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Shared leadership. Diverse voices. Community accountability.

Engaging members of the SHIFT ecosystem in our governance framework brings accountability and transparency to key decisions and ensures that our programs and actions are aligned with our mission, vision, values and ways of working.

Our governance structure has 3 main components:

Steering Committee

Responsible for high-level strategic decision, setting future directions and allocating resources in line with SHIFT mission, vision, values and ways of working

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Program Hubs

Responsible for major program-level decisions and ensuring that program areas are meeting annual objectives while also contributing to the SHIFT's vision and mission in the long term

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Responsible for operational decisions and the coordinated delivery of all programming in line with the direction provided by the Steering Committee and Program Hubs

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How did we get here?

Since the idea for the SHIFT Centre first emerged in 2018, the shared leadership and oversight of SHIFT has been an evolving process that has benefitted from the guidance and contributions of several groups of people.

In particular, our current governance model was greatly informed by the contributions of our two inaugural working groups. Read more about the Governance Working Group and Program Evaluation Working to learn about their research and the recommendations they put forward.

Interim Leadership Team

(August 2018 - June 2019)
  • Nadia Bhuiyan, Vice-Provost, Partnerships and Experiential Learning, OPVPAA
  • Susan Edey, Senior Coordinator, Office of Community Engagement
  • Jason Ens, Executive Director, Academic Policy Planning & Strategic Initiatives, OPVPAA
  • Anna Kruzynski, Professor & Graduate program director, School of Community and Public Affairs
  • Jason Lewis, Professor & University Research Chair in Computational Media and the Indigenous Future Imaginary
  • Charmaine Lyn, Senior Director, Office of Community Engagement
  • Kimberley Manning, Professor & Principal, Simone de Beauvoir Institute
  • Dominique Michaud, Director Research Development, Office of Research
  • Mark Underwood, Graduate Student, Applied Human Sciences
  • Vivek Venkatesh, Co-Chair UNESCO-PREV, Art Education, Faculty of Fine Arts
  • Elisabeth Cramer, Social Innovation Lead, SHIFT
  • Brooke Deer, Graduate Student, John Molson School of Business
  • Govind Gopakumar, Chair and Associate Professor, The Centre for Engineering in Society
  • Rajshree Prakash, Assistant Professor, Management, John Molson School of Business

Pilot Year Steering Committee

(September 2019 - September 2020)
  • Sara Baptiste-Brown, Program Coordinator, Institute for Cooperative Education
  • Jessica Cabana, Project Coordinator, CHNGR MTL
  • Elaine Cheasley Paterson, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs in the Faculty of Fine Arts
  • Jen Gobby, Climate activist and Postdoctoral researcher
  • Govind Gopakumar, Chair and Associate Professor, The Centre for Engineering in Society
  • Lisa Ndejuru, Artist, Storyteller and PhD candidate
  • Marc Nisbet, Financial Analyst, Esplanade
  • Nafija Rahman, Community Organizer, Amal Centre for women
  • Sydney Swaine-Simon, AI Fellow, District 3
  • Nadia Bhuiyan (non-voting), Vice-Provost, Partnerships and Experiential Learning
  • Charmaine Lyn (non-voting), Interim SHIFT Director
  • Claude Pinard (non-voting), Executive Director, Mirella and Lino Saputo Foundation

Governance Working Group

(January - June 2020)
  • Fabiola Mizero Ngirabatware, Consultant, Center for Community Organization
  • Jessica Cabana, SHIFT Steering Committee Member
  • Ernenek Duran, Director of Programs, ONE DROP foundation
  • Cheryl Gladu, PhD Student, Design & Management
  • Jon Mcphedran Waitzer, Director of Operations & Finance, The Leap
  • Eric Thananayagam, Undergraduate student, Arts & Science

Program Evaluation Working Group

(January - June 2020)
  • Rose-Anne St Paul, Community Researcher
  • Thy Anne Chu Quang, Project Manager, Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach
  • Emma Haraké, Coordinator and Community Facilitator, Center for Oral History and Digital Storytelling
  • Laïty Fary Ndiaye, Community worker, evaluation consultant and lecturer at University St-Paul
  • Maria Stawnichy, Undergraduate student, Arts & Science
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