Operations Team

Operations Team


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Amélie Quesnel-Vallée

Project Director, Consortium on Analytics for Data-Driven Decision-Making (CAnD3)

Chair, Executive Committee

Chair, Skills Committee

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Amélie Quesnel-Vallée is a Professor at McGill University, where she holds the Canada Research Chair in Policies and Health Inequalities and is jointly appointed across the faculties of Arts (Sociology) and Medicine (Epidemiology). She is the 2019-2020 recipient of the Fulbright Canada Distinguished Chair in Quebec Studies, SUNY Plattsburgh. She is also the founding Director of the McGill Observatory on Health and Social Services Reforms. Her research examines the contribution of policies to social inequalities in health over the life course. It appeared in journals such as The Lancet, the International Journal of Epidemiology, and Social Science & Medicine and was recognized through several international professional associations’ awards, including from the American Sociological Association, the Population Association of America, and the American Public Health Association. Committed to furthering public understanding of science, she is frequently sought by the media such as National Public Radio, the New York Times, and Business Week. In 2014, she was elected President of the International Sociological Association Research Committee on the Sociology of Health in recognition of her leadership in the field. She has served on several scientific advisory councils, including of Statistics Canada, and currently serves on the Governing Council (Board of Directors) of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.



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Heidi Hoernig

Associate Director

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Heidi is a research development consultant. Since 2009, she has collaborated with faculty members and research centres from across McGill University in the humanities, social sciences, and health sciences, primarily on research grant development. She has degrees in Geography, Anthropology and Planning. She is currently serving as the CAnD3 coordinator. She loves the outdoors and music and just planted her first garden in 25 years!



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Lucienne Talba

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Lucienne Talba is a postdoctoral fellow at the Consortium on Analytics for Data‐Driven Decision‐Making (CAnD3). Before starting graduate school, she was a senior economist at the Ministry of Finance in Cameroon.

She graduated in August 2020 from the University of Montreal, with a Ph.D. in economics. She also earned a Master in Statistics and Applied Economics from the Sub-Regional Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics.

Her primary research interests are in applied microeconomics, economic history, development economics, cultural economics, and gender economics. One stream of Lucienne’s research focuses on the historical and dynamic process of development. In particular, she has studied the historical determinants of differences in gender roles across societies in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her current research interests lie in better understanding the economic and cultural effects of resistance to colonialism in Africa.

She enjoys reading history books and watching science fiction movies. Her other hobbies are tourism, hiking, adventure, and photography.


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Divine-Favour Ofili

Training Coordinator

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Divine-Favour Chichenim OFILI is a public health professional and a doctoral student at McGill University. Having obtained a BSc in Public Health (Hons) from the University of Calabar, Nigeria and an MScPH degree from McGill University, Canada, she is well-grounded in public health research and programs. She is focused on improving the health of underserved populations, particularly migrant and refugee populations, through research, community-based intervention and policies. She aims to investigate the impact of Canadian immigration and health policies on refugees and immigrants through her PhD thesis. Her enthusiasm for process improvement launched her into the program coordination workspace where she has managed local and global health programs, including the McGill Global Noncommunicable diseases Program. She enjoys good food and food shows.



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Geneviève Brunet-Gauthier

Research Administrator

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Geneviève has worked at McGill since 2008 for the Quebec Inter-University Center for Social Statistics (QICSS) and the Center on Population Dynamics (CPD). She does a little of everything (HR, finances, planning research activities, communications, etc.). She obtained a master's degree in sociology from McGill University. She loves all outdoor activities, among others canoeing and hiking. She has just returned from maternity leave (recent mother of a little angel/demon named Damien).





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Michaela Bunakova

Research Assistant, Skills Modules

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Michaela joined McGill as an MSc Epidemiology student in Fall 2019 under the wing of Professor Amelie Quesnel-Vallee. She holds another MSc degree in Comparative Social Policy from The University of Oxford and a Ba (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from The University of Manchester. Her research interests include social epidemiology, evaluation of health systems, health inequalities and family health policy using a combination of qualitative and quantitative research design. Her most recent project attempted to quantify health spillover benefits of having a doctor family member on one’s health and how these benefits differ across countries with varying family policy design. Michaela was raised in Slovakia and educated in the United Kingdom. In her free time, she likes to walk her miniature dachshund dog and keep her plants alive. She also loves to sit down with a good book and would never refuse to discuss the works of her favorites – Milan Kundera and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.


