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We create healthy workplaces by turning research into practice

Our Story

The Work Wellness Institute was founded in 1985 as an applied research centre. We are committed to a core vision of turning research into practice, conducting and supporting global research, and mobilizing knowledge that positively impacts workplace health practices. Our goal is to lead evidence-informed change through continued collaborative work with partners across academia, industry, government, and community.



We work with multidisciplinary stakeholders in the public and private sectors to build and share the latest research on work wellness.


We lead by example. We build trust, act ethically and strive for transparency in our own work.


We value diversity in the workplace and champion the right to a safe and equitable working environment.


We foster a culture of lifelong learning. Our success is dependent on changing alongside the workplace landscape.


Steve Horvath

Steve Horvath


Steve Horvath previously worked as the President and CEO of the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada. Prior to this, Steve…

held the position of President and CEO of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, Canada’s only national resource for the advancement of workplace health and safety. Steve has held senior executive positions with companies in the technology, manufacturing and service sectors including responsibilities as President and CEO of multi-national companies.

For more than 25 years, he has held and currently holds a number of Directorships on public and private sector Boards and global technical committees, including Chairing committees at the International Labour Organization (ILO) and World Health Organization (WHO), Director on the Board of Governors of Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences and past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Workplace Safety and Prevention Services.

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Desiree Norwegian


Desiree Norwegian is a member of Liidlii Kue First Nation, she is part of the Dene clan, meaning the land of the people from…

North West Territories. Desiree graduated from Algoma University with a Bachelors in Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting. With Desiree’s strong determination and drive she next went on to obtain a Certified Management Accountants designation now being called a Chartered Professional Accountant designation.

Desiree has worked in senior level accounting positions for the Municipality of Wawa and in the Energy Sector for Brookfield Renewable Power and Plasco Energy Group. Working in these roles has given Desiree the skills to take on her next big adventure, the purchase of Abraflex 2004 Ltd in early January 2016.

Desiree was also voted in as a board member for the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business along with Workplace Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute.

Abraflex 2004 Ltd. vision is to be a leading local indigenous company supporting the nuclear industry. Abraflex is the exclusive supplier of the Mark IIIB plastic suits to Bruce Power and also fabricates custom and standard decontamination tenting for the nuclear industry. Abraflex as of January 25, 2019 is the first indigenous company to receive a Nuclear Waste Substance license.

Normand Cote

Normand Côté

Board Member

Normand Côté is an executive with 38 years of banking and consulting experience in both line banking and various staff…

functions. His last position at BMO Financial Group (Bank of Montreal) was as head of employee relations and he had the dual challenge of protecting the legal and legislative rights of both employees and the bank across North America and abroad. He managed teams in Toronto, Montreal, Chicago and Milwaukee. Normand is a certified ADR mediator and labour arbitrator and a professionally trained executive coach. He also possesses extensive experience in commercial and personal lending, staffing, training and compensation.

He played a leading role for over 20 years at the Canadian Bankers Association by representing the banking industry and all federally regulated employers at numerous parliamentary and senatorial committee hearings and at the United Nations’ International Labour Organization in
Geneva acting as the Canadian employer spokesperson, delegation head and employer chair for all 180 member-states.

He currently is an executive providing consulting support to executives going through career transition or requiring executive coaching for the firm of
Optimum Talent. Some of his current and past activities, include: Chairman of the Canadian
Employers Council, Member of the Advisory Board to the Canadian Minister of Labour, Ministerial appointee as governor of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety, Board of Directors – Safe Communities Canada.

Manobhiram Nellutla


Board Member

Manu Nellutla is the CEO at Actsafe Safety Association. He is a Canadian Certified Professional…

Ergonomist (CCPE) and also a CMHA Certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor (CPHSA). He has Post-Graduate degrees in Physiotherapy (with specialization in Musculoskeletal and Sports), Education, Ergonomics (with specialization in Human Factors) and Business Administration.

Apart from being a speaker in various conferences, he has also been a speaker at TEDx event. He was previously COO at Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC and before that Senior Lecturer and Head of Department at University of Rwanda.

Manu has been recognized for his efforts to introduce ergonomics in school curriculum in Rwanda and was also a technical team member for drafting OHS legislation for Rwanda.

Gerry LeBlanc

Gerry LeBlanc

Board Member

Gerry LeBlanc has been involved with the labour movement in Canada for nearly four decades. All that time was spent as a…

local union activist or employee of the United Steelworkers (USW).

