Team Canada

Charlotte Akuoko-Barfi
Anamika Bajinath
Advisory Member

Current Affiliation:
Independent Supportive Member

Academic Credentials:
MSW

Dr. Mirna Carranza
Team Lead

Current Positions:
Immigration Team Lead

Associate Professor at the McMaster School of Social Work

 
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. Wesley Crichlow
Team Lead, Institutional Practices and Judicial System

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

 

Travonne Edwards
Research Assistant

Current Affiliation:
Part-time instructor at Sheridan College,  RBC Doctoral Fellow and PhD Student at Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto.

Previous Positions:
Youth Program Design and Development Associate at YouthRex

Academic Credentials:
Child and Youth Care (MA, Ryerson University), PhD Student in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (University of Toronto)

Irwin Elman
Advisory to the Youth Advisory Committee Member

Previous Position:
Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth of Ontario

Academic Credentials:
University of Toronto, OISE  (BEd, MEd); Carleton University (BA, hons.)

Veronica Escobar Olivo

Current Position:
Research Assistant (RCYP, Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement)

Academic Credentials:
Sociology (BA, Ryerson University), Immigration and Settlement Studies (MA, Ryerson 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. Usha George
Collaborator

Dr. Usha George is a Professor in the School of Social Work at Ryerson University and Director of the Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS). She is the former Interim Vice President of Research and Innovation and the Dean of the Faculty of Community Services. Dr. George came to Ryerson in 2006 from the Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, where she had been the Associate Dean since 1999. Her main areas of teaching, research, and professional activity are social work with diverse communities, and newcomer settlement and integration, with an emphasis on examining policies and programs to ensure newcomers have the supports they need to settle in Canadian society. Dr. Usha George’s research impacts policy and programming at the federal and provincial levels in Canada and her work has attracted over $14 million CAD in research grants and contracts. Usha George immigrated to Canada in 1991 and worked as the Executive Director of the then-South Asian Family Support Services in Scarborough and the Senior Program Director of Social Planning Council, Toronto.

Academic Credentials

PhD in Sociology from Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeri

MA in Sociology from Loyola University of Chicago

MA in Sociology and Social Welfare from the University of Kerala in India.

Elizabeth Grigg
Research Assistant
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 Limón Bravo
Research Project Coordinator

Previous Positions:
Financial Coordinator and Research Assistant, Ryerson University

Academic Credentials:
BA (Honours), MA

Deborah MacDonald
Research Assistant
Tearney McDermott
Research Assistant

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

Academic Credentials:
BA (Honours), MA 

Delon Omrow
Research Assistant
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:
MSW student, University of Toronto Factor Inwentash School of Social Work

Academic Credentials:
SSW, BSW (Ryerson University), MSW (University of Toronto)

Dr. Henry Parada
Project Director

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

Academic Credentials:
MSW, PhD

Vineeth Sekharan
Transcriber
Rhiema Shuster
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Current Position:
BSW Student, Ryerson University

Academic Credentials: 
SSW, BSW (In Progress)

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)

Karline Wilson-Mitchell
Collaborator, Violence Against Children and Youth Team, Steering Committee

Karline Wilson-Mitchell is passionate about reproductive justice that informs midwifery education, practice and global partnerships.   Since 1992, Karline’s clinical work grew from the U.S. (urban and rural) to Canada (Ontario, remote Quebec) and then to midwifery education and leadership building in the Global South (Jamaica, Tanzania, Zambia, Burundi, South Sudan). Her scholarship explores the skills and infrastructure necessary to diversify the midwifery workforce, to explore strategies that facilitate equitable and inclusive work environments for midwives and vulnerable populations. Her goal is to promote resilience and sagacity in vulnerable midwifery students.

Current Position:
Associate Professor, Ryerson University Midwifery Education Program

Co-PI: Perception of Barrieres to Quality Maternity Care for Adolescents in the Americas

Academic Credentials:
DNP, CNM, MSN, FACNM

                                                                                                                                                                             

 

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