Our Partners

The AVA team is comprised of 203+ members and growing, including 69 academic partners and 85 community partners across Canada.

AVA also has key partnerships with:

A map showing our partners across Canada

Over the course of the AVA Training Platform, additional academic and community agency team members will be added for succession planning and address emergent training needs.

See below for a comprehensive list of our partners by region

British Columbia

Principal ApplicantsCo-ApplicantsCommunity Agency Collaborators/
Knowledge Users
Margaret JacksonShirley Chau

Jackie Gruber

Balbir Gurm

Jennifer Marchbank

Sarah Merrill
Alliance of Canadian Research Centres on Gender-Based Violence (ACRC)
Lead: Devinder Chatta

BC Women’s Health Foundation
Leads: Tamil Kendall & Lori Brotto

BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre, Provincial Health Services Authority
Lead: Ann Pederson

Dixon Transition Society
Lead: Monika Verma, Director

Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver
Lead: Vera LeFranc
Ending Violence Association of BC (EVA BC)
Lead: Kate Rossiter

FREDA Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children
Lead: Sarah Yercich

Engaged Communities Canada Society
Lead: Upkar Tatlay

Jewish Family and Child Service
Lead: Pamela James

Network to Eliminate Violence in Relationships
Leads: Balbir Gurm & Jim Cessford

Lead: Lorrie Wasyliw, Director


Principal ApplicantsCo-ApplicantsCommunity Agency Collaborators/
Knowledge Users
Community Agency Collaborators/
Knowledge Users
Jennifer Leason

Nicole Letourneau

Kharah Ross

Lubna Anis

Carla Bertsch

Deborah Dewey

Aliyah Dosani

Deinera Exner-Cortens

Gerald Giesbrecht

Susan Graham

Rebecca Hudson Breen

Angelique Jenny

Regine King

Sheila McDonald

Stephanie Montesanti

Sarah Moore

Brent Oliver

Maria Parrilla-Lopez (Santana)

Lana Wells
Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters
Lead: Miranda Pilipchuk

Alberta Health Services
Leads: Carolyn Pada & Kelsey Berg

Alberta SPOR Patient Engagement Team
Lead: Paul Fairie

Awo Taan Healing Lodge
Lead: Josie Nepinak, Carolyn Woodroffe, Raquel Marquez

Calgary Counselling Centre
Lead: Robbie Babins-Wagner

Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter
Lead: Gillian Weaver-Dunlop

CHILD Studies
Lead: Martha Hart

CUPS Calgary
Leads: Carlene Donnelly, Raymond Downie & Nicole Williams

Discovery House
Leads: Leslie Hill & Lowi D’Sa

Elizabeth House
Lead: Michelle Haywood

HelpSeeker Technologies
Lead: Aline Turner

Leads: Justin Dafoe & Joy Steppacher

Hull Services
Leads: Emily Wang, Nicole Berggren & Tiffany Beks
Leads: Jessica Cope Williams & Melanie Grylls

Palix Foundation
Lead: Nancy Mannix

Reforming the Family Justice System
Lead: Diana Lowe

Ruth’s House
Lead: Dee Adekugbe (Mama Dee)

Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation
Lead: Nicole Eshkakogan

Leads: Carrie McManus & Amy Munroe

Sonshine Community Services
Leads: Susan Herman & Lisa Congo

Stardale Women’s Group Inc.
Lead: Helen McPhaden

Starlings Community Inc.
Lead: Agnes Chen

University of Calgary
Leads: William (Bill) Ghali & Penny Pexman

University of Calgary, GradSkills
Lead: Tara Christie

Women and Children’s Health Research Institute
Lead: Tanya Voth


Principal ApplicantsCo-ApplicantsCommunity Agency Collaborators/
Knowledge Users
Jorden CummingsPamela Downe

Alexandra King

Malcom King


Lise Milne

Nathalie Reid
Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan (PATHS)
Leads: Crystal Giesbrecht & Jo-Anne Dusel

Regina Family Services
Lead: Shellie Pociuk

Regina Transition House
Lead: Meghan Gould
Saskatoon Family Services
Lead: Janine Baumann

Lead: Tmira Marchment

STOPS to Violence
Lead: Tracey Knutson


Principal ApplicantsCo-ApplicantsCommunity Agency Collaborators/
Knowledge Users
Kendra Nixon

Ashley Stewart-Tufescu
Tracie Afifi

Christine Ateah

Terry Klassen

Javier Mignone

Caroline Piotrowski

Leslie Roos
Lead: Sonia Grmela

Centre for Social Science Research and Policy (CSSRP)
Lead: Shayna Plaut

Manitoba Association of Women Shelters (MAWS)
Lead: Deena Brock

Marymound Inc.
Leads: Nancy Parker & Dawn Isaac

Mosaic – Newcomer Family Resource Network
Leads: Maisa’a Haj Ahmad, Val Cavers & Jean Tinling
PAC (U Manitoba)
Lead: Marie Grisbrook

Patient Engagement Committee
Lead: Angela Soulsby

Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting
Lead: Joan Durrant

Steinbach Family Resource Centre
Lead: Jo-Anne Dalton

Willow Place
Lead: Marcie Wood


Principal ApplicantsCo-ApplicantsCommunity Agency Collaborators/
Knowledge Users
Francine Darroch

