Team

Nii Addy, Research Associate

Nii Addy is an Assistant Professor (Research) in the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University and also conducts research at MCCHE. Nii's work focuses on effecting sustainable organizational and institutional change through multi-stakeholder partnerships. His recent research and teaching focus is on how social innovation emerges in partnerships from interactions between functionally diverse decision-makers. Nii's current projects include studying and designing management and learning processes in partnerships promoting business-oriented strategies for the supply and demand of healthy foods in Canada and Africa. 

Nathalie Beaupré, Accounts & Human Resource 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. Nathalie is responsible for all administration as it relates to research budgets, accounting, payroll, HR, and travel reimbursements.

Derek Chan, PhD Candidate

Derek Chan's current research interest lie in food market category formation and transformation, with innovation and consumer habits as the primary areas of focus for mechanisms of change.  He uses system dynamics as a methodology in order to effectively capture and analyze dynamics in complex environments involving many actors and stakeholders.

Laurette Dubé, Founding Chair and Scientific Director 

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 MCCHE. Beyond books, Laurette has published extensively in the leading scientific journals of her field. Her work also appears in general audience and business publications such as Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail, and USA Today. Laurette received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Dora Koop, Managing Director

Dora Koop has worked at McGill University for over 20 years. Currently, she is the Managing Director of the MCCHE and the International Masters Program for Managers (IMPM) which is delivered in 5 countries around the world. With her experience in governance, she was instrumental in building McGill’s Director’s Education Program run jointly with the ICD and Rotman School of Management. Dora currently sits on the Board of CATSA, a Federal crown corporation, and Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade retail operation with over 35 stores in Canada. Dora has an MBA from McGill University and a law degree from the University of Alberta. 

Cameron McRae, Research Administrator

Cameron McRae is a Research Administrator at the MCCHE. Since joining the centre he has been involved in multiple projects supporting new food innovations to scale up the health and economic impact of agriculture-nutrition linkages, as well as projects aimed at improving fruit and vegetable consumption patterns. He holds a B.Sc. in Pharmacology from McGill University and a Graduate Certficate in Business Administration from John Molson School of Business. Cameron’s research interests convene on the interplay between nutrition, lifestyle and noncommunicable disease (NCD) progression and prevention. 

Andre K. Portella, PostDoc Fellow

Andre Portella is a pediatrician and a postdoctoral fellow of nutrition and neuroscience at MCCHE. Before joining MCCHE, he was an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Universidade Federal de Ciencias da Saude de Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil he was in charge of the social pediatrics program and undergraduate rotation in general pediatrics. Andre is currently studying the effects of early nutritional and social environment on the programming of appetite and related risks for the development of overweight and obesity and associated metabolic complications. Andre has a Phd in Pediatrics from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, RS Brazil.

Rohita Ramayan, Administrative Intern

Rohita Ramayanam is an administrative intern at MCCHE. She is currently an undergraduate student at Desautels Faculty of Management in the Joint Honours in Economics and Accounting Program. She joined MCCHE as a research volunteer in 2016, assisting Dr. Laurette Dubé and PhD candidate Derek Chan with their projects. She has previous experience working as a coordinator of the McGill Social Statistics and Population Dynamics Seminars and has interests in economic sociology and population studies. Outside of MCCHE, she also works as a junior accountant at the Student Society of McGill University.

Atefeh Ramenzankhani, PhD Candidate

Atefeh Ramenzankhani is a PhD candidate at McGill’s faculty of management in ‘strategy and organization’ area. Her research explores scale up of community projects and local initiatives to tackle social and environmental problems with an emphasis on explaining the role of bridging organizations in creation and transformation of market arrangements that sit between social and commercial economy. She studies this through a combination of mathematical modeling of diffusion of market practices and an ethnographic study of a leading food security non-governmental organization in Canada.  

