CAREX Canada is a multidisciplinary team of researchers based at the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, working in collaboration with researchers at the School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, Department of Health Sciences at Carleton University, and Occupational Cancer Research Centre, based at Cancer Care Ontario. The team has expertise in epidemiology, occupational hygiene, toxicology, risk assessment, geographic information systems, data visualization, and knowledge translation and exchange.
Alison Palmer – Executive Director
Alison is CAREX Canada's executive director, leading CAREX's strategic operations, communications, and knowledge mobilization. She is also an Associate of the SFU Centre for Dialogue. Prior to her role at CAREX, Alison was a Communications and Training Manager at PrioNet Canada, a Networks of Centres of Excellence in protein folding diseases, and the lead science writer at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research in Toronto, where she covered everything from nanotechnology and quantum computing to personalized genomics and climate science. Her route to science communication involved a valuable detour in the chemistry lab; she earned an MSc in chemical biology from McGill University and a BSc in chemistry from UBC. She is also a graduate of the renowned Banff Centre Science Communications Program.
Cheryl Peters – Co-Principal Investigator
Cheryl is CAREX's co-principal investigator. She started working with CAREX Canada at the beginning of the project in 2007. She is also a Research Scientist in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research at Alberta Health Services and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Oncology, Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. Cheryl has an MSc and PhD in occupational and environmental hygiene, both from the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include occupational exposure assessment (particular for solar UV radiation), the effects of sex and gender on occupational carcinogen exposures, and exposures in the construction industry. Cheryl also holds a BSc in earth and ocean sciences and geography, and her interest in environmental and occupational health stemmed from her work as a geologist in northern BC and the Yukon.
Anne-Marie Nicol – Co-Principal Investigator
Anne-Marie is the co-principal investigator of CAREX and an assistant professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at SFU. Her areas of research include knowledge translation, occupational and environmental health and risk assessment. Anne-Marie's work also includes exploring novel ways to communicate information to the public, including the use of popular culture as a vehicle for creating and disseminating risk messages. Her award winning video project Wash with Care used a Bollywood approach to educate about pesticide exposure. Anne Marie holds a BA in Communication from SFU, a MES degree from York University focused on Environmental Communication and a PhD in Epidemiology from UBC.
Hugh Davies – CWED Lead and Key Partner
Hugh, the lead on the Canadian Workplace Exposures Database used to develop CAREX Canada's estimates of occupational exposure, specializes in occupational hygiene and exposure assessment and modeling. He led the largest cohort study of the impact of noise exposure on heart disease, and was the first to incorporate sophisticated exposure measurement and true heart disease outcomes rather than measures of hypertension. His work has received international recognition, and he is co-chair of the International Commission on the Biological Effects of Noise.
Paul Demers – Key Partner
Paul is the director of the Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) housed at Cancer Care Ontario. He moved to OCRC from UBC, where he was a Professor in the School of Environmental Health and founded CAREX Canada. As well as being Director of the OCRC, he is also a Professor with the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. He has an MSc in Industrial Hygiene and a PhD in Epidemiology, both from the University of Washington in Seattle. Paul is internationally recognized for his expertise on the health effects of workplace exposures and sits on many expert panels, including the International Agency for Research on Cancer working groups that evaluated carcinogens such as dusts and fibres, firefighting and formaldehyde.
Joanne Telfer – Knowledge Translation Specialist
Joanne is a knowledge translation specialist at CAREX Canada. Joanne’s interest in environmental and occupational health began during her undergraduate studies in Toxicology at the University of Saskatchewan. She completed a Master of Public Health degree from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC, where she wrote her final master’s project on knowledge translation in environmental health. Through this project, Joanne identified some of the unique characteristics and challenges associated with knowledge translation in environmental health and examined the knowledge-to-action gap in Canada. She also critically analyzed the Canadian Environmental Health Atlas, an online knowledge translation initiative for which she is currently the Project Coordinator. Joanne is particularly interested in environmental contaminants and is inspired by the use of creative approaches to communicating occupational and environmental health knowledge across various populations.
Ela Rydz – Associate Analyst
Ela is an associate analyst based out of Cancer Care Ontario in Toronto. Currently, she is working for both CAREX and the Occupational Cancer Research Centre. During her MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health at the University of Alberta, Ela took a particular interest in the surveillance of various environmental health issues, including microbial water quality and oils sands pollutants. Her final project assessed dietary exposure to PAHs and heavy metals in berries in Northern Alberta. At CAREX, Ela is working on further developing pesticide exposure estimates and profiles.
Lindsay Forsman-Phillips – Project Manager
Lindsay Forsman-Phillips is a project manager at CAREX Canada. Previously, she was a Sun Safety Advisor based in BC for the Sun Safety at Work Canada project, which developed a sun safety program, resources and tools for outdoor workers. The project was led by Thomas Tenkate at Ryerson University in Toronto. Lindsay holds a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. Her past experience includes working for municipal government and non-profit organizations, where she was responsible for the development of community health programs, and various cancer prevention projects. She is passionate about health, and enjoys raising awareness about important health issues.
