The Programmatic Steering Committee (PSC) is comprised of eight members that each serve as the Principal Investigator on one or more projects, and are affiliated with a Canadian academic institution. The PSC is the primary governing body for A SHARED Future on all non-financial matters (The Executive Body), and is bound to the terms of reference found here.

Heather Castleden

Continuing Co-Director

Canada Research Chair in Reconciling Relations for Health, Environments, and Communities

Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Planning and Public Health Sciences, Queen’s University

Director, Heath, Environments, and Communities Research Lab

Heather has spent her academic career as a geographer working at the theoretical, methodological, and empirical nexus of power and resistance, relationships to place, and moral/ethical accountability. Her research is community-based and participatory, in partnerships with Indigenous peoples, communities, organizations, and governments on topics important to them, focusing on the politics of knowledge production in environment and health justice.

Website: www.heclab.com

Diana Lewis

Pro-Tem Co-Director

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, First Nations Studies Program
University of Western Ontario

Diana has worked with multiple First Nations directly, as well as many Indigenous political organizations, federal government agencies, and program delivery organizations in Canada over 30 years. Diana is Mi’kmaq from Sipekne’katik First Nation in Nova Scotia, and holds a Master of Resource and Environmental Management degree. Her PhD research focuses on resource development, and the impacts of resource development on the health of Indigenous peoples, using a methodology that combines both Indigenous and western-based sciences.

Mary Beth Doucette

Purdy Crawford Chair

PhD Candidate
Shannon School of Business
Cape Breton University

Mary Beth is a Mi’kmaw who has excelled as a scholar, obtaining a SSHRC Canada graduate scholarship during her graduate studies at CBU. Her graduate research in the MBA focused on community economic development in First Nations, examining the role of cultural tourism. She engaged in primary research with Elders and band administrators at Membertou in regards to a proposed Heritage Park. She is a dedicated community volunteer which, combined with her background in industrial engineering and community economic development, made her a strong addition to the management group at Membertou as Director, Quality Assurance and ISO Compliance.

Debbie Martin

Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples Health and Well-Being Associate Professor
Health Promotion Associate Professor
Dalhousie University

Debbie has received national recognition for her research with NunatuKavut communities around issues of oral health, water security, food sovereignty, and health needs assessment. She has worked extensively with Mi’kmaq communities, as well as Indigenous organizations at the local, regional, national, and international level.

Jeff Masuda

Canada Research Chair in Environmental Health Equity
Associate Professor, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies
Queen’s University

Director, Centre for Environmental Health Equity

Jeff is the Sex and Gender Champion on our team, and the Knowledge Translation (KT) Champion. In his capacity as KT champion, Jeff encourages the team to reflect critically on their individual and group relationship between knowledge and power, endeavouring to ensure the program contributes to health equity gains through institutional and professional reflexivity, decolonization, and promotion of Indigenous autonomy. As Sex/Gender co-Champion, he guides the team toward gender and sex balanced approaches in research design, analysis, and knowledge translation.

Hannah Tait Neufeld

Assistant Professor, Family Relations & Applied Nutrition
University of Guelph

Hannah is an emerging Indigenous health scholar, educated primarily in the fields of nutrition and public health, with training in a wide range of disciplines such as geography, First Nation studies and international development. Thus far in her academic career, she has been involved in multidisciplinary and collaborative research with Indigenous women focused on the determinants of food choice and chronic disease prevention. Hannah also has experience working in international nutrition policy and evidence-based guideline development with the World Health Organization. Her current research interests continue to focus on health inequalities, taking into consideration community interests, along with environmental and other factors influencing maternal and child health, along with Indigenous food systems globally.

The International Advisory Committee is comprised of academic scholars, private consultants, and organizational representatives from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, and The United States. This committee meets bi-annually via teleconference, where participants share their regional-specific experiences through round table discussions on various topics, as well as providing general updates to the research team.

Simon Brascoupé

Chair

Adjunct Research Professor & Former Chair of the CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Peoples Health Advisory Board
Carleton University, Ontario

Simon Brascoupé Anishinabeg/Haudenausanee – Bear Clan is a member of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation, Maniwaki, Quebec. He is an Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University and Trent University. He was recently designated Certified First Nations Health Manager (CFNHM) from the First Nations Health Manager Association. He has a research interest in land based healing, traditional medicine and traditional knowledge. He conducts research and writes on cultural competency and safety. He has written and worked in the field of traditional knowledge and intellectual Property Rights. He is the Chair of the CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Peoples Health Advisory Board. Previously Simon Brascoupé was Chief Executive Officer, National Aboriginal Health Organization; Director, Primary Health Care Division, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Health Canada; and Director, Aboriginal Affairs Branch, Environment Canada. Simon was invited to fill the role of Chair for the International Advisory Committee based on his tremendous experience in leadership and facilitation roles, and close connection to the Program Team members.

