Parachute Expert Advisory Committee

Dr. Ian Pike, BSPE, M.Sc., PhD (Chair)

Director, BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit 
Clinical Investigator, Child & Family Research Institute 
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia
Co-Executive Director, The Community Against Preventable Injuries

Dr. Ian Pike is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at UBC; Scientist at the Child and Family Research Institute; Director of the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit, Network Researcher with AUTO21; and Co-executive Director, The Community Against Preventable Injuries.  

The BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit works directly with the BC Government, Health Authorities, and other organizations, with the goal to reduce the social and economic burden of injury in British Columbia.  In addition to its BC focus, the Unit participates in injury prevention research and initiatives across Canada and internationally.

Dr. Pike is the principle investigator of the CIHR Team in Child and Youth Injury Prevention in Canada. His research is funded by CIHR, AUTO21, and Public Health Agency of Canada, and includes national projects to develop and validate injury indicators for Canadian children and youth; injury prevention among First Nations and Inuit children and youth; child passenger safety; risky play; and, the efficacy of social marketing to reduce preventable injuries.  He has given over 50 invited presentations, including 12 keynote talks.  In addition, he has given over 30 continuing education sessions to physicians, nurses, public health and safety professionals, and has over 35 peer-reviewed journal articles, more that 55 conference proceeding abstracts, and numerous invited plenary and professional presentations.

Pamela Fuselli, BSc, BHA, MSc

Vice President, Knowledge Transfer & Stakeholder Relations

Pamela Fuselli is the Vice President, Government & Stakeholder Relations at Parachute. Formerly the executive director at Safe Kids Canada, she was instrumental in the amalgamation of four national organizations that led to the creation of Parachute. Pamela has over 18 years experience in the health care sector and has a reputation for building strategic partnerships with key stakeholders at the community, provincial, territorial, national and federal levels as well as with corporate partners and industry.

Dr. Michael D. Cusimano, MD, MHPE,  FRCSC, PhD, FACS

Division of Neurosurgery, St. Michael's Hospital
Professor of Neurosurgery, Education and Public Health, University of Toronto

Dr. Carolyn Emery, BScPT, PhD

Associate Dean Research and Associate Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology
Co-chair Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, Faculty of Kinesiology
Pediatrics and Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary

Dr. Emery is a physiotherapist and her PhD in Epidemiology is from the Department of Public Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Alberta. Her research fields include sport injury epidemiology, randomized controlled trials in injury prevention in sport and rehabilitation in pediatrics and sport medicine. Her research focuses primarily on injury prevention in child and adolescent sport and recreation. 

Dr. Emery is an associate professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and the Departments of Pediatrics and Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary. She is an Alberta Innovation Health Solutions Population Health Investigator and holds a Professorship in Pediatric Rehabilitation funded through Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation. She is co-chair of the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre (SIPRC) [1 of 4 International Olympic Committee Research Centres of Excellence in Injury Prevention in Sport] in the Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary. Dr. Emery is a member of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute for Child and Maternal Health, Hotchkiss Brain Institute and the Institute for Public Health.

Dr. Audrey Giles, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, School of Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa

Dr. Audrey Giles is an applied cultural anthropologist who is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Kinetics, Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of Ottawa. Her community-based research focuses on the intersections of culture, gender, and place as they relate to physical activity and injury prevention. She conducts the majority of her interdisciplinary research with Aboriginal communities in the provincial and territorial north. Audrey has a particular interest in water, boat, and ice safety and was a lifeguard and swimming instructor for almost twenty years.

Dr. Claude Goulet, Ph.D.

Full Professor, Faculty of Education, Department of Physical Education, Laval University
Dr. Claude Goulet, PhD, is Full Professor in the Department of Physical Education at Laval University, in Québec City. He holds a PhD in motor learning from Laval University. For more than 20 years, his research has been related to safety promotion in sport and physical activities. From 1998 to 2006, he was head of sport safety research at the Québec Ministry of Education, Leisure, and Sport (QMELS). The QMELS is responsible for enforcing a unique law, the Act Respecting Safety in Sports. In accordance with this act, one of the QMELS’s orientations is to “ensure that the safety and physical security and well-being of participants are provided for during sports and recreational activities”. Therefore, the research projects of Dr. Goulet cover many spheres of sport participation ranging from informal to organised activities, and from recreational practice to the highest level of sport participation. His interests lie in the epidemiology, the aetiology, the surveillance, and the prevention of sport and physical activity injuries. In addition to his interest in sport safety Dr. Goulet’s research also covers the psychosocial factors associated with the use of performance enhancing substances.

Dr. Brent Hagel, Ph.D

Associate Professor, Research Methods Team
Departments of Paediatrics and Community Health Sciences
Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute for Child and Maternal Health
Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

Dr. Brent Hagel is an injury epidemiologist with the Departments of Paediatrics and Community Health Sciences in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. He received his MSc in Epidemiology at the University of Calgary in 1998 and his PhD in Epidemiology & Biostatistics at McGill University in 2003. His research interests involve evaluation of the intended and unintended effects of protective equipment use and injury prevention policies (e.g., ski and snowboard helmet use, bike helmet legislation, body checking and minor hockey participation), with particular interest in child and adolescent sport and recreational injury prevention.