After working in the mining industry in western Canada for twenty years he moved to Toronto to coordinate the Steelworkers Toronto Area Council’s injured Workers Program. This program assisted USW members dealing with workplace injury or illness in areas such as: all levels of appeals with the compensation system, return to work and labour market re-entry.

In 2012 he moved to the USW national office to head up the Health, Safety and Environment Department.

Gerry has also been involved in international solidarity work in health and safety as well as environmental justice. He has been attending the UN climate changes talks since 2007. He has been involved in health and safety projects with labour and community partners in South America and Southern Africa including serving as a consultant to an occupational health and safety training centre in Maputo, Mozambique from 1993-1995.


Cameron Stockdale

Cameron Stockdale, Ed.D.

Chief Executive Officer and President

Cameron is the Chief Executive Officer of the Work Wellness Institute. As the CEO Cameron takes the vision for the organization and makes it reality through building high performing organizational cultures and sound strategic planning. As a motivating leader who inspires action he combines people centric decisions with sound financial management to leverage business opportunities. Respected as an expert in leadership, change management, strategic planning and negotiations, Cameron is recognized as bringing high energy and enthusiasm to his role.

Previously, Cameron spent 25 years in emergency health services working his way up the ranks from Paramedic to Superintendent, British Columbia Ambulance Service. After retiring he worked in various management and executive roles within healthcare and research organizations where he built a reputation for spearheading organizational change and incubating new business strategies. The hallmark of Cameron’s work is his firm belief that an organization’s greatest competitive advantage is its people and understanding how to maximize a person’s potential to create successful organizations.

Amongst his academic accomplishments, Cameron holds a Masters of Arts Leadership degree from the University of Guelph, an Interdisciplinary Doctoral degree from Creighton University, Post Graduate Certificate in Organizational Behaviour from Harvard University and is a member of Alpha Iota Sigma Honour Society recognizing academic achievement in interdisciplinary scholarship.

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Kamilla Karoli

Vice President, Business Operations

Kamilla has built her career on creating opportunities for individuals and teams to connect and build-on on shared knowledge to impact change. With a belief that it is our collective challenge to gain the skills and knowledge required to better work together to mobilize deep knowledge into practice, Kamilla brings a dynamic and extensive background in program design, development and evaluation.

As Vice President, Business Operations, Kamilla is responsible for leading the development, implementation and evaluation of organizational education strategies and tactics turning quality research into practice while increasing public awareness and membership to the organization.

Outside of music, balancing family and a need to keep moving, Kamilla enjoys spending as much time as possible outdoors.


Renee Misfeld

Scientific Director

Renee Misfeldt, PhD has vast experience with applied health systems and policy research along with a comprehensive understanding of Canadian health policy. She is the Scientific Director for the Workplace Wellness Institute and is an assistant clinical professor with the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta. Renee’s role as Scientific Director is to build the research arm of the Work Wellness Institute through championing and conducting research that improves workforce health and safety. 

Renee is the author of over 50 publications, book chapters, published policy briefs and policy reports on Canadian health policy and systems including a book on Nunavut’s healthcare system. Before WWi Renee was a senior program manager with Healthcare Excellence Canada, a senior researcher with Alberta Health Services and a senior policy researcher with Canadian Policy Research Networks. Much of her research has focused on health human resource planning including ethical recruitment, team-based care, quality workplaces and nurse mobility.

Renee holds a PhD in the sociology of health care and public policy and a MA in sociology (criminology) from the University of Saskatchewan. She is also working on becoming a Certified Healthcare Executive through the Canadian College of Health Leaders. Renee volunteers with the Parkinson’s Association of Alberta and the Northern Alberta Chapter of the Canadian College for Health Leaders as a board member. She lives with her two cats and two dogs in Sylvan Lake Alberta where she paints, writes, and gardens.

Contact Renee: rmisfeldt@workwellnessinstitute.org

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Devni De Sliva

Financial Controller

Devni is the Financial Controller for Work Wellness Institute. She has over 20 years of accounting and financial management experience in the education, research, and non-profit sector. Devni is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) and holds a Master of Science degree in Strategic Business Management. She is currently a Board member/Treasurer/Secretary for three societies overseeing Care and Housing. She is a strong collaborator and leader with years of experience in problem solving, financial modelling and team development.

As Financial Controller, Devni is responsible for all aspects of accounting and financial management as well as helps support the strategic planning of WWi.

