Harnessing Talent Alliance
Cameron Stockdale, Ed.D.
Chief Executive Officer and President
Cameron is the Chief Executive Officer of the Work Wellness Institute. As a global centre of excellence mandated to create and sustain work wellness, prevent disability, eliminate impairment-related job loss, Cameron works with a wide variety of academic, industry and labour partners in achieving the institute’s goals.
After spending 25 years in emergency health services, Cameron worked in various managerial roles within healthcare and research organizations where he built a reputation for developing high performance teams and incubating new business strategies. Cameron firmly believes that an organization’s competitive advantage over its competitors relies on its greatest resource, its people and understanding how to maximize their potential.
Amongst his academic accomplishments, Cameron holds a Masters of Arts Leadership degree from the University of Guelph, a Doctor of Education degree from Creighton University and Post Graduate Certificate in Organizational Behaviour from Harvard University. In his spare time, Cam enjoys fishing and golfing.
LISA MIGHTON, MA.
Education, Outreach and Communications Specialist
Lisa has worked for six years with the Work Wellness Institute and with its predecessor, the Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability. Now, as Education, Outreach and Communications Specialist at WWI, Lisa is responsible for managing the global webinar series. She also leads the education and advisory committees, outreach, and communication initiatives for the organization.
Lisa has over 10 years of experience in communications strategy, media relations, community engagement, research, project and event management, and 10 years of experience in journalism and media production. In addition to her work with Work Wellness Institute, she currently works as an independent contractor and consultant, including with the Canadian Mental Health Association – BC Vancouver-Fraser Branch.
As a volunteer, she is involved in encouraging patient engagement to initiate systems change in health, as part of Vancouver Coastal Health’s Community Engagement Advisory Network (CEAN). Lisa completed her Master’s degree in Communication for Development with a focus on immigration and integration within a municipality from Malmö University in Sweden. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys festivals and being part of a community garden.
Marc White, Ph.D.
Senior Research Advisor
Marc White PhD is co-founder and past CEO/President of the Work Wellness Institute. On September 3rd, 2019 Marc stepped down from his administrative duties and was appointed as Senior Research Advisor. In this role Marc is engaged in research, curricular development as well as project implementation and evaluation activities. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia. Marc was a principal investigator affiliated with AUTO21, Networks of Centres of Excellence (2009-2015). He held an appointment as Research Fellow in Medicine, Harvard Medical School and at the Division of Rheumatology, Immunology & Allergy, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (2005 – 2008), and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (2003-2005). Marc is the lead investigator for the Health and Work Productivity Web-Portal, an academic community partnership dedicated to identifying and translating best evidence on disability prevention and employee health.
As a community organizer and educator for over 30 years, Marc is passionate about creating and sustaining academic community partnerships to generate stakeholder-centered, evidence-informed, systematic action plans to address “real world challenges.” Marc’s educational research area has been called “knowledge mobilization” or “knowledge translation and exchange” by research funders, as a primary objective of WWI’s academic community partnerships is to facilitate communication and collaboration among researchers and other stakeholders including “target audiences.” This is done through a collaborative process of problem identification and problem clarification, to produce evidence-informed action plans and evaluation frameworks. An important goal is to facilitate the utilization of current high-quality research evidence in education, social sciences, and healthcare to inform program planning and its evaluation.
Marc has organized over 20 international and national scientific conferences held in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe. Since 1991 Marc has engaged community stakeholders in program planning and has often provided opportunities for information sharing between scientists and the public. Marc is also Patient Representative with CIHR SPOR Chronic Pain Network. He is an active member of two committees – Patient Oriented Research and the Clinical Research Infrastructure Committee to enhance patient engagement in the full research cycle. Marc has a history of osteoarthritis, chronic back pain, whiplash-associated disorders, and peripheral neuropathy. His interdisciplinary doctoral work at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Education and in collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine, was focused on creating a more evidence-informed continuing medical education model to improve knowledge uptake, and its utilization in practice. Marc enjoys playing ping pong, reading biographies, fiction and classic; and, spending time, with his ‘favourite’ mother (with dementia), and family and friends.
Naomi McCormick, MA, PSY.
Naomi recently served as the Research Program and Lab Manager for Dr. William C Miller. She was also the Mobility Team Coordinator on the Canadian Disability Participation Project, a Pan-Canadian alliance of university, public, and private sectors to enhance social and economic participation of Canadians with disabilities.
Particularly interested in how people navigate social and political relations in contemporary urban spaces, Naomi served as a research assistant for a MacArthur funded study examining the experiences of residents and stakeholders living in three mixed-income developments in Chicago. She also has a background in psychology, specifically on the challenges of stigmatization and related coping mechanisms. Naomi received her Master’s degree from the Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago.
In her spare time, Naomi enjoys spending time with her family, moderating an online community and support network for new parents, and reading novels.
PATRICIAL ALMEDIA, MA, PSY, DICS.
