Meet Our Team:
Dr. Raine is a Professor in the School of Public Health, University of Alberta and is the Co-Lead of the POWER UP! project. Dr. Raine’s research program, Promoting Optimal Weights through Ecological Research (POWER), explores the social and environmental determinants of the merging obesity epidemic. This includes the ways in which social conditions and people’s behaviours (particularly food and eating behaviours) interact to transmit obesity and chronic disease through social means.With knowledge of how social forces may be shaping the health of people and communities, her current research priorities are on intervening on the social conditions contributing to obesity and chronic diseases. This can best be accomplished if stakeholders are made aware of the relationships demonstrated through research initiatives and stimulated to act on them.
Dr. Candace Nykiforuk is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health, University of Alberta and an Applied Public Health Chair. She is also the Co-Lead of the POWER UP! project.Dr. Nykiforuk’s research lab is called the Policy, Location, and Access in Community Environments (PLACE) Laboratory. She is an applied health geographer and population health researcher, which means that community impact (or “making a difference in the community”) is as important to her as scholarly impact.” Candace’s research typically is conducted in partnership with practitioners and decision-makers in communities or other various settings. Community partners help to define project research questions, and in turn, Candace’s research helps to address issues that they are working with in daily practice.
Kayla is the policy analyst for the Alberta Policy Coalition for Chronic Disease Prevention (APCCP) and the Coalitions Linking Action and Science for Prevention (CLASP) team. IN this role, she helps to coordinate the activities of the Coalition. She also gathers and reviews evidence to identify evidence-based policy interventions for obesity prevention. Through her academic and professional experience, Kayla has developed a keen interest in the use of participatory approaches to promote health public policy change.
Dr. Macridis completed her doctoral dissertation at McGill University from the Department of Kinesiology & Physical Education. Her doctoral work was in partnership with the Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project, located on the Mohawk reserve of Kahnawake. Using principles of community-based participatory research approach she mobilized and engaged key school and community stakeholders to develop active transportation programming for two local elementary schools. Soultana brings her expertise in health promotion programming, active transportation, and community-based participatory research to the team.
Corinne is the Director of the Weight Coalition of Québec and the Association Pour la Santé Publique du Québec (ASPQ). She began her career as an emergency department nurse. She holds a master’s degree in Community Health from the Université de Montréal and has worked as a research office with the provincial public health system. Since joining the weight coalition in March 2008, as an Active and Healthy Lifestyle Policy Officer, she has influenced decision-makers to promote the development of environments that enable healthy choices. With expertise in obesity prevention, health promotion, the public health system and municipal public policy, Corinne uses her strategic thinking and vision to change issues related to weight problems.
Genviève is a research analyst for the Association Pour la Santé Publique du Québec. She joined the Association Pour la Santé Publique du Québec in 2008 to organize the interdisciplinary Congress on best perinatal practices Birthing the World. Genviève is an expert on social issues affecting local communities, including early childhood, urban development, active transportation, and health. Heavily involved as a citizen in her municipality, she understands the challenges and the mechanism of politics.
Lucie is the Executive Director of the Weight Coalition of Québec and the Association Pour la Santé Publique du Québec. Lucie is a member of the Order of Chartered Administrators of Québec and has more than 30 years of experience managing non-profit organizations. Fully involved in causes close to her heart, Lucie spends her energy implementing major projects that have a positive influence on the quality of life and well-being of Québecers. Since Lucie’s arrival in 2006, ASPQ has doubled the number of its projects, expanded its network of collaborators, increased the scope of its activities, and expanded its sphere of influence.
Anne-Marie is the nutrition policy project manager for the Weight Coalition of Québec and the Association Pour la Santé Publique du Québec. A nutritionist since 2003, Ann-Marie has several years of experience as a clinician with various client populations. Her close contact with people struggling with weight-related health problems and chronic disease spurred her desire to work in health promotion. Anne-Mari combines her experience and passion to promote the adoption and implementation of public policy measures that support healthy eating environments. SH has worked on many community projects for non-profits in Montreal and the “Choose to Lose Weight?” program. She frequently provides workshops on body image an delight, especially for youth workers, parents, and university students.
Dr. Kandola is the Deputy Chief Public Health Officer for the Government of the Northwest Territories. Kami trained in family medicine at McGill University and in public health and preventive medicine at Johns Hopkins University. She initially practice medicine in Northern Québec and Montreal but her interest in global health led her to work in countries throughout the world with international organizations such as the World Bank, WHO HQ, PAHO, SEARO, and CIDA. Kami first came to Yellowknife on a one-year contract in August 2003 and fell in love with the North, as well as a long-time northerner. Kami has had extensive leadership roles and maintains an in-depth knowledge of the people of the North, with linkages to policy and practice.
Chelsey is the coordinator for the NWT POWER UP! project. She brings a wealth of education and experience to this position. She obtained a degree in psychology and a certificate in Human Resource Management while studying at the University of Prince Edward Island. While living on the east coast, she gained significant experience working as an Employment Counsellor in various Maritime Provinces. In 2009, Chelsey moved to the NWT for what was going to be a short work experience in the North. A marriage and two children later she now refers to Yellowknife as home. Since moving to Yellowknife, Chelsey has been employed by both the NWT Association of Communities and Sister Association, Local Government Administrators of the NWT. Chelsey’s focus continues to be working with local governments in all 33 communities. Chelsey has extensive experience in facilitating strategic planning sessions, developing and maintaining
policy and building strong relationships with people in the communities
to assist in reaching their goals.