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Enkhuun Byambadorj

Communication Coordinator

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Enkhuun Byambadorj is pursuing a Joint Honours BA in International Development and Environment at McGill University. She has experience with social media management and website development while volunteering for web-based organizations like Breathe Mongolia and Mongolia Live. In her spare time, she loves to dance, eat cheesecake, and root for her favorite basketball team, the Golden State Warriors.



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Paul Holyoke

Chair, Intersectoral Committee

Member, Executive Committee

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Dr. Paul Holyoke’s research interests include people’s experiences with the Canadian health system; evaluation of health care policies, programs and systems; the governance and management of health care organizations in Canada; and societal perspectives on health, health care, illness and disability. He has a Ph.D. in Health Policy from the University of Toronto, a MSc(Econ) from the London School of Economics, and a law degree from the University of Toronto. From 2005-2011, Paul served a 6-year term as a member of the Board of Directors of the Waterloo-Wellington Local Health Integration Network, and he chaired its Community Council.



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Sakeef Karim

Research Assistant

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Sakeef M. Karim is a PhD Candidate in McGill University’s Sociology Department, a trainee with McGill’s Centre on Population Dynamics, a student member of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship, and a 2020-21 CAnD3 Fellow. His research can be organized around three areas of inquiry: ethnic identification in immigrant societies; democracy, populism and nationalism in the contemporary world; and social demography.

As a researcher, Sakeef relies on a range of quantitative techniques to unpack social and political phenomena, from latent variable models to social sequence analyses. His work is funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, from whom he received a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Scholarship.




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Leah Macfadyen

eLearning and Learning Analytics Advisor

Member, Skills Committee

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Leah Macfadyen is a tenure track Instructor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education, Faculty of Education, The University of British Columbia, and Associate Director of and Instructor in the UBC Master of Educational Technology Program (met.ubc.ca). She is a broad-ranging interdisciplinarian, with graduate degrees in the experimental sciences and in the humanities and social sciences. Dr. Macfadyen’s early eLearning research drew on her interest in theories of culture and intercultural communication, and was motivated by the reality of our increasingly diverse learner audience. Latterly, the rising tide of learning data captured by learning technologies, and the emergence of the field of learning analytics, spurred Dr. Macfadyen to also bring her analytic and scientific skills to the study of virtual learning. Her research – qualitative and quantitative – has been published in respected peer-reviewed journals in several fields (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Leah_Macfadyen/contributions). In parallel, Dr. Macfadyen has also invested time in developing and teaching experiential and (hopefully) transformative learning experiences on topics such as sustainability, systems thinking and global issues.

Dr. Macfadyen is inspired by the potential for learning analytics to offer actionable insights into our teaching and learning contexts and practice: who our learners are and how that has changed over time, what choices our learners make and how that affects outcomes, and how design and teaching innovations impact learner behavior and learning outcomes. She is also keen, however, to engage researchers and practitioners in ongoing critical discussions about the limits of ‘big data’, the challenge of data literacy, and the ethical and social implications of this work.




Lauren McAuley

Program Assistant

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Lauren McAuley is currently completing a joint-major BA in Psychology and Sociology from McGill University. She has experience working alongside Executives at Veterans Affairs Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada where she developed her team management, administrative and organizational skills. Her research interests include social inequalities and the justice system. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring new trails and beaches with her Golden Retriever Darcy, going to Pilates classes and sitting down with a good book”




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Miles Taylor

Chair, Substantive Committee

Member, Executive Committee

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Miles G. Taylor is a sociologist, gerontologist, and demographer specializing in the areas of physical and mental health, life course disadvantage, population aging, and family dynamics. A secondary area of expertise surrounds applying and teaching longitudinal quantitative methodologies with relevance to life course questions. Her research primarily examines processes of advantage and disadvantage across the life course and their implications for health in older adulthood. Her research has been published in the Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences, the Gerontologist, Journal of Aging and Health, and Social Science and Medicine and has received funding from the National Institute on Aging, Fulbright, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and the Claude Pepper Foundation. She was recently elected a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), and won the 2017 Busse Research Award from the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) and the FSU 2015 University Teaching Award.



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