GE³LS Experts in Ontario

Amani, Bita
Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University

Dr. Amani’s research interests include Intellectual Property Law (domestic and International), regulating genetics and new technologies, biopiracy and protection of traditional and cultural knowledge, regulatory and ethical issues of medical/scientific research and its commercialization, governance issues in information and communication technologies, privacy and big data, personal and population health, globalization and social justice, international law and regulatory diversity, torts, gender based and intersectional analyses, as well as human, indigenous, and cultural rights, the impact of public policies and the possibilities of law reform for vulnerable communities.

Andrée, Peter
Associate Professor, Political Science, Carleton University

Dr. Andrée’s teaching and research focuses on international and Canadian environmental politics, as well as the political economy and political ecology of agriculture and the food system.

Ashbury, Fredrick
Adjunct Professor, Social & Behavioural Health Science, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Dr. Ashbury’s research interests are in point-of-care intervention research in cancer control, including the design, implementation and evaluation of physician-directed decision support tools and supportive care. He is also interested in population health studies, including knowledge, attitudes and behaviours to develop risk profiles and interventions to reduce risk of chronic disease. He helped to design and implement the Ontario Cancer Cohort population health research platform for Cancer Care Ontario and the Ontario Cancer Research Institute. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Supportive Care in Cancer.

Bocking, Stephen
Professor, School of the Environment, Trent University

Dr. Bocking’s research focuses on understanding the roles and meanings of science in environmental politics, and examining this both historically and through case studies of contemporary environmental issues.

Boecker, Andreas
Associate Professor, Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Guelph

Dr. Boecker’s key research interests include: Food-related risk perception and consumer behavior; Consumer acceptance of (new) food products and technologies; Business and economic analysis of food traceability; and Communication about food and agricultural innovations and technologies.

Bowen, Amy
Research Program Leader, Consumer Insights, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

Using an integrated approach, the Consumer Insights group provides information to guide the selection of breeding programs, the introduction of new varieties and the messaging of production practices to match consumer appeal to align with applied genomics and horticultural production systems. The ultimate goal of the group is to identify characteristics that give value to new and existing products and, most importantly, to meet consumer expectations.
Amy`s current research activities include consumer and market intelligence and consumer preference drivers to inform about tree fruit and vegetable breeding programs and world crops introduction. Her research interests focus on understanding the intrinsic (appearance, aroma, taste) and extrinsic (price, packaging) drivers that impact consumer preference and choice for horticultural products.

Chan, Laurie
Professor, Canada Research Chair in Toxicology and Environmental Health, University of Ottawa

Dr. Chan’s research interests focus on toxicology, environmental health, nutrition and the environment of indigenous peoples; chemical, biological and biochemical processes involved in the metabolism and toxicity of environmental and nutritional contaminants; effects of trace element deficiency; effects of contaminants in the ecosystem; and risk assessment.

Cranfield, John
Professor & Chair, Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Guelph

Dr. Cranfield’s research focuses on: The economics of consumer behaviour and demand analysis at the individual, household and market level (largely in relation to demand for food and food products); Innovation in the agri-food and biotechnology sectors; and Economic history.

Das, Raju
Associate Professor, Geography, York University

Dr. Das’ research areas include: The role of the state in the promotion of agricultural development; Rural poverty; Impacts of floriculture and shrimp-culture on society and environment; Green revolution technology; and GM technology in agriculture. His interests lie in studying the social and ethical dimensions of genetically modified (GM) crops.

Deaton, Brady Jr.
Professor & McCain Family Chair in Food Security, Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Guelph

Brady Deaton’s research focuses on two key themes: Land and Property and Food and Agricultural Standards.

DeBeer, Jeremy
Full Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

De Beer’s research interests include topics ranging from digital copyrights to biotechnology patents, with particular emphasis on the intersection of technology, intellectual property and international development. His genomics-related experience includes extensive work on agricultural biotechnologies and biomedical innovation.