Jasmine Rezaee, Project and Communications Manager

Jasmine Rezaee is the Project and Communications Manager at the MCCHE. Her current focus is on building multi-sectoral alliances in agri-food chains to accelerate sustainable economic development and collective health. Jasmine possesses extensive policy, communications, and project management experience spanning three Canadian cities. She also conducts research and teaches at the Faculty of Medicine and sits on the Board of the Montreal Urban Aboriginal Health Centre and the Centre for Community Organizations. Jasmine holds a MA in political science from the University of Toronto. 

Byomkesh Talukder, PostDoc Fellow

Byomkesh Talukder’s research is based on ground-level data related to a community’s sustainability needs in Bangladesh, India. Over a 10-year span, Byomkesh was engaged in interdisciplinary training of civil servants who are now leaders in sustainable development programs and policy design in Bangladesh. Currently, Byomkesh is a Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellow at Parmalat Canada and MCCHE. In his post-doctoral studies, he is investigating a project on “Multi-Criteria Supply Chain Design and Management Tool for Food Convergent Innovation in Dairy Business”. 

Lisa Walker, Research Assistant

Lisa Walker joined the MCCHE team as a Research Assistant in July 2016. Her interests are primarily agricultural biotechnology and societal health. Lisa holds a Bachelors in Honors Biology from Concordia University and is currently studying for her Master's in Biotechnology at McGill University. Prior to joining MCCHE, Lisa worked in conservation biology and algal biotechnology.

Wendy (Yun-Hsuan) Wu, PostDoc Fellow 

Wendy Wu is a postdoctoral fellow in the McGill Centre for Convergence of Health and Economics (MCCHE) at McGill University after completing her Ph.D. in Epidemiology and her first postdoctoral training at the University of South Carolina. Previously, her work focused on the influence of individual- and contextual-level social capital and socioeconomic status on mental disorders and diabetes. Dr. Wu’s currently postdoctoral research focuses on the mechanism of how individuals’ social networks and social capital influences obesity and meanwhile, explores how neighborhood food environments are affecting obesity.

Research Interns

Arthi Sowmithran 

Arthi Sowmithran is a biotechnology graduate from McGill University. She recently joined the MCCHE team as a research intern assisting Dr. Dube with her future projects. She is interested in understanding how the increasing scientific knowledge about our health gets translated/trickles down to help people collectively and effectively in a world influenced/conducted through money, governments, policies, politics and structure.

Chantal Bourassa

Chantal Bourassa is in her last year of study in the dietetics program at McGill University. She has joined the MCCHE as a research intern in the summers of 2015 and 2017. She is interested in studying the psychological and environmental factors influencing food choices and habits.

Grace (Xueyang) Ren

Grace is a U3 student at McGill studying international development and cellular biology. Her research interests lie at the intersection of health science and social equity, so working at the MCCHE has been a great experience. In the future, she would like to work in maternal care and women's health. Currently in her spare time, she enjoys reading, and playing piano. 

Houji Yao

Houji Yao joined the MCCHE as a Research Intern in 2017. He is a current undergraduate student in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, pursuing a bachelor's degree in economics and physics. He has previous experience as Editor-in-Chief of the Ampersand Journal and is interested in international development and interdisciplinary economics. Outside the MCCHE, he is also President of the McGill Students' Chess Club and works as an Undergraduate Student Assistant for the department of Mathematics and Statistics at McGill.

Rosemarie Cavillon

Rosemarie recently graduated from McGill University studying sociology with a double minor in psychology and economics. After taking various courses pertaining to research in social sciences, she discovered a growing passion for combining statistics, economics and psychology to enhance people's everyday decisions. She decided to join the MCCHE team to gain some hands on experience before pursuing her master's in the field of behavioural economics and decision making.

Stephanie Du

Stephanie is a U1 student at McGill studying Human Resources with a concentration in Finance at Desautels Faculty of Management. Aside from her major, she also has a strong interest in Economics. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys acting and singing in musical theatre, participating in sports, painting and photography. 

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