Associate Faculty Members

SiG@Waterloo values the contributions of a variety of colleagues to our on-going research and activities. Associate Faculty Member and Associate Professional Practitioner is a specific designation for individuals with whom we have reciprocal relationships and who contribute towards SiG's goals and objectives. In recognition of our shared interests and willingness to partner, our Associates are viewed as an emerging learning community focused upon generating new understandings about social innovation. Twice annually, Associates are invited to convene in Waterloo to network and to exchange knowledge and experience on areas of mutual interest. Through this and other avenues, we strive to facilitate and support collaborations, across disciplines and sectors, which can serve to address the challenges of our complex world.


Brenda Zimmerman Professor of Strategic Management at the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto. She is the founder and Director of the Health Industry Management Program for MBA students. Her primary research applies complexity science to management, leadership and social innovation, especially as it relates to health care or not-for-profit organizations.
Steve Young Interim Director of the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) at the University of Waterloo. He contributes to sustainable development through systems-thinking and better decision-making. Research and development interests include sustainability assessment approaches; evaluating the environmental performance of products, projects and technologies; and advising business organisations.
Olaf Weber Associate professor at the School for Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) holds the Export Development Canada Chair in Environmental Finance. His research and teaching interests are in the area of environmental and sustainable finance with a focus on sustainable financial and credit risk management, socially responsible investment, social banking and the link between sustainability and financial performance of enterprises.
Paul Thagard Professor of Philosophy, with cross appointment to Psychology and Computer Science, and Director of the Cognitive Science Program, at the University of Waterloo. He is also editor of Philosophy of Psychology and Cognitive Science and Associate Editor of the journal Cognitive Science.
Janice Stein Professor of Conflict Management in the Department of Political Science and the Director of the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario. She regularly lectures on conflict management at home and abroad.
Bryan Smale Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies as well as the Associate Dean for Computing and Special Projects in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, both at the University of Waterloo. A large part of his research programme focuses on leisure and well-being across the lifespan with particular emphasis on older adults.
Emmanuel Raufflet Associate Professor in Management at HEC Montreal, Quebec, Canada. His research concerns the changing relations between organizations and their social and natural environment.
Stephen Quilley Senior Lecturer in Environmental Politics at Keele University. He is developing courses in Urban Sociology, Environmental Sociology and Sociological Theory.
Blake Poland Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. He is also a researcher, writer, activist and internationally recognized expert in health promotion and community health development.
Michael Quinn Patton Head of an organizational development consulting business: Utilization-Focused Information and Training. He is known for five influential books on evaluation, including Qualitative/Evaluation and Research Methods that are used throughout university in the world. He is a generalist working across the full range of efforts at improving human effectiveness and results.
Walter Mittelstaedt Registered psychologist and Director of the Centre for Mental Health Research. Teaches child psychopathology/psychotherapy at a graduate level at the University of Waterloo. Current research interest is in the area of mechanisms of effectiveness in psychotherapy.
Sally Lerner Professor in the Department of Environment and Resource Studies in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo. Research interests in the future of work in a globalizing economy, particularly the social, political, environmental, and economic issues involved. She is currently the coordinator of Basic Income/Canada.
Ed Jernigan Professor and Director at the Centre for Knowledge Integration at the University of Waterloo. Research and teaching interests in the biomedical applications in systems design engineering.
Edward Jackson Associate Dean (Research, Graduate Affairs and Faculty Development) in the Faculty of Public Affairs at Carleton University. Teaching and research interests include program management, knowledge management, regional development, local governance, social innovation, social enterprise, financing civil society, participatory research and evaluation, and community-university partnerships.
Thomas Homer-Dixon Chair of Global Systems at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Professor in the Centre for Environment and Business in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo. Current research interests focused on threats to global security in the 21st century and on how societies adapt to complex economic, ecological, and technological change.
Keith Hipel Professor in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo. His academic passion is to develop systems thinking methodologies to ascertain how humans can live in harmony with one another and their environment.
Bob Gibson Professor and Associate Chair of Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies at the University of Waterloo. His research and writing have centred on decision-making successes and failures in environmental planning, assessment and regulation in various Canadian jurisdictions and on the emerging design and practice of sustainability assessment.
George Francis Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Environment and Resource Studies at the University of Waterloo where he was originally appointed as its first Chairperson in 1970. Interests in issues associated with governance for adaptive management in complex social-ecological systems.
Diana Denton Director of Communication, Leadership and Social Innovation (CLSI), Faculty of Arts, University of Waterloo. With expertise in leadership, interpersonal and organizational communication, and holistic and aesthetic education, she educates on leadership, conflict management, organizational consulting, small group communication and performance studies.
Ken Coates Faculty member in the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.
Amelia Clarke Assistant Professor at the Centre for Environment and Business at the University of Waterloo. Research and interests include sustainable development strategies, corporate environmental management, campus environmental management, collaborative strategic management, cross-sector partnerships and youth-led environmental initiatives.
Frederick Bird Research Professor in Political Science at the University of Waterloo. Interests in the practices of international business in developing countries.
Howard Armitage Professor of Accounting and Executive Director of the Centre for Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology at the University of Waterloo in Canada.