Drescher, Michael
Associate Professor, School of Planning, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo

Dr. Drescher’s research areas of interest include: Forest management; Climate change; Land conservation; Conservation program evaluation; Conservation governance; Environmental psychology & ethics; Urban ecology; Ecosystem services; and Green infrastructure.

Eyles, John
Distinguished University Professor, School of Geography and Earth Sciences, McMaster University

Dr. Eyles’ research interests include: Development and application of social indicators for quality of life issues; Comparative analysis of resource allocation strategies for health and welfare; Examination of the relationships between work and home life in nursing as an integral part of manpower planning; The nature of environmental health policy; and Health status, health-care needs assessment and inequalities in health. He has also made methodological contributions, especially with the use of qualitative methods to discover lay perceptions of health, illness and health care, which have a direct impact on health promotion and illness prevention policies. He has also carried out a quantitative examination of the relation between use of and need for health care in Canada. Recently, he is interested in evaluation; working with the PEI Health and Social Services System and the Ontario Aboriginal Wellness Strategy.

Friedmann, Harriet
Professor Emerita, Department of Sociology, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Professor Friedmann’s research includes: International regulation of food, agriculture, and seeds; Political ecology and resilience; and Urban food regions in global and historical context.

Gore, Christopher
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Politics and Public Administration

Dr. Gore’s doctoral research focused on the multilevel politics and process of energy sector reform in the East African country of Uganda. This research builds on Dr. Gore’s globally comparative and Canadian research interests in the politics, policy, and administration of urban and environmental issues. He is currently involved in several research projects relating to how different forms of knowledge influence environmental policy; urban agriculture and food policy in East Africa; energy and electricity in sub-Saharan Africa and Canada; and climate change, particularly, municipal response to climate change.

Greer-Wootten, Bryn
Professor, Department of Geography, York University
Associate Director, Institute for Social Research, York University

Dr. Greer-Wootten’s area of expertise incorporates all aspects of survey research, especially with respect to environmental and social policy analysis using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Specifically, she has experience researching sustainability indicators, ISR projects on perceived Quality of Life [social indicators], and how to incorporate such data into the policy formulation process, environmental research, and theoretical studies of the relations between nature and society in environmental discourse.

Hailu, Getu
Associate Professor, Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Guelph

Getu’s current research focuses on Production Economics (innovation, technology adoption, productivity and efficiency), Food Demand Analysis, Economics of Organization (Co-operatives), Price Risk Management.

Hayeems, Robin
Scientist-track Investigator, Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute
Assistant Professor, Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto

Dr. Hayeems’ research areas of interest involve health services and the ethics related to genomic screening and diagnostic technologies.

Hoy, Michael
Professor, Department of Economics and Finance, University of Guelph

Dr. Hoy’s published research is primarily in the areas of Information Theory, Insurance Markets, Inequality Measurement, and Public Policy. His research awards include a grant from the Canadian Genome Analysis and Technology Program (1994-1999) to study the Socio-economic Effects of Genetic Information and one from the Facing the Future Program (2003-2004), jointly sponsored by CIHR and Genome Canada to study the impact of genetic testing on the life insurance market. He has also had a SSHRC Insight Grant (2011 – 2013) to study “Genetic Information in Insurance Markets: Regulatory Issues.” His current research is focused on how insurance companies, both public and private, may use genetic information for better or worse in the context of insureds responses to such information and strategic use of such information by insurers.

Isaranuwatchai, Wanrudee
Director, Centre for Excellence in Economic Analysis Research (CLEAR), St. Michael’s Hospital
Assistant Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto

Dr. Isaranuwatchai’s research interests include: Health Economics, Economic Evaluations, Health Technology Assessment, Person-level Data Analysis, Administrative Databases, Quantitative Research, Survey Research, Mental Health, Cancer, Community programs, Disaster Research

Kant, Shashi
Professor, Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto

Dr. Kant’s research interests include: Economics of community-based forest management systems; Valuation of ecosystem services including social, cultural, and land use activities of First Nations peoples; Behavioral economics specifically other regarding preferences of First Nations peoples and peoples involved in co-management; Non-market signals of resource scarcity; Game theoretical models of co-management; International trade of forest products, Timber pricing; Forest tenure; Institutional economics; and Social choice theory and forest management.

