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Cheung Leslie

Leslie L. Cheung, PhD

Title or Function: Project Manager, LaboMTL Communications Coordinator, & Partnership Development Liaison

Institution/Organization: LaboMTL, UQAM

Involvement in the Laboratory:

Leslie coordinates online communications for the Laboratory, including generating website content and managing the Lab's social media profile. For the SSHRC funded project, she provides strategic and operational direction for the Management Committee as well all four research clusters, and is liaison for team members engaged in research, event organisation, and website management.

Outside the Laboratory:

Leslie has been working in the field of immigration and diversity for over 10 years, as a community organiser, researcher, policy analyst, and grant administrator. She received her Master in Public Policy from Simon Fraser University, and her Bachelor in Social Work from McGill University. Leslie completed her PhD in the Department of Sociology at McGill University on the intersectionality of race and language and its effect on measures of social integration of second generation immigrants, particularly in the Quebec context. She also has experience creating successful local and international projects that are focused on her interest in organisational and professional development.

Email Address: leslie.cheung@mail.mcgill.ca

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Danis Natachat

Natachat Danis

Title or Function: Research Assistant, Université du Québec à Montréal

Institution/Organization: CRISES

Involvement in the Laboratory:

Natachat worked with Professor Jean-Marc Fontan in the department of sociology at UQAM as a research assistant.

Outside the Laboratory:

Natachat received training in organic horticulture and works as a consultant in urban agriculture. She is founder of the company Eco Gaia, which guides individuals, businesses and institutions in developing edible arrangements projects. She is currently completing a Masters in Environmental Science on the energy efficiency of greenhouses and their integration in urban areas. She hopes her research will optimize the vegetable production through better organization of the greenhouses. Natachat also promotes local food, eco-responsible consumption and biodiversity through workshops on creative integration of native, edible, medicinal and dye plants.

Email Address: ecogaia.infos@gmail.com

Website: www.ecogaia.ca


El jed Mahdiah

Mahdiah El-Jed

Title or Function: Research Assistant

Institution/Organization : CRISES/Chair on Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development.

Involvement in the Laboratory:

Mahdian was a research assistant on the SSHRC funded partnership development project. As part of this research project, her particular role was to look into collaborations taking place around the theme of food security, by looking at the specific case study of Community Food Centres Canada. Thus, cooperation and collaboration between donors and the food system actors are topics that will be discussed in this research project.

Outside the Laboratory:

Mahdiah's research interests are around social finance and impact investing, including how to support social innovation to facilitate the development of tools to better direct impact investments to bridge the gap between research and implementation. Also, she is interested in the role of startups in the transformation of the food system and institutional funding. She is equally interested in the issue of structural racism in the food system as well as food sovereignty issues for aboriginal people.

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Lim William

William Lim

Title or Function: Research Assistant

Institution/Organisation : Western Law

Involvement in the Laboratory:

William is acting as Adam Parachin’s research assistant, where he is examining the unique legal issues related to grantmaking foundations’ (GMFs) advocacy and how the current law affects them

Outside the Laboratory:

William is pursuing his JD at Western Law where he has worked at the Sport Solution clinic for the past two years. This clinic counsels and advocates for Canada’s high performance athletes. He is a former member of the York University Varsity swim team where he was a 3-time Academic All-Canadian. He has acted as Adam Parachin’s research assistant for the past year and continues to provide assistance in matters relating to the legal and regulatory treatment of charities and charitable gifts at large.

Email Addresswlim6@uwo.ca


Liu Mengjiao

Mengjiao Liu

Title or Function: Research Assistant

Institution/Organisation: University of Québec in Montréal

Involvement in the Laboratory:

Mengjiao Liu is constructing a bibliography for the laboratory that will provide useful, relevant, and publicly available research material to facilitate the work of researchers and partners in the field of philanthropy in Canada. She selects, classifies, and summarises relevant documents in both French and English for the development of a database on the Lab’s website.

Outside the Laboratory:

Mengjiao Liu is completing her MA in the sociology department at UQAM. Her research project focuses on the evaluation systems used to assess the impact of the grantmaking foundations. She is passionate about improving the measurement of the societal impacts of philanthropic projects. Her working experience in the financial investment area triggered her interest in the venture philanthropy field and she hopes to help foundations improve their grantmaking and investment strategy. Her strength in multiple languages (English, French and Mandarin) and background in international studies has helped her develop the international perspective necessary for work in philanthropic fields.

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Longtin David

David Longtin

Title or Function: Research Assistant

Institution/Organization : University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM)

Involvement in the Laboratory:

As part of the Social Innovation, Societal Change and Canadian Grantmaking Foundations project, David Longtin is working on a case study on the nature and impacts of collaborations which have been developed among eight Canadian grantmaking foundations involved in the Early Child Development Funders Working Group.

Outside the Laboratory:

David Longtin holds a master's degree in political science from the University of Quebec in Montreal and works as a research assistant at the CRISES. His research interests focus on social imaginaries, citizenship studies, theoretical and empirical perspectives on democratization and collective actions in Latin America. Since 2009, he has contributed to different partnership research projects of the CRISES on philanthropy and social innovation in the province of Quebec. Since 2011, he assists a team of researchers to build a database which, as a statistical observatory, will enable longitudinal, spatial and sectoral analysis of social innovation.

Email Address: longton.david@uqam.ca


Wilson Dan

Dan Wilson

Title or Function: Director, Strategy & Performance

Institution/Organization : Ontario Trillium Foundation

Involvement in the Laboratory:

The Ontario Trillium Foundation is one of the original research partners for the SSHRC funded project and Dan acted as their representative on the Management Committee and provides strategic support to Cluster I, which is exploring the state of philanthropy in Canada.

Outside the Laboratory:

Dan Wilson is a Credentialed Evaluator and the Director, Strategy & Performance with the Ontario Trillium Foundation. His team also leads the Foundation's research, evaluation and learning strategy. Dan's background includes community development, capacity building, and health promotion. He has also spent some time as a Program Manager with the Foundation.

Email Address: dwilson@otf.ca

Website: www.otf.ca/


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