Cheryl Bartlett

CRC in Integrative Science (retired)
Order of Canada Professor Emeritus, Institute for Integrative Science & Health
Cape Breton University (Professor Emeritus), Canada

Cheryl held a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Integrative Science from 2002 until she retired as Emerita in 2012, working closely with Indigenous (Mi’kmaq) Elders on transdisciplinary research initiatives informed by both Western science and Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing. As an invited Senior Advisor to our Team, she has been instrumental in the development of our proposal. Cheryl was invited to fill the role of Vice Chair for the International Advisory Committee based on her senior advisory status and foundational knowledge of Two-Eyed Seeing – a pillar of the A SHARED Future program.

Website: www.integrativescience.ca

Heather Castleden

Continuing Co-Director

Canada Research Chair in Reconciling Relations for Health, Environments, and Communities

Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Planning and Public Health Sciences, Queen’s University

Director, Heath, Environments, and Communities Research Lab

Heather has spent her academic career as a geographer working at the theoretical, methodological, and empirical nexus of power and resistance, relationships to place, and moral/ethical accountability. Her research is community-based and participatory, in partnerships with Indigenous peoples, communities, organizations, and governments on topics important to them, focusing on the politics of knowledge production in environment and health justice.

Website: www.heclab.com

Ron Glass

Committee Member

Professor of Philosophy of Education
Director CCREC- Centre for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California
University of California, Santa Cruz

Ron focuses his work on education as a practice of freedom and on ideological (trans)formation, giving particular attention to the role of education in developing a just, pluralistic democracy. He also investigates school reform in low-income, racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse communities, and published a book with Pia Lindquist Wong that examines a six-year project that linked school reform in such communities with the transformation of teacher preparation: Prioritizing Urban Children, Teachers, and Schools through Professional Development Schools. Ron will provide an on-site ethics workshop at Field Schools, as well as help develop and share critical approaches to digital media and justice-driven collaborative research. Ron is an invited member of the International Advisory Committee for his expertise in relational ethics and the philosophy of education.

Website: www.ccrec.ucsc.edu

Margo Greenwood

Committee Member

Vice President of Aboriginal Health for the Northern Authority; Academic Lead- National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health, British Columbia
Professor- University of Northern British Columbia

As an established Cree scholar, Margo supports learning opportunities, policy alternatives for achieving strength and wellness in the context of renewable energy, and partnerships to utilize both Indigenous and Western knowledge systems for the A SHARED Future team. In addition to her role on the International Advisory Committee, she also serves on the Knowledge Translation Committee, and participates in annual events and activities, teleconferences and field schools, and collaborates on publications to be distributed through NCCAH. Margo is an invited member of the International Advisory Committee based on her experience in the Indigenous health realm.

Chris Henderson

Committee Member

President
Lumos Clean Energy, Canada

Chris is a Clean Energy Advisor. He has offered his 20/20 Catalyst program as a Project for our program, which includes sharing key messages from between programs, and pairing research program trainees with his Catalysts and Mentors. In addition to serving on the International Advisory Committee, Chris’ main role will be to participate in knowledge translation activities (sharing findings across networks, contributing to special journal issues on topic, and speaking at academic events). Chris is an invited member of the International Advisory Committee due to his experience in renewable energy, and working with communities on small-scale initiatives.

Richie Howitt

Professor, Acting Head of Department, Department of Geography and Planning
Macquarie University, Australia

Richie’s work on Native Title has integrated consideration of legal and social issues into consideration of reconfiguring various administrative and planning systems to allow statewide recognition of Native title as a basis for transforming Aboriginal participation in the processes of governance in that state. This work is widely seen as taking the lead in a new approach to resolution of cultural and racial conflict over native title. Richie is an invited member of the International Advisory Committee based on his experience in Native title negotiations in South Australia.

Jay Johnson

Committee Member

Associate Professor
Associate Chair of Geography & Atmospheric Science Director, C-FIRST
University of Kansas, USA

Jay joined the A SHARED Future team as a result of his research interests in the broad area of Indigenous peoples’ cultural survival – specifically in regards to the areas of resource management, political activism at the national and international levels and the philosophies and politics of place which underpin the drive for cultural survival. Jay is an invited member of the International Advisory Committee based on his experience in environmental and Indigenous research.

Kim Matheson

Committee Member

Research Chair in Culture and Gender Mental Health, Jointly held at The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research and Carleton University (Neuroscience).