Peter George Jaffe

Katreena Scott
Linda Baker

Tara Black

Dillon Browne

Ian Graham

Lyndsay Hayhurst

Kim Jackson

Simon Lapierre

Tara Mantler

Debbie Sheppard-Lemoine

Panagiota Tryphonopoulos

Mark Wade
Lead: Annalise Trudell

Child Welfare Institute, Children’s Aid Society of Toronto
Lead: Deborah Goodman

Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario
Leads: Marta Hajek & Raeann Rideout

Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa
Leads: Diane Serré & Zoe West
Jean Tweed
Leads: Julia Bloomenfeld, Susy Cannon & Connie Cheung

Jewish Family & Child Service of Greater Toronto
Lead: Sharyn Feldman

Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration
Lead: Mohammed Baobaid


Principal ApplicantsCo-ApplicantsCommunity Agency Collaborators/
Knowledge Users
Geneviève LessardGeneviève Belleville

Kathrine Larose-Hébert

Sylvie Lévesque
Regroupement des organismes ESPACE du Québec
Lead: Janie Bergeron

Lead: Julie Tremblay


Principal ApplicantsCo-ApplicantsCommunity Agency Collaborators/
Knowledge Users
Tracey RickardsShelly Doucet

Carmen Gill

Heather Helpard

Megan Huckins

Alison Luke

Lillian MacNeill

Ted (James) McDonald

Holly Richardson

Matt Rogers
Liberty Lane Inc.
Lead: Alyson Pizzey

New Brunswick Social Pediatrics
Leads: Sarah Campbell & Sarah Gander
PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Centre (PEIRSAC)
Lead: Rachel Cowder

PEI Alliance for Mental Well-Being
Lead: Karen Cumberland

Tri County Women’s Centre
Lead: Trish McCourt

Northwest Territories

Principal ApplicantsCommunity Agency Collaborators/
Knowledge Users
Pertice MoffittYWCA NWT
Lead: Hawa Dumbuya-Sesay


Community Agency Collaborators/Knowledge Users
CAAN (Communities, Alliances & Networks)
Leads: Renee Masching, Tim Grouette

Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion
Lead: Steve Leong

Canadian Centre on Substance use and Addiction (CCSA)
Lead: Doris Payer

Ending Violence Association of Canada (EVA)
Lead: Erin Whitmore & Stephanie Lanthier

Families Canada
Leads: Rebecca Balcerzak & Zindu Salih
InsightFormation Inc.
Lead: Bill Barberg

Lead: Lisa Wolff

Knowledge Users

ProvinceIndividualAffiliated Institution
British ColumbiaRanjit DhariUniversity of British Columbia, School of Nursing
ManitobaLorna Turnbull

Diane Hiebert-Murphy

Marlyn Bennett
University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law
University of Manitoba, Faculty of Social Work
University of Manitoba, Faculty of Social Work
OntarioRamona AlaggiaUniversity of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work; Women and Gender Studies Institute
MaritimesRosann EdwardsUniversity of New Brunswick, Department of Nursing and Health Sciences

SPOR (Strategies for Patient Oriented Research) Partners

ProvinceIndividualAffiliated Institution
AlbertaPaul Fairie

Cliff Lindeman

Denise Thomson

Gabrielle Zimmermann
Alberta SPOR Patient Engagement Team, University of Calgary



ManitobaAlanna Baldwin

Gayle Halas
Manitoba SPOR & PIHCIN

Manitoba SPOR & PIHCIN
MaritimesTed (James) McDonald

Elizabeth Lappin
Maritime SPOR Support Network (MSSU)

Platform Advisory Committee (PAC)

Carlene DonnellyPAC Chair & Principal Knowledge UserExecutive Director of CUPS
Lubna AnisCo-ApplicantPost-doctoral Fellow, Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary
Carla BertschEDI Champion & CollaboratorSexual Violence Support Advocate, University of Calgary
Susan GrahamCo-ApplicantDirector of the ACHRI Owerko Centre for Children’s Neurodevelopment and Mental Health
Diane Hiebert-MurphyCollaboratorVice-Provost, University of Manitoba
Malcom & Alexandra KingIndigenous Champion, Co-ApplicantProfessor, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
Regine KingRacialized Diversity Champion, Co-ApplicantAssociate Professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary
Doris PayerCollaboratorKnowledge Broker, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and Addiction
Maria Jose Parilla Lopez (Santana)PEC Co-Chair & Co-ApplicantAssociate Professor, Dept. of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary
Angela SoulsbyPEC Co-Chair & Co-ApplicantPatient
Lana WellsCo-ApplicantAssociate Professor of Social Work, University of Calgary, and Member of Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development’s Advisory Council on Gender-Based Violence
William (Bill) Ghali & Penny PexmanCollaboratorVice-President Research, University of Calgary
Janelle LeeTraineePhD Student in University of Calgary, Community Health Sciences
Marie GrisbookTraineePhD student in the University of Calgary, Faculty of Nursing

Women & Gender-Diverse Engagement Committee (WGDEC)

Marcia BrucePatientPaCER
Simone LalondePatient
Rabea ChishtiPatient
Barb TiedemannPatient; Co-Chair
Heather MartensPatient; Co-ChairPaCER
Rhonda Walter DesjarlaisPatientPaCER
Masidon BischoffPatient
Karen MoffatPatient
Hayley CressallPatient; Co-Chair
Amanda SaundersPatient