Lehrer, Steven
Associate Professor, Policy Studies and Economics, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University
Research Associate, NBER

Dr. Lehrer’s research focuses on health economics, economics of education, causal inference and experimental economics.  His recent work involves large scale GWAS for education, exploring the utility of polygenic scores and estimating gene by environment interactions.

Lemmens, Trudo
Professor, Scholl Chair in Health Law and Policy, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto;
Cross-appointed in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, and Joint Centre for Bioethics

Dr. Lemmens’ research areas of interest include: Legal, Ethical and Social Issues of Genetics and Genomics, Big Data, Research Ethics, Data Sharing and Data Transparency, Commercialization, Pharmacogenomics, Pharmaceutical Governance, Genetic Discrimination.

Mhlanga, Saneliso
Research Assistant, Food, Agriculture & Resources Economics, Guelph University

Saneliso is interested in conducting research throughout the marketing chain from producer to consumer with an emphasis on understanding and modeling the behavior of consumers and developing marketing intelligence, supplying information trends for the Canadian horticultural sector, studying market dynamics and new product introduction potential. Current research focuses on analyzing and reporting on issues of economic importance in the food and beverage manufacturing industry.

Murray Krahn
Director of Toronto Health Economics and Technology Assessment Collaborative
F. Norman Hughes Chair in Pharmacoeconomics, Faculty of Pharmacy, Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Senior Scientist, Toronto General Research Institute
Adjunct Scientist, The Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences

Dr. Krahn and THETA have extensive experience in the evaluation of new technology. This includes clinical research (e.g. randomized trials), quality of life assessment, economic evaluation, and the evaluation of complex health interventions (including drugs, devices, and health programs). Areas of special interest include: the development of methods to evaluate patient preferences, the use of large scale administrative data for technology assessment, and frameworks for decision making around new technology.

Nangia, Parveen
Assistant Professor, Sociology, Laurentian University

Dr. Nangia’s research interests are in migration, urbanization, fertility, social inequality, program evaluation, nutritional and health status, and environmental sociology. He has special interest in the aging population.

O’Doherty, Kieran
Associate Professor, Applied Social Psychology, University of Guelph

Dr. O’Doherty’s research interests broadly encompass the social and ethical implications of genomics and emerging biotechnology. Specific projects and areas of studies include: Human tissue biobanking; Genetic testing; Human microbiome; Soil microbial genomics; Salmon genomics; and The use of public deliberation and other participatory mechanisms to inform policy and social norms for contentious biotechnologies.

Oguamanam, Chidi
Professor, Common Law, University of Ottawa

Professor Oguamanam has diverse interdisciplinary research interests in the areas of global knowledge governance, especially as manifested in the dynamics of intellectual property and technology law with emphasis on biodiversity and biotechnology, including agricultural biotechnology.
He identifies the policy and practical contexts for the exploration of the intersections of knowledge systems, particularly western science and the traditional knowledge of indigenous and local communities within the broader development discourse and paradigm.
He is interested in the global institutional and regime dynamics for negotiating access and distributional challenges in regard to the optimization of benefits of innovation by stakeholders.

Peters, Amanda
Assistant Professor, Department of Law and Legal Studies, Carleton University

Ms. Peter’s research areas of interest include: Socio-cultural impacts of biotechnological innovation; Critical communities and biotechnological resistance; Popular vs. scientific conceptions of genomics and gene-environment interaction; Biopolitics; Bioethics; Health systems; Food and nutrition; Organ transplant; Organ donation.

Salazar, Alberto
PhD Student, Department of Sociology, McMaster University

Dr. Salazar specializes in: Corporate law and corporate social responsibility; Consumer protection law; Competition law and policy; Corporate governance; and Law and economics from an interdisciplinary and critical perspective.