Human Resources Manager and Project Administrator
Before moving to Vancouver in 2016 as an international student, Patricia worked for over 14 years in large companies where she recruited, trained, and coached leaders. At that time, she had the opportunity to lead inclusion programs in different branches. Patricia was also a professor in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Fundacao Dom Cabral and Centro Universitario Newton Paiva. While running her own HR company in Brazil for four years, she trained and recruited leaders of different fields, including technology. As WWI’s employee, Patricia is responsible for integrating the Harnessing Talent Project activities where she utilizes her background in Human Resources and technology.
Patricia received her Master’s degree in business at Faculdades de Pedro Leopoldo in Brazil, her M.B.A. at Fundacao Dom Cabral, her degree in Psychology at Centro Universitario Newton Paiva and her diploma in Computing Studies and Information Systems at Douglas College. Her master’s degree thesis was titled “Workaholic: A Relationship of Pleasure or Suffering?”. In her spare time, Patricia enjoys spending time with her son Bernardo, her husband Wayne and learning.
SARAH V MORAN, MA, MIM, BS.
Research Assistant and Program Development Officer
Sarah most recently worked as an Editorial/Program Associate with the Journal of Graduate Medical Education at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in Chicago, Illinois. She further collaborated in a published large scale ACGME research project, where she coanalyzed qualitative data exploring aims, improvement priorities, and environmental considerations in a national sample of 396 core and subspeciality graduate medical education programs. Sarah has several publications in cross-cultural management. She has worked in Taipei, Taiwan as an Education and Program Officer at the Fulbright Foundation, where she also was a liaison with the US consulate. Sarah Moran has a Bachelor degree in Psychology from Santa Clara University, a Master’s degree in Organizational and Cross Cultural Communication from Arizona State University, and a Master’s degree in Management after successfully completing coursework for a PhD in Organizational Behavior.
Sarah is responsible for conducting environmental scans and needs assessments in Alberta, building a bridge across different stakeholders, including government, employers, and labour and disability organizations. Sarah survived a horse injury when she was 19 and overcame multiple challenges, including navigating her journey of surgeries and health care co-ordination, addressing stigma, employment-related misperception, and discrimination while creatively moving her career forward. Since high school, she has enjoyed volunteering for organizations in the US and Canada and is passionate about making a positive difference. In her spare time Sarah paints, hikes, and skies in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, and still enjoys riding horses.
Yousra Salima Benjelloun, BSc, DIP.Eng.
Admin. Coordinator / Project Manager
Yousra is the administrative coordinator and project manager at WWI. She is the moderator for our public access webinar program and is responsible for the implementation of online learning activities. In collaboration with Lisa Mighton, Yousra also plans webinars and manages our social media messaging. She coordinates our web and digital marketing, manages the WWI website as well as various activities related to webinars.
Yousra 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, as well as learning about innovative technologies.
Emma Hughes, MSc Econ.
Information Resources Coordinator
Emma has several years of experience working in information and knowledge environments, including supporting systematic reviews and building Communities of Practice. She has previously undertaken needs assessments and is passionate about breaking down barriers to information. As Information Resources Coordinator she is responsible for the Health and Work Productivity portal, literature searches and research.
Emma received her joint honors undergraduate degree course in Psychology and Philosophy from Oxford Brookes University, UK before going on to complete a Master’s in Information and Library Studies from Aberystwyth University, UK in 2014. In her spare time, Emma enjoys reading, long walks, and knitting.
Research Assistant and Program Development Officer
Andrea received a Bachelor’s in Microbiology & Immunology from UBC in 2016. She went on to obtain an Occupational Health and Safety Certificate from BCIT in 2019. She currently works as a Research & Reporting Analyst at BPI Inc., a software company. Previously, she worked on product development as a Research Technologist at STEMCELL Technologies, a local biotechnology firm. Andrea is passionate about health and workplace wellness, which is why she has decided to join WWI as a volunteer Research Assistant. During her free time, she enjoys photography and cooking.
Thivya Shanmuganathan, BSc.
Thivya received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health with a concentration in Population Studies and Quantitative Health Sciences in 2017. Since then she has been trained in nonviolent crisis intervention and trauma informed practices and has worked in nonprofits with vulnerable women and children in harm reduction. She also has experience in clinical settings working in auditory health and in pharmacy.
In the last few years she has developed her capacity for working in research by working in health promotion and harm reduction projects for Diabetes Canada, BC Lung Association and the City of North Vancouver. Currently she is involved in the Emergency EQUIP project at UBC, which has a focus on reducing stigma in healthcare and improving the quality of care in the emergency department in hospitals in the Lower Mainland.
Thivya is passionate about knowledge translation and health promotion and has recently joined the WWI team as a Research Specialist. She likes to spend time connecting to her community and has volunteered with the Fraser Health Crisis line, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation as well as the Canadian Cancer Society. In her spare time, she likes to be outdoors hiking, going to yoga
classes and watching movies.