Kim’s scholarship area includes health, with a particular consideration of culture and gender – both of which are integral facets of A SHARED Future. She will also offer opportunities for network and knowledge exchange through her multidisciplinary team of researchers working on a newly-funded SSHRC Partnership Grant on Indigenous youth resilience and prosperity. Kim is an invited member of the International Advisory Committee based on the close alignment of her scholarship and the program’s objectives of health equity and community-led approaches to achieving positive change.

Website: carleton.ca/diversity

Michele-Lee Moore

Committee Member

Researcher, Stockholm Resilience Centre
Associate Professor, University of Victoria

Michele-Lee’s research seeks to build and mobilize knowledge about social innovations – ones that allow us to transform and build positive paths towards social-ecological-cultural resilience. Primarily, she has focused on topics of transnational and local water governance, social innovation, and transformation. In each of these domains, she has aimed to build new theoretical constructs and conduct empirical case study analyses, as well as undertake projects that begin to bring these fields together. However, beyond her water governance research, she also collaborates with scholars to examine case studies in other domains to gain insights on social innovation and transformation. Although typically based in Victoria, Michele-Lee is currently a visiting scholar with the Stockholm Resilience Centre in Sweden. Michele-Lee is an invited member of the International Advisory Committee based on her experience in natural resource governance and resiliency research.

Gordon Planes

Committee Member

Chief & Solar Director
T’Sou-ke First Nation

Chief Planes has offered the T’Sou-ke Nation as a Project site for the program given its existing involvement in Indigenous-led solar energy development. He has also offered to co-host a field school and annual gathering for the program to strengthen the knowledge base of T’Sou-ke and other First Nations. In addition, T-Sou-ke Nation will connect community Elders, youth, and intersectoral partners with the project. Chief Planes is an invited member of the International Advisory Committee due to his experience in championing T’Sou-ke Nation in renewable energy, and becoming the first Indigenous Solar City in Canada.

Renee Pualani Louis

Committee Member

Affiliate Researcher, Institute of Policy and Social Research
University of Kansas

Renee joins the A SHARED Future team as a Hawaiian woman and an Indigenous cartographer passionate about Hawaiian storied place names, cross cultural ethical research standards, and advocating the integration of Indigenous spatial knowledge systems with Western geosciences. She believes that Indigenous wisdom has long held steadfast in the margins of society. Elders have watched in silence or were silenced as consumer driven economics ravaged lands, waters, and skies. Academia and science has played an active role in ensuring the knowledge of our ancestors remained ghostly whispers. It is time to bring Indigenous voices front and center. It is time to move beyond the politics of science where recognizing those realities that lie beyond the realm of our senses is not a debate about belief systems, so much as an examination of alternative methodologies. It is time to acknowledge the multiplicity of experiences that contribute to our understanding of the world in which we live. Renee is an invited member of the International Advisory Committee based on her research on Indigenous experiences and the synergies between her work and Two-Eyed Seeing.

Naomi Simmonds

Committee Member

Lecturer & Senior Researchers
Waikato University, New Zealand

Naomi is an invited member of the International Advisory Committee, she will share high-level expertise on program objectives from the New Zealand context. She has committed to reviewing and commenting on team updates throughout the year, and will attend one in-person meeting (i.e. Field School, National Gathering, or Team Meeting). Naomi is an invited member of the International Advisory Committee based on her experience in gender and Maori environmental research.

Peter Sly

Committee Member

Professor, University of Queensland
Director, Children’s Health and Environment Program
Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Children’s Health and Environment
University of Queensland, Australia

Peter is the Director of both the Children’s Health and Environment Program, and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Children’s Health and Environment. He is a NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and a paediatric respiratory physician with extensive research experience in respiratory physiology, developmental immunology and children’s environmental health. Peter joins the A SHARED Future team as the chairman of the board of directors for the Pacific Basin Consortium for the Environment and Health, and has offer this consortium as a Knowledge Translation opportunity for our program. Peter is an invited member of the International Advisory Committee based on his experience in environment and health research.

Lisa te Heuheu

Committee Member

Independent Consultant; Director, Te Wai Māori
New Zealand

Lisa’s experience as a Māori environmental consultant will provide the program with rich expertise related to Indigenous natural resource management, planning, policy, and research in the Aotearoa/New Zealand context. This will provide an opportunity for international knowledge exchange of cross-cultural natural resource management strategies. Lisa is an invited member of the International Advisory Committee based on her experience in environment and health research.