Kristian Larsen – Environmental Exposures Researcher
Kristian is a geographic information systems (GIS) specialist at CAREX Canada. Over the past ten years he has used GIS methods to examine environmental health topics such as air pollution, physical activity, diet, obesity, asthma, and pedestrian injuries. Kristian has conducted environment and health-related research with the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Metrolinx, and the University of Toronto. He holds a PhD in Planning from the University of Toronto and an MA in Health Geography from the University of Western Ontario. Kristian also conducted post-doctoral work in Epidemiology and Public Health with a focus on GIS.
Chantal Burnett - Research Associate
Chantal is a research associate based out of Alberta Health Services in Calgary. Prior to her role at CAREX, she worked with the Environmental Health team at Public Health Ontario to conduct environmental exposure assessments and to address research questions related to air pollution, drinking water quality, and health. During her MSc in Environmental and Occupational Hygiene at the University of British Columbia, she took a particular interest in using analytics to abstract meaning from large exposure datasets. Currently, she is working on updating CAREX’s occupational exposure estimates, as well as composing carcinogen profiles for the CAREX website.
Chantal BurnettResearch Associate
Hugh DaviesCWED Lead and Key Partner
Paul DemersKey Partner
Lindsay Forsman-PhillipsProject Manager
Kristian LarsenGIS Specialist
Anne-Marie NicolCo-Principal Investigator
Alison PalmerExecutive Director
Cheryl PetersCo-Principal Investigator
Ela RydzAssociate Analyst
Joanne TelferKnowledge Translation Specialist
Paleah Black Moher Paleah's work with CAREX has focused on research into environmental exposures and pesticides. Paleah completed a CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship on Gender, Work, and Health with the University of Victoria, where she studied occupational exposures to dust and mercury vapour in small-scale gold mining communities in Africa. Her interests include combining her knowledge of risk assessment, toxicology, and public health to assist in developing applicable and integrated solutions to improve the health of people. Paleah grew up in Iqaluit, Nunavut and has a particular passion for Aboriginal and indigenous issues surrounding health and well-being. She has conducted health-related research with Health Canada, the Universidad National in Costa Rica, NGOs, and various Canadian universities. Paleah holds a Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa in Environmental and Chemical Toxicology.
Amy is consulting with CAREX Canada to assess occupational exposures to hazardous drugs. Previously, she worked as an occupational exposures researcher with CAREX from 2008 to 2013, creating estimates of exposure to known and suspected carcinogens in Canadian workplaces and establishing a national workplace exposure database. Amy currently works as a postdoctoral fellow at the International Agency for Research on Cancer. She received her PhD from the University of British Columbia’s School of Population and Public Health, focused on shiftwork. Amy holds a BScN from the University of Toronto and worked as a Registered Nurse in critical care settings prior to obtaining a MSc in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene from The University of British Columbia.
Mandy's interest in knowledge translation and data visualization began during her graduate studies in Experimental Medicine at the University of British Columbia. She completed her MSc thesis focusing on the knowledge, attitude, and behaviour of workers exposed to occupational diesel exhaust. At CAREX, she converted eRISK into an online web-based tool and developed and tested data visualizations that effectively communicate carcinogen information. She is a graduate of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scientist Knowledge Translation Training workshop, Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate program from the University of Toronto, as well as the Canadian Visual Analytics School.
We would like to acknowledge the significant contributions of many CAREX team members who have moved on to other assignments:
Eleanor Settton Leadership; environmental exposures estimates; First Nations KT.
Roz Cheasley Environmental exposures estimates (food and beverages); tutorial videos.
Orion Warje Knowledge translation tracking; research support.
Marabeth Kramer Occupational exposure estimates; profile research.
Karla Poplawski Environmental exposures estimates; First Nations KT.
Calvin Ge Occupational exposure estimates; eWORK tool.
Basil Veerman Emissions Mapping Project.
Katie Raso Knowledge translation design.
Benita Okocha Knowledge translation tracking.
Zaeem Khan Radon occupational exposure estimate; profile updates.
Caitlin Blewett Pesticides and para-occupational exposure literature review and risk assessment protocol.
Alejandro Cervantes Outdoor air environmental estimates; geographic information systems.
Philip Chen Substance profiles, data cleaning and analysis for occupational exposure team.
Yat Chow Occupational estimates.
Steeve Deschenes Large spatial datasets; land use regression models for outdoor air modeling; substance profiles and video tutorials.
Negar Elmieh Pesticide policy in Canada.
Anders Erickson Emissions Mapping Project (EMP) database and methods assessments and emissions estimates; EMP training for First Nations groups.
Nichole Garzia Surveillance methods for estimating agricultural pesticide use and exposure.
Kristin Hodgins Research and review of historical news coverage of asbestos issues; development of an asbestos policy timeline.
Christie Hurrell Knowledge translation; communications and website design.
Sarah-Nelle Jackson Website design; substance profiles.
Barbara Karlen Implementation of needs assessment survey; project management.
Anya Keefe Partnership building; communications; government relations.
Barbara Lang Occupational estimates.
Jennifer Matthews Website development; knowledge translation strategy.
Alison McKenzie Pesticide estimates; development of the Workplace Exposures Mobile Tool.
Tyler Morgenstern Design of occupational estimate tables.
Brian Sloan Systematic review of risk communication research on asbestos and radon.
Matt Tomlins Spatial data to support the environmental indicators.
Cloe Whittaker Tutorial videos and training manuals; content management of CAREX and EMP websites; French translations.