CoPEH-Canada structure

CoPEH-Canada is a dynamic group of (presently) over 100 members. Members of the CoPEH-Canada core team come from ten universities and organizations across Canada, in various fields. Graduate students and young professionals, many of whom have taken the CoPEH-Canada field school or workshop, form a particularly dynamic sub-group, Emerging Scholars and Professionals (ESaP).

Memorandum  of  Understanding for the creation of a consortium for the CoPEH-Canada

In 2016, the authorities of six Canadian universities (Dalla Lana School of Public Health (University of Toronto), Simon Fraser University, Université de Moncton, Université du Québec à Montréal, University of Northern British Colombia and York University) signed a MOU for the creation of a consortium linked to the CoPEH-Canada. Since, two universities have joined: l'Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) and Guelph University. If you think that your institution would be interested in joining the MOU please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

flexible nodal structure

CoPEH-Canada has been based around three regions in a flexible nodal structure:  the Québec-Acadie-Atlantique (QAA) Node, the Ontario Node, and the BC, Prairies and Territories (Western) Node. We developed this nodal structure to more easily support the participation of everyone, in the language of their choice and with opportunities to shape activities. Our development is progressive, through the addition of ever more colleagues, partners and collaborators as time goes on. CoPEH-Canada works to support regional groups in Canada and also collaborates with Latin American, African and Asian partners. 

Each node is loosely structured around a coordination team (node-leader, coordinator and a core group of members) and individuals in the region, participating according to their availability. The mandate of the nodes is to build a strong, dynamic community and set up regional activities that answer the needs of the participants, as well as support exchanges of information across and between Canadian parties and international partners. (see our news and twitter feeds for particular activities).

Trillium nodal structure schema

Node-leaders and regional core group members coordinate the pan-Canadian community of practice. The principal functions of this coordinating group are to organize the CoPEH-Canada workshops and annual ecohealth field school, make decisions on the general management of the community, plan annual national activities, provide support to the nodes and stimulate participation. Reactions to national-level interests and topics are responded to at this level (see again our news and twitter feeds). 

The director of programmes is responsible for ensuring the maintenance of basic CoPEH-Canada programmes and exploring opportunities in line with priorities established by consortium members.

Director of Programmes

Jena Webb
Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur le bien-être, la santé, la société et l'environnement (CINBIOSE)
Université du Québec à Montréal

British-Columbia, Prairies and Territories Node

Margot Parkes (Node Leader)
Professor and Chair, University of Northern BC, School of Health Sciences, UNBC; Cross Appointed, Northern Medical Program, UBC

Ontario Node


Québec-Acadie-Atlantique Node

Johanne Saint-Charles (Node Leader)
Professor, Director Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur le bien-être, la santé, la société et l'environnement (CINBIOSE), Département de communication sociale et publique
Université du Québec à Montréal

Jena Webb (Nodal coordinator)
Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur le bien-être, la santé, la société et l'environnement (CINBIOSE)
Université du Québec à Montréal

In Memoriam:

Bruce Hunter, a founding member of CoPEH-Canada, passed away suddenly on October 19th 2011. His insights, calm, wisdom and dedication to the “kids” are sorely missed by us all. He has left his mark on each of us individually and on CoPEH-Canada as a whole.

Bruce Hunter