The University of Guelph Research Team

Al Lauzon, Principal Investigator - Professor in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph

Al Lauzon received an undergraduate degree in psychology and a Masters of Extension Education from the University of Guelph. He later completed a Ed.D. in Adult Education and Community Development from the University of Toronto. He has conducted studies in areas such as rural education, rural healthcare, and information technology and rural development. He also has been a research associate with the Tele-learning Network Centre of Excellence and with the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research. Al has also served in a variety of administrative posts within the university and has been involved in numerous provincial and national advisory groups. The advisory groups include co-chairing the provincial Advisory Panel on the Ontario Drinking Water Stewardship Program and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. In addition, he was a member of the board of directors and then chair of the board for the Ontario Rural Council (now part of the Ontario Rural Institute).

Andrea Breen - Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, University of Guelph

Andrea Breen’s research focuses on the development of self-identity in adolescence and early adulthood as well as the implications for well-being and positive adaptation to difficult life events. She holds a Masters degree in Risk and Prevention from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor of Education from McGill University. Andrea also completed her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology and Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Andrea has spent several years developing violence prevention and intervention programs for youth in a variety of settings including schools, residential programs and a children’s mental health centre. Her research is strongly informed by these experiences which reflect her interest in mixed-method approaches to research. Her current research projects are focused on the development of life story narratives in adolescence and early adulthood and the implications for positive behavioural change in at-risk populations.

Lynne Mitchell - Ph.D. student, University of Guelph

Lynne Mitchell is a doctoral candidate in the Rural Studies program in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph. She has experience with qualitative research methods including in-depth, semi-structured interviewing, and qualitative coding. Ms. Mitchell’s qualifying exam paper: Care,Technology and Community in the Rural Context: Building a conceptual framework in the arena society , examines the concepts of care and caring as they relate to technological innovation and the concept of community with respect to the Canadian health care system in the rural context. Her current research interest is in the area of youth, citizenship and community engagement. Lynne is also the Director of the University's Centre for International Programs where she is responsible for students exchange programs and experiential learning abroad. In this capacity she is assisting the University in developing a certificate program in community engagement and global citizenship.

Sara Christie - M.Sc. Student, University of Guelph

Sarah Christie is in the first year of her master's degree in Capacity Development and Extension at the University of Guelph. Upon completing her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria in 2008 she travelled to Zanzibar where she spent one year working with the NGO Resource Centre Zanzibar (a project of the Aga Khan Foundation) doing capacity development work with grassroots organizations in Zanzibar and teaching at the Jambiani Tourism Training Institute, a vocational school for Zanzibaris wanting to work in the tourism sector. After returning to Canada in 2009 Sarah spent a year working with Aga Khan Foundation Canada, coordinating the Bridges that Unite exhibition and doing development education with school groups in Halifax, Ottawa and Montreal.

Fred Pries - Assistant Professor and Interim Director, School of Business, University of Guelph

Fred Pries is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Business at the University of Guelph. He is also a Chartered Accountant and a former partner in one of Canada’s largest public accounting firms. Fred teaches primarily in the areas of accounting, management of technological innovation and managing entrepreneurial operations at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Fred’s focuses on how new technologies arising from university research are put into commercial use. Fred’s interests in the strategic management of innovation focus on the ‘innovation gap’ between the generation of ideas and their being put into use in the form of new products or services. These new products and services drive economic growth and provide solutions to health, environment and other social issues.