Jonathan Lai, Director of Operations and StrategyRead More
Previously, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at York University, examining predictors of changes in service use for people with developmental disabilities. He led a series of TEDx talks and other integrated knowledge translation projects. This was followed by a CIHR Health System Impact Fellowship at McGill University and the Centre for Innovation in Autism and Intellectual Disabilities, where he led the development of a program evaluation of a specialized medical-dental primary care clinic for people with developmental disabilities, led federal government engagement of evidence-use in policy dialogues, and reports at the United Nations Convention on research evidence used in rights-based approaches for children with disabilities in Canada.
His graduate training in Neuroscience at Guelph and McMaster focused on gene-environment influences on the developing brain, funded consecutively by Ontario Mental Health Foundation and a CIHR Vanier Scholarship.
In his spare time, Jonathan likes to conduct cooking experiments in the kitchen, entertain his cat, and stay active outdoors. LinkedIn
Stephanie Côté, Policy and Research Analyst
Adelina Nielsen, Executive Coordinator
Megan, Krasnodembski, Marketing and Policy InternRead More
Carolyn Abel, Policy and Communications Intern
Jacalyn Guy, MITACS-CASDA Post-Doctoral FellowRead More
Currently, Jacalyn works at the Medical Research Council’s Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge. Her work aims to understand how and why children struggle at school irrespective of any clinical diagnosis, with a long-term goal of developing targeted interventions and risk factors for long-term difficulties. She is excited to broaden her interests outside of a traditional academic setting with the MITACS-CASDA fellowship to engage with stakeholders and translate research into evidence-informed policies.
Vanessa Tomas, Project Coordinator