AboutExecutive, Educator and Entrepreneur
I’m based in Greater Vancouver and currently Senior Fellow with the University of British Columbia‘s Institute of Asian Research and Director of Social Protection for Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO). I am also a member of the national and international advisory committees of the Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems as well as a Board Member of the Vancouver Women’s Health Collective and Canadian Crossroads International.
Over the course of my career I’ve created or collaborated on valuable resources on Higher Education and Research, Food & Agriculture, Knowledge Mobilization, Program Design & Delivery, Futures/Foresight, and South & Southeast Asia. This work is regularly updated and shared here with you in the hope of contributing to the ongoing development in these important areas.
From 2007-13 I was Vice-President at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (www.sshrc.ca), mostly recently as VP Research and, prior to that as VP Partnerships. SSHRC is an arm’s-length federal agency that promotes and supports research and advanced training in the social sciences and humanities.
I was previously with Elections Canada for two years where I was a senior director of Outreach, Communications and Research. From 2001 to 2004, I was the regional director (British Columbia/Yukon) of the Centre for Research and Information on Canada, and its host organization, the Canadian Unity Council. I was also a French and English-language radio columnist with the CBC in Vancouver from 2000 to 2003. Prior to 2001, I was a consultant to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the Canadian International Development Agency and the International Development Research Centre, and have worked with other clients in the area of international development.
I was a member of an International Scientific Advisory Board for a program of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) from 2011-16 as well as a member of former US Ambassador Jacobson’s Canada-US Innovation Committee from 2012-13. I have held teaching and research appointments at the University of British Columbia and Dawson College in Westmount, Quebec. I have a PhD from UBC (1996), a master’s degree from McGill University (1991) and a BA (Honours) from the University of Ottawa and I am the author of numerous publications.
I am fluent in English and French and speak Thai quite well. I have also studied Urdu/Hindi, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin.
I am the author of a few books, several articles, numerous technical reports and opinion pieces. Please see my CV for details as well as the resources and publications page for details.