Advisory Group Members

The NCCMT National Advisory Group provides knowledge, experience and sound advice to the Scientific Director and the Centre staff.

The responsibilities of the Advisory Group include:

  • contributing to the ongoing identification, monitoring and analysis of the needs, priorities, opportunities and challenges to public health, and to the application/adoption of methods and tools for knowledge synthesis, translation and exchange (KSTE);
  • advising the NCCMT on its strategic workplans and proposed activities;
  • expanding the network of NCCMT contacts and identifying new national and international stakeholders;
  • reviewing submissions to RFPs, publications and applications; and
  • communicating and promoting the work of the NCCMT.

The Advisory Group members are

Francois Benoit
François Benoit

François Benoit has been working in the policy and in communication field for health organizations for more than twenty years. After his Master in Sociology, he was lecturer in Community Health, Health Sociology and Sociology of the Organizations at the Université of Montréal and at Hautes Études Commerciales (the business school at Université of Montreal). He then occupied different managing positions in research on policy and communications for different organizations in the health sector.

More recently, he was Director, Health Policy, Research and Special Projects for the Quebec Medical Association where he worked with the different medicals provincials associations, member of the Canadian Medical Association. He then became consultant and worked among others for the Centre de santé et de services sociaux de la Pointe-de-l’île in the Montreal Region.

In October 2007, he was named Scientific and Administrative Lead for the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy.

Connie Clement
Connie Clement

Connie Clement joined the NCCDH as scientific director in January 2011. Previously, Connie has been executive director of Social Venture Partners Toronto, a venture philanthropy collaborative, and Health Nexus/Nexus Santé, Canada’s premiere health promotion consultancy. She was Director of Planning and Policy at Toronto Public Health when six public health units merged, and previously held varied health promotion and sexual health management and front-line positions. Connie holds a BSc in Biology/Sociology from Trent University. She played a key role in the development of innovative initiatives including: Women Healthsharing, community grant programs, round tables on pesticide use, prostitution and food policy.

Susan D. Denburg
Susan D. Denburg

Susan Denburg is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences and Associate Vice-President Academic in the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at McMaster University. She holds a BA (Honours) from McGill University, an MA from Cornell University and a PhD from the University of Toronto. She completed her postdoctoral training in neuropsychology and a clinical psychology internship at McMaster University and is a registered clinical psychologist. She has been a faculty member since 1978, working first as a staff psychologist at St. Joseph’s Hospital, as Education Coordinator and Vice-Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, and then as Associate Dean Education, FHS. Her research interests lie in the area of psychoneuroimmunology, specifically immune mechanisms of nervous system dysfunction. She is strongly committed to initiatives that enhance innovative interdisciplinary health-related research and education across McMaster University and was instrumental in launching several of the new cross-Faculty interdisciplinary graduate programs.

Lydia Drasic
Lydia Drasic

Lydia Drasic currently holds the position of Director, Provincial Primary Health Care and Population Health Strategic Planning with the Provincial Health Services Authority in BC, which has a key focus on addressing chronic disease prevention issues through surveillance and knowledge synthesis translation and exchange initiatives. Her responsibilities include developing and supporting collaborative efforts between the Ministry of Health, regional health authorities and other inter-sectoral partners to affect positive policy and practice changes.

Ian Graham
Ian Graham

Ian Graham is Vice-President of the Knowledge Translation Portfolio at Canadian Institutes of Health Research. At CIHR, he is responsible for knowledge translation, partnerships and citizen engagement, communication and public outreach, and evaluation and analysis. Dr Graham is on leave from his position as Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, University of Ottawa and Senior Social Scientist in the Clinical Epidemiology Program of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. He holds cross-appointments in the Departments of Medicine and Epidemiology & Community Medicine and is an adjunct associate professor in the School of Nursing at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. Dr. Graham obtained a B.A. in sociology from McGill University, an M.A. in sociology from the University of Victoria, and a Ph.D. in medical sociology from McGill University.  Dr. Graham's research has largely focused on knowledge translation (the process of research use) and conducting applied research on strategies to increase implementation of research findings and evidence-based practice. He has also advanced KT science though the developed two planned action models, the Ottawa Model of Research Use and more recently the Knowledge to Action Model. Specific research projects have related to the adaptation, implementation, and quality appraisal of clinical practice guidelines, as well as the uptake of guidelines and decision support tools by practitioners. He is co-editor of Knowledge Translation in Health Care published by Wiley-Blackwell (2009).

