Team Canada

Anamika Bajinath
Advisory Member

Current Affiliation:
Independent Supportive Member

Academic Credentials:
MSW

Dr. Alex Bal
Team Member, Use of Social Media and ICT

Current Position:
Associate Professor, Ryerson University

Academic Credentials:
PhD

Dr. Akua Benjamin
Team Member, Institutional Practices and Judicial System

Current Position:
Professor, School of Social Work, Ryerson University

Academic Credentials: 
BA, BSW, MSW, PhD

Dr. Mirna Carranza
Team Lead, Immigration Dynamics

Current Position:
Associate Professor at McMaster University

Academic Credentials: 
PhD

Dr. Kathryn Church
Team Member, Policies and Social Safety

Current Position:
Director and Associate Professor, School of Disability Studies, Ryerson University

Academic Credentials:
BA, MA, PhD

Dr. Jennifer Clarke
Team Member, Policies and Social Safety

Current Position:
Director and Associate Professor, School of Disability Studies, Ryerson University

Academic Credentials:
BA, MA, PhD

Dr. Tara M. Collins
Team Member, Policies and Social Safety

Current Position:
Assistant Professor, School of Child and Youth Care, Ryerson University

Academic Credentials: 
PhD, University of London

Dr. Wesley Crichlow
Team Lead, Institutional Practices and Judicial System

Current Position:
Associate Professor, University of Ontario Institute and Technology, Faculty of Social Science & Humanities

Research Interests: 
LGBTQ Political Criminology; Critical Equity, Critical Race Theory & Antiblackracism; Caribbean Masculinities and Sexualities; Alternative Criminal Justice Rehabilitation; Youth Rights In The Caribbean & Americas

Dr. Andrea A. Davis
Team Member, Institutional Practices and Education System

Current Position:
Associate Professor, York University

Academic Credentials: 
Chair, Department of Humanities, York University, Toronto; also appointed to the graduate programs in English, and Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies; research fellow at Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) and the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and its Diasporas

Travonne Edwards
Research Assistant

Current Position:
Youth Program Design and Development Associate at YouthRex and part-time instructor at Sheridan College

Irwin Elman
Advisory to the Youth Advisory Committee Member

Current Position:
Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth of Ontario

Academic Credentials:
Masters of Education and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto, OISE and a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Honours) from Carleton University

Dr. Barbara Fallon
Team Lead, Violence Against Children and Youth

Current Position:
Associate Professor & Associate Dean of Research, Factor-Inwentash Chair in Child Welfare; Director, Fraser Mustard Institute of Human Development, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto

Academic Credentials: 
BA, MSW, PhD

Dr. Camille Hernandez-Ramdwar
Team Lead, Use of Social Media and ICT

Current Position:
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Ryerson University

Academic Credentials:
PhD, Sociology and Equity Studies, OISE, University of Toronto; MA, OISE, University of Toronto; BA Honours, York University

Ana Leticia Ibarra
Collaborator

Current Position:
Anti Oppression and Anti Racism (AOAR) Project Lead, Children's Aid Society of Toronto

Academic Credentials:
BSW, MSW

Dr. Carl James
Co-Team Lead, Institutional Practices and Education System

Current Position:
Director for York Centre of Education and Community, Professor at York University

Academic Credentials: 
PhD

Fabiola Limon Bravo
Research Project Coordinator

Previous Positions:
Financial Coordinator and Research Assistant, Ryerson University

Academic Credentials:
BA (Honours), MA

Rebecca Loewen
Research Assistant

Current Position:
MSW Student, University of Toronto

Academic Credentials: 
BSW, MSW (In Progress)

Tearney McDermott
Research Assistant

Current Position:
Coordinator, Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS)

Academic Credentials:
BA (Honours), MA 

Berti Olinto
Research Assistant, Use of Social Media and ICT

Current Position:
Student in the Immigration and Settlement Studies MA Program at Ryerson University

Academic Credentials:
MA in Communication Studies; BA in Communications & Community Development

Dr. Dawn Onishenko
Team Lead, Policies and Social Safety

Current Position:
Associate Director, School of Social Work; Associate Professor

Academic Credentials:
MSW, PhD

Chloe Ouellette
Research Assistant

Current Position:
BSW Student, Ryerson University

Academic Credentials:
SSW, BSW (In progress)

Dr. Henry Parada
Project Director

Current Position:
Professor, School of Social Work, Ryerson University

Academic Credentials:
MSW, PhD

Jason Shim
Team Member, Use of Social Media and ICT

Current Position:
Associate Director, Digital Strategy and Alumni Relations, Pathways to Education Canada

Academic Credentials: 
BA Religion and Culture, Wilfrid Laurier University

Dr. Joe Springer
Co-Team Lead, Policies and Social Safety

Current Position:
Emeritus Professor

Academic Credentials: 
PhD, MCRP, RPP

Dr. Kate Tilleczek
Advisory Committee; Co-Team Lead, Institutional Practices, Educational System

Current Position:
Director, Young Lives Research – UPEI and Canada Research Chair, Young Lives in Global and Local Context

Academic Credentials:
PhD (Sociology of Youth, Childhood Qualitative Methods, Humanities-Infused Methods)

Dr. Christine Wekerle
Team Member, Violence Against Children and Youth

Current Position:
Associate Professor, McMaster University

Academic Credentials:
PhD (Clinical Psychology)

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