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Charlotte McEwen - Chapter President & Conference Chair

Charlotte McEwen is a Master of Health Sciences, Specialization in Epidemiology student at Lakehead University and a Registered Nurse. In her volunteer and professional work, she has organized events that have involved hundreds of individuals and coordinated fundraising campaigns that have raised thousands of dollars. She was a founding member of the CSEB-LU Chapter, and made key contributions to Lakehead University’s first CSEB student research showcase in 2017. Charlotte is excited to share beautiful Thunder Bay with the CSEB community, and looks forward to seeing you here! 


Carlina Marchese - Co-Director of Communications

Carlina Marchese is a Master of Health Sciences candidate at Lakehead University.  She previously completed her Specialized Honours Bachelor of Arts, Psychology at Lakehead University, and a post-graduate certificate in Concurrent Disorders at Confederation College.  She works as a respite worker, and is a Graduate Assistant at the Centre for Research on Safe Driving (CRSD). Carlina volunteers with the Multicultural Association of Thunder Bay, tutoring students. She looks forward to help plan and organize a successful CSEB 2018 Student Conference!

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Shauna Fossum - Co-Director of Communications

Shauna is currently completing her Master of Health Sciences (specialization in Gerontology) degree at Lakehead University. She previously graduated with her Honours Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Gerontology) from Lakehead University. She works as a graduate assistant at Lakehead University’s Centre for Research on Safe Driving (CRSD). Shauna actively volunteers with various programs at the Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay. She is excited about being involved with Lakehead University’s CSEB Student Chapter!


Chris Viel - Director of Professional Development

Chris Viel is a Masters student in the Health Science’s program, specializing in Epidemiology. In his undergraduate education, Chris took both an Honours Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology. He has an extensive research background, working at the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute for five years. During this time he has attended and presented at several conferences, both locally and abroad. In addition to this research, he has also assisted in studies focusing on elder abuse, as well as inclusion for people with dementia. Chris also brings a plethora of volunteer opportunities to this team including the Thunder Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre and Canadian Red Cross. As the Director of Professional Development, Chris will bring past experience from his position as the Lakehead Representative of the NOSM Medical and Health Research group to ensure students gain positive and valuable tools to pursue a career in epidemiology.


Shofia Akhtar - Director of Finance

Shofia Akhtar is a first year Masters student in public health program, specialization in epidemiology at Lakehead university. She completed her undergraduate education in Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in Bangladesh. Therefore, she has completed Doctor of Medicine in Canada (MD). She has extended experience of volunteering at different organizations in both Bangladesh and Canada. She works as a graduate assistant at Lakehead university’s Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research (CRaNHR). She is also involved with Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Centre as a volunteer. Moreover, she is the Vice President of Lakehead Bangladeshi Student Association (LBSA). She is very exited to be involved with Lakehead University’s CSEB Student Chapter! 


Catherine Chambers-Bédard - Northern Ontario School of Medicine Liaison

Catherine is currently a first year medical student at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. She previously completed an Honours Bachelor of Science (biology). Catherine was a member of the CSEB Lakehead Chapter last year, and is thrilled to be helping to organize the CSEB student conference, and show interested medical students how they can become involved with the CSEB at Lakehead and nationally.


Anish Yadav - Graduate Assistant

Anish is a second year Master’s of Public Health student at Lakehead University. He previously graduated with a MBBS degree from the Kathmandu University, Nepal.  He currently works as a graduate assistant with the CSEB conference team.


Dr. Dewan - Postdoctoral Fellow

Neha is a Physical Therapist and Hand Therapist from India. She has completed her Masters’ Degree in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (with Upper extremity & Hand Rehabilitation as sub-elective) from Manipal University, India. She has then worked as a Physical therapist and lecturer for two years in India. To pursue her passion for evidence-based rehabilitation and clinically relevant research, she moved to McMaster University in Canada in 2012 and completed her PhD in rehabilitation in 2016. Currently, Neha is pursuing her postdoctoral fellowship under the supervision of Dr. Vicki Kristman at Lakehead University.


Dr. Armstrong - Research Associate

Dr. Armstrong completed his PhD at the University of Waterloo in the School of Public Health and Health Systems in 2013.  His doctoral dissertation examined rehabilitation services for older adults in the Ontario home care system using a provincial interRAI database.  After receiving his doctorate, he went on to complete an Alzheimer Society of Canada fellowship and a Canadian Consortium for Neurodegeneration in Aging fellowship with the Geriatric Medicine Research group at Dalhousie University.  His postdoctoral work focused on epidemiological studies on frailty and cognitive decline in older adults.  Dr. Armstrong has advanced skills in quantitative data analysis, and an interdisciplinary background that includes gerontology, epidemiology, cognitive sciences, biostatistics and data mining, health measurement scales, neurocognitive disorders, and population health. 


Dr. Kristman – Faculty Advisor

Dr. Kristman is an associate professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Lakehead University (in Thunder Bay, ON), and an associate professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. She is also an associate scientist at the Institute for Work and Health. Dr. Kristman currently holds a prestigious CIHR New Investigator Award in community-based primary health care, with a research focus on preventing work disability through accommodation.