Dr. Penny Gurstein is Professor and Director of the School of Community and Regional Planning and the Centre for Human Settlements at UBC. She specializes in the socio-cultural aspects of community planning with particular emphasis on those who are the most marginalized in planning processes. Her research focuses on developing strategies and interventions that encourage diversity, equity and urban sustainability in the planning and design of communities.
Bruce Wallace, PHRN Co-Chair
Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University of Victoria
Bruce brings with him over twenty years of experience with non-profit agencies, often collaborating with consumer-led agencies focusing on poverty, homelessness, health, mental health, and substance use. His current research includes: principal investigator of Preventing and Reducing Harms of Substance Use in Homeless Shelter Programs project; co-investigator with the Equity-Oriented Primary Health Care Interventions for Marginalized Populations project, the Equitable Access to Care for People with Life Limiting Conditions project, the Equity Lens in Public Health (ELPH) Program, Working Together: Evaluating the Implementation of Integrated Services for People Experiencing Homelessness and Problematic Substance Use; and a co-principal investigator on the Role of Transitional Housing in Recovery from Homelessness and Substance Use research project.
Elizabeth Tang is Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC) Knowledge Transfer Consultant in BC. She is focused on engaging with professionals in the housing industry, academics and provincial and municipal governments to ensure access to the latest and most relevant housing information from CMHC. She is currently focused in the areas of integrated accessible and adaptable design, solutions for aging in place and designing for housing affordability. www.cmhc.ca
Deborah Kraus is the Manager of Research and Information Transfer at BC Housing. Deborah has more than 20 years experience conducting research and policy analysis on housing and homelessness for all levels of government and many community-based organizations. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Masters degree from SFU in Public Policy. www.bchousing.org
Bernie Pauly, RN, PhD. University of Victoria. In addition to my appointment as an Associate Profession in Nursing, I am a scientist in the Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia. Currently, I am co-chair of the School of Nursing Research and Scholarship and a member of the School Advisory Committee. At the undergraduate level, I teach nursing research and public health nursing. At the graduate level, I teach an elective in public health nursing and social justice. Associate Professor, School of Nursing Scientist, Centre for Addictions Research of BC (CARBC).
Dr. Nathanael Lauster is Associate Professor in Sociology at UBC. He is the author of The Death and Life of the Single-Family House: Lessons from Vancouver on Building a Livable City. In addition to being a member of the PHRN Steering Committe, Nathan is a member of the International Editorial Advisory Board of Housing Studies.
Dr. Nolan Beise is the Mitacs Business Developer for Vancouver Island. He is interested in facilitating and funding research collaborations between academia and the private sector to drive experiential learning and innovation. Mitacs works with all University disciplines and for-profit, not-for-profit, and non-governmental organizations. www.mitacs.ca
Virginia Holden, MCIP RPP
Director of Policy and Crown Liaison, Housing Policy Branch, Ministry of Natural Gas Development and Minister Responsible for Housing
Cecile Lacombe, PhD
Tricia Roche has worked with people experiencing homelessness, housing service providers, and housing researchers. She has many years of experience funding housing for women and children, evaluating youth shelters and facilitating partnerships between university and community organizations. She has specific experience with network development in the refugee rights, youth & family and housing sectors. As Coordinator of the Pacific Housing Research Network, Tricia staffs the Steering Committee. email: email@example.com
The PHRN is funded by BC Housing and CMHC, with other Steering Committee partner organizations providing significant in-kind contributions.