We are a collective of specialists with a shared commitment and passion for supporting research, strategic planning, programming and service delivery.
Sue Kelleher is a passionate city builder with over 10 years of experience in both public and non-profit sectors. She has extensive experience in leading the design and implementation of strategic plans and policy, community-based research and programs, and community engagement and public consultation processes. She has played a lead role in developing and implementing system-wide strategic plans at a municipal level as well as place-based strategies and initiatives for numerous non-profit organizations including Davenport Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre, Toronto Furniture Bank and Up With Women. Sue has also worked with grassroots groups and organizations to support community-led research and action and is committed to supporting communities to actualize their visions for change. She holds an MSc in Planning from the University of Toronto.
Sarah Sanford is a social scientist with expertise in qualitative research design and implementation. She has worked on many large scale research projects for public institutions, including McMaster University, Public Health Ontario and Institute for Work & Health. She has been a core member of research teams conducting studies on global health policy, communication practices between health systems, vulnerable workers, chronic disease self-management, homelessness and harm reduction. These studies have engaged a variety of stakeholders from community-based organizations, health and social service providers, labour organizations, and government decision-makers, among others. Her research training focused on the application of social theories to advancing health policy analysis, and she is committed to developing complex, but actionable, understandings of health and social inequities within her research. Sarah holds an MES from York University and a PhD from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.
Katherine Wihry is a research analyst and evaluation professional with expertise in qualitative participatory research methods. In her research, she has investigated mechanisms that enable and constrain inter- and intra-national mobility among asylum seekers and the role of social networks and social service availability in shaping immigrant settlement decisions. She has recently consulted on projects assessing the effectiveness of UN Food and Agriculture Organization programming in Kenya, Tanzania, and Bangladesh; participated in a review of the development effectiveness of the Inter-American Development Bank; and was a core member of a team examining UN Women’s contribution to UN system coordination in the area of gender equality and women’s empowerment. Katherine is the recipient of several awards, including a Fulbright Research Fellowship. She holds an MA in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and an MA in Human Geography from the University of Toronto.
Yamie Tremblay is a Toronto-based pyschosociologist specialized in immigration and settlement. Her work in Ontario and Quebec has included developing community profiles and needs assessments, trend analysis, community-based research, and program development and implementation. She has experience in system wide initiatives, having led research into various approaches to integrate newcomer youth into Quebec’s education system, and having coordinated implementation of a bilingual settlement program across Ontario for COSTI Settlement Services. She also has experience in working with complex multi-stakeholder groups through her work in Montreal with the roundtable TAC en petite enfance. Yamie is fluent in French, English, Spanish, and Portuguese and holds an MA in Immigration and Settlement Studies from Ryerson University.