Devni enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, walking, and listening to music.

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Yousra Salima Benjelloun, B.Sc., DIP.Eng.

Manager, Programs & Operations

As a Manager of Programs and Operations, Yousra supports WWi’s organizational mandate through program, team, and operational management. She manages multiple projects and programs, and helps with planning, evaluation, and continuous improvement cycles. Yousra works closely with the team to meet organizational and project deliverables. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in science with an emphasis in physics and her diploma in engineering in mechatronics from the University of the Fraser Valley. In her spare time, Yousra enjoys outdoor activities such as going on hikes, traveling, and photography.

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Andrena Hilder

Research Assistant

Andrena is currently a student at the University of British Columbia with a Major in Psychology, Minor in Interpersonal Development. Andrena joined the Work Wellness Institute as a Research Assistant in November of 2019. Andrena has helped develop and expand the WWi Speakers Bureau and grow the company’s social media presence over the past year. Additionally, she has worked to develop content for Harnessing Talent partners and additional stakeholders to assist healthy workplace practices for employers. Andrena is passionate about Mental Health advocacy and has reflected this passion in her involvement with the community. She currently volunteers as a Peer Supporter for AMS Peer Support as UBC Vancouver. Andrena’s research interests include workplace mental health, and the impact of social media usage on workers psychological health. Outside of her professional and academic schedules she enjoys exploring BC and reading.

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Elizabeth White

Learning and Development Coordinator

Elizabeth has over 6 years of experience in the Non-Profit sector, which has allowed her to live out the personal value of providing a positive impact every day. Elizabeth’s experience in Human Resources lead to a passion for Learning and Development, which she is excited to share with the Work Wellness Institute as a Learning and Development Coordinator. Coming from a Bachelor of Fine Arts, specializing in Music, from York University, she has established a knack for creative ideas and balancing the strategic with the fine details. Elizabeth relishes finding the perfect fit between a learning medium and outcome. She is keen to contribute to the full learner experience in working with the Education team to bring to life a variety of educational resources. Outside of learning, you’ll find Elizabeth by the water, in a yoga class or baking up a tasty treat.

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Emma Chubb

Project Coordinator

Emma is the Project Coordinator at WWi, where she supports the team with research and evaluation activities. She holds an MSc in Applied Social Research and a BA in Sociology and Social Policy from Trinity College Dublin. Over the last five years, she has worked in both public and private sector research organizations, and has experience in health research, evaluation, and educational research and assessment design. In her most recent role, Emma conducted a wide range of studies including evaluations of justice programs, Indigenous health organizations, and knowledge translation projects.

Prior to living in Canada, Emma worked in a variety of research roles in Ireland and was involved in large-scale international projects in mathematics and science assessment, the development of novel computer-based standardized testing systems, and national standardizations for maths and reading. She has also been involved in community research projects that assessed health needs and assets of local populations.

In her free time, Emma enjoys playing guitar, photography, exercising, and learning new things.

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Emma Hughes, MSc Economics

Information Resources Coordinator

Emma is the Information Resources
Coordinator at WWi and is responsible for
identifying research and resources that inform the educational outputs at WWi. After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Philosophy from Oxford Brookes University she went on to complete a Master’s in Information and Library Studies at Aberystwyth University in 2014. She has several years of experience working in information and knowledge environments, including supporting systematic reviews and building Communities of Practice. She has previously undertaken information needs assessments and is passionate about
breaking down barriers to information. In her spare time, Emma enjoys reading, long walks, and knitting.

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Julia Goyal


Julia Goyal is a Researcher with WWi, where she works to develop the organization’s research program and build external relationship with both current and future partners.
She is a graduate of McMaster University (B.Sc. (Honours), Biology) and University of Waterloo (M.Sc., Public Health and Health Systems). She is pursuing a Joint Interdisciplinary PhD between the School of Public Health and Health Systems (SPHHS) and Department of Mechatronics and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Waterloo (UW). She is a recipient of Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship. She is co-president of the UW SPHHS Graduate Student Association; Student Affiliate at the Global Labour Research Center; Student Member of the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation; and member of the Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health Board of Directors. In the past, she has served as Chair of UW Graduate Studies of Endowment Fund (2017-2019), Student Senator on the UW Senate (2017-2021) and Student Governor on the UW Board of Governors (2018-2019, 2020-2021).
Outside of work, she enjoys singing, baking, exploring new pockets of town and eating peanut butter from the jar.

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