CUISR People


CUISR University co-Director

Dr. Isobel M. Findlay (M.A. Aberdeen, M.A. Sask, Ph.D. McGill) is a professor, Department of Management and Marketing, and Scholar, Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, University of Saskatchewan, where she teaches business communication, business and community, co-operative studies, and law and culture. An active member of CUISR since 2003 and associate member of the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO), she is committed to interdisciplinary, collaborative, and community-based research on Aboriginal and associative organizations, partnerships and participation, diversity in the workplace, disability policy, corporate social responsibility, performance indicators and reporting standards, quality of life, community entrepreneurship, sustainable development, and Aboriginal law and justice. A proud recipient of a University of Saskatchewan Students' Union Teaching Excellence Award, she is also co-winner of the Saskatchewan Book Awards Scholarly Writing Award, 2000.

Phone: (306) 966-2120
Fax: (306) 966-2122
Management and Marketing
Edwards School of Business
University of Saskatchewan
#432 221 Cumberland Avenue
Saskatoon, SK S7N 1M3

CUISR Community Co-Director

Mr. Bill Holden graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with Honours in the Regional and Urban Development Program in 1983. After time in the Uof S graduate studies program and starting a market research company, Mr. Holden started working for the City of Saskatoon as Planner in 1987.

As a Planner, Mr. Holden has been involved in policy development through the City of Saskatoon’s Development Plan. This included being an integral part of Plan Saskatoon, a public process leading to the renewal of the City Development Plan and Zoning Bylaw, leading policy development for the Environmental Industrial Park classification and leading the Local Area Plan Process.

Mr. Holden is currently a Senior Planner with the City of Saskatoon Community Services Department, Planning and Development Branch where he manages the Mapping and Research Group. This unit is responsible for developing and reporting information relevant to land use and community development. This entails publishing the Neighbourhood Profiles, GIS, mapping, statistical analysis and monitoring programs for community quality of life and strategic planning. He sits as a member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Quality of Life Reporting System technical team which has developed a quality of life indicator and reporting system for 22 major Canadian municipalities and encompasses about 80% of the Canadian population.

As a founding member of the intersectoral group that established CUISR, Mr. Holden is committed to the collaboration of university knowledge, community experience and energy, and the decision-making and investment power of local government agencies. This commitment has been expressed first as the Co-Director of CUISR’s Quality of Life Module and now as the Community Co-Director of CUISR. In this role Mr. Holden has focused on developing and managing community partnerships, developing original research, and supporting local decision-makers and organizations with the goal of better public policy and community outcomes.

Phone: (306) 975-2687
Fax: (306) 975-7712
City Planning Branch
222 - 3rd Ave. N.
Saskatoon, SK S7N OJ5

University Board Members

Dr. Rachel Engler-Stringer is an assistant professor, Community Health and Epidemiology, University of Saskatchewan. She completed a BSc (Biology), specialization biomedical sciences, Université de Montréal, 1999 and a PhD (Nutrition), College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan, 2005, and was Postdoctoral Fellow, Community Approaches and Health Inequalities Chair, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Université de Montréal. Her main research interests are in food systems and food security, food system sustainability, health promotion, and community-based and participatory research. She is currently principal investigator of a large, multi-year CIHR and SHRF-funded study examining the food environment in Saskatoon for families with children. She has published widely in peer-reviewed journals on food (in)security, food sovereignty, community nutrition, food, cooking skills, and health, collective kitchens.

Phone: (306) 966-7839
Community Health and Epidemiology
College of Medicine
University of Saskatchewan
107 Wiggins Road
Saskatoon, SK S7N-5E5

Dr. Joseph Garcea is a professor and department head, Political Studies, University of Saskatchewan.

Phone: (306) 966-5222
Political Studies
University of Saskatchewan
9 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N

Dr. Michael Gertler is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Fellow in Community and Co-operative Development at the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, and Associate Member of the School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan. Michael earned his PhD in Development Sociology at Cornell. He serves as graduate chair for the Interdisciplinary Concentration in Co-operative Studies and is a member of the Administrative Committee for the Regional and Urban Planning Program in the College of Arts and Sciences. He also serves on the board of the Saskatchewan Co-operative Association, as an advisor to the Co-operative Issues Council, and on the Committee on Environmental Sustainability at the Canadian Co-operative Association. Michael teaches undergraduate courses in community and rural sociology as well as a graduate course in co-operatives and international development. Links between organizational innovations and sustainable economies are a recurring theme in his research on rural and urban co-operatives.

Phone: (306) 966-8501
Fax: (306) 966-8517
Centre for the Study of Co-operatives
University of Saskatchewan
101 Diefenbaker Place
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5B8

Dr. Marie Lovrod is an Assistant Professor, ICCC (Women’s and Gender Studies) and English, University of Saskatchewan. As a feminist researcher, Marie investigates the links between lived gendered experiences and structural forces, both material and conceptual, in efforts to engage institutional resources in service of groups who can benefit from increased access to political power. Recent publications have focused on differential colonial educational environments as sites for producing dominant and subaltern subjectivities, the effects of the post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosis in shaping potentials for social reform, considerations for responses to childhood trauma in feminist counseling contexts, and gendered generational labor practices and policies in China. Closer to home, Marie has been working in a research partnership project with the provincial network of youth in care and custody in Saskatchewan, using data collection and methods of analyses that have enabled young people to participate in developing narrative knowledge about their individual and collective experiences of custodial relationships with the state, with a view to collective self-reflection and advocacy.Marie completed doctoral work in feminist theory, autobiography, and trauma studies at the University of Calgary. She is the author of several articles in her field, and directed a multicultural education program in New York City.

