University of Guelph
Recording Secretary

Kendra Schnarr
Kendra is the Research Project Assistant for the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute at the University of Guelph and is providing additional administrative support for the CBRC Chair and Steering Committee. more