Stéfane Gravelle
Stéfane Gravelle

Stéfane Gravelle is a frontline Environmental Public Health professional employed with the provincial Department of Health & Healthy Living. He is board certified by the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) and holds a B.A.Sc. from Ryerson University in Environmental Health. Stéfane works in Brandon, Manitoba as an acting Regional Manager for the western and northern portions of the province. He is also the immediate Past-President of the Manitoba Branch of CIPHI.

Margo Greenwood
Margo Greenwood

Dr. Margo Greenwood, Academic Leader of the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health, is an Indigenous scholar of Cree ancestry with more than 25 years' experience focused on the health and well being of Indigenous children, families and communities. While her academic work crosses disciplines and sectors, she is particularly recognized regionally, provincially, nationally and internationally for her work in early childhood care and education of Indigenous children and public health. Margo has served on numerous national and provincial federations, committees and assemblies, and has undertaken work with UNICEF, the United Nations, and the Canadian Reference Group to the World Health Organization Commission on Social Determinants. Margo received the Queen's Jubilee medal in 2002 in recognition of her years of work to promote awareness and policy action on the rights and well-being of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children, youth and families. Margo was also recognized in 2010 as the ‘Academic of the Year’ by the Confederation of University Faculty Associations’ of B.C. for her research contributions to the wider community. Most recently she was honoured with National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Education in 2011.

Currently, Margo is an Associate Professor in both the First Nations Studies Education and programs at the University of Northern British Columbia. Her current research interests include historic and contemporary systemic and structural impacts on the development of early childhood programs and services in Canada; social determinants of health with particular emphasis on colonization and children’s rights; children’s cultural identity formation and the exploration and articulation of Indigenous espistemologies and ontologies.

Tracy Lovett
Tracy Lovett

Tracy Lovett is a public health nurse and international board-certified lactation consultant currently employed by Capital District Health Authority, Public Health Services, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Tracey is completing her thesis in the Master of Nursing program at Dalhousie University in Halifax. She was the project coordinator for the Canadian Community Health Nursing Standards of Practice workshops in Halifax. She is currently the Nova Scotia representative on the Canadian Community Health Nurses Association Board of Directors.

David McQueen
David McQueen

David McQueen is a Senior Biomedical Research Scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Since 1998 he has been the Associate Director for Global Health Promotion in the Office of the Director at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP). Prior to that he was Director of the Division of Adult and Community Health at NCCDPHP and Acting Director of the Office of Surveillance and Analysis at (NCCDPHP), as well as Chief of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

Prior to joining CDC he was Professor and Founding Director of the Research Unit in Health and Behavioural Change at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (1983-1992), and prior to that Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health in Baltimore. His Doctoral training was in behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University.

He has an extensive record of presentations and publications in health promotion, chronic disease prevention and evaluation in public health. In recent years he has taken a leadership role in the development of behavioral risk factor surveillance systems globally and in the assessment of evaluation and effectiveness in health promotion. Currently he is president of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE).

Brenda Mitchell
Brenda Mitchell

Brenda Mitchell is Director Knowledge Services for Public Health Ontario. Her portfolio at PHO includes library services; research operations and ethics; education services; the annual convention TOPHC; support services; and capacity building within PHO and Ontario public health units. Brenda's professional experience includes a variety of public health activites and topics including public health policy, health promotion, tobacco control and environmental health at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and food safety policy and operations at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

David Mowat
David Mowat

David Mowat is the Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel. Previously, Dr. Mowat was one of three Deputy Chief Public Health Officers at the Public Health Agency of Canada. He had particular responsibilities for strengthening public health practice and for the Agency's activities in regional offices across Canada. Dr. Mowat has been the Director General, Office of Public Health Practice with responsibilities for surveillance systems, knowledge translation, the development of the public health workforce and public health information policy, privacy and law.

Andy Papadopoulos
Andy Papadopoulos

Andrew Papadopoulos is an Associate Professor and the Co-coordinator of the Master of Public Health Program at the University of Guelph. He joined the Department of Population Medicine in July 2008. Previously, he was an Associate Professor and the Director of the School of Occupational and Public Health at Ryerson University for four years.

