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

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

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

Joanna Ochocka
Joanna Ochocka is a leader in the use of the 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. F... more

Leslie Brown - UVic

Leslie Brown
Leslie Brown is a researcher, grandmother, motorcyclist and recently retired from the University of Victoria where she was Director of the Institute for Studies and Innovation in Community University Engagement and a Professor of Social Work. Her current projects include working with the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres to create an urban Aboriginal research framework and developing the Vancouver Island Social Innovation Zone.    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

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

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

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

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

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.