Saturday, May 8 2021
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.

Sue Wilson, CSJ

Co-Chair

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


Dr. Gillian Balfour                   

Co-Chair

Gillian Balfour is Vice Principal Academic Dean, at King's and a professor of socio-legal studies and feminist criminology. Her research examines feminist engagement with the victimization, criminalization, and incarceration of women. She has published widely in areas of sentencing law reform impacts on Indigenous women and the implications of restorative justice in the context of gender based violence. With her colleagues, she has examined how rape narratives and legal narratives intersect in sexual assault sentencing decisions, as well as the role of victim impact statements in sentencing practices. She is currently examining feminist organizing in response to femicide in Latin American countries, to theorize the disappearance of Indigenous women in Canada, and is a co-investigator on a national study looking at the lived experiences of incarceration. Her most recent project explores the place of organized labour inside prisons. She is member of Canada’s Walls to Bridges collective that provides prison-based learning for incarcerated and non-incarcerated students.

 

Glen Pearson

Secretary

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

Treasurer

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.

 

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.

 

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Michael Courey, PhD

Director

Michael Courey is the Director of the London Poverty Research Centre and adjunct faculty member in the Department of Sociology at King’s University College. He specializes in the areas of urban sociology/criminology, community organizing, economic development and program evaluation. An active member of the London community through various engagements with citizen groups Michael is passionate about bridging the space between academia and community organizing focusing on knowledge mobilization and community-based action research approaches. He has been working deeply with the Sustainable Development Goals as an overarching framework for building integrated social change. His most recent work involves leading the Inclusive Economy London network, a collective impact project integrating community economic development with poverty reduction and sustainability outcomes.

 

Luis Patricio, MSc. 

Research Assistant  

Luis joined LPRC in 2019. Luis holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Management. His research employed a mixed-method approach focusing on active transportation and behaviour change. And a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science studying participatory design processes. He has been involved with different social and environmental initiatives since 2007 working with nonprofits, government, academic and private institutions. Luis led several collaborative initiatives including the creation of a Waldorf School, a national nonprofit network and free international events. Luis received a National Corporate Social Responsibility Award in 2016 for a ten-year long program to enhance employee well-being. He is passionate about inclusive public spaces and his current burning question is: How can we enhance and share urban experiences?