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.
Naomi McCormick, M.A., PSY.
Director of Program Delivery and Research
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 spare time, Naomi enjoys spending time with her family, moderating an online community and support network for new parents, and reading novels.
Research Coordinator and Lab Manager, GF Strong Rehabilitation Research Program at University of British Columbia Field Researcher, Mixed Income Development Study at the University of Chicago.
Anil Sharma, B.B.A.
Anil is the Financial Controller of the Work Wellness Institute. He has over eight years experience working in the non-profit sector in various positions including Business Director and Treasurer. He is a graduate from Simon Fraser University with an Honours in Accounting and Marketing. He is currently a Chartered Professional Accountant candidate at the CPA Western School of Business and has completed the CFE exam with concentration in Assurance and Taxation.
He has a strong passion to give back to our communities and currently serves as a coach for Junior Boys basketball and as a volunteer for a local society.
Anil is a strong believer in education and empowering our youth into becoming great leaders of tomorrow. For fun, he can be found hiking with his dog, travelling, and playing basketball.
Director of Education & Development
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 Director, Education & Development, 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.
Marc White, Ph.D.
Senior Research Advisor
Marc is co-founder and past CEO/President of the Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute. In September 2019 he stepped down from his administrative duties and was appointed as Senior Research Advisor. In this role Marc is engaged in research and curricular development as well as project implementation and evaluation.
He is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia. He was a principal investigator affiliated with AUTO21, Networks of Centres of Excellence, held an appointment as Research Fellow in Medicine, Harvard Medical School and at the Division of Rheumatology, Immunology & Allergy, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada.
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 spare time activities include ping-pong and reading.
Yousra Salima Benjelloun, B.Sc., 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 Economics
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.
Thivya Shanmuganathan, B.Sc.
Stakeholder Engagement Analyst.
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 Stakeholder Engagement Analyst. 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.
Andrena F. Hilder
Andrena is currently studying at the University of British Columbia with a Major in Psychology, accompanied by a Minor in Education, in the Interpersonal Development stream. Andrena has recently joined the Work Wellness Institute as a Research Assistant to work on projects focusing on physical and mental health promotion in the workplace. Andrena will help assist each of our teams in the education of productive and healthy workplace practices for employers.
Andrena is passionate about mental health advocacy and has reflected this passion in her involvement with the community. She is currently involved with UBC’s Alma Mater Society in an on-campus peer support service for students and staff, aiming to bridge the gap between students and mental health professionals. Additionally, she has been involved in outreach efforts with High School students in the lower mainland, helping to raise awareness and education on the prevalence of mental health.
Andrena’s research interests include developmental psychology, with a focus on implicit bias, as well as crisis intervention and prevention in adolescence. In her spare time, Andrena enjoys exploring the outdoors, taking a yoga class and reading.
Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, B.A. PSY.
Erika recently graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.A. majoring in Psychology. While attending her undergraduate degree, Erika also trained and competed full-time for the Canadian National Swim Team from 2013-2019, which included representing Team Canada at 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
A year before the Olympics, Erika had an experience with mental illness that almost resulted in her early retirement from sport. Her desire to educate and bring awareness to the sporting community about mental illness in elite athletes was the catalyst for her becoming a mental health advocate. Since then, Erika has co-started and co-lead the Student-Athlete Mental Health Initiative at UBC for 2 years, coached and lead seminars for young swimmers, and volunteered as social support for elderly individuals with mental illnesses. These experiences reinforced her passion for working in this field, ultimately leading her to pursue a career in the research and betterment of mental health in the workplace. In her free time, Erika enjoys reading (a lot), eating chocolate and spending time with friends.
Learning & Development Coordinator
Jennifer is the Learning & Development Coordinator at WWI and is responsible for assisting in the process of creating learning content and coordinating with subject matter experts to get research reviewed and developed in to e-learning courses. After receiving her Higher National Diploma in Journalism in 2013, Jennifer went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts in Media Production Management from Dublin City University in 2015. Since then she has gained valuable L&D experience working within the cosmetics, legal and professional services industries in Dublin and London before moving to Vancouver. Jennifer enjoys working collaboratively and is passionate about learning and helping others. In her spare time Jennifer enjoys exercising, reading and cooking.
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.
Albert is an aspiring Software Developer completing his final year in Computer Science at the University of British Columbia. He is a former neuroscientist who completed a Master’s degree in Behavioural Neuroscience at the University of Toronto, where he employed molecular tools to investigate the mechanisms of memory formation in the brain. Today, he is passionate about developing robust and functional software with sleek user interfaces.
As an IT Developer, Albert will be contributing to the design and development of the Work Wellness Institute’s technological projects. In his spare time, he enjoys hitting up yoga and spin studios, cycling to the many breweries and cafes throughout Vancouver, adventuring out to nature for hikes & swims, and going to live music events.