Authors

Dr. Ayman Alahmar

Dr. Ayman Alahmar

Dr. Ayman Alahmar is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Information Systems with more than ten years of university teaching and academic/ industrial research experience. He recently joined the Faculty of Business Administration at Lakehead University and received the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in 2015. He is currently working as a Research Assistant at Lakehead University and as an independent consultant and researcher.

Areej Al-Hamad

Areej Al-Hamad

Areej Said Al-Hamad is an Interdisciplinary PhD student in Rural and Northern Health/Health Policy at Laurentian University. Areej has a Master’s degree in Acute Care Nursing, and he has also served as a nursing educator and training department coordinator, as well as a lecturer in the Faculty of Nursing at Philadelphia University.

Jonathan Anuik

Jonathan Anuik

Jonathan Anuik, PhD (University of Saskatchewan), is Assistant Professor, Theoretical, Cultural and International Studies in Education in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta, Edmonton. In addition to his PhD, he holds an Hons. BA in History from the University of Saskatchewan, and an MA in History from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Over the past decade, Dr. Anuik has produced dozens of academic papers and book reviews on every aspect of First Nations and Métis education. Working under Dr. Marie Battiste, he emerged as a leading scholar instrumental in researching the “Learning Spirit” and developing the Holistic Lifelong Learning Framework for Aboriginal education. Dr. Anuik is a leading Métis scholar. His PhD thesis won the Canadian History of Education Association Founders’ Prize in 2010, and his first book, First in Canada: An Aboriginal Book of Days (Regina, 2010) captured a 2011 Saskatchewan Book Award. His conference papers, academic articles, and book reviews appear regularly in the Prairie Forum, Canadian Journal of Native Education, and the Alberta Journal of Educational Research. Throughout 2010 and 2011, he presented a series of professional conference papers on “Nourishing the Learning Spirit” all over the Americas in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and San Luis Posti, Mexico. Since 2002, Dr. Anuik has taught educational history and First Nations and Métis education courses at Memorial University of Newfoundland, the University of Saskatchewan, Lakehead University, and the University of Alberta. He is now writing a second book on Missions, Churches, Modern Schools, Métis Families, and Communities in Saskatchewan, from 1866 to1980.

Dr. Rick Audas

Dr. Rick Audas

Dr. Rick Audas is an Associate Professor of Heath Statistics and Economics in the Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland.  He is broadly interested in measuring health, social and economic well being using a variety of indicators.  He has published in a wide variety of journals and has done commissioned work for a variety of organizations including the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation, the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, Service Canada and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.

Paul Bennett

Paul Bennett

Paul W. Bennett ,Ed.D. is Founding Director of Schoolhouse Consulting and Adjunct Professor of Education at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Born in Toronto, and raised in Thornhill, Ontario, Paul earned his Hons. B.A and M.A. in History at York University and completed his B.Ed., and Ed.D. in the History and Philosophy of Education  at the University of Toronto.  Over a career spanning four decades and three provinces, Dr. Bennett has served as a secondary school history teacher, academic head, public school trustee, and the headmaster of two of Canada’s leading independent coeducational day schools, Lower Canada College and Halifax Grammar School. He has written or co-authored many academic articles, policy papers, and eight books, including Canada: A North American Nation (1988 and 1995), Vanishing Schools, Threatened Communities; The Contested Schoolhouse in Maritime Canada, 1850 -2010 (2011), and The Last Stand: Schools, Communities and the Future of Rural Nova Scotia (2013).

Today Paul is primarily an author, education policy analyst and commentator. His opinion columns and articles appear regularly in The Chronicle Herald, The National Post,  The Globe and Mail,  Progress Magazine anda variety of publications. His most recent academic articles have appeared in Acadiensis,Historical Studies in Education and the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society Journal.   Over the past five years, he has produced major policy papers for the Northern Policy Institute, Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, the Society for Quality Education, and the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools Association. He specializes in K-12 educational policy, education history, educational standards, school governance, teacher education, and special education services.

Julien Bonin

Julien Bonin

Julien Bonin, born and raised in Sudbury, studied at Laurentian University where he received a B.Sc. in Mathematics and a Bachelor's Degree in Geography. He also graduated from McMaster University with a Master's in Geography and a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Julien is currently performing a spatial analysis of retail activity in Sudbury, in addition to studying transportation modelling and travel behaviour for commercial activities.