Saner, Marc
Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics, University of Ottawa

Dr. Saner’s research interests are in ethics, risk, regulation and governance of biotechnology, synthetic biology and convergent technology.

Sarker, Rakhal
Associate Professor, Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Guelph

Dr. Sarker’s research interests include: Exchange rate variability and trade; the economics of trade disputes; The economics of agri-food safety-net programs; Data nonstationarity and generic advertising; Regionalism and agri-food trade; and Biotechnology and competitiveness.

Schott, Stephan
Associate Professor, Graduate Supervisor for the M.A. In Sustainable Energy Policy, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University

Dr. Schott’s research focuses on: the integration of traditional knowledge with natural and social sciences; Fishery and wildlife management and governance; Sustainable development in the Arctic; and Alternative energy for remote communities.

Shuman, Cheryl
Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto
CGC, Director, Genetic Counselling, SickKids

Ms. Shuman’s research relates to translation of genetic and genomic testing in the clinical arena, professional practice and education related to genetic counselling. Furthermore, she has a long standing clinical and research involvement with families with Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome and those with isolated hemihyperplasia.

Skogstad, Grace
Professor, Department of Political Science(UTSG), Department of Social Sciences (UTSC), University of Toronto

Dr. Skogstad’s research areas of interest include comparative public policy; the role of international institutions in regulating transatlantic agricultural and food trade disputes; Canadian federalism and intergovernmental relations; policy networks and governance; the role of ideas in policy-making; and the impact of economic globalization and political internationalization on the domestic politics and governance of agriculture and food.

Van Acker, Rene
Dean, Ontario Agricultural College
Professor, Department of Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph

Dr. Van Acker’s research areas of interest include:
Weed Management: weed recruitment biology and the impact of its nature on the efficacy of management approaches;
Biosafety: facilitating the future exploitation of novel traits in cropped plants by producing effective, detailed deterministic models of crop to crop novel trait movement (trait confinement models).

Wagner-Riddle, Claudia
Professor, School of Environmental Studies, University of Guelph

Dr. Wagner-Riddle’s research studies the effect of agricultural activities on the atmospheric environment with activities focused on quantifying and understanding trace gas emissions from agriculture, in particular gases that enhance the atmosphere’s greenhouse effect such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide.

Weersink, Alfons
Professor, Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Guelph

Dr. Weersink’s research interests are agricultural economics – specifically the effectiveness of environmental policy in the agricultural sector (on environmental quality goals); the profitability of farming systems, biophysical simulation and farm optimization models; evaluating consequences of bio-product development on farmers; and explaining the dramatic changes in macroeconomics.

Willison, Don
Associate Professor, Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation, Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto

Dr. Willison’s research purview includes:  Survey work, public dialogues, and focus groups examining the attitudes of Canadians regarding alternatives to traditional project-specific consent for use of their personal information for health research; A comparison of the general public and patients with potentially stigmatizing health conditions on these matters; An evaluation of how research ethics boards approach privacy, confidentiality, and security issues when reviewing observational studies involving the use of personal information for health research; and The development and evaluation of a consent-based patient registry.

Wilson, Brenda
Professor, Faculty of Medicine, School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, University of Ottawa

Dr. Wilson’s research areas include: Health system impacts of new genetic/genomic technologies; Genetics/genomics in population screening; Evidence based implementation [knowledge translation] of new genetic/genomic technologies (including precision medicine approaches); Psychosocial, behavioural, and family aspects of using genetic/genomic information; Public engagement related to emerging genetic/genomic applications.

Xie, Feng
Associate Professor, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact, McMaster University

Dr. Xie’s research area focuses on health technology assessment, pharmacoeconomics and outcome research. His main research interest is cost-effectiveness and cost-utility analyses of new health technology and new drugs using primary data or secondary data with a model. He is also interested in measuring and valuing preferences from patients and the general public and incorporate them into health policy making.