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.
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.
Naomi McCormick, M.A., 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Patricia Almeida, M.A., PSY, DICS.
HR 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.