The Executive Body represents the final decision-making body for all financial matters as they relate to A SHARED Future. Principal Investigators will submit proposals to the Programmatic Steering Committee for review, and once satisfactory, the proposal and budget will be sent to the Executive Body for financial review and approval. The Executive Body is comprised of 4 voting members plus the Continuing Co-Director (Dr. Heather Castleden) as a non-voting member (unless needed to break a split vote). The 5 total positions include:

Heather Castleden

Continuing Co-Director

Canada Research Chair in Reconciling Relations for Health, Environments, and Communities

Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Planning and Public Health Sciences, Queen’s University

Director, Heath, Environments, and Communities Research Lab

Heather has spent her academic career as a geographer working at the theoretical, methodological, and empirical nexus of power and resistance, relationships to place, and moral/ethical accountability. Her research is community-based and participatory, in partnerships with Indigenous peoples, communities, organizations, and governments on topics important to them, focusing on the politics of knowledge production in environment and health justice.

Website: www.heclab.com

Diana Lewis

Pro-Tem Co-Director

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, First Nations Studies Program
University of Western Ontario

Diana has worked with multiple First Nations directly, as well as many Indigenous political organizations, federal government agencies, and program delivery organizations in Canada over 30 years. Diana is Mi’kmaq from Sipekne’katik First Nation in Nova Scotia, and holds a Master of Resource and Environmental Management degree. Her PhD research focuses on resource development, and the impacts of resource development on the health of Indigenous peoples, using a methodology that combines both Indigenous and western-based sciences.

Jeff Masuda

Canada Research Chair in Environmental Health Equity
Associate Professor, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies
Queen’s University

Director, Centre for Environmental Health Equity

Jeff is the Sex and Gender Champion on our team, and the Knowledge Translation (KT) Champion. In his capacity as KT champion, Jeff encourages the team to reflect critically on their individual and group relationship between knowledge and power, endeavouring to ensure the program contributes to health equity gains through institutional and professional reflexivity, decolonization, and promotion of Indigenous autonomy. As Sex/Gender co-Champion, he guides the team toward gender and sex balanced approaches in research design, analysis, and knowledge translation.

Mary Beth Doucette

Purdy Crawford Chair

PhD Candidate
Shannon School of Business
Cape Breton University

Mary Beth is a Mi’kmaw who has excelled as a scholar, obtaining a SSHRC Canada graduate scholarship during her graduate studies at CBU. Her graduate research in the MBA focused on community economic development in First Nations, examining the role of cultural tourism. She engaged in primary research with Elders and band administrators at Membertou in regards to a proposed Heritage Park. She is a dedicated community volunteer which, combined with her background in industrial engineering and community economic development, made her a strong addition to the management group at Membertou as Director, Quality Assurance and ISO Compliance.

Ken Paul

Organizational Partner Representative

Director of Fisheries at Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs
Halifax Nova Scotia

Ken has been nominated and agreed to serve as the organizational partner representative on the executive body. Ken will serve in this role until December 2018, with option for renewal, or until new nominations for executive committee members are requested.

Knowledge Translation Sub-Committee

Jeff Masuda

Canada Research Chair in Environmental Health Equity
Associate Professor, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies
Queen’s University

Director, Centre for Environmental Health Equity

Jeff is the Sex and Gender Champion on our team, and the Knowledge Translation (KT) Champion. In his capacity as KT champion, Jeff encourages the team to reflect critically on their individual and group relationship between knowledge and power, endeavouring to ensure the program contributes to health equity gains through institutional and professional reflexivity, decolonization, and promotion of Indigenous autonomy. As Sex/Gender co-Champion, he guides the team toward gender and sex balanced approaches in research design, analysis, and knowledge translation.

Heather Castleden

Continuing Co-Director

Canada Research Chair in Reconciling Relations for Health, Environments, and Communities

Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Planning and Public Health Sciences, Queen’s University

Director, Heath, Environments, and Communities Research Lab

Heather has spent her academic career as a geographer working at the theoretical, methodological, and empirical nexus of power and resistance, relationships to place, and moral/ethical accountability. Her research is community-based and participatory, in partnerships with Indigenous peoples, communities, organizations, and governments on topics important to them, focusing on the politics of knowledge production in environment and health justice.

Website: www.heclab.com

Mary Beth Doucette

Purdy Crawford Chair

PhD Candidate
Shannon School of Business
Cape Breton University

Mary Beth is a Mi’kmaw who has excelled as a scholar, obtaining a SSHRC Canada graduate scholarship during her graduate studies at CBU. Her graduate research in the MBA focused on community economic development in First Nations, examining the role of cultural tourism. She engaged in primary research with Elders and band administrators at Membertou in regards to a proposed Heritage Park. She is a dedicated community volunteer which, combined with her background in industrial engineering and community economic development, made her a strong addition to the management group at Membertou as Director, Quality Assurance and ISO Compliance.