His professional experience includes being the Executive Director of the Association of Local Public Health Agencies, the organization that represents the 36 Boards of Health in Ontario, for six years and working for the Etobicoke Health Department for nine years prior to that.

Kim Raine
Kim Raine

Dr. Kim Raine is currently Professor in the Centre for Health Promotion Studies, School of Public Health, University of Alberta, Edmonton. She received her PhD from Dalhousie University in Halifax. She is a registered dietitian.

Dr. Raine’s research focuses on social determinants of health, qualitative and participatory methodologies in community health research, and theoretical contributions in a social change based approach to health promotion. She is currently an Applied Public Health Chair funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC). In 2001 she was named the recipient of the University of Alberta’s Martha Cook Piper Research Award (social sciences) for outstanding accomplishment and demonstrated promise as a researcher. Her research program, POWER (Promoting Optimal Weights through Ecological Research), is funded by CIHR and HSFC. As a community-engaged scholar she is Principal Investigator of Healthy Alberta Communities, a community-based project to prevent obesity and chronic diseases, and the Alberta Policy Coalition for Chronic Disease Prevention, funded by Alberta Health Services (Population Health Innovative Intervention).

Kerry Robinson
Kerry Robinson

Kerry Robinson is manager of Knowledge Development and Exchange with the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control at the Public Health Agency of Canada. Prior to joining PHAC, Kerry completed her PhD in mixed methods research at McMaster University. She has worked both as a researcher in the area of public health capacity and dissemination, as well as a regional health promotion specialist in chronic disease prevention.

Jocelyne Sauvé
Jocelyne Sauvé

Jocelyne Sauvé is a medical specialist in community health and holds a Masters degree in Epidemiology. Since 1985, she has held different positions in the field of community health. Notably, she was Medical Advisor for Workplace and Environmental Health at the Community Health Department of the Valleyfield Hospital and became the Interim Director of the Department. She served as Co-ordinator for the Organisation of Services for the Regional Health and Social Services Board (RRSSS) of the Laurentides region. From 1996 to 2003, she was Director of Public Health for the RRSSS Laurentides, and, since December 1, 2003, she has occupied the same post with the Public Health Department of the Montérégie. Before directing her career towards public health, Dr. Sauvé worked as a general practitioner and emergency care physician in an outlying region.

Amanda Sowden
Amanda Sowden

Amanda Sowden is Deputy Director at the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York, United Kingdom. She joined the Centre in 1993 and since that time much of her work has focused on the use of evidence synthesis to evaluate the effects of public health interventions and on models of behaviour change such as Stages of Change. Amanda has contributed to method development in evidence synthesis, most recently through the production of guidance on narrative synthesis with colleagues from Lancaster, Glasgow, City and Exeter Universities. She is a member of Department of Health Policy Research Programme Public Health Research Consortium and until recently served on The Campbell Collaboration Steering Group.

Colleen VanBerkel
Colleen VanBerkel

Colleen Van Berkel is currently the Manager of Applied Research and Evaluation and the Director of the PHRED (Public Health Research Education and Development Program) with the City of Hamilton Public Health Services. She also has a cross appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University.

Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Nursing Science (BNSc) degree from Queen’s University and Master of Health Science (MHSc) degree from McMaster University.

Bev White
Bev White

Bev White RN, BN, MScN, CCHN(C) is the Director of Population and Public Health in the central region of NL. She is a 1982 graduate of the Western Memorial Regional Hospital School of Nursing, received a Bachelors Degree in Nursing from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1987 and a Master of Science in Nursing from Charles Sturt University in 1999. She is also a Certified Community Health Nurse and holds a certificate in Quality Management from the Canadian Healthcare Association. Bev is a member of the Canadian Community Health Nurses Association, the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Health Association and she participates in a network of public health decision makers and researchers from the Atlantic Provinces to explore how communities of practice play a role in the evidence informed decision making of public health. She has worked in three regions of the province of NL in the areas of acute care, education and community health holding the positions of staff nurse, instructor, community outreach coordinator, public health nurse, nursing manager, Director of Planning and Quality and has been in her current position since January 2006. Bev has served on ARNNL Council in the position of Central Regional Representative from 2002 to 2008 and President Elect from 2008 -2010. She is currently in the role of ARNNL President for the term of 2010-2012. To balance her life a little Bev enjoys reading, exercising and sewing in her spare time.