Dr. Mike Commito

Dr. Mike Commito
Policy Analyst

Mike is a graduate of Laurentian University with a B.A. (2008) and a Masters (2010) in History. He recently completed his PhD in Canadian history from McMaster University.

Dr. Commito has over eight years of experience in researching and writing about the history of natural resource management questions that affect northern Ontario, ranging from forestry to wildlife management. He has served as a policy analyst and most recently Research Coordinator with Northern Policy Institute. Mike is currently employed as an Applied Research Developer at Cambrian College.

Charles Conteh

Charles Conteh

Charles Conteh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Brock University. From 2007 to 2009, he served as Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Lakehead University. Over the past eight years, he has focused his research on public policy responses to the economic challenges of various regions, including Northern Ontario. His broader research interests are in the areas of Canadian and comparative public policy, public management, political economy and governance.

Kelly Coons

Kelly Coons

Kelly Coons (M.A.) is a student member of the Research Special Interest Group – Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities. Her research focuses include fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and rural and northern health.

James Cuddy

James Cuddy

James Cuddy is a market analyst at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).  He has over 5 years of experience conducting research on various economic issues, with a particular focus on labour market and socioeconomic analysis and regional and urban economics. Prior to his role at CMHC, Cuddy served as Northern Policy Institute's in-house Economist, where he played the role of principal in-house researcher who helped to expand and implement research priorities and assist in quality control.

James is a graduate of Carleton University with a B.A. in Economics (2013) and the University of Ottawa with a M.A. in Economics (2015).

 

Emily Donato

Emily Donato

Emily Donato, R.N., B.Sc.N., M.Ed., Assistant Professor, is a faculty member in the Laurentian University School of Nursing and is also a student in the Ph.D. in Rural and Northern Health Program at Laurentian University. Areas of research interest include self-directed learning, blended and technology enhanced learning, inter-professional education, and sharing and dialoguing on pedagogy in order to improve teaching and learning in nursing programs.

Erin Estok

Erin Estok

Erin Estok is a former summer policy intern with Northern Policy Institute. Erin has past policy experience working federally as a Policy Analyst for both Environment Canada and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada in Gatineau, Quebec. Erin has also worked as a Stakeholder Relations Advisor for Ontario’s public safety regulator, Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA), a delegated administrative authority overseen by the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, in Toronto, Ontario. She holds a BAH from Queen’s University in Political Studies, and a Master of Arts in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University.

 

 

Morley Gunderson

Morley Gunderson

Dr. Morley Gunderson is a professor at the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources, and Department of Economics at the University of Toronto. He is also the CIBC Chair in Youth Employment.

The University of Toronto established the Morley Gunderson Prize in 1997 as a tribute to Morley Gunderson’s 10 years as Director of the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources.

In 2008 Professor Gunderson was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada for his work as an internationally recognized scholar whose research, institution building and teaching transformed the field of Industrial Relations in Canada from one that was formerly descriptive and institutional to one that uses rigorous quantitative and analytical techniques.

Dr. John A. Hodson

Dr. John A. Hodson

Dr. John Akweniiostha Hodson (York University) is of Mohawk descent, turtle clan, and director of the Maamaawisiiwin Education Research Centre, Thunder Bay, Ontario. Dr. Hodson has worked in Aboriginal education at the primary, secondary, and postsecondary levels in Canada and internationally for over 20 years, and has published widely on the subject. As director of Maamaawisiiwin, Dr. Hodson provides leadership to this independent, non-aligned centre of inquiry that offers culturally appropriate teacher development programming and research services to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities.

Dr. Julian Kitchen

Dr. Julian Kitchen

Dr. Julian Kitchen is a professor at Brock University. His work in education extends to studying and supporting teachers and teacher educators. Dr. Kitchen is lead editor of Narrative Inquiries into Curriculum-making in Teacher Education (Emerald, 2011) and the forthcoming Self-Study and Diversity, Volume 2 (Sense, 2015). He was lead author of Professionalism, Law and the Ontario Educator (Highland, 2010), and editor of Brock Education, a peer-reviewed journal. Dr. Kitchen has been involved in several projects funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, most notably as PI for two projects titled “Aboriginal Teachers in Northern Nishnawbe Nations: Learning; and “Enacting Aboriginal Pedagogy” (2009 and 2011). He has published in referred journals such as Action in Teacher Education, Teacher Education Quarterly, Studying Teacher Education, Canadian Journal of Education, Alberta Journal of Educational Research, McGill Journal of Education, and Teaching and Teacher Education. In January 2014, Dr. Kitchen was appointed director of the Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education.