Phone: (306) 966-7538
University of Saskatchewan
9 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A5

Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine is Professor and Chair, Community Health and Epidemiology,
University of Saskatchewan, and Research Faculty, Saskatchewan Population Health and
Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU). Nazeem is a social epidemiologist who leads the healthy children research theme at SPHERU, working with other faculty members, research staff and graduate students investigating the social determinants of children’s health. He is also the former co-director (academic) and founding member of the Community-University Institute for Social Research at the University of Saskatchewan.

Nazeem brings together breadth and depth in academic research, expertise in quantitative, qualitative, and evaluation research, and a deep understanding of and commitment to conducting research that makes a difference for the young children of Saskatchewan, their families, their neighbourhoods, and the broader community.

Phone: (306) 966-7940
Fax: (306) 966-7920
Community Health and Epidemiology
College of Medicine
University of Saskatchewan
107 Wiggins Road
Saskatoon SK S7N 5E5

Dr. Elizabeth Quinlan was one of the first graduates of the Interdisciplinary Studies Doctoral Program at the University of Saskatchewan, where she now teaches and researches in the Department of Sociology. Her research interests include health and illness, work organization, and research methods. She currently holds SSHRC funding to investigate the unpaid work of a group of women associated with a miners’ trade union in the 1940s-60s.

Phone: (306) 966-6937
Department of Sociology
University of Saskatchewan
9 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A5

Community Board Members

Sue Delanoy is the Executive Director for the Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan. She previously worked as a Child and Youth Advocate coordinating local projects For Children, Youth and their families. Sue works with The Kinsmen Activity Place of Saskatoon, working with Gang involved and street entrenched young people. She also coordinates activities for the new “early years knowledge to action” project called KidSKAN. In the other half of her “work life” Sue is the part-time Coordinator for the National Child Care Organization, the CCAAC (Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada).

For the last 10 years she was the Executive Director of Communities for Children in Saskatoon and 10 years before that the Executive Director of the provincial Saskatchewan Early Childhood Association.

Sue has extensive experience in encouraging innovation and change in developing and delivering programs and services for children and families, and in collaborating with government, community and academic groups to achieve change.

Sue was named a Children’s Champion by Saskatoon Preschool Foundation, 2007, and awarded the Children’s Advocate Champion award for Saskatoon in 2008. She has been a YWCA nominee for “Women of the Year” award; included as one of “Who’s Who of Canadian Women” in Chatelaine Magazine.

She has been a board member of the National Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada, and also a council member on the Child Care Human Resource Sector Council. She is currently a board member of the National board NACY (National Alliance for Children and Youth) and an advisor for the Saskatoon Core Neighbourhood Youth Coop. But she states that her most important role in the community is that of being a Mom to Bryn and Jeffrey a Mother in law to Rylan and a wife to Luc.

Judy Hannah is Grassroots Project Coordinator, Saskatchewan Association for Community Living, and founding member and Chair, Disability Income Support Coalition.

Joanne Horsley, BSW, RSW works as the Special Projects and Volunteer Coordinator for the Avenue Community Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity, as well as being Co-Director of Momentum Martial Arts and Take Control Self Defence. Joanne has a diploma in Criminal Justice (Policing) from Lethbridge Community College and a degree in Social Work from the University of Regina, Saskatoon Campus. Her work history includes being the Victim Advocate for the University of Saskatchewan Students' Union (USSU), and Campus Safety Officer for the University of Saskatchewan. She has previously volunteered with the Saskatoon Anti-Poverty Coalition, "Project ID", ConsentFest & SlutWalk Saskatoon, and the Board of AIDS Saskatoon.

Darlene Lanceley is a band member from Mistawasis First Nation. She has worked in the field of education for many years. Darlene holds a Bachelor of Education, a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts. She has worked as a community developer, teacher, student advisor, post-secondary counsellor, policy analyst, sessional lecture and as a researcher.

Darlene is interested and has lectured in areas of self-government, treaties, Indian Act, Indian Control of Indian Education, Murdered and Missing Women, justice, and research in social policy relating to Aboriginal people in urban Canada particularly in the area of homelessness and housing.

Darlene is employed with Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies as an Employment Development Consultant.

Mr. Len Usiskin, Manager, Quint Development Corporation, and co-director of our social economy strategic research. Len graduated with a B.A. (Hons.) in economics and environmental studies from the University of Winnipeg, and an M.A. in economics from the University of Manitoba. Len's academic interests focussed on macroeconomics, international economics, environmental economics, and economic development. As manager of a community-based economic development corporation in Saskatoon's core neighbourhoods, Len, under the direction of a volunteer Board of Directors, oversees the operation of several development initiatives. These include a rapidly growing affordable housing program, skills training programs, and a microenterprise training and lending program. Len was one of the founding directors of the Saskatoon Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP) set up to facilitate innovative mechanisms for financing the development of low-income, community based housing. In addition, Len was also a founding member of the Community First Foundation - Development Fund, a registered non-profit charitable organization to fundraise and financially support CED initiatives in Saskatoon. Prior to working at Quint, he spent many years working in social justice, labour and community- based organizations.

Phone: (306) 978-4041
Fax: (306) 683-1957
Quint Development Corporation Inc.
230 Avenue R South - Rm. 202