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In addition to our colleagues in industry and academia, the McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics (MCCHE) is supported by a dedicated team at McGill University.

Laurette Dubé, PhD, MBA; James McGill Chair of Consumer and Lifestyle Psychology and Marketing at the Desautels Faculty of Management, Scientific Director of the McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics

Laurette Dubé

Originally trained as a nutritionist, with graduate degrees in finances (MBA), marketing (MPS), and behavioral decision making/consumer psychology (PhD), Laurette Dubé is Full Professor and holds the James McGill Chair of consumer and lifestyle psychology and marketing at the Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University. She is also the founding chair and scientific director of the McGill Center for the Convergence of Health and Economics (MCCHE; http://www.mcgill.ca/desautels/mcche), a unique initiative to push the boundaries of disciplinary and complexity sciences to help individuals, communities, businesses, social enterprises, and governments to tackle, better than has been possible thus far, the most pressing societal and economic problems facing the world that lies at the nexus between agriculture, health and wealth production, consumption and distribution.  With a strong focus on harnessing the power of business as a catalyst for real-world change, the MCCHE operates through collaboration of private sector organizations with NGO/social enterprises, policy makers and academics at community, state, national and global levels to elaborate whole-of-Society solutions that promote convergence through local and systemic changes.  Beyond books (Obesity Prevention: The Role of Brain and Society on Individual Behavior; Trade, Food, Diet and Health: Perspectives and Policy Options), she published in the leading scientific journals of her field (Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology). Her work also appears in major transdisciplinary journals (Physiology and Behavior; Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, Proceedings of the National  Academy of Sciences), and in general audience and business publications such as Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.  Dr. Dube is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Chris Lannon, PhD, MBA, Managing Director

Dr. Chris Lannon joined the MCCHE in 2012 as Managing Director. He has extensive experience in technology commercialization, having worked as a biotech industry consultant and as a scientist developing products for a stem cell and biological sciences company. He has considerable knowledge of business development, licensing, and partnering in technology-intensive fields. Prior to joining the MCCHE, he worked as an Associate Director of a boutique investment bank in Montréal, specializing in the health care sector. He has 10 years’ experience in biomedical research, having published a dozen peer-reviewed publications, given more than 70 conference presentations, and co-authored a stem cell biology textbook. He is a Director of Action Against Hunger Canada (Action Contre la Faim Canada). Dr. Lannon holds a PhD in Cancer Biology from the University of British Columbia, and an MBA (Finance) from McGill University.

Sarah Dennis, Research Assistant

Sarah Dennis is a Research Assistant at the MCCHE. Ms. Dennis conducts research and supports projects focused on the convergence between health, agriculture, and wealth, including the “Paths of Convergence for Agriculture, Health and Wealth” conference hosted in New Delhi, India in June, 2012. She is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and is completing a BA in Therapeutic Recreation from Concordia University. Her research interests convene topics such as the interplay between gender equity, food policy, and food security - in both a domestic and global context. Miss Dennis is an advocate for decreasing the barriers of access that exist within our current food system between people and the right to nutritious food and nutritional education.

Gabrielle Ménard, MSc, Research Assistant

Gabrielle Ménard is a Research Assistant at the MCCHE. Since she joined the team, she has been involved in various research projects. She has been working on projects that seek ways to connect agricultural practices to nutritional outcomes and to the health system, as well as on projects that pursue means to increase the consumption and production of fruits and vegetables. She holds a Master’s degree in Food and Resource Economics from the University of British Columbia. Her interests are centered on food security and food policies.

Cheryl Stenason, MBA, Financial Officer

Cheryl Stenason brings experience from the private sector more recently as Business Manager of a private company and previously spent 10 years as a Senior Manager of Corporate and Government Lending at the Bank of Montreal. She also has significant experience in the non-profit sector as a Past Board Chair. Ms. Stenason holds MBA and BCom degrees from McGill University.

Nathalie Beaupré, Accounts Administrator

Nathalie Beaupré is the Accounts Administrator for the Centre. She has been with the Centre since its inception in 2004 where it evolved from the Health Challenge Think Tanks. Mme Beaupré is responsible for all administration as it relates to research budgets, accounting, payroll, and travel reimbursements.

Roba Al Ghoul, Project Administrator

Roba Al Ghoul is the Project Administrator for the MCCHE. Before joining the MCCHE team, Ms. Al Ghoul was Head Communication Officer and Primary Events Manager for the Al Hukair Group, a Multinational Trade Company and owners of the IHG hotel franchise in Saudi Arabia and several other boutique hotels in the Gulf area and Middle East. For two and a half years she planned and executed over 80 conferences and training sessions in addition to 120 high profile weddings, and coordinated several product launch events at the hotel. Currently, she is finishing her Certificate in Communication and Public Relation at McGill University.

Strategic Advisory Board of the MCCHE

  • Alain Poirier, Former Deputy Director, Public Health, Quebec
  • Frederic Blaise, CEO, Enzyme
  • Joanna Castellano, CEO, Q:Quest
  • Phil Donne, CEO, Campbell Canada
  • Francois Coté, Executive Vice-President and Vice-Chair, TELUS Quebec, TELUS Health & Financial Solutions and TELUS Ventures
  • Raghu Cavale, Head of India Business Infosys
  • Louis Frenette, Food Industry Consultant
  • Diane Vincent, Adjunct Professor, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill

Academic Board of the MCCHE

  • Dean, Desautels Faculty of Management (or delegates)
  • Associate Vice-Principal of Research and International Relations, McGill University (or delegates)
  • Chris Lannon, Managing Director, MCCHE
  • Laurette Dube, Chair and Scientific Director, MCCHE
  • Provost, McGill University (or delegates)
  • Alain Dagher, Associate Professor & Neurologist, Montreal Neurological Institute and Scientific Director, MCCHE
  • Saibal Ray, Associate Dean, Research and International Relations, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University and Scientific Director, MCCHE
  • Paul Thomassin, Associate Professor, Agricultural Economics, McGill University and Scientific Director, MCCHE
  • Nii A. Addy, Postdoctoral Fellow, MCCHE
  • Jacques Hendlisz, Interim Director, Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital, Laval

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