Tuesday, Jan 21 2020
Board and Staff

Board and Staff

From the outset the LPRC was envisioned to be a community driven research centre nurturing relationships and collaboration between the university and community members beyond the university. 

The centre is governed by a Board of Directors made up of representatives from community organizations, students, faculty, and citizens. Board members participate in planning and implementation of projects along with general governance responsibilities. Our current board members and staff are listed below.

Dr. Joseph Michalski, PhD


Dr. Michalski is the Associate Academic Dean and Professor in the Sociology department at King's University College. He has served as the co-chair of the LPRC since 2015 contributing most recently through his work on the impact of precarious employment on family, community, and health outcomes.  Joe's work spans a variety of areas within sociology such as social inequality, poverty, low-income survival strategies, food banks, child sexual abuse, immigration and settlement.






Sue Wilson, CSJ


Sister Sue Wilson of the Sisters of St. Joseph, is the Director of Systemic Justice at the Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Canada. Sue's work has focused on economic and social justice in areas ranging from human trafficking, to affordable housing, to poverty reduction. Wilson has been serving on the Lonodon For All leadership table over the past couple of years and is regularly a delegate to the United Nations.  Sue has recently been focusing in on the systemic issues of precarious work and inequality, particularly looking at the Canadian tax system and structure of shareholder - corporate management relationship. You can find her most recent paper here


Glen Pearson


Glen has been Executive Director of the London Food Bank for 32 years.  He also helped to lead the Ontario Association of Food Banks for three years.  Along with his wife, Jane Roy, Glen has directed the non-governmental organization Canadian Aid for Southern Sudan for 20 years.  In that time, they have built 10 primary schools, one high school, and established a number of women’s programs.  He was a 30-year career firefighter and retired from the force when he became a Member of Parliament for London North Centre from 2006-2011.  He was awarded an honourary doctorate from Western University in 2014 and an honourary diploma from Fanshawe College the following year.  Glen continues to serve in numerous capacities in our city and lives happily with his wife and their 3 children they adopted from South Sudan. Glen has been a prolific writer on a range of topics from politics, to community, to poverty. You can follow his writing at The Parallel Parliament


Sheila Simpson


Sheila joined the LPRC board in 2017 serving as the treasurer and brings a wealth of knowledge in organizational design and fund development.  She currently works as an independent consultant facilitating not for profit groups to grow their organizational capacity. Before that, she worked for the Ontario Trillium Foundation(OTF) as a Program Manager in Thames Valley for over 17 years. In her earlier career, she worked for the Ministry of Community and Social Services in London and Toronto for many years. Sheila grew up on a farm in Middlesex County and has long been an advocate for rural issues. Sheila currently lives in London where she volunteers with various community groups.


Jennifer Vale

Director at Large

Jennifer has been a member of the LPRC board since its inception. A former student of King's University College she brings multifaceted lived experiences, front line work, and and academic background in social work to the board of directors. Jennifer holds a B.A (Hons) in Women’s Studies and Community Development. Jennifer is currently earning an M.S.W at Wilfrid Laurier University with a focus on macro level social work including research, knowledge mobilization, and social policy.


Joan Atkinson, CSJ

Director at Large

Joan has been with the LPRC for the past two years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in education and housing. She currently works at the Office for Systemic Justice for the Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph and is the chair of the London Affordable Housing Foundation. Sister Joan has also served as a volunteer on the planning committees of two National Housing Conferences, All Our Sisters National Network on Women and Homelessness, and currently sits on the Homes4Women committee at My Sister’s Place. Joan is passionate about addressing the issue of housing affordability and poverty in all of it's manifestations and brings energy to transformative change for all of creation.





Michael Courey, PhD

Centre Coordinator

At the LPRC since 2017, Mike oversees the day to day functions from arranging communications, coordinating research projects, knowledge mobilization, and strategic partnerships. Mike is passionate about bridging the space between academia and community organizing for social change. Holding a PhD in Sociology, he specializes in the area's of urban sociology, community organizing, critical criminology, and program evaluation. Mike has been active across several London community organizations including sitting on the Community Advisory Council of the London InterCommunity Health Centre, serving on the board of Glen Carin Neighbourhood Resource Centre, and actively contributing to the Old East Village Community Association.





Luis Patricio, MSc. 

Research Assistant  

Luis is passionate about healthy living, social diversity and making cities a great place to live. He joined the LPRC in March 2019 as a research assistant for our two core projects - London Calling and Translating the SDGs. Moving to Canada from Brazil in 2016 Luis has a Master’s Degree in Urban Management focusing on active transportation and behaviour change. Since joining the team he has led the analysis on translating the SDGs for local impact working intimately with the 244 indicators. Luis is also a cycling and active transportation advocate chairing the London Cycle Link.