Mallorie Leduc

Mallorie Leduc

Mallorie Leduc (M.A.) is a graduate student member of CROSH (Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health). Under the supervision of Dr. Tammy Eger, Mallorie’s doctoral research is focused on understanding vibration exposure in the mining industry and developing an intervention.

John M. MacDonald

John M. MacDonald

John M. Macdonald, M.P.H., M.A., is an epidemiological consultant and a doctoral student in the Rural and Northern Health program at Laurentian University. He has conducted various health projects for the North East Local Health Integration Network, Health Sciences North, and a number of primary care physicians in Northeastern Ontario. Areas of research interest include: improving delivery of care for seniors, as well as those afflicted with dementia residing in long-term care homes; prevention of infectious/communicable diseases; pediatric traumatic brain injuries; improving coordination and delivery of public health and public health emergency preparedness; with particular attention about challenges unique to rural and northern contexts.

David MacKinnon

David MacKinnon

Mr. MacKinnon is a frequent commentator on Canadian fiscal issues. He has spoken to audiences across Ontario and his work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the National Post and many local newspapers across Canada. He has also been a guest on The Agenda on TVO, the BNN and other national  public affairs programs.

Mr. MacKinnon is a native of Prince Edward Island. He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree (honours economics) from Dalhousie University and an MBA from York University. He was also awarded a Centennial Fellowship by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and York University to study at York, Harvard and Oxford Universities as well as the European Institute of Business Studies.

Mr. MacKinnon served as Director, Planning and Economics and Executive Director, Development Strategy in the Nova Scotia Department of Development from 1977 to 1981. He later served in several senior capacities in the Ontario Ministry of Finance, the Bank of Montreal and as CEO of the Ontario Hospital Association from 1996 to 2003. He was also CEO of the Ontario Development Corporation, Ontario’s major economic development agency, from 1986 to 1993.

He is a Past Chair, West Park Healthcare Center, a Toronto rehabilitation hospital and currently serves as a Director and Chair of the Finance Committee at the Canadian Standards Association. He is a former member of the Patient Relations Committee of the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons, after serving on the governing council of that organization for six years.

In 2012, Mr. MacKinnon joined the board of the Quinte Health Care Center, a community hospital with sites in Picton, Belleville, Bancroft and Trenton.

David and his wife Betsy moved to Prince Edward County in 2010 after sailing in county waters for fifteen years.

Dr. Bakhtiar Moazzami

Dr. Bakhtiar Moazzami

Dr. Moazzami has taught Economics and Econometrics at Lakehead University since 1988. He is well known for his research activities particularly related to Northern Ontario. He has written many reports on Northern Ontario’s economic development challenges and opportunities. He was commissioned by the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines to undertake a comprehensive study of Northern Ontario’s economy as a part of the research conducted for the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario. Included in the study were the identification of growing, declining and emerging industrial clusters in the region. Professor Moazzami has also written extensively on Northern Ontario’s Aboriginal people and Northern Aboriginal economy. Dr. Moazzami’s expertise and influence reaches beyond Lakehead University and Northern Ontario. He has been a regular guest speaker at the University of Waterloo’s Economic Development Program.

Nick Mulder

Nick Mulder

Laurel O'Gorman

Laurel O'Gorman

Laurel O’Gorman is a PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Rural and Northern Health program at Laurentian University. She is a research assistant at the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research where she is currently working on understanding and improving access to virtual health care services in Northern, rural, and remote parts of Ontario. She also teaches in Women’s Studies at Thorneloe University. She holds a Master of Arts from Laurentian University’s Applied Social Research program.

Patrick Timony

Patrick Timony

Patrick Timony (M.A) is a Research Assistant with the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research (CRaNHR). His research interests include investigating health services in rural and northern communities, with a particular focus on French language services and language concordant patient-physician interactions.

John van Nostrand

John van Nostrand

John van Nostrand is the Founding Principal of Planning Alliance and affiliated firms regional Architects and rePlan. Over the last three decades, he has been the driving force behind the firm’s domestic and international planning and urban design practice. John has extensive experience leading large, multi-disciplinary consulting teams on sophisticated architecture and urban development projects across Canada and around the world, including a number of major mine-related housing projects in Africa, Latin America and Canada.