Facilitator Profiles

Katrina_Plamondon

Katrina Plamondon

Katrina Plamondon is a Registered Nurse with a clinical background in critical care and street outreach. She has a Master of Science in community health and epidemiology. As a Practice Leader for Research and KT at Interior Health (Kelowna, BC), she enables people across the healthcare system to use and do equity-centred research. Katrina sits on a number provincial and national committees, including the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools, the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR), and the BC KT Collaborative. Since 2010, she has chaired the CCGHR Policy Influence Program (now called Policy & Advocacy Committee). She has led a number of initiatives in this role, including being the principal investigator for the CCGHR Gathering Perspectives Studies that led to equity-centred principles for research and KT. Katrina is a PhD candidate and Banting & Best Canada Graduate Scholar at the University of British Columbia, with a research focus on connecting knowledge to action for health equity.

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Vic Neufeld

Vic Neufeld

Vic Neufeld is a physician, educator and international consultant who recently moved from Hamilton ON to Victoria BC. Over a period of more than 25 years, he held several academic leadership positions at McMaster University, the last of which was as Director, Centre for International Health. He has served as a consultant and advisor to various international agencies, organizations and institutions. Currently he is the Special Advisor to the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research, an organization of which he was the founding National Coordinator. Vic also served as the co-chair of the 2016 Ontario Coalition Institute. His interests include:

  • Capacity development for health system reform with a special interest in strengthening national health research systems and leadership development
  • Promoting a stronger role for Canada in investing and becoming involved in health research in low and middle-income countries.

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Jacqueline Denison

Jacqueline Denison is an instructor in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus (UBCO). Her master’s thesis explored Canadian Aboriginal women’s experiences accessing health care services when child apprehension is a threat. Jacqueline is the chair of the global health committee at UBCO and teaches in courses on global health, including taking 4th year nursing students to Africa for nursing practice experiences. She has been with UBCO since 2013 and will help network UBCO researchers and educators with the other institutions researchers and educators.

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Stephanie Nixon

Stephanie Nixon, PT, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, cross-appointed at the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. She has been an HIV activist and global health researcher for 20 years. She completed her PhD in Public Health and Bioethics in 2006 at the University of Toronto, and a post-doc at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa from 2006-2008. Stephanie is co-founder and Director of the International Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation.

Stephanie is a straight, white, middle class, able-bodied, cisgender female of settler descent who tries to understand the pervasive effects of privilege. In particular, she explores the role of power and privilege in shaping health research, education and practice. She has taught faculty, clinicians, researchers and students about privilege and its relationship with health equity at the University of Toronto, York University, Ryerson University and McGill University. She has delivered addresses exploring this topic to the Canadian Conference on Global Health, the Global Symposium on Health Services Research, the Campus Alberta Student Conference on Health, St. Michael’s Hospital Annual Faculty Development Day, the Ontario Council for International Cooperation, and the Centre for Global Child Health at Sick Kids Hospital.
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Barbara Astle

Barbara J. Astle, RN, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Nursing, and Director of the Centre of Equity and Global Engagement (CEGE) at Trinity Western University, Langley, British Columbia. Her program of research focuses on global health and equity, social justice; global health education at the undergraduate and graduate levels (global citizenship, competencies, and partnerships), social media and research literacy. Her clinical focus is in community nursing and global health. Her primary areas of undergraduate and graduate teaching are global health, humanitarianism, and global missions; qualitative research; knowledge translation / synthesis; nursing leadership, and health policy. She publishes in the area of global health, nursing / host / partner competencies, partnerships, and research literacy. Dr. Astle recently co-authored the book “Research Literacy for Health and Community Practice” (2017). She is a member of the Consortium of Universities in Global Health (CUGH) Competency Sub-Committee, and contributed to the CUGH Global Health Education Competencies Tool Kit (2017). Dr. Astle was Past Chair of the Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) in 2009 – 2012.
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Jerry Spiegel

Dr. Jerry Spiegel is a Professor in the School of Population and Public Health and the LiuInstitute for Global Issues at UBC; and is co-director with Dr. Yassi of the Global Health Research Program, a WHO Collaborating Centre in Occupational and Environmental Health. Dr. Spiegel was founding President of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research and received the Canadian Public Health Association’s 2011 International Award. His research interests include the effects of globalization on health equity; understanding and addressing influences of physical and social environments on health through an ecosystem approach; and the economic evaluation of interventions. He has led a range of research and capacity-building projects in Cuba, Ecuador and South Africa.

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Annalee Yassi

Dr. Annalee Yassi is a Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia and holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Global Health and Capacity Building.  She is a Specialist in both Community Medicine (Public Health and Preventive Medicine) as well as Occupational Medicine. Dr. Yassi’s research focuses on collaborative roles in occupational health and infection control in the healthcare workplace, issues and methods in community-based health research, transdisciplinarity and North-South partnerships. She is interested in ethics in global health research, the link between clinical care and the social and environmental determinants of health, an ecosystem approach to health, and the use of arts-based methods in health intervention research. Dr. Yassi is co-director with Dr. Spiegel of the Global Health Research Program, a WHO Collaborating Centre in Occupational and Environmental Health.

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Susana Caxaj

Dr. Caxaj is a tenure-track assistant professor in the nursing department. She moved to Canada in 1984 with her family who was fleeing political violence in Guatemala. Born in Guatemala and of Indigenous Mayan Quiche and Kachiquel ancestry, Susana has a strong interest in immigration, displacement, and cross-cultural understanding and decolonization in health and other public services.

Her current work is focused on examining pathways for cultural safety in palliative care with Indigenous communities, and cross-cultural care in community mental health and health care access for temporary migrant agricultural workers and immigrant diasporas in rural and midsize city settings. She is also interested in diverse university student identities. Her doctoral work was focused on the health experiences of local Indigenous communities affected by large-scale Canadian extractive industries.

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Kate Tairyan

Kate Tairyan

Dr. Kate Tairyan holds a medical degree in preventive medicine from the State Medical University in Armenia and a diploma in health management from Armenia’s National Institute of Health. Kate also has a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration on global health leadership from Emory University. Her public health expertise and work experience includes several positions at the Ministry of Health of Armenia and collaborations with international experts on health policy development and poverty reduction issues at national and local levels. During her postdoctoral studies at UBC, Kate also worked at the National Core for Neuroethics and spearheaded a project to evaluate investigator needs for integrating ethics into neuroscience using neuroimaging as the model.

Kate has taught at Simon Fraser University in the Faculty of Health Science undergraduate and graduate programs since 2008.

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John Calvert

John Calvert

Dr. John Calvert is a political scientist with a specialization in public policy. He completed his BA and MA at the University of Western Ontario, and obtained a PhD from the London School of Economics. His teaching and research interests include: Canadian public policy and health, disability issues, the health impacts of international trade agreements, climate change and occupational health and safety. Prior to coming to Simon Fraser University, John worked for a number of years in the BC government as a policy analyst in the trade policy area and in the Ministries of Labour, Employment & Investment, the Crown Corporations Secretariat and the Cabinet Policy and Planning Secretariat.

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