Dr. Andrew Howard, MD, FRCSC, MSc

Chief, Division of Paediatric Orthopaedics and Director, Office of International Surgery, Hospital for Sick Children
Senior Scientist, Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute
Associate Professor, Departments of Surgery and Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation, University of Toronto

Dr. Alison Macpherson, PhD

Associate Professor, Faculty of Health - School of Kinesiology & Health Science, York University
Adjunct Scientist, The Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences

Dr. Macpherson received her PhD from the University of Toronto's Institute of Medical Science preceeded by a Master's degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from McGill University.  Her research interests include prevention of childhood injuries in mainstream, First Nations, and Inuit children, and pediatric health services research.  She is an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), a member of the LaMarsh Institute for Child and Youth Health, and a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Injury Prevention.   She is currently the co-principal investigator on several CIHR grants, including the CIHR Team in Child Injury Prevention.

Dr. Cameron Mustard, A.B., Sc.D.

President and Senior Scientist, Institute for Work & Health
Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Dr. Mustard is President and Senior Scientist, Institute for Work & Health and a Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Dr. Mustard has a background in public health sciences, with an emphasis on epidemiology and health policy. He completed his doctoral training in epidemiology, health policy and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.

He has active research interests in the areas of work environments and health, the organization and deliver of health services and the adequacy and equity of disability income security programs. Dr Mustard is the author of more than 100 scientific papers and is a frequent advisory to public policy forums in Canada. Dr Mustard is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Institute for Health Information where he served as Chair of the Canadian Population Health Initiative Council. He was a Fellow of the Population Health Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (1998-2003) and a past recipient of a CIHR Scientist award (1998‑2003). He is currently a Board member of the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation and a member of the Research Advisory Council of the Ontario Workplace Safety & Insurance Board.

Dr. David A. Sleet, Ph.D

Associate Director for Science, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, National Centre for Injury Prevention & Control (USA)
David Sleet, Ph.D., served for 15 years as the Associate Director for Science for the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention at the National Center for Injury Prevention at the Center Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.  He was the senior advisor on matters of science and policy before retiring in 2016.  Before joining CDC, he taught and conducted research in public health at San Diego State University, directed the Road Accident Research Unit at University of Western Australia, and was a visiting scientist at the US Dept Transportation and at the Road Safety Agency in Finland. He has published more than 175 articles related on injury prevention and health, and he co-edited the WHO World Report on Road Traffic Injury Prevention and the CDC Handbook on Injury and Violence Prevention.  Some of his most important work has been on alcohol and driving which led to a new .08 BAC standard in the US,  and published warning on the potential dangers of airbags to child passengers.    

Dr. Richard Stanwick, MD, MSc

Chief Medical Health Officer, Island Health 
Past President, Canadian Paediatric Society
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Information Science, University of Victoria

Dr. Richard Stanwick was appointed the position of Chief Medical Health Officer for the Vancouver Island Health Authority in December 2001. 

In this role Dr. Stanwick is responsible for communicable disease prevention and control in the community, and provides evidence-based opinions to physicians, Councils, Boards and the community on a wide variety of health issues including communicable diseases, environmental health issues and complex health related social issues. He is also responsible for monitoring and assessing the health status of the community, making recommendations for strategies to address health issues and implementing immediate actions when necessary to protect the health of the public. 

Dr. Stanwick was the Medical Health Officer for the Capital Regional District (CRD) from 1995 to 1997, a position that expanded to include Director of Research when the function amalgamated to the Capital Health Region (CHR) in 1997.  He practiced pediatrics at St. Boniface Hospital and Winnipeg Children's Hospital from 1979 to 1995 in Manitoba. He was also the Assistant Provincial Epidemiologist in Manitoba in 1985 and the Medical Health Officer for the City of Winnipeg from 1990 to 1995. 

Dr. Stanwick obtained his degree in medicine at the University of Manitoba. He did his Fellowship in Community Pediatrics at McGill University, where he also received his Masters degree in Epidemiology and Health. He obtained a Fellowship in Community Medicine from the University of Manitoba. He was a Full Professor at the University of Manitoba in both Pediatrics and Community Health Sciences, and has held an Adjunct Professor appointment with the Faculty of Health Information Science at the University of Victoria since 2000.  

Dr. Stanwick is also an honourary Life Member of both the Canadian Public Health Association and the Canadian Paediatric Society.

Dr. Lynne Warda, MD FRCPC

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health
Injury Prevention and Child Health, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

Dr. Natalie L. Yanchar, MD, MSc, FRCS(C)

Professor, Pediatric General Surgery, University of Calgary, Alberta Children's Hospital
President, Trauma Association of Canada

Dr. Natalie Yanchar has MSc degrees in both Experimental Surgery (University of Alberta) and in Community Health and Epidemiology (Dalhousie University) and holds an ajunct cross-appointments with the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University.  In addition to her clinical role, Natalie has a strong research interest in clinical management of trauma, pediatric trauma systems and primary injury prevention.  This interest allows her to co-lead work on Pediatric Trauma Systems and access to Pediatric Trauma Care within the Scope of the CIHR funded STAIR Team in Child and Youth Injury Prevention.   Collaborative links as Chair of the Trauma Association of Canada Working Group for the new Canadian Network for Injury Surveillance and Research Committee chair of Pediatric Trauma Society provide opportunities to engage other experts and stakeholders in her field of research.  Finally, she is also a strong advocate for evidence-informed policy development in the areas of childhood injury prevention, being the founding President of Injury Free Nova Scotia.